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2005 - MATSUMORA KOSAKU MONUMENT VISIT
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In August 2005 Matsubayashi Ryu New Zealand members Shihan Kevin Plaisted, Tim Herlihy, Paul Williams and Megan Arden travelled to Okinawa to train at Taira dojo. During this visit the group visited and laid flowers at the monument of Matsumora Kosaku who had greatly influenced Nagamine Shoshin.
Matsumora Chikudan Peichin Kosaku was born in Tomari village (now a district of Naha) and studied martial arts under the guidance of Uku Giko and Teruya Kishin.
He became a prominent and respected bushi.
Matsumora Kosaku and Matsumura Sokon had both greatly influenced  Nagamine Shoshin
"...the monument to honour Matsumora Kosaku's life was erected in Tomari Arayashiki Park..."
2005 - Matsumora Kosaku Monument Visit
At Matsumora Kosaku  monument
Matsumora Kosaku
(1829-98)
Matsumora Kosaku and Matsumura Sokon had both greatly influenced  Nagamine Shoshin
In August 2005 Matsubayashi Ryu New Zealand members Shihan Kevin Plaisted, Tim Herlihy, Paul Williams and Megan Arden travelled to Okinawa to train at Taira dojo. During this visit the group visited and laid flowers at the monument of Matsumora
Kancho Taira, Shihan Plaisted, Tim, Paul, Megan and Shihandai Higa
On May 8 1983 the monument to honour Matsumora Kosaku's life was erected in Tomari Arayashiki Park.
It can be found opposite the International cemetery. just off Naha New port Route 58.

The great honour of writing the epitaph inscribed on the monument was entrusted to Nagamine Shoshin. Late President and founder of Matsubayashi Ryu Karatedo Kodokan.
Matsumora Kosaku
(1829-1898)
Epitaph written by Shoshin Nagamine
Kosaku who had greatly influenced Nagamine Shoshin.
Matsumora Chikudan Peichin Kosaku was born in Tomari village (now a district of Naha) and studied martial arts under the guidance of Uku Giko and Teruya Kishin.
He became a prominent and respected bushi.
Matsumora Kosaku Memorial
A translation of the epitaph script

Matsumora Kosaku was born in Tomari village. Remarkably talented, the bushi from Tomari was a man who took full advantage of his small but powerful body. As a youth, Matsumora studied the fighting traditions of Tomari village under Uku Giko and Teruya Kishin.
Under the astute tutelage of teachers like Uku and Teruya, so too did Matsumora ultimately distinguish himself as a brave bujin.
He became well known for his chivalry and vibrant spirit and was well remembered for once preventing a sword-wielding Satsuma samurai from harming Tomari villagers.
Then, in an effort to avoid any subsequent repercussions, he confined himself in obscurity in a remote part of Nago. Matsumora is also remembered for his efforts to protect specific village property and a special communal endowment in the name of Governor Yamazato Choken, known as the Neewagumuchi. By 1879, both the property and legal tender of this sizable contribution were in danger of being confiscated by the Meiji Government after the King abdicated and the kingdom was abolished. However, the efforts of the Japanese officials to confiscate the special assets of Tomari village were thwarted thanks, in a large part, to the efforts of Bushi Matsumora and his diligently trained supporters. Since Matsumora's historical efforts, the Neewagumuchi has been meticulously managed until it was ultimately used to establish the Senkaku Kenshokai, a society that continues on even to this day.
In knowing this, the name of Kensei (Fist Saint) Matsumora Kosaku,
A man of honour and justice will live on forever

Written on this auspicious day in May 1983
and sponsored by the Yuji Family Society:
An association which established the monument
to commemorate the life of Matsumora Kosaku;
President Matsumora Kosho and all other Tokiwakai Members.
Nagamine Shoshin, the President of Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do and his membership.
The membership of the non-profit Tomari Senkaku Kenshokai directed by the Board Chairman Maeda Giken.

At Matsumora Kosaku  monument
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Kancho Taira, Shihan Plaisted, Tim, Paul, Megan and Shihandai Higa
Epitaph written by Shoshin Nagamine
Matsumora Kosaku Memorial
On May 8 1983 the monument to honour Matsumora Kosaku's life was erected in Tomari Arayashiki Park.
It can be found opposite the International cemetery. just off Naha New port Route 58.

The great honour of writing the epitaph inscribed on the monument was entrusted to Nagamine Shoshin. Late President and founder of Matsubayashi Ryu Karatedo Kodokan.
A translation of the epitaph script

Matsumora Kosaku was born in Tomari village. Remarkably talented, the bushi from Tomari was a man who took full advantage of his small but powerful body. As a youth, Matsumora studied the fighting traditions of Tomari village under Uku Giko and Teruya Kishin.
Under the astute tutelage of teachers like Uku and Teruya, so too did Matsumora ultimately distinguish himself as a brave bujin.
He became well known for his chivalry and vibrant spirit and was well remembered for once preventing a sword-wielding Satsuma samurai from harming Tomari villagers.
Then, in an effort to avoid any subsequent repercussions, he confined himself in obscurity in a remote part of Nago. Matsumora is also remembered for his efforts to protect specific village property and a special communal endowment in the name of Governor Yamazato Choken, known as the Neewagumuchi. By 1879, both the property and legal tender of this sizable contribution were in danger of being confiscated by the Meiji Government after the King abdicated and the kingdom was abolished. However, the efforts of the Japanese officials to confiscate the special assets of Tomari village were thwarted thanks, in a large part, to the efforts of Bushi Matsumora and his diligently trained supporters. Since Matsumora's historical efforts, the Neewagumuchi has been meticulously managed until it was ultimately used to establish the Senkaku Kenshokai, a society that continues on even to this day.
In knowing this, the name of Kensei (Fist Saint) Matsumora Kosaku,
A man of honour and justice will live on forever

Written on this auspicious day in May 1983
and sponsored by the Yuji Family Society:
An association which established the monument
to commemorate the life of Matsumora Kosaku;
President Matsumora Kosho and all other Tokiwakai Members.
Nagamine Shoshin, the President of Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do and his membership.
The membership of the non-profit Tomari Senkaku Kenshokai directed by the Board Chairman Maeda Giken.