Shihan Bob King is a direct student of Hanshi Patrick McCarthy and teaches Hanshi Patrick McCarthys school of Yamane-ryu which is a martial arts system using traditional Okinawan weapons.
Given the name Yamane-ryu by Chinen Masami (1898-1976), the grandson of Chinen Sanda, the term brings together three separate Chinese ideograms:
- Yama meaning 'mountain'
- Ne meaning 'foundation or root'
- Ryu meaning 'stream'
The term was simply intended to describe the locale in Shuri's Samukawa village from whence Chinen's tradition came. This translates to the 'Style from the base of the mountain'.
Chinen Sanda's most prominent student was Oshiro (Ogusuku) Chojo. Hanshi McCarthy's teacher, O'Sensei Kinjo Hiroshi, was a direct student under Master Oshiro Chojo.
Training consists of various exercises to teach the fundamental techniques of each weapon as well as kata (solo exercises) and 2 person/partner exercises. As well as the training improving ones physical fitness and mental well being, the principles learnt through Kodudo training are applicable to 'empty hand' (karate) training as well.
Read more about the history and lineage http://www.koryu-uchinadi.com/yamane-ryu/