Monthly Archives: February 2015

The three Toyomiya tombs on Miyako Island

he Toyomiya tombs (Toyomiya-baka) are three structures located at a gravesite in the north-west of Miyako Island facing Hirara Bay. They are the tombs of the Chūdō-clan, which was established by Nakasone Toyomiya. Designated as important cultural properties of Japan, … Continue reading

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Über den Gusan

pricht man vom Okinawa Kobudō, fällt hier und da der Begriff des Gūsan. Der Gūsan ist eine ganz bestimmte Stockwaffe. Es ist nicht viel darüber bekannt und man kann es vielleicht eine Nischen-Methode nennen. Im westlichen Verständnis handelt es sich dabei um … Continue reading

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Re-evaluation on “A Devil’s hand, a Buddha’s heart”

nce when asked for a brief definition of a good Karate person, Nagamine Shōshin (1907-1997) quoted: Kisshu busshin 鬼手佛心: A demon’s hand, a saint’s heart. Note: Kisshu busshin is the Sino-Japanese reading of the Kanji. In native Japanese reading it … Continue reading

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Die Herkunft des Saijutsu von Hama Higa

Anmerkung: Dies ist meine Übersetzung eines um 1970 von Taira Shinken verfassten Artikels, der in der erweiterten und verbesserten Ausgabe des Ryūkyū Kobudō Taikan (1997, S. 183-84, Hrsg. Inoue Kishō) posthum abgedruckt wurde. Obwohl die erwähnten Personen und Vorkommnisse alle historisch … Continue reading

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Snapshot: A polymorphic grappling action from a 1556 treatise

nderstanding how things work is essential in MA. We watch videos today, which is the learning aid of our time. In engineering, we call this utility film. In the future, we might also be able to use augmented reality. Historically, however, … Continue reading

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uken Teruya: “Parade from far far away” (Detail view). Bingata technique on banana leaf fiber. 2014. From: “On Okinawa: Collections from the Past and the Future.” Dahlem Ethnological Museum/Asian Art Museum. Humboldt Lab Dahlem. September 23, 2014–February 8, 2015. http://www.humboldt-forum.de/en/home/ … Continue reading

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Excerpts of Ryukyu-related items in the Museum of Ethnology, Berlin

total of 1483 Ryukyu-related items in 54 different museums have been verified in European collections. The bulk of these – in terms of numbers of museums and of items – is to be found in Germany: 529 items (35.7%) are found in … Continue reading

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Irgendwas ist anders – Ein Abgesang

anchmal merkt man es. Sie sind irgendwie anders. Sie tragen dieselben Sachen, machen dieselben Dinge. Sie sind wie du und ich, Anfänger Fortgeschrittene, was auch immer. Manchmal sind sie sogar Autoritäten auf ihrem Gebiet mit hohen Graduierungen, Titeln, oder Medaillensammlungen, … Continue reading

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On jūjutsu and yawara, 1898

n 1898 Prof. Dr. Miura read an article in front of the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens” (“German Society for the Natural History and Ethnology of East Asia”). It was titled: “On jūjutsu and yawara” The practice of … Continue reading

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Getting older with Karate: Don’t overdo.

ver read one of the articles and studies as regards various facts related to health among aging Karate people? The buzz word making the rounds is “longevity”. Since the 1980s Nakamoto Masahiro pointed out examples of Karate people from the social … Continue reading

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