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Bushido: The Way of the Warrior

Okinawa Kenpo of Oregon


Bushido  roughly translates as “the way of the warrior.”

Bushido 武士道 originates from the code of conduct from the samurai.  It emphasized frugality, loyalty, martial arts mastery and honor. It is a maxim found in all martial arts. My sensei, the late Seikichi Odo was from an Okinawan dynasty of samurai.  This was a rarity within Okinawa as well as within the martial arts community.  The first use of the word  武士 (Bushi) was found in one of Japan’s oldest books, the 古事記 (the Kojiki-“The Record of Ancient Matters”) written in approximately 712 A.D.  What is most important is that the use of 武士 (Bushi) at that time also related to the concept of the ‘educated warrior-poet.’  Some people say that the days of Bushido 武士道 are extinct.

I don’t believe that. Neither should you. 


Bushido, the moral code of the samurai, took decades of organic growth.  Our dojo, Okinawa Kenpo of Oregon, keeps 武士道 (Bushido), alive in every dojo practice.

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How to Tie Your Belt-the Okinawa Kenpo Way

Okinawa Kenpo is rich in tradition with regards to kata (non-weapons based forms) and kobudo (weapons-based forms).  It has an amazing array of formulated nerve strikes, “knock out” points, joint locks, ground fighting and a myriad of internal dynamic Ki building exercises that are specialized in the Okinawa Kenpo curriculum.  The problem is very few people were lucky to study for a really long time in Okinawa under different Okinawa Kenpo sensei as well as not having enough opportunity to “enjoy” the mulitiple kumi-te waza (no rules, no gear, full contact fighting, usually involving Marines or other service personnell.)

Okinawa Kenpo of Oregon

Yes, this means you.

The problem with Okinawan Karate, at least for Okinawa Kenpo, is that it seems it clearly was not learned as a whole system.

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