Tag Archives: Shimabukuro Zenryo

1960 – Okinawa Kenpō

The following text is the translation of an Okinawan newspaper article from 1960. This article is about the establishment of the Okinawa Regional Headquarters of the Zen Nihon Karate-dō Renmei (JKF). In the article it is clearly stated that — until … Continue reading

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Ānankū and Chintō

Previously I wrote a short article about Shimabukuro Zenryō. There I described the so-to-say official version of his bio. This official version states, that he learned the seven main karate kata of Kyan Chōtoku: Sēsan, Anankū, Wanshū, Passai, Ūsēshī, Chintō, and Kūsankū, … Continue reading

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Shimabukuro Zenryō (1909–1969)

Shimabukuro Zenryō (1909–1969) was born in 1909 in the Kubagawa village of Shuri. It was the same year that Uechi-ryū founder Uechi Kanbun returned from Fujian, China. It was around his secondary school years when Zenryō with sparkling eyes listened … Continue reading

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Arakaki Ankichi (1899-1929) – budoka, businessman, artist

his article describes the life and impact of Arakaki Ankichi (1899-1929). Ultimately it aims at determining the meaning of a hanging scroll bearing a poem and a depiction he created in 1928. It took me nearly seven years – more … 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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