Tag Archives: Taketo Nakamura

Okinawa Kenpo: The Four Ways of Fighting

Okinawa Kenpo of Oregon


We practice a traditional style of Okinawan Karate that traces back it’s roots to the late 1400s.  The framed scroll you see at my acupuncture and medical clinic is the lineage chart that illustrates the genealogy of our karate system.

Okinawa Kenpo of Oregon

Naha Bushi Sakiyama lineage of Okinawa Kenpo

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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.”

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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.)

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Kyan Chotoku, (1870-1945)

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World Walker Way

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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.