Tag Archives: Ryukyu

The 36 Clans of the Min-People

Shortly after the establishment of tributary trade relations with China, a group of Chinese from Fujian were granted to Ryūkyū by the Chinese Emperor and started to immigrate to Okinawa in 1392. They came to be known as the people … Continue reading

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On Tīshimi and Tī

During his period of government service, Tei Junsoku 程順則 (1663–1734) traveled to Qing China four times, and one time to the Japanese capital of Edo. Later he was promoted to Sanshikan of the royal government in Shuri and awarded the … Continue reading

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Some points of contact between Taoism and old martial arts in Ryukyu

Recently the topic of Taoism in martial arts was raised by quoting Kai Filipiak PhD, stating that while “there is evidence for martial practice in many Buddhist locations […] historical evidence for Daoist practice of martial arts is rare.” (Academic … 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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On the Gusan

hen speaking of Okinawa Kobudō, here and there the term gūsan appears. The gūsan is a specific stick weapon. Not much is known about it and and it can perhaps be called a niche method. In the western understanding it … Continue reading

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Über den Gusan

pricht man vom Okinawa Kobudō, fällt hier und da der Begriff des Gūsan. Der Gūsan ist eine ganz bestimmte Stockwaffe. Es ist nicht viel darüber bekannt und man kann es vielleicht eine Nischen-Methode nennen. Im westlichen Verständnis handelt es sich dabei um … Continue reading

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Hidari-gomon: the coat-of-arms of the Royal Sho family of the Ryukyu Kingdom

his is about the coat-of-arms of the royal Sho family of Ryuku, found to be used extensively in dojo and association emblems. I start right off without long explanations, and no further discussing the problems in perception and usage of … 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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“Bo” and “Ken” 1866

s another snippet of Ryūkyūan martial arts history during kingdom times, the scene of this short post are the laws in Ryūkyū. I guess most people are unaware that there were actual laws that regulated physical violence, the use of weapons etc. … Continue reading

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Okinawa Karate Kobudo Jiten

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Takamiyagi Shigeru, Shinzato Katsuhiko , Nakamoto Masahiro [Aut. u. Hrsg.]: Okinawa Karate Kobudo Jiten. Tôkyô, Kashiwa Shobô 2008. iv, 745 pp. 27cm. ieses Lexikon des Karate Kobudô von Okinawa ist ein umfassende Kompendium aus dem „heiligen Land“ des Karate und … Continue reading

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