Tag Archives: Funakoshi Gichin

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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May I introduce myself? My name is Kanō Jigorō.

Out of personal interest I regularly surf the internet and also read, participate in and contribute in discussions in social media groups. One of the stereotypes found almost everywhere is what I would paraphrase as follows: Gichin Funakoshi introduced and popularized karate … Continue reading

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Southern Islands Discourse Meeting, 1927

Members of Yanagita Kunio’s “Southern Islands Discourse Meeting” in 1927. The photo shows three “fathers of…,” namely the father of Japanese native folkloristics, the father of Okinawaology, and the father of modern karate. Moreover, it also shows someone who might be termed the … Continue reading

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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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Seiryoku Zen’yo Kokumin Taiiku no Kata – The Form of national physical education of maximum efficiency

This article sheds some light on the possible influence of karate on the establishment of the “Seiryoku Zen’yo Kokumin Taiiku no Kata”. The “Seiryoku Zen’yo Kokumin Taiiku no Kata” (in the following SZKTK) is a collection of combative movement exercises, created … Continue reading

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Nagamine Shoshin and the apparently two first postwar articles written on Karate/Kobudo

In the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shinpō, in 1950 an article appeared on Funakoshi, titled: “Karate – Funakoshi Gichin Okina – Defeating a cow: secret training under cover of night.” In the post-war era in Okinawa itself it also took a … Continue reading

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Funakoshi Gichin: Rentan Goshin Karatejutsu, 1925 original edition

held it in hands: a 1st edition (1925) of  Funakoshi’s Rentan Goshin Karatejutsu. As regards contents this work basically includes the same informations as Ryukyu Kenpo Karate (1922), but the sketches manufactured by Kosugi Hoan’s student Yamashiro Masatsuna had been replaced by … Continue reading

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New Snippets on old Funakoshi

I wrote this article shortly after my return from my 1 1/2 years martial practice and study tour on Okinawa. n 1906, Iha Fuyū bought a collection of Okinawan Puppet Theater songs from Funakoshi Gichin In Miyanaga Tōsō’s (1893-1964) book “The Okinawan Puppet Theater” … Continue reading

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