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Terminology

Introduction The following has taken place: My teacher in Okinawa, a 10th Dan and representant of a world-famous school, scolded me. The reason: I used the terms oi-zuki and jun-zuki as I had learned elsewhere. In this particular school, however, … Continue reading

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“Kungfu in a Karate uniform”

Considering the transformation from old Karate 唐手 to the Karate 空手 of today, Kinjo Hiroshi in his last book wrote that: “Karate 空手 has become something which only in appearance is reminiscent of (old) Karate 唐手. Strictly speaking, (today’s) Karate … Continue reading

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On a Third Itosu Photo

Recently, I wrote about a first and a second photo showing a man considered to be Itosu Ankō (1831–1915), the father of modern Karate. Some weeks ago my colleague Thomas Feldmann of Hoploblog dug out another photo which we believe … Continue reading

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Enbusen 演武線

The following is a short text I have translated from the Encyclopedia of Okinawa Karate and Kobudo. It was written by senior Uechi-ryū practitioner Tōbaru Keichō. It gives a quite good overview abut the topic of enbusen. With uke-waza (defenses), tsuki-waza (strikes), … Continue reading

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空手は「martial art」「martial sport」「martial science」ではない。「martial system」です。

Karate is no supralevel. It is a subspecies, but of what? Of art, sport, or science, or all of it? Actually, both consumers and providers claim that everyone is free to use it in whatever way you like. For example, … Continue reading

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Bushi Matsumora – The Novel

Previously I wrote about Bushi Matsumora – The Movie. Today it is “Bushi Matsumora – The Novel”. The heroic tales of Matsumora Kōsaku were written down in the novel “Bushi Matsumora” (武士松茂良) by Matsumora Kōnin 松茂良興仁 (pen-name Matsumura Takesaburō 松村竹三郎). … Continue reading

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Gushiken Shijin and Mukenkan

While living on Okinawa I practiced for some time in the style called Mukenkan. This school was established by Gushiken Shijin 具志堅私人 (1944–1998). The following are some information I collected from two handouts I had been given by Sawada Kiyoshi sensei, … Continue reading

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The Technical System of Shōtōkan-ryū

“The Technical System of Shōtōkan-ryū” was published as an appendix to the 1986 book by Gima Shinkin und Fujiwara Ryōzō (Taidan – Kindai Karate-dō no Rekishi wo Kataru. Bēsubōru Magajin-sha, Tōkyō 1986). Gima Shinkin (1896-1989) was born in Okinawa and studied under … Continue reading

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The Big Dipper

Take a look at the below depiction. It describes the division of the blade according to Italian and German style fencing from the 16th – 17th centuries. The Italian style has a 4-part-division of the blade, namely in full-strength (1a), … Continue reading

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Konishi Yasuhiro 小西康裕

Previously I wrote about Bōgu-tsuki Karate or “karate with protective equipment.” Afterwards Terry Wingrove sensei provided his eyewitness account from 1968 or 69. According to this account, at that time Gima Shinkin (Shotōkan-ryū) and Konishi Yasuhiro were discussing Bōgu-tsuki karate. It was agreed that Konishi Yasuhiro was the … Continue reading

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