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Practice of Uēku-dī (ウェーク手の稽古)

One of the more famous kata with the uēku is Tsuken Sunakake no Kon (oki.: Chikin Sunakachi nu Kun). As it is generally demonstrated using the uēku (oar) it is also referred to as Chikin Sunakachi nu Uēku-dī (the skills of the oar etc.). … 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 (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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Sakugawa – The Hidden Warrior

Working at a US restaurant on Okinawa once established by the DOD, the caretaker, a strong, black guy, asked me about what I was doing on Okinawa. I said, in order to not overcomplicate the matter, “Karate.” And he was like … Continue reading

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The Butokuden of Okinawa

The original Dai Nippon Butokukai  (DNBK) was established in April 1895 in Kyōto to encourage the practice of the budō and to cultivate warlike virtues (butoku) throughout Imperial Japan. Branches were opened in each prefecture, aiming at the dissemination and … Continue reading

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