Category Archives: Fundstücke

Zen Nihon Karate-dō Renmei – High summer inquiry, 1956

Zen Nihon Karate-dō Renmei – High summer inquiry President Sai Chōkō Vice president Konishi Yasuhiro Vice president Kinjō Hiroshi Board chairman Nakamura Norio (member of the Kanbukan) Izumikawa Kanki – consultant (Senbukan Gōjū-ryū, Ryūkyū Kobudō) Teshirogi Tadashi – consultant Ishiguro … Continue reading

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What’s in a hairpin?

Various experts repeatedly likened karate to Ryūkyūan dance. For example, Funakoshi Gichin wrote that “As a martial art unique to Okinawa, the Mēkata dances of the rural areas are the same as not yet developed karate.” (1) More than a … Continue reading

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Tōma Jūgō (1895-1971)

Tōma Jūgō (1895-1971) was a judge and politician of pre-war Okinawa prefecture and post-war Ryūkyū government, mayor of Naha, and administrative chief of the Ryūkyū government (November 1956 – November 1959). In his memoirs (1969) he remembers his Karate training … Continue reading

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Karate and Kobudo in Okinawa, 1896

At the end of the 19th century, karate consisted of bare-knuckle two-person bouts that included clinching, and wrestling. Bojutsu was known, as was Nunchaku. I know, it is nothing new, neither for you nor anybody else 🙂 ——————————————— From: “KARATE … Continue reading

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The most important source to assess and to reinterpret the old narratives of karate schools

A narrative is a report that adds meaning to, and influences the perception of events among a target group. It is related to a specific field (cultural, political, etc.), conveys values and emotions, and is subject to modification over time. … Continue reading

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Polizei-Kampfkunst. Festnahme und Selbstverteidigung. Shōkadō, Tokyo 1930.

Dieses Buch stammt aus dem Besitz von Nagamine Shōshin, in dessen Studierzimmer ich 2008 Aufnahmen machte, mit freundlicher Genehmigung seines Sohnes Nagamine Takayoshi. Man darf vermuten, dass Nagamine dieses Buch akquirierte, als er 1936 zur weiteren Aufstiegsweiterbildung nach Tokyo entsandt … Continue reading

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Does the photo of Itosu Ankō show a different person?

[Here follows my translation of the newspaper article: Arakaki Ryōko: “Does the photo of Itosu Ankō show a different person?” In: Okinawa Times, March 2, 2019, Saturday, No. 25159 (daily issue). Many thanks to Motobu Naoki Shihan of the Motobu-ryu for … Continue reading

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Friedrich Schiller: Der Handschuh

  Vor seinem Löwengarten, Das Kampfspiel zu erwarten, Saß König Franz, Und um ihn die Großen der Krone, Und rings auf hohem Balkone Die Damen in schönem Kranz.   Und wie er winkt mit dem Finger, Auf tut sich der … Continue reading

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Anleitung zur deutschen und französischen Umgangssprache, 1841

„Der Stock. Le bâton. – Der Fechtstock.  Le bâton à deux bouts. – Mit dem Stock fechten. Jouer du bâton. – Das Stockfechten lernen. Apprendre le bâton.“ Aus: Adler-Mesnard: Anleitung zur deutschen und französischen Umgangssprache. 1841. S. 143.

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