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King Wu Once Buckled On His Armor: The Seven Virtues of Martial Arts

by Andreas Quast THIS is the true story of the seven virtues of martial arts as described by Matsumura Sokon. Considered the primary source-text of old-style Okinawan martial arts, the “Seven Virtues” are admired for their straightforward advice. Handwritten in the late 19th … Continue reading

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Immobilizing the terminus

below you find a sketch drawing from a German grappling manual dated to ca. AD 1545 (Cod.I.6.2º.4., Folio 4recto). It can be found in various others medieval manuals and must be considered to have been a standard application at the time. Wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Miyagi Chojun, October 1935

October 1935, the great tug-of-war of Naha was celebrated on Naha City Tsūdō main street. The men in the photo belonged to the Eastern Party. They had the important task to take care of the kanichibō, i.e. the huge wooden … Continue reading

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Kyan Chotoku’s wife, Kama

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Short Note on The 36 Families

Compared to other Chinese overseas merchant communities in Southeast Asia, which were more economically successful, the people of Kumemura were more successful in culture and administration, which is considered to be due to the state stipends and privileges provided to … Continue reading

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Flurry styles of Karate?

So I stumbled over this issue of Black Belt Mag from April 1968. Therein appeared an interview with three young men from Okinawa, plannning to stay in the US for maybe four years and maybe open a dojo: Kina Santos, Taba Kensai, … Continue reading

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A Stroll Along Ryukyu Martial Arts History

A Stroll Along Ryukyu Martial Arts History Paperback – May 15, 2015 by Andreas Quast (Author) Paperback edition: available at Amazon US ($14.99), Amazon UK (£9.79), Amazon Germany (EUR 14.97), CreateSpace eStore ($14.99), and at online and offline bookstores and retailers, as well as via public libraries and … Continue reading

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Retrospective: 1997 Okinawa Karate and Kobudō World Tournament 

On August 21st the Opening Ceremony of the “1997 Okinawa Karate and Kobudō World Tournament” was held to commemorate the completion of the Prefectural Budōkan Gymnasium at Ōnoyama park, Okinawa. The Budōkan was built to commemorate the martial heritage of the Ryūkyūs. … Continue reading

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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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Evolution of the Matsubayashi-ryū insignia since 1955

Seems we all live in our own little worlds and – while observing what’s going on in the various regional perceptions of Karate around the globe – successively try to make sense of and adjust our subjectively coherent perceptions of … Continue reading

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