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Shirotaru no Kon (5) – Name, Lineages, Variants

Name The name of the kata is usually written in kana as 白樽の棍. In standard Japanese this is pronounced “Shirotaru no Kon.” In Okinawan dialect it is pronounced “Shiratarū nu Kun” シラタルーヌクン. Otherwise the name is also sometimes written in … Continue reading

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Shirotaru no Kon (4) – Techniques of Shirotaru Deciphered

As I noted before, Miki Jisaburō learned Shirotaru no Kon from Ōshiro Chōjo (1887–1935), who lived in Shuri Ōnaka 1-54 at the time. At that time Ōshiro served as a regular teacher as well as the head of the karate … Continue reading

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Shirotaru no Kon (3) – The Pole Fencing Techniques of Shirotaru

Below follows my descriptive translation of Shirotaru no Kon as given by Miki in 1930. Let me note a few things: First of all, in the original text, some descriptions were shortened by making a reference to a technique from … Continue reading

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Shirotaru no Kon (2) – Kudaka Island and Native Beliefs

In the legend of Shirotaru, it is said that the fruitful harvest from Kudaka Island was dedicated to the people of Tamagusuku district, who began to brew sacred wine from the crop and offered it to the lord Tamagusuku Aji, … Continue reading

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Shirotaru no Kon (1) – Introduction and Legend of Origin

There is an interesting bōjutsu kata called Shirotaru no Kon. Today there are quite a number and variety of different versions of this kata in existence. Most of them have more in common than not and they all share specific … Continue reading

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Yonegawa no Kon and the Western bayonet rifle

It would be a mere rethorical question to ask if historical Ryūkyūan combative methods were influenced by the outside world. Notwithstanding, somehow this seems to be a weird question. One of the persistent beliefs making Ryūkyūan combative methods so likable … Continue reading

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Shūshi no Kun (Bojutsu Kata Series) — History

Anyone who ever started Okinawa kobudō will inevitably get to know Shūshi no Kon 周氏の棍. Often the first kata taught in bōjutsu, it is found in many kobudō styles. Shūshi 周氏 means “Mr. Shū”, and kon 棍 refers to techniques of fencing … Continue reading

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Sueyoshi no Kon III – Après moi le déluge !! (Bojutsu Kata Series)

Today I scratched and scraped off a 50 year old paper slip to get closer to a secret… A secret related to what Urasoe, Sueyoshi, Sesoko, Soeishi, and Shiishi no Kon have in common. And what not. Here we go. … Continue reading

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Anleitung zur deutschen und französischen Umgangssprache, 1841

„Der Stock. Le bâton. – Der Fechtstock.  Le bâton à deux bouts. – Mit dem Stock fechten. Jouer du bâton. – Das Stockfechten lernen. Apprendre le bâton.“ Aus: Adler-Mesnard: Anleitung zur deutschen und französischen Umgangssprache. 1841. S. 143. Please follow and like … Continue reading

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Sueyoshi no Kon (Bojutsu Kata Series)

Originally Sueyoshi no Kon and Soeishi no Kon are thought to have come from the same lineage and there are many similarities in the performance line (enbusen) and techniques found in these two Kata. Since Sueyoshi (Shīshi) and Soeishi (Shīishi) … Continue reading

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