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Funakoshi and the Museum of Education in Tokyo

The following passage shows how sporting goods manufacturer’s and distributor’s associations in Japan sponsored various sporting events since the 1920s, including events in which karate was showcased (Nakamura et al. 2008: 1-2). At the Peace Memorial Tokyo Expo held in … Continue reading

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Resolution on the Declaration of “Karate Day”

In the distant old times, about 700 years ago, karate was born in this region of Okinawa. Our ancestors created the world-class traditional culture called karate in symbiosis with Okinawa’s rich nature and geographical features. It was initially called “ti” … Continue reading

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空手の日宣言に関する決議

参考資料『沖縄空手古武道事典』2008年、7頁。

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Choosing a bo

In choosing or making a bo that suits your physics and your style of executing techniques, there are a few things to consider. In the following, I will list what I think are the most critical points. 1. Kind of … Continue reading

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WKF Official Kata List – Development 2012 | 2013 | 2020

The table below shows the development of the official WKF kata between 2012 and 2020. To explain it briefly: Until 2012, JKF/WKF kata were assigned to the four major styles of Japanese karate, namely Shito, Shotokan, Goju, and Wado. Then, … Continue reading

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1850 embassy to Edo

The photo taken recently (2019) by my friend Akuseru Hainrihi shows the “Ryū-jin Gyōretsu no Zu” 琉人行列之図, or “Illustration of the Procession of Ryūkyūans (to Edo).” These processions were called EDO-NOBORI. This EDO-NOBORI took place in 1850. In that year, prince Tamagawa … Continue reading

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Approaching a core issue of Okinawa Kobudo

In the bōjutsu tradition of Taira Shinken, we find a rarely seen pole weapon: the Kushaku-bō 九尺棒 (ca. 273 cm long staff). Early sources do not mention it but say that  “The Okinawan bō is either Rokushaku (ca. 182 cm) … Continue reading

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A bare-handed man boxing

Note the calligraphy in the upper middle of the photography. It shows the phrase “a handless man boxing” (無手人行拳), read from right to left. The phrase was taken from “The Quiet Hermitage”, a Chinese collection of 100 Zen Buddhist theoretical … Continue reading

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Hide and seek

In Japanese martial arts, including Okinawa Karate, the personal lineage of instruction is of utmost importance. It is so important that it is considered a standalone criterion for the authenticity of a person and his style. Sometimes technical expertise is … Continue reading

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Launch of “Tijikun”

I finally realized an old childhood dream, namely to design my own t-shirts. So I am excited to announce the launch of TIJIKUN. As you know, TIJIKUN has been the original name of karate. Well, it is designed for afficionados … Continue reading

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