Tag Archives: Ryukyu Kempo

Understanding Okinawa Kenpo: Be True to the Music

Dojo Kun

This is  the Okinawa Kenpo Dojo Kun found in hundreds of martial arts schools.

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The Once and Future King, Part 2: Crossroads of Okinawa Kenpo

At this juncture it is important to provide some clarification on the Okinawa Kenpo lineage and style decisions that were made about the events after Shigeru Nakamura passed away.  I will phrase them in the forms of questions in order to provide the most concise and clear information to date.

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The Once and Future King: Okinawa Kenpo, A History (Part 1)

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.”

Okinawa Kenpo of Oregon

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.

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The House that Nakamura Built

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.)

Okinawa Kenpo of Oregon

Kyan Chotoku, (1870-1945)

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