Tag Archives: Karate

Karate no omoide (My Memories of Karate)

The article “Karate no omoide” (My Memories of Karate) is a primary source about Kyan Chōtoku’s life and his relation to karate. The article was published on 1942-05-07 in the Okinawa Shinpō Newspaper. The Okinawa Shinpō was a result of the … Continue reading

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Kinjo Hiroshi on Basil Hall’s Visit to Ryukyu

As you know, 200 years ago, in 1816, Basil Hall reached Okinawa. The following is from: Kinjō Hiroshi: Karate kara karate made (From karate 唐手 to karate 空手), 2011. Translation (incl. all possible mistakes) by Andreas Quast. The British Royal Navy’s “The Voyage … Continue reading

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Throws & Locks

Throws & locks in Karate are the scoop of the year, rightly. While discussing the topic, the perspective is usually that of the executor of a technique (tori 取り): he applies locks and throws. But what did the initial attacker … Continue reading

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Karate Training Places in 1898, 1899, show Division by Ideology

In 1898 and 1899 the first notes on training places of Karate in Okinawa appear in newspaper articles. From these early descriptions it can be seen that Karate was taught in the context of political activity and ideology. In the … Continue reading

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On the name of Seiyunchin, and why the theories of Karate are “contingent”

Research on some of the most important topics in Karate Kobudo is almost exclusively carried out by individuals. One example is the Bubishi, which basically had been dug out by private endeavors only. One minor example is research into Kata names. Research in Karate is … Continue reading

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The Chuzan Mon on Ayajo Boulevard

Within the construction of the Shuri castle walls there were numerous gates. In olden times there was a gate called Chūzan-mon, which was of the same type as the Shureimon. Unfortunately, the Chūzan-mon was demolished in 1908 due to obsolescence. … 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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Nakahara Zenshu: Character and Weapons of the Ryukyu Kingdom (5)

In this 5th and last part of his article on the character and weapons of the Ryūkyū Kingdom, Nakahara discusses early karate and kobudō sources from the kingdom time. Although quite short, still today no earlier written usage of the term … Continue reading

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Nakahara Zenshu: Character and Weapons of the Ryukyu Kingdom (4)

In this 4th part of his article on the character and weapons of the Ryūkyū Kingdom, Nakahara discusses the influece of the Shimazu invasion of 1609 and the theories of a peaceful and weaponless kingdom of Ryūkyū since the time … Continue reading

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Sakugawa – The Hidden Warrior

Working at a US restaurant on Okinawa once established by the DOD, the caretaker, a strong, black guy, asked me about what I was doing on Okinawa. I said, in order to not overcomplicate the matter, “Karate.” And he was like … Continue reading

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