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Sanzinsoo's Okinawan Gojuryu Karate



(updated on JANUARY 2, 2016)

Bo-Jutsu

AKEMASHITE OMEDETO GOZAIMASU. HAPPY NEW YEAR. SELAMAT TAHUN BARU 2016.

I updated my blog by adding videoclips of Sepai, Suparinpe and Nunchaku. http://yamada-san.blogspot.com




Welcome to my website! My name is Kiyotaka Yamada. "Sanzinsoo" is my internet nickname. It is derived from an Okinawan word meaning a fortune-teller. I practice Okinawan Gojuryu Karate and Ryukyu Kobudo (= Okinawan classical weaponry). I think practicing Karate and Kobudo is good for your physical and spiritual health.

Our Suparinpe ends in Nekoashi Dachi stance.

NEW
SUPARINPE (Video Clip)
"Suparinpe" means 108 (= one hundred and eight) in Chinese Hokkien dialect. According to Buddhism, human beings have 108 problems or troubles. Here in Japan, at the midnight of 31st December, Buddhist monks strike the large bell in temple 108 times to solve those 108 problems of human beings, and we enter the clean and brand new year. So, maybe, if we practice "Suparinpe", trouble we have might be solved. Maybe c


My hobby is practicing Kata of Okinawan Gojuryu Karate and Ryukyu Kobudo. Kata is something like a solo dance. It might be regarded as moving meditation. I practice karate not for fighting but for peace in mind and body.

I have translated many Okinawan karate articles into English. I hope you enjoy my translation articles on Okinawan karate.

My translated articles are as follows. Click the title to read.

MASTER SEIKO HIGA IN MY MEMORIES
Remarks: The original Japanese title "Omoide No Higa Seiko Sensei" written by Mr. Saburo Higa, an acupuncturist. This article appeared in the book, "Karate Denshinroku" (= True History of Karate) by Akio Kinjo, as a supplementary article. Pages 326-331 (Okinawa Tosho Center, 1999)

MASTER YUCHOKU HIGA PRACTICE KARATE IN THE MOONLIGHT
Remarks: written by a reporter of the monthly magazine "Aoi Umi" February 1978 issue. Pages 96-97.

MASTER CHOJUN MIYAGI AT THE MEETING IN 1936
Remarks: This is a part of the meeting records. It appears as an appendix in the book, "Karatedo Dai Hokan " written by Kanken Toyama. Pages 377-392 (Tsuru Shobo, 1960)

ORAL HISTORY ABOUT KANRYO HIGAONNA
Remarks: This is a part of the book "Karate Denshinroku " (= True History of Karate) written by Mr. Akio Kinjo. Pages 35-40 (Okinawa Tosho Center, 1999)

DANCING OLD MAN
Remarks: This is a part of the article "Sometimes I play karate like Okinawan dance 'Hamachidori': Karate and Okinawan dance are the same." written by Mr. Kiyohiko Higa. (1978, Aoi Umi No.70, page 118).

Okinawan Blue Sea

HISTORICAL OUTLINE OF KARATE-DO, MARTIAL ARTS OF RYUKYU by Chojun Miyagi
Remarks: The title in Japanese is "Ryukyu Kenpo Karatedo Enkaku Gaiyo". This essay appeared as a supplementary article in two books, "Okinawano Karatedo" by Shoshin Nagamine (1975, Shinjinbutsu Oraisha) and "Okinawaden Gojuryu Karatedo" by Eiichi Miyazato (1979, Jitsugyono Sekaisha). Some parts are omitted in this translation.

MEMORIES OF MY SENSEI, CHOJUN MIYAGI
Remarks: This is a part of the original article "Chojun Miyagi the Karate Master. His kindness is infinite. He preaches morality." written by Mr. Genkai Nakaima who was fortunate enough to train with Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Gojuryu. (1978, Aoi Umi No.70, pages 99-100)
Visit my blog to read the full version.
http://yamada-san.blogspot.com/


BREATHING IN AND BREATHING OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH "GO" AND "JU" , A MISCELLANEOUS ESSAY ON KARATE
by Chojun Miyagi

Remarks: This short article first appeared in "Bunka Okinawa" Vol.3 No.6 dated August 15, 1942, and re-appeared as an appendix in the book "Chugoku Okinawa Karate Kobudo No Genryu" written by Masahiro Nakamoto published on April 1, 1985 by Bunbukan.

LEGEND OF CHOKI MOTOBU
Remarks: This is a complete translation of the article written by Mr. Seijin Jahana, the original title "Choki Motobu, a Forerunner of Combative Karate" (1978, Aoi Umi No.70, pages 106-110)
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http://yamada-san.blogspot.com/


SENSEI MEITOKU YAGI
Remarks: written by a reporter of the monthly magazine "Aoi Umi" February 1978 issue. Pages 94-95.

NEW
KANRYO HIGAONNA REVIVED NAHA-TE
Remarks: Written by Shoshin Nagamine. The original Japanese title "Nafadii Chuko No So, Kengo Higaonna Kanryo" (= Kanryo Higaonna, the karate expert, who revived Naha-Te or Naha style karate) The article appeared in the monthly magazine "Aoi Umi" February 1978 issue (No.70) published by Aoi Umi Shuppansha (pages 111-113).



My hobby is practicing Okinawan Gojuryu Karate and Ryukyu Kobudo. I would like to share my knowledge of Gojuryu Kata with you. Click the Kata name to see my photos or videos.

Gekisai Ichi


GEKISAI ICHI (Part 1)
This Kata is for beginners. You can learn basic blocking techniques against upper and lower areas. You can also learn a thrusting technique in this part. (Sequential Photos No.1 --- No.17)

GEKISAI ICHI (Part 2)
In this part, you can learn middle-area block, front kick, elbow strike, back-fist strike, leg flicking, knife-hand strike and double straight punch. (Sequential Photos No.18 --- No.44)


SEINCHIN (Part 1)
Stable " Shikodachi " stance is essential. You can learn the stance through practicing this Kata. (Sequential Photos No.1 --- No.19)

SEINCHIN (Part 2)
(Sequential Photos No.20 --- No.36)

SEINCHIN (Part 3)
(Sequential Photos No.37 --- No.47)

SEINCHIN (Part 4)
(Sequential Photos No.48 --- No.64)

SEINCHIN (Part 5)
(Sequential Photos No.65 --- No.78)

Okinawan Blue Sky

GEKISAI NI (Part 1)
This part is completely same as Gekisai Ichi. (Sequential Photos No.1 --- No.21)

GEKISAI NI (Part 2)
In this part you can learn circular blocking and double palm strike, distinctive techniques of Gojuryu style. (Sequential Photos No.22 --- No.48)


KURURUNFA (Part 1)
This Kata has several Jujutsu-like techniques such as joint locks and throwing.
(Sequential Photos No.1 --- No.22)

KURURUNFA (Part 2)
(Sequential Photos No.23 --- No.41)

KURURUNFA (Part 3)
(Sequential Photos No.42 --- No.61)

KURURUNFA (Part 4)
(Sequential Photos No.62 --- No.75)

KURURUNFA (Video)
My video clip of Kata "Kururunfa"

SAIFA (Video)
My video clip of Kata "Saifa"

TENSHO (Video)
My video clip of Kata "Tensho"

NEW
SAI (Video)
My video clip of Ryukyu Kobudo (= Okinawan classical weaponry) "Sai"

NUNCHAKU, a weapon of Ryukyu Kobudo (Video)
I performed the same Kata of Nunchaku in 1984 when Seiko Higa’s 50th dojo anniversary demonstration was held in Naha, Okinawa. More than 24 years have passed since then, but I still practice the same Kata even today.


in Naha, Okinawa in September 1984
From left to right: Eikichi Fukumoto, Kiyotaka Yamada, Yoshitaka Tamashiro, Hideo Ishiki, Yasuhide Makishi


My Karate Lineage:
Kanryo Higaonna - Chojun Miyagi - Seiko Higa - Eikichi Fukumoto - Kiyotaka Yamada


L I N K S




* Click the play button to hear music.
* MIDI music " Tanchame " (= Let’s go to the beach in front of Tancha Village to catch small fish.) courtesy of Mr. Haruka Arakaki.


* This website was first established on 03/03/03 (= March 3, 2003) under GeoCities. The former URLs are http://uk.geocities.com/sanzinsoo and http://www.geocities.com/sanzinsoo. Unfortunately they were already closed, as GeoCities stopped its free web hosting service in 2009.

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Chi-I-Do International Organization
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My E-Mail Address

Email: sanzinsoo@hotmail.com