Tag Archives: Naihanchi

‘nchi means tī 手

As I noted earlier and in fact already back in 2005, the honorific term for tī  手 (ティー) in the Okinawan language was ‘nchi ンチ. Now, usually the syllables of Naihanchi have always and unanimously been considered to be Nai|han|chi. But what if it is Nai|ha|‘nchi? … Continue reading

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Kasumi

Recently I read about Motobu Choki using the archaic term “kasumi-uchi” instead of the modern “haishu-uchi” for a specific technique in Naihanchi (see photo). It is said that Itosu changed this to “haito-uke” (ridge hand block). Both haishu-uchi as well as haito-uke refer to the body-part used … Continue reading

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Photo of Miyahira Sensei, a carpenter certified to restore listed buildings like castle etc. performing Naihanchi, June 12, 2010, Shinbukan Dojo, Tomigusuku.

On Okinawa, various masters and groups train in Naihanchi. Just like with every tsuki on the island, everyone has a different approach as regards how to generate power etc., how to practice it exactly, and why. Oh, and BTW, did … Continue reading

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Nakamura Shigeru (1891-1969)

akamura Shigeru (1891-1969) was an Okinawan Budōka active in Karate and Kobudō. He established the name “Okinawa Kenpō” according to his perspective that originally there were no styles on Okinawa. Shigeru was born the eldest son of father Nakamura Kōkichi … Continue reading

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Mutsu Mizuho: KARATE KENPO ZEN (The Complete Karate Kenpo)

Mutsu Mizuho: Tōde Kenpō Zen [The Complete Karate Kenpō]. Yōju Shorin, Ginowan 1999. 493 pp. 27cm. Limited Edition (800 only)! his is a reprint of the 1933 original edition published by the Tōkyō University Karate Kenkyūkai. Mutsu Mizuho already in 1929 traveled … Continue reading

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