Category Archives: Book Reviews

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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Inoue Motokatsu (1918-1993)

Inoue Motokatsu was born 1918 in Tôkyô. He was the grandson of the elder Meiji statesman Inoue Kaoru and Inoue Keitarô. He studied a synthesis of Bujutsu under Fujita Seiko, the 14th generation headmaster of Kôga-ryû. After completion of Keiô … Continue reading

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Gerhard Ulrich Anton Vieth (1763-1836)

Vieth, Gerhard Ulrich Anton: Versuch einer Encyklopädie der Leibesübungen. Quellenbücher der Leibesübungen (1795), Band 2, Teil II. Herausgegeben von M. Schwarze und W. Limpert. 8 in 9 Bänden. Dresden, Verlag W. Limpert, 1928-1934. Vom Ringen und Faustkampfe Von der Ringekunst, … Continue reading

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Tōma Jūgō – Karate as a Physical Education Subject in Secondary School

In my last post I established that judge and politician Tōma Jūgō (1895-1971) must have attended his four-year course at Shuri Middle School between 1908-1913. At this time, karate was a mandatory school subject at Shuri middle school. So I … Continue reading

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A Study on Okinawan Karate Kata Names

Ro Gai (Lu Jiangwei) (Joint Researcher, Research Institute attached to the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts): Okinawa karate no kata meishō ni tsuite no ichikōsatsu (A Study on Okinawan Karate Kata Names). In: Ryūkyū Karate no Rūtsu wo saguru Jigyō … Continue reading

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Fujian Southern Boxing (2)

There were some questions online regarding the previous short article “Fujian Southern Boxing (1).” So I’d like to add some more info by Wen Xinhui (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Physical Education, Jimei University, China), translated below. The historical source … Continue reading

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Fujian Southern Boxing (1)

Recently, there was a lot of news coverage about Southern Boxing from Fujian Province and its relation to Okinawa Karate. The reporters were martial artists themselves. I’d like to add an insight by Wen Xinhui, Associate Professor at the Graduate … Continue reading

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A study on the origins of Okinawa Karate and Southern Shaolin Boxing from Quanzhou

Zhou Kunmin (President of the International Southern Shaolin 5-Ancestor-Boxing Association): A study on the origins of Okinawa Karate and Southern Shaolin Boxing from Quanzhou. In: Ryūkyū Karate no Rūtsu wo saguru Jigyō – Chōsa Kenkyū Hōkokusho (Research and Study Report … Continue reading

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A study of the kata Sanchin in Goju-ryu, Uechi-ryu, Baihe-quan (White-Crane-Boxing), and Wuzu-quan (5-Ancestors-Boxing)

By Kadekaru Tooru. In: Ryūkyū Karate no Rūtsu o saguru Jigyō – Chōsa Kenkyū Hōkokusho (Research and Study Report – Project to Explore the Roots of Ryūkyū Karate). Urasoe City Board of Education, March 2015. Pp 69-80. Translation: Andreas Quast … Continue reading

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Motobu Chōki: “My Art and Skill of Karate” (1932)

This translation was created in close cooperation with the author’s grandson, Motobu Naoki sensei. It also includes a congratulatory address by the author’s son, Motobu Chōsei sensei, the current head of the school. Moreover, this year marks the 150th anniversary of Motobu Chōki’s birth. In other words, three generations of the Motobu family were involved in this new translation, connecting the history and tradition of karate from the 19th to 21th century. Continue reading

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