The late great Shigeru Nakamura tells us “there is no RyuHa (meaning there is no such thing as a style) in Karate.” In one noted meeting to a group of younger karateka, Nakamura continues: “Karate originates from the same universal ‘body’ of knowledge. Karate consists of many singular unique expressions of the same body of information.”
Shigeru Nakamura, (1894-1969).
Shigeru Nakamura firmly believed there was no “one style” of karate. He thought the divisions of karate styles would only bring the downfall and demise of a great combat tested martial art.
World War II changed the fate and history of Asian martial arts forever, particularly those in Japan and the Ryukyu islands. In the advent of the Battle of Okinawa, few Okinawan masters survived the aftermath, (e.g. Kyan Chotoku died of starvation in 1945.)
Kyan Chotoku, (1870-1945)
Seikichi Odo, (1926-2002).
This is my martial arts blog. It is dedicated to martial arts in particular the art of the Ryukyu islands and its influences. The most influential karate sensei of my life was the late Seikichi Odo. His name roughly translated to “World Walker” and by that standard, he spread Okinawa Kenpo around the world. My goal is to blog my way through this thing called karate and continue his spirit of the World Walker Way.