Category Archives: Unknown Ryukyu

German-Ryukyuan Contacts in the 19th Century

There were only few contacts between Germany and Ryukyu in the 19th century. The first German to reach the Ryukyu Kingdom was probably missionary Dr. Karl Friedrich August Gützlaff (1803–1851), who reached Okinawa in 1832 on a British ship. The … 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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Tōma Jūgō (1895-1971)

Tōma Jūgō (1895-1971) was a judge and politician of pre-war Okinawa prefecture and post-war Ryūkyū government, mayor of Naha, and administrative chief of the Ryūkyū government (November 1956 – November 1959). In his memoirs (1969) he remembers his Karate training … Continue reading

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Karate and Kobudo in Okinawa, 1896

At the end of the 19th century, karate consisted of bare-knuckle two-person bouts that included clinching, and wrestling. Bojutsu was known, as was Nunchaku. I know, it is nothing new, neither for you nor anybody else 🙂 ——————————————— From: “KARATE … 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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The most important source to assess and to reinterpret the old narratives of karate schools

A narrative is a report that adds meaning to, and influences the perception of events among a target group. It is related to a specific field (cultural, political, etc.), conveys values and emotions, and is subject to modification over time. … Continue reading

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The Karate and Kobudō Performers and Performances of 1939

Recently I revealed that Nagamine Shōshin (1907-1997) evidently performed Chatan Yara no Kūsankū in 1939. This is the earliest instance the name of this kata appeared like this in writing. This information is based on an unpublished program of the … Continue reading

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