I think I’ve told readers the story about the day I almost screwed up my relationship with my Tou’on-ryu teacher, Kanzaki sensei. If not, I think its worth mentioning again. Read More
Many Karateka and teachers alike equate Karate-do as a ‘warrior art’ but the ironic thing is that in the old Ryukyu Kingdom, there was no warrior class! Read More
Here’s a photo I stumbled upon while conducting research into Kyoda Juhatsu. I don’t know if it has surfaced before on other forums or sites and apologize if it already has. Ironically, it’s not a photo of Kyoda Juhatsu but instead appears to be a photo of Miyagi Chojun! Read More
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.
Here’s a video of Kinjo Takashi and students demonstrating the kata applications for Koubuken (考武拳) at the Uechi-ryu Charity Demonstration. Koubuken is a kata created by Kinjo in 1998. Read More
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
On July 15, 1937 the then 70 year old founder of Shotokan, Funakoshi Gichin, held a public demonstration of Karate with eleven of his students from Takushoku University to an enthusiastic audience. One month later on August 13, 1937 Yamaguchi Gogen demonstrated Goju-ryu to an equally excited audience. What is startling about these demonstrations is not the men who participated or their martial arts, but where these demonstrations were held. They were held in Seoul, Korea! Read More