The Stories and Practice of the Okinawan Sai

Any penetrating review of Okinawan weapons history is a mixture of hyperbole and fact. Read more…

Master Funakoshi katas

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Gichin Funakoshi rare photos – fist, stance and throws

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Funakoshi – The Twenty Precepts of Karate

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Gichin Funakoshi – The Beginning Of Modern Karate-do

Few martial arts enthusiasts could argue that if there was one Karate-ka (karate practitioner) known world wide that man would be Gichen Funakoshi. Read more…

The Kata of Shorin-ryu Seibukan

In the following article, I will briefly describe the kata of Shorin-ryu Seibukan, and their origin. Describing kata by text is very difficult. Read more…

Matayoshi Kobudo Tradition

Master Matayoshi Shinko was born in Kakinobana-Cho, Naha City, in 1888, third son of Matayoshi Shinchin. He spent his childhood in Senbaru, Chatan Town. Read more…

Shinpan Gusukuma 1890 – 1954

Iha Sensei’s Study with Gusukuma

In 1950, Seikichi Iha was accepted to begin the formal study of karate with Shinpan Gusukuma (the kanji of his family name are also pronounced “Shiroma” in Japan) Read more…

Hanashiro, Chomo (1869-1945)

Hanashiro was born in 1869 and at an early age began training with the man many consider to be the greatest of all Tote masters, Matsumura Sokon (1809-1901), Read more…

Three zen stories

Martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it.” Read more…

The dancing old man

Talking of the relation between karate and Okinawan dance, it reminds me of an interesting story which I heard from my father, Seitoku Higa. Read more…

Breathing in and breathing out

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Legacy of Shaolin Fighting Monks

The history of the Shaolin Temples with its fighting monks has been a very long, exciting, and honored tradition with much political intrigue. Read more…

Historical Outline Of Karate-do, Martial Arts Of Ryukyu

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Interview with sensei Hohan Soken, Mutsumura’s grandson – part II

Interviewer: Can you tell me some more about your kata?

Sensei: I teach the Matsumura kata. The kata that I teach now arepinan shodan, pinan nidan, naihanchi shodan, naihanchi nidan, patsai-sho and dai, chinto, gojushiho, kusanku, rohai ichi-ni-san, and last, the hakutsuru. Read more…

Motobu Choyu

There is a large amount of technical and historic information available about the art that Motobu Choyu inherited from his father and passed on to his students, Read more…

Interview with Hohan Soken, Mutsumura’s grandson – part I

The following interview was conducted at the Kadena NCO Club located at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. Present were Soken Hohan and one of his senior student, Kise Fusei. Read more…

Kobudo – more about traditional weapons of Okinawa

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Okinawan journey

by Shihan Anthony Marquez

Even though I was born in America, a large part of meconsiders home to be a place called Okinawa. I can still remember the good old days as a young serviceman walking into a dojo for the first time. Read more…

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