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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Kamiya Masashi

Here is the second article about Kamiya Masashi, Kamiya Jinsei’s grandson. I think his story is inspirational. Enjoy.

Following his Magnificent Grandfather’s two Paths: Medicine and Martial art. Kamiya Masashi, Director of Kamiya Clinic for Mother and Child.

Kamiya Masashi

One of the best students of the founder of Goju-ryu, Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953), was Kamiya Jinsei (1894-1964). Just like the man who also made a name for himself in paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology in Itoman, his grandson, Kamiya Masashi (58) is also a karateka who works as an obstetrician and gynaecologist at the “Kamiya Clinic for Mother and Child“.


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Okinawa citizens urged to get behind bid to put prefecture’s style of karate on UNESCO map

A recent article from the Okinawa Times which may be of interest to readers.

Okinawa citizens urged to get behind bid to put prefecture’s style of karate on UNESCO map


MAY 11, 2018

There are growing expectations for Okinawa natives such as Ryo Kiyuna, pictured, who won his sixth-straight men's 'kata' national championship in December, to seize gold in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. | THE OKINAWA TIMES
Ryo Kiyuna, 6-time men’s ‘kata’ national champion

The first international tournament for Okinawa style karate is scheduled for August, and expectations are growing that the martial art will become even more popular at home and abroad.

A future vision for the martial art, crafted by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, local karate organizations and the business circle, presents aspirations for the style over a 20-year time scale based from the hopes of local people, and proposes a range of possible measures to be taken to improve its preservation and promotion.


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Forest for the trees

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I was listening to Alan Watts the other day and thought what he was discussing –  the authority of religion – was entirely relevant to Karate-do styles. So, I thought I would paraphrase what he had to say but within the context of Karate. I think his message speaks volumes to those Karateka willing to listen.


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Historical Karate Film

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French Boxing Military 1900

The other day I posted a youtube video of a film from around 1900 of French troops practicing savate en mass on the dojo Facebook page. They were training outside and if you swapped out the background to Shuri Castle, then you might have thought they were practicing kata. As I mentioned in my facebook post, you could see the influence of European military and educational systems on the direction Okinawa Karate-do took in the early 20th century. Indeed, this influence is spelled out in Itosu Anko’s 1905 ‘Ten Precepts of Karate’.

Students practicing Karate at Shuri Castle