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The “other” Gojushiho Kata: A Nakamura lineage contribution to Okinawan Karate

Say It Ain’t So

There has been some written material  in the martial arts literature with regards to the “Gojushiho” katas known in Okinawan, Japanese karate, Korean martial arts.

Okinawa Kenpo of Oregon

Um…not that kind.

Upon first glance, you think “yeah sure Gonzo, one is a short version and the other is a long version- [Dai and Sho].” Variations of these Gojushiho Sho and Dai kata are also known as  “Ueseshi,” “Sushiho” “Hotaku” and “O Sip Sa Bo” among other variant form names.  You can see some  variations  on You Tube here.

Okinawa Kenpo of Oregon

Oh no! No more weird stuff with kata– let me be ignorant in peace!

In addition, you can read in the martial arts literature and on informational sources that this kata means the “number 54” written like this: 五十四歩

All of this information is correct.  Unless you are talking about the kata forms by the same name in Okinawa Kenpo. In fact, the discussion about tournament karate with JKA (Japan Karate Association) referees does not apply to this conversation or topic.  The kata known as Gojushiho Ichi (aka Gojushiho Koryu) and Gojushiho Ni (Gojushiho Chu) have a completely different connotation in Okinawa Kenpo. This is the story of a kata by any other name…

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Okinawa Kenpo 101- The Basics

The problem with karate today, especially karate practiced in the United States, is that it is typically:

[1] no longer traditional, [2] no longer reality-based and [3] not easily transmitted.

Rodeo Clown 1

Traditional Okinawan Karate? That’s a Clown question Bro!

The problem may just stem with the times;  we have to compete against video games, reality TV and the many variations of what people consider martial arts.

Okinawa Kenpo Junior Dos Santos

Will someone PLEASE give Mr. Dos Santos a glass?

What makes Okinawa Kenpo, ‘Okinawa Kenpo?”

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