01 Sep

Aragaki Sesho

Karate, Vancouver, BC, Kitsilano, Goju-ryu, Kobudo, Uechi-ryu, dojo

Aragaki Sesho

Here’s a exert from the book I’m writing on Kyoda Juhatsu and his Tou’on-ryu. It includes an overview of the his teacher Higaonna Kanryo and his supposed teachers including Aragaki Sesho. The writing is not fully developed and I haven’t included the references, but I think readers might enjoy the ideas that are put forward. Whether they agree or disagree with them is not the point as the aim is to make them reconsider their ideas about these historical figures. Read More

15 Aug

Fashion – Okinawa Style

Vancouver, Karate, Goju, Uechi, Shotokan, Kitsilano, Kobudo, Lessons, Dojo

Elderly Shizoku – Ryukyu Kingdom

The other day my friend Joe Swift responded to a post on Facebook about principles of analysing the techniques found in classical Karate-do kata. In his response he mentioned the the importance of understanding the historical context in which kata were developed, including the clothing that people wore. I thought I would go into a bit more detail about that as it may clarify a few things about the meaning of Karate-do kata that have been passed down to us. Otherwise, as my friend Joe said, you may end up super-imposing MMA or Krav Maga applications on top of the kata when they don’t belong there.

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10 Aug

Kiai: Its all in the Voice


It seems that the use of the voice to project energy (i.e. kiai) was a part of Karate-do, but not a formal part of training. There are many folk tales of karate fighters who were known to have “given a spirited yell” during a fight. This would suggest to me that it is a natural occurrence, and one that did not need practice during training. Read More