Koryu Uchinadi Nyumon Volume 9
International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
I believe the modern interpretation of karate, and the myriad of variations-on-a-theme, have evolved into something quite unlike that which its original pioneers had in mind when it was first developed. While it is clearly obvious what heights modern karate has soared to, the compelling results of a thorough investigation no longer obligates this writer to support its rule-bound interpretation of classical kata. The video presentation, which lies before you, is an exposition personifying lost heritage rediscovered only after exhaustive research in Japan, China and SE Asia. Having established an international reputation as a dependable and insightful teacher, I am one of several progressive traditionalists behind an important movement bent on reviving old-school practices while restoring the cohesiveness to an otherwise heavily rule-bound and functionally ambiguous modern tradition. Having conducted important field research in Okinawa and Fujian, often with many of this traditions most senior authorities, I have painstakingly unearthed the lost rationale behind how application principles of kata work. If there is any truth to the belief that I am helping to change the face of how traditional kata is perceived, and practiced, perhaps then I can better understand what Sir Isaac Newton meant when he said, “If I can see any further than others, it is only by having stood on the shoulders of giants.”
Although karate is a uniquely Japanese tradition today, its actual roots can be traced back to the tiny island of Okinawa and the Fujian-based quanfa practices that haphazardly found their way there during the old Ryukyu Kingdom Period. Once an obligatory practice among local Okinawan law enforcement officials, today its defensive concepts have evolved into a challenging competitive sport, popular form of self-protection and a vibrant cultural recreation. Having long been an effective adjunct supporting domestic law enforcement arrest-methods in Qing-period China (1644-1911), it was brought into use during Okinawa’s old Ryukyu Kingdom after the prohibition of weapons largely because of its highly effective tactical strategies in seizing and control. Handed down through oral tradition and behind closed doors, much of its original history and unique practices have been lost in the sands of time.
Before the advent of modern karate, there existed a remarkable martial art in Okinawa referred to as Ryukyu Kenpo Toudi-jutsu. Simplified for the purpose being put into Okinawa’s turn-of-the-century school system to build robust bodies and militaristic mentalities, in support of Japan’s escalating war machine, Ryukyu Kenpo Toudi-jutsu was profusely influenced by Japanese Budo culture when introduced to the mainland where it rapidly transformed the simplified practice into a sport and cultural recreation.
What is Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo-jutsu?
Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo-jutsu is a unique collection & functional re-interpretation of old-school tegumi grappling drills & those embryonic Fujian-based quanfa practices once secretly cultivated before the development of the simplified version or modern tradition evolved. Re-systematized into a cohesive & completely application-based study, it was cradled in rediscovering and fusing together the principal teachings from many of this tradition’s most celebrated pioneers.
Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo-jutsu revives many lost and functional application-based practices while honoring the legacy of Matsumura Sokon (1809-1898) Itosu Ankoh (1832-1915) Kojo Taite (1837-1917) Aragaki Seisho (1840-1920) Chinen Sanda (1846-1928) Xie Zhongxiang (aka Ru Ruko, 1852-1930) Higaonna KanryoHanashiro Chomo (1869-1945) Motobu Choki (1871-1944) Zhou Zhihe (1874-1926) Wu XianhuiGo Kenki, 1886-1940) Tang Daiji (To Daiki, 1887-1937) Kiyoda Juhatsu (1886-1967) Shaolin monk Miao XingOshiro Chojo (1887-1935) Richard Kim (1917-2001) and Kinjo Hiroshi (1919-). (1853-1917) ( (1881-1939)
Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo-jutsu is also a provocative alternative to conventional methods of physical fitness and stress management. Learning how to respond dispassionately to unwarranted aggression requires self-empowerment. Such training promotes an inner-calm and, where conflict exists, helps restore balance to personal and professional relationships.
We have presented many of the drills from several angles to better study each technique. We have also used different yudansha in order to clearly illustrate how varying body types, and the physical demands they have on each of us, affect our range of motion and individual performance. Please remember, we ARE NOT trying to generate carbon copies or produce an army of clones, but rather, emphasize the importance of individuality while mastering common principles.
Vol #9 Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo-jutsu Nyumon
Running time 3 & 1/2 hours
1: Reishiki (Etiquette),
2: Junbi/Seri Undo (KU Preparatory & cool down exercises, including ukemi waza, Ne Keri waza, Tachi Keri waza futari-geiko)
3: Kihon-waza Solo drills (a. Tsuki-waza, b. Keri-waza, c. Kamae-waza, d. Kaishu-waza, e. Heishu Waza, f. Uke-waza),
4: Kihon-gata (Taisabaki-gata),
5: Taisabaki Oyo-jutsu (Two-person application practices to the Taisabaki kata),
6. Futari Renzoku-geiko (2-person continuous reenactment drills for all 6 sets of kihon waza)
The International Ryukyu Karate-jutsu Research Society is one organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of this important cultural tradition, and venerating the legacy of those original pioneers who popularized its practice. Our aim is to become your partner in the learning process and serve rather than be served. We are interested in cultivating friendly liaisons with other like-minded groups through cooperation and unreservedly aid and assist all those who support our movement. Not only are we committed to imparting the correct history, and original teachings of karate as an art, through understanding its history and culture, we also encourage independent research and journalism in its anthropology, ethos & technical theories. It is our most sincere desire to revive and promote public interest in the old-ways of karate & kobudo through the study of Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo-jutsu.
This is an absolute DVD for the serious martial artist.
Koryu uchinadi kenpo-jutsu