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Welcome to my website! My name is Kiyotaka Yamada. "Sanzinsoo" is my internet nickname. It is derived from an Okinawan word meaning a fortune-teller. I practice Okinawan Gojuryu Karate and Ryukyu Kobudo (= classical Okinawan weaponry). I think practicing Karate and Kobudo is good for your physical and spiritual health.
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|My hobby is practicing Kata of Okinawan Gojuryu Karate and Ryukyu Kobudo. Kata is something like a solo dance. It might be regarded as moving meditation. I practice karate not for fighting but for peace in mind and body.
I have translated many Okinawan karate articles into English. I hope you enjoy my translation articles on Okinawan karate.
My translated articles are as follows. Click the title to read.
MASTER SEIKO HIGA IN MY MEMORIES
Remarks: The original Japanese title "Omoide No Higa Seiko Sensei" written by Mr. Saburo Higa, an acupuncturist. This article appeared in the book, "Karate Denshinroku" (= True History of Karate) by Akio Kinjo, as a supplementary article. Pages 326-331 (Okinawa Tosho Center, 1999)
MASTER YUCHOKU HIGA PRACTICE KARATE IN THE MOONLIGHT
Remarks: written by a reporter of the monthly magazine "Aoi Umi" February 1978 issue. Pages 96-97.
MASTER CHOJUN MIYAGI AT THE MEETING IN 1936
Remarks: This is a part of the meeting records. It appears as an appendix in the book, "Karatedo Dai Hokan " written by Kanken Toyama. Pages 377-392 (Tsuru Shobo, 1960)
ORAL HISTORY ABOUT KANRYO HIGAONNA
Remarks: This is a part of the book "Karate Denshinroku " (= True History of Karate) written by Mr. Akio Kinjo. Pages 35-40 (Okinawa Tosho Center, 1999)
DANCING OLD MAN
Remarks: This is a part of the article "Sometimes I play karate like Okinawan dance 'Hamachidori': Karate and Okinawan dance are the same." written by Mr. Kiyohiko Higa. (1978, Aoi Umi No.70, page 118).
HISTORICAL OUTLINE OF KARATE-DO, MARTIAL ARTS OF RYUKYU by Chojun Miyagi
Remarks: The title in Japanese is "Ryukyu Kenpo Karatedo Enkaku Gaiyo". This essay appeared as a supplementary article in two books, "Okinawano Karatedo" by Shoshin Nagamine (1975, Shinjinbutsu Oraisha) and "Okinawaden Gojuryu Karatedo" by Eiichi Miyazato (1979, Jitsugyono Sekaisha). Some parts are omitted in this translation.
MEMORIES OF MY SENSEI, CHOJUN MIYAGI
Remarks: This is a part of the original article "Chojun Miyagi the Karate Master. His kindness is infinite. He preaches morality." written by Mr. Genkai Nakaima who was fortunate enough to train with Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Gojuryu. (1978, Aoi Umi No.70, pages 99-100)
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BREATHING IN AND BREATHING OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH "GO" AND "JU" , A MISCELLANEOUS ESSAY ON KARATE
by Chojun Miyagi
Remarks: This short article first appeared in "Bunka Okinawa" Vol.3 No.6 dated August 15, 1942, and re-appeared as an appendix in the book "Chugoku Okinawa Karate Kobudo No Genryu" written by Masahiro Nakamoto published on April 1, 1985 by Bunbukan.
LEGEND OF CHOKI MOTOBU
Remarks: This is a complete translation of the article written by Mr. Seijin Jahana, the original title "Choki Motobu, a Forerunner of Combative Karate" (1978, Aoi Umi No.70, pages 106-110)
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SENSEI MEITOKU YAGI
Remarks: written by a reporter of the monthly magazine "Aoi Umi" February 1978 issue. Pages 94-95.
in Okinawa 1984
This is my cyber dojo. I would like to share my knowledge of Kata with you. Click the name of Kata to see my demonstration.
Video clip of Kata "Shisochin" performed by Sanzinsoo.
Video clip of Kata "Sanseru" performed by Sanzinsoo.
Video clip of Kata "Sesan" performed by Sanzinsoo.
Video clip of Kata "Tensho" performed by Sanzinsoo.
Video clip of Kata "Kururunfa" performed by Sanzinsoo.
Sai is the most famous and popular weapon in Ryukyu Kobudo. It is also called Tie Chi in Chinese and Trisula or Cabang in bahasa Indonesia.
SUPARINPE IN FRONT OF CASTLE (Video)
"Suparinpe" means 108 (= one hundred and eight) in Chinese Hokkien dialect. According to Buddhism, human beings have 108 problems or troubles. Here in Japan, at the midnight of 31st December, Buddhist monks strike the large bell in temple 108 times to solve those 108 problems of human beings, and we enter the clean and brand new year. So, maybe, if we practice "Suparinpe", trouble we have might be solved. Maybe �c
According to Mr. Akio Kinjo, a karate researcher, the name "Saifa" is derived from "Sai", a Chinese word meaning a lion. I agree with him. I suppose "Sai" is a Fukien dialect for a lion. Actually in Indonesian language, a lion dance is called "Barong Sai". "Barong" is an Indonesia word, while "Sai" is a Chinese word. In the kata of Saifa, there is a double knuckle strike, which resembles a lion’s paws.
Weeku is an Okinawan word for an oar. It becomes a weapon in Ryukyu Kobudo. My teacher learned most of Ryukyu Kobudo including Weeku from Master Shimpo Matayoshi. Now it is autumn here in Japan.
This is the Kata of Nunchaku that I learned from Fukumoto Sensei. Actually I performed the same Kata of Nunchaku in 1984 when Seiko Higa’s 50th dojo anniversary demonstration was held in Naha, Okinawa. I think most Kata of Ryukyu Kobudo were created on the assumption that the opponent fights with a Bo (= a staff), and this Nunchaku Kata is not an exception.
GEKISAI ICHI (Video)
Gekisai Ichi is the so-called unified Kata. It was created for both Naha-te school and Shuri-te school, so even if you are not a Goju-ryu stylist, you can understand it and can perform it easily.
Seinchin has many Shiko-dachi stances, and no kicking at all. If you practice the Kata, your Shiko-dachi stance would be improved. I think Sanchin, Tensho and Seinchin are the so-called Chi-kung. It generates our "Ki" or inner energy of life.
GEKISAI NI (Video)
During my lunch break at work, I went to a park near my workplace for a refreshing change. There I took a video clip of Kata "Gekisai Ni" with the self-timer.
The level of our performance is still very low at this moment, but I really would like to show you how the Bo-jutsu is like if we practice according to the Bo-jutsu Manual mentioned below.
BO-JUTSU MANUAL (ATTACK)
BO-JUTSU MANUAL (DEFENSE)
This Bo-jutsu drill was created by my teacher, Fukumoto sensei. It is a two person drill using Roku-shaku Bo (= six-foot staff), prearranged. It is simple and easy, but practical.
I also practice Tonfa, one of ancient karate weapons of Okinawa. My teacher taught me this Kata of Tonfa. Here is my video clip.
Sepai means 18 (eighteen). Maybe this name derives from a famous Shaolin kungfu, Shih-pa Lohan Shou or Eighteen Lohan Hands. I have no idea whether this kata has something to do with that Shaolin kungfu or not.
The name of this Kata means "one hundred and eight" in Fujian dialect of Chinese. The ultimate Kata of Goju-Ryu.
Okinawan blue sea
KURURUNFA (Part 1)
This Kata has several Jujutsu-like techniques such as joint locks and throwing. (Sequential Photos No.1 --- No.22)
KURURUNFA (Part 2)
(Sequential Photos No.23 --- No.41)
KURURUNFA (Part 3)
(Sequential Photos No.42 --- No.61)
KURURUNFA (Part 4)
(Sequential Photos No.62 --- No.75)
SHISOCHIN (Part 1)
This Kata starts with Nukite, not clenched fists. The angle of both hands is slightly different from Uechi-ryu’s Sanchin. (Sequential Photos No.1 --- No.17)
SHISOCHIN (Part 2)
(Sequential Photos No.18 --- No.32)
SHISOCHIN (Part 3)
(Sequential Photos No.33 --- No.48)
SHISOCHIN (Part 4)
(Sequential Photos No.49 --- No.57)
SHISOCHIN (Part 5)
(Sequential Photos No.58 --- No.70)
Okinawan blue sky
SESAN (Part 1)
I think Sesan is the most important Kata for advanced students. Unlike Sanchin or Tensho, you have to punch quickly as lightning. (Sequential Photos No.1 --- No.22)
SESAN (Part 2)
(Sequential Photos No.23 --- No.40)
SESAN (Part 3)
(Sequential Photos No.41 --- No.54)
SESAN (Part 4)
(Sequential Photos No.55 --- No.62)
SESAN (Part 5)
(Sequential Photos No.63 --- No.76)
TENSHO (Part 1)
You have to perform this Kata very slowly like Taijiquan in harmony with breathing. The step is same as Sanchin. (Sequential Photos No.1 --- No.29)
TENSHO (Part 2)
(Sequential Photos No.30 --- No.48)
TENSHO (Part 3)
(Sequential Photos No.49 --- No.67)
SAIFA (Part 1)
Nowadays Saifa is practiced by beginners, but in fact Saifa is an Old Kata. Why? Because there is a technique grabbing "topknot" of an opponent. (Sequential Photos No.1 --- No.20)
SAIFA (Part 2)
Another old technique is Double Leopard Fist Strike.
(Sequential Photos No.21 --- No.35)
SAIFA (Part 3)
(Sequential Photos No.36 --- No.48)
SEINCHIN (Part 1)
Stable " Shikodachi " stance is essential. You can learn the stance through practicing this Kata. (Sequential Photos No.1 --- No.19)
SEINCHIN (Part 2)
(Sequential Photos No.20 --- No.36)
SEINCHIN (Part 3)
(Sequential Photos No.37 --- No.47)
SEINCHIN (Part 4)
(Sequential Photos No.48 --- No.64)
SEINCHIN (Part 5)
(Sequential Photos No.65 --- No.78)
GEKISAI ICHI (Part 1)
This Kata is for beginners. You can learn basic blocking techniques against upper and lower areas. You can also learn a thrusting technique in this part. (Sequential Photos No.1 --- No.17)
GEKISAI ICHI (Part 2)
In this part, you can learn middle-area block, front kick, elbow strike, back-fist strike, leg flicking, knife-hand strike and double straight punch. (Sequential Photos No.18 --- No.44)
GEKISAI NI (Part 1)
This part is completely same as Gekisai Ichi. (Sequential Photos No.1 --- No.21)
GEKISAI NI (Part 2)
In this part you can learn circular blocking and double palm strike, distinctive techniques of Gojuryu style. (Sequential Photos No.22 --- No.48)
My Karate Lineage:
Kanryo Higaonna - Chojun Miyagi - Seiko Higa - Eikichi Fukumoto - Kiyotaka Yamada
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