Martial Artists of Ryukyu

Author: Choki Motobu
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781542453462
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The text translated here originally appeared in the book Watakushi no Karatejutsu (My Art and Skill of Karate) by Motobu Choki, 1932. Choki was born into the Motobu Udun - descendants of a royal prince - and raised as a traditional Bushi. After a long warrior pilgrimage, in which he put practical martial arts to the test whenever and with whomever possible, Choki became both the most celebrated and the most notorious Okinawan fighter ever. Here Choki, in vivid details, reports what he has had been bequeathed by the elders about the martial artists and their special skills of the royal capital of Shuri and elsewhere. What was martial arts back in Okinawa? The answer might be right in front of you.

Oni Oshiro

Author: Andreas Quast
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781533486219
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IN THE ERA OF OLD RYUKYU, a legendary warrior of Okinawan martial arts appeared on the center stage of the historical theatre. Due to his unique appearance and powerful physique-reminiscent of a wolf or a tiger-the people of that time called him Oni Oshiro, or "Oshiro the Demon." Also known as Uni Ufugushiku in the Okinawan pronunciation of his name, he had been variously described as the originator of the original Okinawan martial art "Ti" as well as the actual ancestor of a number of famous Okinawan karate masters, such as Mabuni Kenwa and others. This is his narrative. Gleaned from the few primary sources available, which for the first time are presented here in the English language, the original heroic flavor of the source texts was kept intact. "I invoke the Gods, To quake heaven and earth, To let the firmament resound, And to rescue the divine woman-Momoto Fumiagari."

Okinawan Samurai

Author: Chokushiki Aka/Ota
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ISBN: 9781985331037
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Troubled about the future of his only son and heir, a royal government official of the Ryukyu Kingdom wrote down his 'Instructions' as a code of practice for all affairs. Written in flowing, elegant Japanese, he refers to a wide spectrum of artistic accomplishments that the royal government officials were ought to study in those days, such as court etiquette, literature and poetry, music, calligraphy, the tea ceremony and so on. The author, who achieved a remarkable skill level in wielding both the pen and the sword, also informs us about various martial arts practiced in those days. Translated from Japanese for the first time, from centuries-long puzzling seclusion the state of affairs surrounding an 18th century Okinawan samurai vividly resurrects in what is considered 'Okinawa's most distinguished literature.'

The Ryukyu Kingdom

Author: Mamoru Akamine
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ISBN: 9780824855178
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This English translation of a key work by one of Okinawa s most respected historians, Mamoru Akamine, provides a compelling new picture of the role played by the Ryukyu Kingdom in the history of East Asia. Okinawa Island, from which the present-day Japanese prefecture derives its name, is the largest of the Ryukyu Islands, an archipelago that stretches between Japan and Taiwan. In the present volume, Akamine chronicles the rise of the Ryukyu Kingdom in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, when it played a major part in East Asian trade and diplomacy. Then Ryukyu was indeed the cornerstone in a vibrant East Asian trade sphere centered on Ming China, linking what we now call Japan, Korea, and China to Southeast Asia. With historical and cultural connections to both Japan and China, Ryukyu also mediated diplomatically between the two nations, whose leaders more often than not refused to deal with each other directly. But eventually the kingdom became a victim of its own success. Political developments in China and Japan starting in the sixteenth century brought great changes to the region, and in 1609 Ryukyu was invaded by Satsuma, Japan s southernmost domain. The China-Japan geopolitical rivalry would in time be acted out within Ryukyu itself, as one faction strove to maintain ties with China while another supported union with rapidly modernizing Japan. Throughout the work Akamine s approach to Ryukyu history is distinguished by his expert use of Chinese and Korean sources, which allows him to examine events from several different angles. This contributes to a broad, sweeping narrative, revealing an East Asia made up of many shifting and interrelated parts not just nation states pursuing their own interests. Akamine s facility with Chinese texts in particular uncovers telling details that add considerably to the historical record. His meticulous account of one of Ryukyu s tribute missions to China, for example, or the role of feng shui in the design of Shuri Castle, the royal and administrative center of the kingdom, is detailed without being pedantic. As a result, readers will come away with a broader, more informed understanding of Ryukyu s significance in the region and the complexity of its relations with its neighbors. "

A Stroll Along Ryukyu Martial Arts History

Author: Andreas Quast
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781512229424
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Based on his acclaimed previous studies, the author here presents a synopsis of the development of Ryukyu martial arts. The events described herein are all real, that is, they are all historical. Strolling along the chronology of martial arts of Ryukyu provenance, a large number of verified events are not only detailed, but also decorated with dozens of precious illustrations. As such "A Stroll Along Ryukyu Martial Arts History" is for martial arts practitioners as much as it is for aficionados of history and Asia. It simply provides a pristine ground to stand on for the practitioner who wishes to understand the primordial origins of Ryukyu martial arts. For those who read "Karate 1.0": this new book here provides a synopsis of Karate 1.0 plus the "chronology (Part VII)" without significant changes. It is an easier read without all the reasoning and footnotes, but instead with 80 illustrations to make it more suitable for the general public, and not only academic people.

King Wu Once Buckled on His Armor

Author: Andreas Quast
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781523685981
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Considered the primary source-text of old-style Okinawan martial arts, the "Seven Virtues of Martial Arts" are admired for their straightforward advice. Handwritten in the late 19th century by Matsumura Sokon, the most celebrated ancestor of karate, they are considered the ethical fountain and technical key to understand what can't be seen. Matsumura himself pointed out that the "Seven Virtues of Martial Arts" were praised by a wise man in an ancient manuscript, a manuscript that has remained obscure and undiscovered ever since. Now the source of this wondrous composition has been discovered and verified. Presented and explained here for the first time, it is not only the source of Matsumura's "Seven Virtues of Martial Arts." In fact: it is the original meaning of martial arts per se. This book includes the extremely rare photography of the original handwritten scroll, approved by the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum as well as the owner of the scroll. It also shows the family crest of the Matsumura family, sporting the character of "Bu."

Okinawa Kobudo Volume I

Author: Andreas Quast
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1304412148
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This is the first volume sporting Hanshi Leif Hermansson, 10th Dan Karate and Okinawa Kobudo and his extensive Kobudo curriculum. Okinawa Kobudo Volume I - 6th to 4th Kyu - features the basic techniques (Kihon) of three weapons: Bo, Sai and Tonfa. The Bo-Kata featured in this volume are Shushi no Kon Sho, Shushi no Kon Dai, and Sakugawa no Kon Sho. The two other Kata are Tsuken Shitahaku no Sai and Hamahiga no Tonf

Bubishi

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Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462918530
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Treasured for centuries by karate's top masters, the Bubishi is a classic Chinese work on philosophy, strategy, medicine, and technique as they relate to the martial arts. Referred to as the "bible of karate" by famous master Chojun Miyagi, for hundreds of years the Bubishiwas a secret text passed from master to student in China and later in Okinawa. All of karate's legendary masters have studied it, applied its teachings, or copied passages from it. No other classic work has had as dramatic an impact on the shaping and development of karate as the Bubishi. Karate historian and authority Patrick McCarthy spent over ten years researching and studying the Bubishi and the arts associated with it. The first English translation of this remarkable martial arts manual includes numerous explanations and notes. McCarthy's work also includes groundbreaking research on Okinawan and Chinese history, as well as the fighting and healing traditions that developed in those countries, making it a gold mine for researchers and practitioners alike. For the final word on the true origins and spirit of classic Okinawan martial arts, one need look no further. This karate book is one of the best karate training supplements available.