Monthly Archives: April 2013

Funakoshi Gichin: Rentan Goshin Karatejutsu, 1925 original edition

held it in hands: a 1st edition (1925) of  Funakoshi’s Rentan Goshin Karatejutsu. As regards contents this work basically includes the same informations as Ryukyu Kenpo Karate (1922), but the sketches manufactured by Kosugi Hoan’s student Yamashiro Masatsuna had been replaced by … Continue reading

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Taira Shinken: Ryukyu Kobudo Taikan, 1964

This work was privately published in Tokyo in 1964 in small quantities meant for the members of the association only. As a contemporary witness it includes a large number of photographs of Taira Shinken himself performing different Kata, as well … Continue reading

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Free printout version of the “Eight Poems of Boxing”

Miyagi Chōjun’s disciple, the late Shinzato Jin’an, participated in a karate demonstration at  Meiji Shrine in 1930. When at this occasion he was asked about his styles name, he had problems to answer the question and later reported the incident … Continue reading

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Toyama Kanken: KARATE-DO TAIHOKAN [The Encyclopedic Treasures of Karate]

Tōyama Kanken (1888-1966) was one of the representative Karate practitioners from Okinawa Prefecture during the Showa era and known as a disciple of Itosu Ankō. ōyama was born in Shuri in 1888 under his maiden name Oyadomari. From a young … Continue reading

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The Chatan Eso Incident, 1660s

n 1663 King Shō Shitsu dispatched the Sanshikan Chatan Uēkata Chōchō as a gratitude envoy for his investiture to Qing China. Chatan, who was the uncle of famous Ryūkyūan statesman Haneji Chōshū, arrived in Fuzhou in 1664. At the same … Continue reading

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2007er Übersetzung des “Ryukyu Kobudo Taikan” von Taira Shinken

ereits 2007 glenag mir die Fertigstellung einer deutschen Übersetzung des “Ryukyu Kobudo Taikan” von Taira Shinken, Umfang 134 Seiten. When I told Hokama Tetsuhiro Sensei about it, he asked “How long did it take you?” I said “Three years.” He … Continue reading

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The probaby oldest physical evidence for the Royal Coat of Arms of Ryukyu

igaonna Kanjun was one of the principal Okinawan historians who followed the trend of local cultural studies initiated by the father of Okinawan studies, Iha Fuyu. These two as well as other academics from the same field were in lose … Continue reading

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Andi’s Dojokun

admit it took me some years to formulate the core framework and provide the philosophical backup for the theory behind it, but here they are now, finally: my Dojokun. Please follow and like us:

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Recommended Reading (and photo viewing): Basic Research Report of Karate-do and Kobudo

kinawa-ken Kyōikuchō Bunka-ka: Karate-dō Kobudō no Kihon Chōsa Hōkokusho Hōkokusho [Basic Research Report of Karate and Kobudō]. Okinawa-ken Kyōiku Iinkai, Naha 1995/97. 179 pp. 26cm. The work is written in Japanese and out-of-print. It has a large number of photos … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Photography of Higa Seiko and Taira Shinken

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