Ukekata of Matsubayashi Ryu: Part 2, Seiken-Ude-Uke

I’ll be quite honest that tackling the Ukekata has been an intimidating task, due to the quantity of individual techniques within this category. As such we are going to approach translating these in a slightly different manner. Instead of going through every term individually we will break down the compounds used to form the descriptionsContinue reading “Ukekata of Matsubayashi Ryu: Part 2, Seiken-Ude-Uke”

Semekata of Matsubayashi Ryu: Part 2, Seiken

Up to this point we have taken the time to do a deep linguistic delve into the five main categories of techniques, and their subsequent subcategories, as laid out by Nagamine Shoshin Sensei in his book The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do. From this point forward we are going to be looking to translate individual techniquesContinue reading “Semekata of Matsubayashi Ryu: Part 2, Seiken”

Tachikata of Matsubayashi Ryu: Part 2

Up to this point we have taken the time to do a deep linguistic delve into the five main categories of techniques, and their subsequent subcategories, as laid out by Nagamine Shoshin Sensei in his book The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do. From this point forward we are going to be looking to translate individual techniquesContinue reading “Tachikata of Matsubayashi Ryu: Part 2”

Kerikata of Matsubayashi Ryu

Rounding out the basic movements of Matsubayashi Ryu, as discussed by Nagamine Shoshin Sensei in The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do, are the Kerikata (蹴り方) or Methods of Kicking. Note that the actual word for kick in Japanese is Keri (蹴り) and not Geri. It is due to the process of Rendaku (連濁), or Sequential Voicing,Continue reading “Kerikata of Matsubayashi Ryu”

Tachikata of Matsubayashi Ryu

In this third installment we will look to translate the Tachikata (立ち方), or Methods of Standing, presented by Nagamine Shoshin Sensei in The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do. He has broken these down into ten subcategories: Shizentai-dachi Jun shizentai-dachi Jigotai-dachi Naihanchi-dachi Zenkutsu-dachi Naname zenkutsu-dachi Kokutsu-dachi Kosa-dachi Ippon-ashi-dachi Iaigoshi-dachi This first one, Shizentai-dachi (自然体立ち), was covered inContinue reading “Tachikata of Matsubayashi Ryu”

Ukekata of Matsubayashi Ryu

Out of the five main categories of techniques (Kamaekata, Tachikata, Semekata, Ukekata, and Kerikata) Ukekata definitely consists of the largest grouping of individual techniques. However it should be noted that many westerners misunderstand what Ukekata are and how they should be used. As such lets start off by establishing Uke (受け) does not translate toContinue reading “Ukekata of Matsubayashi Ryu”

Semekata of Matsubayashi Ryu

So far we have looked at the major categories of techniques, laid out by Nagamine Shoshin Sensei in his book The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do. We have translated the meanings of the terms: Kamaekata (構え方), Tachikata (立ち方), Semekata (攻め方), Ukekata (受け方), and Kerikata (蹴り方). We have also done deeper translations of the various Methods ofContinue reading “Semekata of Matsubayashi Ryu”

Kamaekata of Matsubayashi Ryu

Last time we discussed the five main categories of techniques Nagamine Shoshin Sensei layed out in The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do. As a quick reminder: Kamaekata (構方): Methods of Posture/ Readiness.Tachikata (立方): Methods of Standing.Semekata (攻め方): Methods of Attack.Ukekata (受方): Methods of Defense/ Receiving.Kerikata (蹴り方): Methods of Kicking.Tachi as a stand alone word and Prefix-dachiContinue reading “Kamaekata of Matsubayashi Ryu”

The many historical names of Karate

One important thing to understand is that the name of karate, and it’s various styles, have changed many times throughout history. When it comes to the names of individual styles, such as Shotokan, Goju Ryu, Matsubayashi Ryu, etc. we have to remember that on Okinawa this wasn’t really a thing until after Karate was introducedContinue reading “The many historical names of Karate”

History of the Belt System

Originally published in Totally Taekwondo Magazine in the April 2015 edition. However this is a living document that continues to be edited as new information is learned. As all research projects should. In 1883 Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo (柔道), began what would develop into not only the belt system but also the kyuContinue reading “History of the Belt System”