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The History Of Okinawan Karate Video ...

history of okinawan karate

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Tekki Shodan Shotokan Karate Kata Vid...

Tekki Shodan Means ‘Iron Horse First Level’. There are three Tekki Kata within the Shotokan system. Tekki shodan, Tekki Nidan and Tekki Sandan. Tekki Shodan in many karate dojo, is the required kata for 3rd Kyu or brown belt, but this does vary from dojo to dojo. The original name for the Tekki kata, was […]

Masters Of Karate Anko Itosu

Masters Of Karate Anko Itosu

Master Anko Itosu, after being one of the driving forces behind the push to get karate into Okinawan schools, he is also considered by many, to be the main reason karate spread to mainland Japan and then the rest of the world! Anko Itosu was born in 1831 and died in 1915. He was small […]

Master Anko Itosu – Ten Precept...

In October 1908, Master Anko Itosu wrote a letter, “Ten Precepts (Tode Jukun) of Karate,” to impress upon the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of War in Japan, on the benefits of karate practice. Ten Precepts of Karate Karate did not develop from Buddhism or Confucianism. In the past the Shorin-ryu school and the […]

Shotokan Karate Heian Kata 1-5

Shotokan Karate Heian Kata 1-5

The History Of The Heian (Pinan) katas One of the stories surrounding the history of the Heian (Pinan) katas claims that Master Shishu, Anko (Yasutsune Itosu) learned a Kata from a Chinese living in Okinawa. This Kata was called “Chiang Nan” by the Chinese man. The form became known as “Channan” to the Okinawan masters […]

Karate And The Fujian Quan (boxing) o...

Karate And The Fujian Quan (boxing) or White Crane Connection

Below is a facsinating video, looking at the connection between karate and White Crane Kung Fu. One of the founders of  karate, Master Kanryo Higaonna, travelled from Okinawa to fujian province in China, to study martial arts. He studied under a kung fu master by the name of Ryu Ryu Ko, although there is no […]