Apologies for not posting anything for a while but I am still chipping away at Karate-do Nyumon. The problems…err….challenges… of pre-war Karate books are many , but to name a few: the generally poor level of writing, the lack of proper punctuation (it was only recently adopted during that era), the use of non-modern kanji; as well as historical, philosophical references; idioms, proverbs… I think you get the idea.
At any rate, I need to get away from that for a little while so I thought this article, although a few years old now, is still interesting.
Gohaku-ryu – Training with Single-minded Devotion
■ Okinawa Goju-ryu and Tomari Karate Association Senbukan Sohonbu Tokashiki Dojo
Tokashiki Iken, Chairman of the Board of Directors Tokashiki Tadao, Dojo Head
While the chairman of the Okinawa Goju-ryu and Tomari Karate Association, Tokashiki Iken (77), looks on his students are sweating single-mindedly. Currently his eldest son, Tadao (52) has taken over as Dojo Chief.
When he was 17 years old, Mr. Tokashiki joined the dojo of Nakasone Seiyu, a Karate master who was a friend of his father. With the permission of Nakasone, he joined the dojo of Fukuchi Seiko, a teacher of Goju-ryu, and in 1982, he combined Goju-ryu and Tomari-te to form the Okinawa Goju-ryu and Tomari-te Karate Promotion Association (Gohakukai). Four years later he named the style Gohaku-ryu. “The kata are closer to actual fighting,” says Chairman Tokashiki.
Aoyama Yasuo (68), who joined the style 34 years ago after moving from Chiba, said, “The more I practice, the farther away I get from the chairman and the more I realize how immature I am.” Dojo Chief Tadao said, “We have a great responsibility to pass these kata to future generations,” he is working hard to teach it every day.
(Aragaki Ryo, Sports Department)