Category Archives: Bojutsu Kata Series

Tsuken Sunakake no Kon

One of the famous kata with the paddle (uēku) is Tsuken Sunakake no Kon (oki.: Chikin Sunakachi nu Kun). As it is generally demonstrated using the uēku (paddle) it is also referred to as Chikin Sunakachi nu Uēku-dī (Tsuken’s skills … Continue reading

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The Ueku was the Sword of the Fisherman

Earlier today I wrote a piece about a current design of an ueku (oar), which you can read here. I would like to add a short note about the various designs of the ueku and what the design means for … Continue reading

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Soeishi no Kon

A number of recent articles about Soeishi-ryū bōjutsu raised a lot of interest in bōjutsu circles. One of the schools which have a kata by the name of Soeishi is the Matayoshi Kobudō. The following is a written description of … Continue reading

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Soeishi no Kon – by Takamura Seiko, 1980

In June of 2020, Lara Chamberlain uploaded a bo-kata video from the archives of Fred Christian sensei. Neither the performer nor the kata were known or could be identified. However, from some of the signature techniques I thought right away … Continue reading

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Shikiyanaka no Kon (Oki.: Shichanunāka nu Kun)

According to Nakazato Jōen’s tradition, the fifth-generation ancestor from Chinen village Shikiya, Nakazato Hitohisa who had was called “Shikiya no Naka” (yagō=a name to identify individuals otherwise difficult to identify), was widely known as a master of bōjutsu. Even today, … Continue reading

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Chinen Shikiyanaka no Kon (Oki.: Chinin Shichanaka nu Kun)

Chinen Shikiyanaka is remembered as a master of bōjutsu. It is said that he begun to study bōjutsu while serving as a live-in public apprentice of the Soeishi Udun, a clan related to the royal family. It is said that … Continue reading

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Short Analysis of an Unknown Kata of Bōjutsu as Performed by the Late Nagamine Takayoshi, Hanshi, in a Video From the Private Archives of Bill George, Sensei.

The Facebook page of “Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate – Midwest Honbu Dojo” regularly posts intriguing videos from the personal collection of Bill George Sensei. Since it is a private video collection, in most cases I saw the video for the … Continue reading

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Shirotaru no Kon (5) – Name, Lineages, Variants

Name The name of the kata is usually written in kana as 白樽の棍. In standard Japanese this is pronounced “Shirotaru no Kon.” In Okinawan dialect it is pronounced “Shiratarū nu Kun” シラタルーヌクン. Otherwise the name is also sometimes written in … Continue reading

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Shirotaru no Kon (4) – Techniques of Shirotaru Deciphered

As I noted before, Miki Jisaburō learned Shirotaru no Kon from Ōshiro Chōjo (1887–1935), who lived in Shuri Ōnaka 1-54 at the time. At that time Ōshiro served as a regular teacher as well as the head of the karate … Continue reading

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Shirotaru no Kon (3) – The Pole Fencing Techniques of Shirotaru

Below follows my descriptive translation of Shirotaru no Kon as given by Miki in 1930. Let me note a few things: First of all, in the original text, some descriptions were shortened by making a reference to a technique from … Continue reading

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