Monthly Archives: December 2013

Nicolaes Petter, 1674 – The 2nd Piece

ere’s the 2nd Piece given in the “Clear Instructions of the Exquisite Art of Wrestling” by Dutch Nicolaes Petter, posthumously printed in 1674. B is the attacker, C the defender. Scenario: pushing against the chest with both hands. Please follow and … Continue reading

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Bushi Higa

ere’s one snippet from my archives. It’s one of the oldest newspaper articles on Karate, from Ryūkyū Shinpō, January 21, 1914. I copied it some years ago at Okinawa Prefectural Library. Bushi Higa When this newspaper published the article series … Continue reading

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Nicolaes Petter, 1674

he “Clear Instructions of the Exquisite Art of Wrestling” is a book on hand to hand combat by Dutch Nicolaes Petter, posthumously printed for the first time in 1674. I’d like to introduce combination No. 6 here with the translation of … Continue reading

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Ask the hairdresser

dmitting I am quiet choosy when it comes to accepting sensei is a hard thing to do. It’s not well received. I am spoiled, experienced, and been around enough. Sensei are those guys that run and hang around everywhere and do … Continue reading

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Snippet on Ti 手(ティー)

tumbling over an old e-budo post of mine, I found the hint that in the Okinawan language the honorific term for hand was nchi ンチ. I ponder if this is related to Naifa’nchi? For instance, assuming Naifanchi was written 内法手, then in Mandarin … Continue reading

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Kakie as described by Miyazato Ei’ichi 1978

n the Karate of Okinawa, in Gōjū-ryū only Kakie had been used since a long time as a supporting exercise (hojo-undō). In Kakie you face each other, both with the same leg forward, and either in Nekoashi-dachi or in Sanchin … Continue reading

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The History of Okinawa Karate Associations, based on common interests

ince the 1950s the movement of post-war Okinawan Karate organizations began. The era saw the establishment of the Okinawa Karate-do Renmei in May 1956 (first president Chibana Chōshin), the Okinawa Kobudō Kyōkai in June 1961 (first president Higa Seitoku), and … Continue reading

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1872, Ryūkyū kingdom

n January 1872, the Ryūkyū kingdom was informed that it had been affiliated as the Ryūkyu fief to newly established Kagoshima Prefecture. According to the regulations determined in a letter by Ōyama, the chancellor of Kagoshima Prefectural at the time, “Congratulatory Envoys for … Continue reading

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A Snippet on Matsumura Sokon and the Jigen-ryu Menkyo Kaiden

Source: Sakuda Shigeru: Karate Meijin Retsuden (Biographies of Great Karate Masters), Naha 1987. pp. 8-9, 100. n early 1953 Sakuda Shigeru worked as a journalist for the Okinawa Asahi Shinbun newspaper company. The company president at the time was the … Continue reading

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Mekata and Ti = Okinawan Pogo or Dancefloor Wingchun?

he elementary school teacher, Karate man and author Funakoshi Gichin in 1914 noted on rural dances called Mēkata 舞方: He considered these to be not-yet-developed precursors of Karate. Currently these Mēkata are again variously perceived as archetypes of an indigenous … Continue reading

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