Monthly Archives: September 2015

The 20 Articles of Karate-do

The 20 Articles of Karate-dō were taught by Funakoshi Gichin Sensei to his disciples as the mental attitude of Karate. They were first published by Nakasone Genwa in his foreword of the “Karate-dō Taikan” (1938).   Please follow and like us:

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Enbusen

At the nucleus of the Kata of Karate there are Uke-waza (defenses), Tsuki-waza (strikes), and Keri-waza (kicks). However, Kata also inherently include Tsukame-waza (seizing), Nage-waza (throwing) and Kansetsu-waza (joint locking, grappling) etc. Every Kata has a so-called Enbusen, or demonstration … Continue reading

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Navi 2

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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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Wanshū, Wansu, and Wang Ji

The Tsūkō Ichiran (Survey of Foreign Relations, 1853) extensively reports on Ryūkyū. It notes on the first Edo-nobori (embassies to Edo) that took place in 1634. At that time King Shō Hō dispatched prince Kin Ōji Chōtei as a gratitude … Continue reading

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On the Matsumura scroll

One of Matsumura’s disciples was the late Kuwae Ryōsei (1856–1926).[1] When after the war his eldest son Kuwae Ryōkei (1886–1966)[2] returned from Taiwan, Nagamine heard that he was in possession of a handwritten manuscript scroll (makimono) prepared by Matsumura himself. And … Continue reading

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Kyan Chotoku, teacher of Nagamine Shoshin.

“When in May 1942 Nagamine Shōshin opened his first dōjō in Naha’s Sōgenji district, it was the only private karate school in Naha at the time. Kyan Chōtoku, his personal teacher, came all the way from Yomitan village, together with … Continue reading

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