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Kobudo Master Yukio Kuniyoshi

Kobudo Master Yukio Kuniyoshi. Kaicho of Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai.

Kobudo Master Yukio Kuniyoshi. Kaicho of Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai.

Yukio Kuniyoshi, the latest subject in the Karate Masters Portrait Project. A master of kobudo he is highly proficient in a wide range of traditional weapons.

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Yukio Kuniyoshi. Kaicho of Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai. Training on Okinawa, Japan with kama ( sickles ).

The following shot really shows the advantage of using a powerful studio flash with a rapid flash duration for this project. The Profoto 7a gives me a flash duration of up to 1/12,000 second. This allows me to stop the suruchin ball and chain as it whizzes around Kuniyoshi sensei’s body.

Yukio Kuniyoshi. Kaicho of Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai. Training on Okinawa, Japan with suruchin ( ball and chain ).

Yukio Kuniyoshi. Kaicho of Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai. Training on Okinawa, Japan with suruchin ( ball and chain ).

Yukio Kuniyoshi. Kaicho of Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai. Training on Okinawa, Japan with manji sai

Yukio Kuniyoshi. Kaicho of Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai. Training on Okinawa, Japan with manji sai

Yukio Kuniyoshi. Kaicho of Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai. Training on Okinawa, Japan with tekko ( knuckledusters ).

Yukio Kuniyoshi. Kaicho of Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai. Training on Okinawa, Japan with tekko ( knuckledusters ).

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