Tag Archives: Bojutsu

Yonegawa no Kon and the Western bayonet rifle

It would be a mere rethorical question to ask if historical Ryūkyūan combative methods were influenced by the outside world. Notwithstanding, somehow this seems to be a weird question. One of the persistent beliefs making Ryūkyūan combative methods so likable … Continue reading

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Weaponry during Edo-nobori

Edo-nobori were Ryūkyūan pilgrimages to Edo on official occasions, like the enthronement of a new Ryūkyūan king or the succession of a new Shōgun in Japan. During these pilgrimages a very few number of weapons were carried by Ryūkyūans like … Continue reading

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Random thoughts on the term “Enbu”

Investiture envoy Wang Ji for 1683 noted on a place for drill in arms and for the practice of martial arts in Naha, used by the officers and men of the Tenshikan (the lodgings of the Investiture envoys and their followers, … Continue reading

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Roundtable discussion to talk about the karate (Part 3). – Weapons representing the spirit of defense – 1955

This is the translation of a 1955 interview with the Matsubayashi-ryū Kōdōkan headquarter dōjō. It deals with the kobujutsu practiced in this school. Participants from the Kōdōkan were : Please follow and like us:

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Yari manufactured around the end of the Ryūkyū kingdom era rediscovered in a 1884 Okinawa acquisition of the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin

mong the everyday commodities of Okinawa are a number of tools which can be used in the martial arts. For example, equipment used in the mountains (hatchet, etc.), by fishermen (harpoon, etc.), in agriculture (hoe, etc.), or by craftsmen (plane, … Continue reading

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Beitrag von Andreas Quast. Please follow and like us:

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Yonegawa no Kon – sort of…

he bōjutsu called Yonegawa no Kon 米川の棍 emphasizes left-sided cudgel techniques. That’s why it is also called Hidari-bō 左棒, i.e. left-sided cudgel. Left sided means that here in the regular posture the left foot and left hand is in front, … Continue reading

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“Bo” and “Ken” 1866

s another snippet of Ryūkyūan martial arts history during kingdom times, the scene of this short post are the laws in Ryūkyū. I guess most people are unaware that there were actual laws that regulated physical violence, the use of weapons etc. … 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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