Category Archives: Unknown Ryukyu

Okinawa’s original dōjō

Previously I wrote about Okinawa’s earliest forms of community organization called Makyo. The article received only very few likes and seriously I don’t have any clue as to why this is so. Because the most important part of the article … Continue reading

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Kinjō Hiroshi: From karate 唐手 to karate 空手 – Introduction

More than one century has passed since the creation of karate 唐手 in 1905. About seventy-five years ago, in 1936, karate 唐手 was renamed to karate 空手. Since I have had made karate 唐手 my life-task in 1926, about eighty-five years … Continue reading

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The techniques of Chinen Masami’s Yamani-ryū

Chinen Masami 知念正実 (1898–1976) was an Okinawan bōjutsu expert. He taught privately at his home in Shuri Tōbaru, Okinawa. He named his style Yamani-ryū 山根流 after his grandfather Chinen Sanrā 知念三良 (1842–1925). In a newspaper article from 1918 Sanrā was … Continue reading

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‘nchi means tī 手

As I noted earlier and in fact already back in 2005, the honorific term for tī  手 (ティー) in the Okinawan language was ‘nchi ンチ. Now, usually the syllables of Naihanchi have always and unanimously been considered to be Nai|han|chi. But what if it is Nai|ha|‘nchi? … Continue reading

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Karate no omoide (My Memories of Karate)

The article “Karate no omoide” (My Memories of Karate) is a primary source about Kyan Chōtoku’s life and his relation to karate. The article was published on 1942-05-07 in the Okinawa Shinpō Newspaper. The Okinawa Shinpō was a result of the … Continue reading

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8. Generation Gima Pēchin Shinji 儀間親雲上眞時

Names and DOB Childhood name: Shinshi眞市 Chinese-style name: Ma Sagen 麻作愿 Born: as the firstborn son, 1612 (?) -01-05 Family Father: Shinshi 眞之 Mother: Magami 眞龜 of the Kin-clan 金氏 Wife: Mamichi 眞滿, daughter of Kuniyoshi Pēchin Shinshun 國吉親雲上眞春 of the Sa-clan 査氏 … Continue reading

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7. Generation Gima Satonushi Pēchin Shinshi 儀間里之子親雲上眞之

Names and DOB Childhood name: Masanrā 眞三良 Chinese-style name: Ma Kyōyo 麻擧要 Born: as the firstborn son, 1585 Family Father: Shinjō 眞常 Mother: Manabi 眞鍋 of the Mō-clan 毛氏 Wife: Magami 眞龜, daughter of Tomoyose Pēchin (Kin Shireki) 友寄親雲上 (金仕歴)(she died 1662-02-18. Posthumous … Continue reading

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6. Generation Gima Uēkata Shinjō 儀間親方眞常

Names and DOB Childhood name: Shinshi 眞市 Chinese-style name: Ma Heikō 麻平衡 Born: as the thirdborn son, 1557. Family Father: Shinmei 眞命 Mother: Manabi 眞鍋 of the Sō-clan 莊氏 Wife: Manabi 眞鍋, daughter of Ahagon Shī Sei’i 阿波根子盛懿 of the Mō-clan 毛氏 (she … Continue reading

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5. Generation Gima Pēchin Shinmei 儀間親雲上眞命

Names and DOB Childhood name: Masanrā 眞三郎 Chinese-style name: Ma Jishō 麻時嘗 Born: as the firstborn son, 1513 Family Father: Shinmō 眞孟 Mother: A person from Izumisaki village Wife: Manabi 眞鍋, daughter of Oroku Pēchin Sōshin 小禄親雲上宗親 of the Sō-clan 莊氏 (she died … Continue reading

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Yarazamori

Yarazamori-gusuku was built in 1554 at the far end of Madama-michi, a military access road originating at Shuri Castle. Together with Miegusuku, the fortress was crucial in guarding Naha harbor against foreign invasion. Please follow and like us:

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