Nagamine Shoshin in the News

Nagamine Shoshin (right)
Nagamine Shoshin (right) breaking boards in front of members of the Tokyo Police Force

Its amazing what resources are available on the internet these days. It makes obtaining information that was previously unavailable on the history and development of Karate-do easily accessible at the click of a ‘mouse’. All this new information helps us piece together the development of the art that we practice and come to a better understanding of what it is we practice and why.

Below you can find one small example to this puzzle. It is a short article originally published in the Asahi Shimbun December 4, 1941 that talks about a young Matsubayashi-ryu founder Nagamine Shoshin traveling from Okinawa to Tokyo to give a demonstration of Karate-do to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Force (1). (more…)

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Shoshin Nagamine & Understanding Kata

In Shoshin Nagamine’s Essence of Okinawan Karatedo he states that the, “intermediate movements (fighting postures) are integrated into kata as links between paired units of basic movements.” The fighting postures that he lists include among others: ryu no shita no kamae (dragon-tongue posture), sagurite no kamae (searching-hand posture), suirakan no kamae (drunkard posture). What do these postures  mean and why did Nagamine list only a limited set of them? (more…)

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