Below is a video of “Shirotaru no Kon” performed by Horikawa Hisami of Ryukyu Kobudo Seiryukan 琉球古武道清流館 at the “1st Okinawa Karate World Tournament 2018” in Naha, Okinawa.
Shirotaru no Kon is a 5th Dan level kata of Ryukyu Kobudo and I have described the kata in a number of articles which you should consult for all details.
During the whole 2018 tournament, the kata was performed only a few times by a few players, including both the male and female 1st place winners of the seniors category. Needless to say, it was presented in excellent quality.
Notwithstanding its rare usage and its high technical level of presentation, this kata has been dropped and cannot be performed at this year’s “2nd Okinawa Karate World Tournament 2022” in Naha, Okinawa.
BTW, on the sign they transcribed the characters 白樽 as “Shirotaro nu Kun.” In standard Japanese it is pronounced “Shirotaru” and even in Okinawan dialect it is pronounced “Shiratarū.” It always ends with an “u.” Also, they wrote the ending as “nu Kun,” which indicates it is Okinawan pronunciation. However, in Okinawan dialect the kata is pronounced “Shiratarū nu Kun.” In short, the transcription of “Shirotaro” for the characters 白樽 should be dropped.
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