Monthly Archives: March 2024

Ryūbi no Kon of Yamanni-ryū

The origin of Ryūbi no Kon is Shiromatsu no Kon, an older kata handed down in the Matsubayashi-ryū since the 1950s. Its origin further back is unknown, but it is possible that it included older concepts and techniques. It was … Continue reading

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Chōun no Kon (Ni) by Tamaki Tsuyoshi

As in the previous installments, I am looking at versions of the Choun no Kon of Yamanni-ryu. This time it is the version by Tamaki Tsuyoshi, a direct student of Kishaba Chogi (1st generation of Kishaba-ha Yamanni-ryu). Watch his Chōun … Continue reading

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Chōun no Kon (Ichi) by Tamaki Tsuyoshi

As in the previous installments, I am looking at versions of the Choun no Kon of Yamanni-ryu. This time it is the version by Tamaki Tsuyoshi, a direct student of Kishaba Chogi (1st generation of Kishaba-ha Yamanni-ryu). Watch his Chōun … Continue reading

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Chōun no Kon (Shō)

Previously, I wrote about Choun no Kon Dai, the general introduction of which applies here as well. This however is the Sho version as performed in the following video by Heiwa Karate Hawaii. As previously, I have studied the kata … Continue reading

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Chōun no Kon (Dai)

Introduction Arguably, Yamanni-ryu might be the most widely practiced style around the world. There are many different versions of it, each with specific habits. For instance, today I took a version from a YouTube video by a Hawaiian group who … Continue reading

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Shirotaru no Kon – Izumikawa Kantoku lineage – Last technique

Looking at the last technique of Shirotaru no Kon, there are various ways it is done, depending on the lineage. In the lineage of Izumikawa Kantoku to Kyan Shin’ei as well as to Iha Kotaro, the last technique is an … Continue reading

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Bunkai kumite of “Sakugawa no Kon (Sho)”

Recently, earlier this year, a colleague, Mr. Y, contacted me, saying “The Bo versus Bo practice is from Sakugawa no Kon, isn’t it?” I said, “Most probably not. This is because Akamine Eisuke established a dedicated two-person drill for Sakugawa … Continue reading

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The invention of kobudo terminology

In Ryukyu Kobudo the technique of “hiding behind the bō” is found in most of the bōjutsu Kata, including Yonegawa, Tsuken-bō, Chōun, Chatan Yara, Sakugawa Chū Shō and Dai, Urasoe, Sesoko, Kongō and others.In Ryukyu Kobudo of the Taira lineage, … Continue reading

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The 1921 Martial Arts Performance for Crown Prince Hirohito at Shuri Castle, and Kakazu Bo

On March 6, 1921, during Crown Prince Hirohito’s visit to Europe, the escort battleships Katori, captained by Okinawa-born Captain Kanna Kenwa, temporarily anchored in Nakagusuku Bay, and Crown Prince Hirohito took a light railway to Yonabaru. From there, he took … Continue reading

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The first private dojo in Okinawa?

Some time ago, I wrote about the development of the Okinawan dojo, which is at the core of modern Okinawa karate. Without dojo, there would be no Okinawa karate. Of course, this blog post is pretty limited, but it is … Continue reading

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