Books on Kojo-ryu – Parts 4 & 5

Part 4 – Okinawa Karate
Author Mark Bishop

In the above book, he wrote about an interview he conducted with the Kojo family in the 1970s, accompanied by an interpreter. It seems that he came from England to interview him at a time when almost no Japanese had come to talk to him about Karate. The photo of the 12 stances of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac were taken by Mr. Tatsumi Kojo. Now they are invaluable photos. The neko-ashi-dachi is very low. Foreign researchers have been enthusiastic since then. The book is still available on the Amazon site today.

Part 5 – Okinawa Karate-do: History and Techniques
Author, Kanei Uechi
Published, November 5, 1977
Publisher, Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Association

The above book also contains an introduction of Kojo-ryu and the Kojo Dojo. The history of the Kojo Dojo and the entry of Uechi Kanbun in it are described on pages 398 to 404. Kojo Saisho opened a dojo in Fuzhou, China, where Matsuda Tokusaburo and Uechi Kanbun joined. Matsuda Tokusaburo and Makabe Goten were the instructors there.

Uechi was ridiculed at the dojo and left. He came back three years later and it was said that when he did Sanchin and other kata, he looked different. They say Uechi did Sanchin, Sesan, and Sanseru kata. Yet, the six forms of Kojo-ryu are Tenkan, Kuukan, Chikkan, Hakko, Hakuryu and Hakutsuru. Uechi and Matsuda’s kata do not include these six, and their kata training at the Kojo dojo differs from the content of the current Kojo-ryu.

Kojo Yoshitomi studied under his grandfather (Kaho) when he was a child, which destroys the Karate training history of Uechi and Matsuda. Kojo-ryu does not have the kata Sanchin, Seasan and Sanseru, and does not use sanchin stance.

The introduction of the school is also wrong, there are eight forms and the stances are taken from the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac. There are six kata and the postures are from the twelve signs.

The writer of the introduction of Okinawa Karate-do said that he did the interview and went home. This is such a weak article because an amateur in Karate came to do the interview.

In a subsequent book on Uechi-ryu (Okinawa Karate-do: Its Theory and Techniques, published by the publisher, Kitaya Shubukan Black Belt Association, November 23, 1984), he wrote, “The postures are are named after the kata and there are twelve of them”. It is odd to write this kind of thing is in a book when no one from Uechi-Ryu came to interview them. I wonder if the Kojo Dojo ever existed?

Blog Post Author: Kachinaparts