In the 1920’s and 30’s the art that we now call Karate-do went under many names and guises. The influx of teachers from Okinawa to mainland Japan, with their lack of a standardized curriculum and terminology, brought about confusion in the general public. A time when the fitness boom was all the rage the fledgling art of Karate went under… Read more →
A common trend in “martial arts” in North America is the pursuit of practicality. Many teachers will proudly stand before their students and declare a laundry list of adjectives to reinforce this belief such as “real”, “effective”, or “proven”. Many will profess that they perform contact fighting, sparring, iri kumi, or other such methods, stating that you cannot learn “real… Read more →
I apologize ahead of time as I am not the most artistic person, nor am I the most computer literate person either. In the diagram I’ve posted you can see a basic stepping drill used in Tou’on-ryu called “Ten-I-Happo” (転位八方) or roughly translated as “turning to eight directions”.
In the Taira lineage of Kobudo that I learned from Minowa sensei and Yoshimura sensei there are several old and technically complex bo kata that are taught including: Chinen Shiki Yanaka no kon (知念志喜屋仲の棍), Choun no kon (趙雲の棍), Chatan Yara no kon (北谷屋良の棍), Tsuken bo (津堅棒), Sesoko no kon (瀬底の棍), and Soeishi no kon (添石の棍). Oddly enough, as was recently… Read more →
I rarely buy Karate-do books in English; at least not for a very long time. In fact I’ve sold most of my Karate-do books over the past couple of years and have never regretted the decision. With few exceptions, they were mediocre at best, and at their worst poorly written and researched. I find this both shocking and humorous at… Read more →
This is the final installment of the Tomarite Rohai kata as handed down to Tokashiki Iken (Gohakuakai founder) by his teacher Nakasone Seiyu. In this blog post we’ll look at the remaining applications for the kata. I think you’ll find these basic applications interesting.
In previous posts we saw how the Tomarite Rohai kata (as practiced in Gohakukai) was performed and then broke down the kata in detail (here & here). In today’s post we’ll look at some of it’s basic applications. Originally published in “Okinawa Karatedo Kobudo: A basic investigative report” these applications are demonstrated by Fukuchi Isao (acting as defender) and Shiroma… Read more →
In previous poss we looked at a video as well as a pictorial explanation the first half of the Rohai kata. In this post we’ll take a look at the second half of the Rohai kata as handed down from Nakasone Seiyu (1890 – 1980) to Gohakukai founder Tokashiki Iken (b. 1940). I think you will find it interesting. In… Read more →