Tag Archives: Mabuni Kenwa

Like-a-Stick-of-Straw

There is the working hypothesis of a prototypical combative method of indigenous Ryūkyūan origin and design. It predated imported methods of kenpō and was handed down personally without interruption ever since. This combative method is generically described as “Tī.” The … 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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Paipuren – A modern karate-ized form

There is a phase in one’s karate-life when you get extremely confused about kata and their origin. Naturally, you want to believe your karate is very authentic and old. However, without special skills and experience, even for world champions or … Continue reading

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Mabuni Kenwa and the establishment of Shitō-ryū 糸東流

When looking for the origin of Shitō-ryū one will first run into its founder Mabuni Kenwa (1889 – 1952). Kenwa was born in Shuri in 1889. An ancestor of the House of Mabuni during the Ryūkyū Kingdom era was Oni … Continue reading

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The Okinawa Karate Kenkyū Kurabu (Okinawa Karate Research Club)

Prelude n 1918/04 a meeting place was established at the house of Mabuni Kenwa in Shuri. Here the Karate Kenkyūkai (Karate Research Society, short KRS) was created with shuri-te proponents as its members: Mabuni Kenwa, Hanashiro Chōmo, Chibana Chōshin, Tokuda … Continue reading

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On Sesoko no Kon (Bojutsu Kata Series)

or some reason exponents of Ryukyuan martial arts (RMA) like Okinawan dialect. So, as everyone likes it so much these days, Sesoko no Kon is pronounced Shisuku nu Kun in the native dialect. I really didn’t make this up. Rather, … Continue reading

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Kinjo Hiroshi: From Todi to Karate. 2011.

orn in Shuri 1919, Kinjo Hiroshi startet training in Todi in 1926.That is 85 years ago if I am not mistaken! EIGHTY-FIFE!!!! I believe… This man is so cool, he even has his own Homepage! Kinjo Sensei has trained under … Continue reading

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