Monthly Archives: July 2016

Original References on Tomari-te

In karate circles both in Japan and abroad the so-called Tomari-te has become a topic of great interest in the recent decade. As had been pointed out recently, today there are a lot of genealogies of schools claiming Tomari-te heritage. … Continue reading

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The Technical System of Shōtōkan-ryū

“The Technical System of Shōtōkan-ryū” was published as an appendix to the 1986 book by Gima Shinkin und Fujiwara Ryōzō (Taidan – Kindai Karate-dō no Rekishi wo Kataru. Bēsubōru Magajin-sha, Tōkyō 1986). Gima Shinkin (1896-1989) was born in Okinawa and studied under … Continue reading

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The Big Dipper

Take a look at the below depiction. It describes the division of the blade according to Italian and German style fencing from the 16th – 17th centuries. The Italian style has a 4-part-division of the blade, namely in full-strength (1a), … Continue reading

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On Tīshimi and Tī

During his period of government service, Tei Junsoku 程順則 (1663–1734) traveled to Qing China four times, and one time to the Japanese capital of Edo. Later he was promoted to Sanshikan of the royal government in Shuri and awarded the … Continue reading

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Konishi Yasuhiro 小西康裕

Previously I wrote about Bōgu-tsuki Karate or “karate with protective equipment.” Afterwards Terry Wingrove sensei provided his eyewitness account from 1968 or 69. According to this account, at that time Gima Shinkin (Shotōkan-ryū) and Konishi Yasuhiro were discussing Bōgu-tsuki karate. It was agreed that Konishi Yasuhiro was the … Continue reading

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Photo in the “Encyclopedia of Japan,” keyword “Karate”

It is not surprising that the “Encyclopedia of Japan” has an entry for the word “Karate.” It provides a good basic overview of Karate, with photos of Rika Usami, Motobu Choki, the Japanese national Kata team, Kyan Chotoku and many … Continue reading

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Timeline of Bōgu-tsuki Karate

Bōgu-tsuki Karate 防具付き空手 is one of various competition modi of Karate. It literally means “karate with protective equipment attached.” It refers to full-contact karate fights in which protective equipment is worn by the participants. Termonilogy As regards the term bōgu, … Continue reading

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