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History The Tinbei / Rochin: Fabricated from the shells of giant turtles living in the coastal waters around Okinawa. Originally used as a basket for carry vegetables or in the field as a sun-screen. In Kobudo it was transformed into a shield.
Traditional use: The rochin and timbe are the most archaic looking of the weapons of Okinawa and yet seem so evolutionary. The timbe (shield) was once made from turtle shells but now wood, metal or fiberglass are used. The rochin was a hand-held short spear with a metal or sharpened wood point. The methods of the two weapons together are obvious but the timbe was also used for striking, not just for blocking. Many techniques with the
rochin involve cutting the weapon hand of the opponent and then striking with the timbe.
Current use: The Tinbei / Rochin is mainly used by high level Kobudo practitioners and is not very often seen. Training with the Tinbei / Rochin develops coordination, upper body strength, and quickness. Normally done as a part of demonstrations to keep the traditions alive.
Official Statement of the OSMKKF regarding the ISMSKF, Jay Gravelle and Greg Lazarus
July 11, 2016
As June 15th, 2016, Grandmaster Fusei Kise, Kaicho Isao Kise, and the OSMKKF (Okinawa Shorinryu Matsumura Orthodox Karate and Kobudo Federation) have no interest in being involved with the ISMSKF, Greg Lazarus or Jay Gravelle as evidenced by the withdrawal of Grandmaster Kise’s support.