Shorin Ryu Technique Terminology: 松林流

Karate Japanese Terminology: Hidari (左): Left Migi (右): Right Mae (前): Front Yoko (横): Side Ushiro (後ろ): Backward; Behind Soto (外): Outside Uchi (内): Inside Gedan (下段): Low; Low Level; Lower Chudan (中段): Center; Center Level; Middle Jodan (上段): High; High Level; Higher Kamae/ -gamae (構え): Posture; Ready Tachi/ -dachi (立ち): Stance(s); Stand Tsuki/ -zukiContinue reading “Shorin Ryu Technique Terminology: 松林流”

Bagua and Palgwe

From Matt Sheridan -無極-Chinese: WujiJapanese: MukyokuKorean: Mugeuk The void. The great potential. -陰陽-Chinese: Yin YangJapanese: In YoKorean: Eum Yang Opposing forces. Darkness vs Light. Passive vs Aggressive. Female vs Male. -太極-Chinese: Taiji/ Tai ChiJapanese: TaikyokuKorean: Taegeuk Balance between the two opposing forces. The formation and maintenance of the universe. -八卦-Chinese: Pa Kua/ BaguaOkinawan: Ba-guJapanese: HakkeKorean:Continue reading “Bagua and Palgwe”

Martial Arts Titles used in Japanese and Okinawan Martial Arts

Originally written around 2015 by Matt Sheridan 範士 hanshi. 範 (han) means model, example, or pattern. 士 (shi) means gentleman, scholar, or warrior. A hanshi is thus the model samurai or model warrior. 教士 kyoushi. 教 (kyou) means teacher so the kyoushi is the teacher of warriors, or the warrior that instructs. 練士 renshi. 練Continue reading “Martial Arts Titles used in Japanese and Okinawan Martial Arts”

Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!

Originally Written in 2018-ish by Matt Sheridan There is a phrase that is commonly used in some mainland Japanese styles of karate and their offshoots that Okinawans strongly dislike. Thing is this is actually three phrases: Osu, Osu, and Ossu. You may notice that there are some practitioners that seem to use Osu as aContinue reading “Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!”

Why I Joined the WMKA

The World Matsubayashi Ryu Karate Dō Association is often attributed to Shoshin Nagamine. However, it was actually the brain child of, and started by, an American instructor living in New York, USA. There are some things about the association that are strange to me, such as how they deny the fact Kinsei Taba was onceContinue reading “Why I Joined the WMKA”

Karate-Obi Preview

For some odd reason I’m the guy many people thinks is obsessed with belts, due to my research on the history of the belt system. However, I haven’t actually owned very many belts, nor have I owned many belts from varying companies. All my original colored belts, and my original black belt, were made byContinue reading “Karate-Obi Preview”

Gatekeeping in Martial Arts

Originally written in 2016 when I was the admin on the Ryukyu Martial Arts (Research and Discussion) group page as well as the Okinawan, Japanese, and Korean Karate (History, Research, and Discussion) group page on FaceBook. gate·keep·ing/ˈɡātˌkēpiNG/noun 1. the activity of controlling, and usually limiting, general access to something. gate·keep·er/ˈɡātˌkēpər/noun an attendant at a gateContinue reading “Gatekeeping in Martial Arts”

Kata of Funakoshi Gichin & Early Shotokan

I originally published this list back in 2013… Which kata were actually taught by Funakoshi or in the Shotokan dojo? Lets check our handy dandy BOOKS THAT FUNAKOSHI WROTE!!! Karate Jutsu (~1925): 15 Kata-Pinan 1-5-Naihanchi 1-3-Koshokun-Passai-Seishan-Wanshu-Jutte-Chinto-Jion(Kata mentioned but not taught: Goju shi ho, Chinte, Jiin, Wandan, Rohai, Jiyunmu, Wandoo, Sochin, Niseishi, Sansei Ryu, Supaunpei, Wankwan,Continue reading “Kata of Funakoshi Gichin & Early Shotokan”

You Should Never Have to tell Your own Abuse Story!

I just wanted to take the time to thank my friends who have shared my story. So far only a small handful (three people) have been kind and brave enough to do so. Last June I was diagnosed with Suicidal Depression and Complex PTSD, after being harassed by martial artist for years. Unfortunately 100% ofContinue reading “You Should Never Have to tell Your own Abuse Story!”

Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!

Originally Written in 2018-ish by Matt Sheridan There is a phrase that is commonly used in some mainland Japanese styles of karate and their offshoots that Okinawans strongly dislike. Thing is this is actually three phrases: Osu, Osu, and Ossu. You may notice that there are some practitioners that seem to use Osu as aContinue reading “Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!”