Physical Education & Karate

Karate, 1940, Vancouver, Kitsilano, BC, Goju
Physical education and Karate have an interesting history on Okinawa and mainland Japan. I think that Miyagi, Mabuni, Funakoshi and others were all headed towards and general physical education model of Karate in the hopes of popularizing it (along the lines of Judo and Kendo) on Okinawa and mainland Japan. Indeed, in Karate-do Taikan, Nakasone goes on to state that one of the problems with karate-do was the fact that students had to “start-over” if then went to study under another teacher. I believe they wanted to avoid this dilemma and the fact that it is written in Nakasone’s book points all the more to this trend.


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