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The First Footprint of Modern Karate

In 2021, a list of “100 Footprints of Modern Karate” were published in the Okinawa Times. Footprint Number 1 refers to December 1, 1890, when Yabu Kentsū, Hanashiro Chōmo, Gabu Masae, Kudeken Kenyū and others volunteered to join the Imperial … Continue reading

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Torite (overview)

Torite is a classical martial art to capture an enemy with bare hands without killing him. Depending on the respective school, auxiliary weapons are used to make the arrest, such as the mitsu-dōgu (three pole weapons for catching criminals), the … Continue reading

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Tsuboi Gendō (1852-1922) – Physical education scholar of the Meiji era and Japan’s first physical exercises teacher

Tsuboi was born in Onikoshi, Katsushika District, Shimosa Province (today’s Ichikawa City in Chiba prefecture) as the second son of a farmer. In 1866, he entered the Kaiseijo of the Edo shogunate to study English. The Kaiseijo was an institution … Continue reading

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Tunchi (Okinawa)

(from Japanese Wikipedia, translation by Andreas Quast) Tunchi is a honorary title referring to the Uēkata families from among the Ryūkyū samurē class (shizoku) who are in the position of a sōjitō (estate steward-general). In a broader sense, it is … Continue reading

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Udun (Okinawa)

(from Japanese Wikipedia, translation by Andreas Quast) Udun is a term mainly used as a name for the residences of Ryūkyū royal family members, or otherwise as a honorary title for the people who live there. Overview Udun generally refers … Continue reading

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Yoshimura Udun

(from Japanese Wikipedia, translation by Andreas Quast) Real family name Shō(2nd Dynasty of the Royal Shō-clan) Progenitor Yoshimura Ōji Chōgi Classification Ryūkyū royal family Birthplace Ryūkyū Kingdom, Shuri Main home Ryūkyū Kingdom, Shuri Prominent figures Yoshimura Ōji Chōken, Yoshimura Aji … Continue reading

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Yoshimura Chōmei

(from Japanese Wikipedia, translation by Andreas Quast) Yoshimura Chōmei (October 10, 1830 – January 9, 1898) was the 3rd-generation head of the Yoshimura Udun and a government official and politician during the closing days of the Ryūkyū kingdom. He is … Continue reading

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Yoshimura Chōgi

(from Japanese Wikipedia, translation by Andreas Quast) Yoshimura Chōgi  (1866-1945) was born in the closing years of the Ryūkyū Kingdom as a member of the royal family of Ryūkyū. He was the 4th head of the  Yoshimura Udun. He is known … Continue reading

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