Shuri Sanchin Kata

Takamiyiagi Shigeru Uechi-ryu Sanchin Kata Goju-ryu Tou'on-ryu
Moto-ichi (sanchin) of Motobu-ryu

There is quite a bit of evidence to suggest that Shurite/Shorin did practice a version of san chin kata. I thought it may be of interest to people to post some notes on the topic from that I had made from Kinjo Akio’s book detailing what he calls “Shuri Sanchin”.

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Historical Progression of Sanchin

sanchin, Uechi-ryu, Goju-ryu, Karate-do, Lessons, Vancouver, BC, Kitsilano, Martial Arts
Uechi Kanei sensei performing sanchin kata

This week I’ll be teaching a short workshop on Sanchin kata at Vancouver Mind Body Centre. I’ve been organizing my ideas on what I will try to convey at the workshop and would like to share these preliminary ideas in this blog post. The motive is entirely selfish as writing them down helps me better organize my ideas. Although not fully formed, here they are. (more…)

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Miyagi Chojun…maybe

Miyagi Chojun, Goju ryu, Karate, Vancouver, BC, Kitsilano, Lessons, Kobudo

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! (more…)

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Koubu-ryu

Vancouver, Karate, Uechi-ryu, Kitsilano, Dojo, Lessons
Kinjo Takashi founder of Koubu-ryu

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. (more…)

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Karate Study Group

Higa Seko, Goju-ryu, Vancouver, BC,Kowakan, Karate, Hillcrest Community Centre
HIga Seko & Students (Source: http://ryubun21.net/index.php?itemid=2501)

I’m taking a break from my book on Kyoda Juhatsu. So, rumaging through my documents I found this interview conducted by Hokama Tetsuhiro (Kenshikai founder) with Toguchi Sekichi (Shoreikan founder) published in 1986. The interview is quite long, but I thought I’d translate this small piece on Toguchi’s recollections of the opening of Higa Seko’s dojo; which may have been the first commercial dojo opened on Okinawa after the war. As with everything I write on this blog, you’re welcome to use it provided you link back to the source.

Originally published in Hokama Tetsuhiro’s “Karate no Kokoro” (1986) pp.168 – 172

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Karatedo Then & Now

Karatedo, Karate, Goju, Lesson, Martial Arts, Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC
Itosu Anko

I’m finally getting around to translating some of the newspaper articles I have on Karate and Kobudo. I really have too many and I doubt I’ll ever get through them all. That said, here is a short translation of an article entitled “Karatedo: Then and Now – Part I” written by Nakakichi Choboku that appeared on February 25, 1956 in the Ryukyu Shimpo. I think that some readers may enjoy reading. Please note that I didn’t bother translating the second half of the article as it relates the story of Matsumuara Sokon versus the shop keeper in their duel at the cemetery.

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Jinbei

 

Compared to other parts of the world Vancouver summers are rather cool. It rarely get above the mid 20 degrees Celsius. That’s why the weather lately is such a surprise. Climbing into the high 20s and even 30s, Vancouver is breaking temperature records over 100 years old! Since Vancouver is so far north, the sun sets relatively late in the evening at around 9:30, so with the current heatwave the surroundings stay hot for most of the day.

Training in this heat makes Karate and Kobudo practice feel a bit more like training in Japan and Okinawa; mercifully without the humidity. In Japan and Okinawa, training in a dojo at night can be stiflingly hot. There is no air conditioning and if you’re lucky perhaps there may be a small fan pathetically blowing around the hot air that envelope the dojo. Even opening the windows provides almost no relief from the heat and you are left standing in the dojo melting away drop by drop. Eventually all that is left of you is a puddle on the dojo floor. (more…)

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