Monthly Archives: April 2015

April 16 and 17, 1945: Düsseldorf’s last second saviors

76 years ago, a Düsseldorf resistance group around Karl August Wiedenhofen carried out the “Action Rhineland.” Their goal was to surrender the city of Düsseldorf to the US troops on April 17, 1945, to prevent further combat and to protect … Continue reading

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Choun no Kon – (Bojutsu Kata Series)

Chōun no Kon is currently  handed down in the Taira Shinken lineage kobudō. The homonymous Chōun no Kon handed down in the Matayoshi lineage kobudō, although having the pronunciation, is written with different Japanese characters and it is a different … Continue reading

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Shiramachi nu Kun (Bojutsu Kata Series)

Name Shiramachi nu Kun is pronounced Shiromatsu no Kon in standard Japanese. Nagamine Shōshin is said to have referred to it as Hakushō no Kon, but Shiromatsu no Kun is the standard pronunciation used today. Regardless of the pronunciation it … Continue reading

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Ufugusuku nu Kun 大城の棍 (Bojutsu Kata Series)

Ufugusuku nu Kun is a kata devised by Ōshiro Chōjo (1887-1935) in order to teach budō at the Okinawa Prefectural Teachers‘ College (Okinawa-ken Shihan Gakkō) and the Industrial School (Kōgyō-gakkō). In the prewar years, Chōjo together with Yabiku Mōden was considered the … Continue reading

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Nakahara Zenshu: Character and Weapons of the Ryukyu Kingdom (5)

In this 5th and last part of his article on the character and weapons of the Ryūkyū Kingdom, Nakahara discusses early karate and kobudō sources from the kingdom time. Although quite short, still today no earlier written usage of the term … Continue reading

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Anji, Pechin, Satonushi, Chikudun

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Retrospective: 1997 Okinawa Karate and Kobudō World Tournament 

On August 21st the Opening Ceremony of the “1997 Okinawa Karate and Kobudō World Tournament” was held to commemorate the completion of the Prefectural Budōkan Gymnasium at Ōnoyama park, Okinawa. The Budōkan was built to commemorate the martial heritage of the Ryūkyūs. … Continue reading

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Roundtable discussion to talk about the karate (Part 3). – Weapons representing the spirit of defense – 1955

This is the translation of a 1955 interview with the Matsubayashi-ryū Kōdōkan headquarter dōjō. It deals with the kobujutsu practiced in this school. Participants from the Kōdōkan were :

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Seiryoku Zen’yo Kokumin Taiiku no Kata – The Form of national physical education of maximum efficiency

This article sheds some light on the possible influence of karate on the establishment of the “Seiryoku Zen’yo Kokumin Taiiku no Kata”. The “Seiryoku Zen’yo Kokumin Taiiku no Kata” (in the following SZKTK) is a collection of combative movement exercises, created … Continue reading

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Nakahara Zenshu: Character and Weapons of the Ryukyu Kingdom (4)

In this 4th part of his article on the character and weapons of the Ryūkyū Kingdom, Nakahara discusses the influece of the Shimazu invasion of 1609 and the theories of a peaceful and weaponless kingdom of Ryūkyū since the time … Continue reading

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