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