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A 1976 booklet by the Ryūkyū Kobudō Hozon Shinkōkai

In 1976, the Ryūkyū Kobudō Hozon Shinkōkai published a memorial booklet. In it is found the organization and members of the association, a biography of Taira Shinken, the kobudo genealogy of the association, and list of kata handed down in … Continue reading

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Taiho-jutsu

Taiho-jutsu is a method for present day Japanese police officers (keisatsukan), Imperial guard escort officers (kōgū goeikan), coast guard officers, narcotics control officers (mayakutorishimarikan), military police officers of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF), and other judicial police personnel, or alternatively, … Continue reading

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Online Exhibition: Graduation from Tomari Elementary School in 1920

There has been some uncertainty as regards Nagamine Sensei’s exact school years. According to this photo here (and also this), Nagamine Shōshin graduated from Tomari Elementary School in 1920. At that time, 6 years was the regular term for elementary … Continue reading

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Kickstarter Campaign — Okinawa Martial Art Dances – The Video Tutorial Archive

Exciting news: I have started a Kickstarter Campaign. It will run 30 days, so don’t hesitate. I have been documenting martial arts dances for more than 25 years now. Some of the things I came across are published here on my … Continue reading

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Kunshi

To be a hero, you only need to be a hero once. But to be a gentleman, you have to be a gentleman for life. In Okinawa still today there is a designation of high-level regard for a karate person … Continue reading

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Photo of Tomari People in 1888

It has been five years since I discovered and presented the 1888 photo of people in front of the Sōgen-ji Temple in Tomari. In the meantime we located more items of the 1888 journey and managed to get access. Therefore, … Continue reading

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Shōrin and Shōrei – Lost in Translation

I would like to turn attention towards the terms pronounced in Japanese as Shōrin and Shōrei. In short: The whole story of Shōrin and Shōrei as the original schools of karate were possibly just a communication error. To get started, … Continue reading

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The Karate and Kobujutsu demonstrations for Kano Jigoro in 1927

Yesterday, Motobu Naoki Sensei presented new research about Kanō Jigorō’s visit to Okinawa in 1927, and the karate demonstrations presented to him. In it appears a part of an article originally written by Ishikawa Seitoku of Shōrin-ryū in 1999: “Director … Continue reading

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Nagamine Shōshin and Shimabukuro Tarō

There is some confusion as to when Nagamine Shōshin began training in karate under his various sensei. Let’s check the timeline. It is believed that Nagamine Shōshin entered Tomari Elementary School in April 1914. This is for the following reasons. … Continue reading

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The Tsuki-fication of Bojutsu

Old-style Shūshi no Kon The earliest description of a bōjutsu kata in text and illustration is that of Shūshi no Kon. It was learned on Okinawa by Miki Jisaburō and published in 1930. In this description, there are no tsuki … Continue reading

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