With over 30 years of Martial Arts study Marty Rickard has seen many trends come and go - one thing stays the same, the study of proven classical Martial Arts such as Ryukyu Kempo and Ryukyu Kobudo.
Marty began studying Ryukyu Kempo Karate in 1993. Knowing there was more to the art than was available in New Zealand, he looked overseas to find the most authentic Ryukyu Kempo available.
In 2004, Marty made contact with senior students of Taika Seiyu Oyata, the founder of Ryukyu Kempo Karate. in 2005 he headed to the US to bring the authentic teachings back to New Zealand.
"Most Ryukyu KempoKarate taught in New Zealand represents no more than 10% of the true authentic art. Ryukenkan Dojo provides the most experienced, complete Ryukyu Kempo available in New Zealand"
Because of his efforts, Marty was promoted to 5th Dan Black Belt in 2007. With this rank came the title of Renshi, which is roughly equivalent to a Masters Degree issued by a university. In 2010, Renshi was promoted to 6th Dan Black Belt.
Renshi Marty Rickard is the highest ranked, most qualifed and most experienced teacher of authentic Ryukyu Kempo Karate and Kobudo in Australasia. In 2016, he was accepted into the Ne Zealand Martial Arts Institute recognising the authenticity, legitimacy and credibility of his art and efforts.
What makes traditional or classical Martial Arts better than modern interpretations?
The biggest difference between classical and modern arts comes down to actual practical experience. Most modern sport-focused arts have never been used in Life Protection situations. Classical arts were developed in times when ineffective methods meant death. Only the techniques, skill and tactics used by the victors have survived. Some classical arts have been watered down over time to produce classical arts which are no better than a modern sport. Authentic Ryukyu Kempo and Kobudo still teaches the same techniques that protected lives in real encounters. This is why we can say we provide a Total Life Protection Experience - the empty hand skills, weapons skills, tactics and techniques were used by real people to save real lives.
Why Ryukenkan Dojo?
The name Ryukenkan was given to Renshi by Kaicho Allan Amor of the United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance in recognition of his efforts to help spread authentic Ryukyu Kempo around the world. The name means "Flowing Rolling Hand School" which represents the type of motion seen in authentic Ryukyu Kempo.
"If you compare authentic Ryukyu Kempo and Kobudo to other schools, you will immediately see the difference in the motion and the way the art is taught. Only authentic schools teach to true art - the difference is black and white."
The Ryukenkan Dojo, in Tauranga New Zealand, is the home of authentic Ryukyu Kempo Karate and Kobudo. Students are provided with closely monitored instruction in methods that have stood the test of time. Quality is our primary focus, repetition, accuracy and precision are the key elements to delivering excellence. Students are guided through a progression of ranks carefully structured to ensure that the right skills are in place before each new step is taken.
Ryukenkan Dojo students demonstrate levels of ability and understanding that come from studying under the most experienced and qualified teachers.