Higaonna (東恩納)

On Okinawa, the family name is typically pronounced 'Higaonna' while on the Japanese mainland it…

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The Legacy of Kobudo is a Living Destiny – Dojo Visit 3

Bunbukan, General Headquarters of the Okinawa Traditional Kobudo Preservation Society, Mr. Masahiro Nakamoto (Holder of Intangible Cultural Asset of Okinawa Prefecture)

Kobudo is my life. I’ve been chasing it my whole life, but there is no end to my study. Nakamoto Masahiro, 79, the only person in Kobudo who has been designated as an intangible cultural asset, wakes up at 3 a.m. every morning and devotes himself to studying and practicing the use of eight different weapons, including the bo and nunchaku. Fifty-five years have passed since he decided to carry on the tradition of Kobudo, which was on the verge of extinction, and at the age of 24, he knocked on the door of master Taira Shinken. He teaches the techniques and spirit he has developed at the Okinawa Traditional Martial Arts Preservation Society’s general headquarters, ‘Bunbukan‘ in Shuri, Torihori-cho, Naha City. (more…)

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Nakamoto Masahiro

Murakami Katsumi

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On Thursday I was back in Fukuoka to meet my friend Quint; a long time resident of Japan and Goju-ryu student under Kanari sensei and Shorin-ryu student under Murakami sensei. I met him at the Starbucks in front of Hakkata station were we chatted for a bit before heading out for some lunch.
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