The purpose of I.M.K.A. is to further the art of Okinawan Matayoshi Kobudō as taught by the Matayoshi family, and promote the growth and development of its members by providing programs and events that teach Okinawan culture, history, and perfection of technique.
The International Matayoshi Kobudo Association was founded by Andrea Guarelli Sensei and his students from different countries with the purpose of spreading the school Matayoshi Okinawan Kobudo across the globe. Sensei Guarelli is a direct student of Shinpō Matayoshi Hanshi. IMKA seeks to both preserve and teach traditional Okinawan Kobudō as developed by Master Matayoshi.
Kobudo is now being taught by many instructors who have deviated from the guidelines of the Master Shinpō Matayoshi set forth, changing the spirit, techniques and kata. IMKA and its member national dojos seek to preserve the characteristics of the school following the principles and techniques disclosed by Shinpō Matayoshi Hanshi. The kata are taught in their original form.
The Mission of IMKA is:
• To further the art of Okinawan Matayoshi Kobudō as taught by the Matayoshi family, and promote the growth and development of its members by providing programs and events that teach Okinawan culture, history, and perfection of technique.
• Promote the participation at events, activities and tournaments of recreational and / or competitive nature.
• Organization of seminars for beginners, students and teachers.
• Organization of sport activities including instruction, qualification and advanced training in the art of Matayoshi Kobudo.
IMKA was founded on November 14, 2015, in Bussolengo, Italy.
Officers and Founding Members:
• Andrea Guarelli ITALIA (president)
• Danilo Torri USA (vice president)
• Claus Fröhlich GERMANY (advisor and legal counsultant)
• Carlos Alfonso Dorta Arnold SPAIN (advisor)
• Jørgen Dybdal DENMARK (advisor)
• Kimberly Rossi USA (secretary and treasurer)
Founding Members also include:
Fulvia Aloisi ITALIA
Luca Ambrosi ITALIA
Francesco Zamboni ITALIA
Tomáš Kopecký CZECH REPUBLIC
Giampaolo Pastocchi AUSTRALIA
István Tóth-Kása HUNGARY