Kamiya Jinsei (1894 – 1964)

Like everyone around the world I am experiencing the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although regular practice has ground to a halt, I consider myself fortunate that I am healthy and continue to work and train from home. Since I have been given this gift of time I decided to temporarily restart my blog to provide some light reading to the Okinawa Karate-do and Kobudo Community. I have one request and that is if you would like to share the article you are welcome to do so. However, please share the link and not cut and paste the articles in their entirty. The first entry below is about Goju-ryu and Kobudo expert Kamiya Jinsei. The next article will be about his grandson Kamiya Masashi. Enjoy. (more…)

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How to be a Middling Karateka

Middling Karateka, Karate, Kobudo, Vancouver, Goju-ryu, Okinawa, Lessons, Martial Arts, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, North Vancouver, Uechi-ryu, Shotokan, Shito-ryu, DojoYes, I’m a vain and arrogant person when it comes to Karate-do- I speak Japanese, I’ve translated books, I run a dojo (…well, I used to). Indeed, I’m the exact opposite of how budo is supposed to shape a person’s character. However, being a successful Karateka can be so very stressful. So I’ve decided to take up some of my valuable time to reveal some insider secrets. (more…)

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Donn Draeger on Learning a Martial Art

Donn Draeger, Vancouver, Karate, Kobudo, Kitsilano, Goju-ryu, Lessons
Donn Draeger

Many Karateka outside of Okinawa and Japan do not believe in the customs found in traditional Karate dojo. Yet ironically these traditions are an integral part of the culture from which Karate sprang and are not easily dismissed.

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