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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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Nakahara Zenshu: Character and Weapons of the Ryukyu Kingdom (3)

Recently I cited a statement from the latest version of Okinawa Karate News on Facebook. It said, “Okinawa should appeal to the world that karate is not a fighting martial art but the culture of Okinawa”. Naturally, the statement received … Continue reading

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Nakahara Zenshu: Character and Weapons of the Ryukyu Kingdom (2)

In this second part, Nakahara sheds some light on the beginning of a twofold theory as regards weapons bans, which in consequence not only served to establish the theory of a historically “peaceful Ryūkyū kingdom” but also that of Karate … Continue reading

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Nakahara Zenshu: Character and Weapons of the Ryukyu Kingdom (1)

When studying Ryukyu martial arts, there is the interesting genre of “Okinawa studies.” It was begun by Iha Fuyu and continued by Nakahara Zenshū and many others. What is most intruiging is that – with their professionalism, access, and grasp … Continue reading

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