Tag Archives: Okinawa

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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On the Gusan

hen speaking of Okinawa Kobudō, here and there the term gūsan appears. The gūsan is a specific stick weapon. Not much is known about it and and it can perhaps be called a niche method. In the western understanding it … Continue reading

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Sakugawa – The Hidden Warrior

Working at a US restaurant on Okinawa once established by the DOD, the caretaker, a strong, black guy, asked me about what I was doing on Okinawa. I said, in order to not overcomplicate the matter, “Karate.” And he was like … Continue reading

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The Butokuden of Okinawa

The original Dai Nippon Butokukai  (DNBK) was established in April 1895 in Kyōto to encourage the practice of the budō and to cultivate warlike virtues (butoku) throughout Imperial Japan. Branches were opened in each prefecture, aiming at the dissemination and … Continue reading

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Tree fern rainforest jungle, Northern Okinawa main island, Dec. 28, 2010

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The first kumibo tournament of the Okinawa Traditional Kobudo Association was held February, 2011.

 

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Kumibo – 3rd Okinawa Dentō Kobudō Championship, Feb. 2011

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Headlock – 3rd Okinawa Dentō Kobudō Championship, Feb. 2011

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Precious Flowers in Hidden Places, Okinawa

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December 12, 2010, Okinawa

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