death of Shoshin Nagamine, 10th Dan, Hanshi a few years ago marked the end
of an era in which karate was transformed from an activity so localized
that its various forms were named after the villages in which they were
practised, to an activity of truly international scope that will soon become
an Olympic sport.
all of that time Nagamine sensei was actively studying karate with teachers
whose names have become legends: Chotoku Kyan, Chojun Miyagi, and Choki
Motobu. By the 1940's he had become well enough known to be selected by
the Governor of Okinawa to sit on a technical committee (see Dragon Times
issue #15) and after the war he became the chief proponent of the school
he founded, and one of the most respected elder statesman of Okinawan karate.
he passed away in 1997 at the age of ninety he had been training for more
than seventy years, yet little of a permanent nature was left to mark his
achievements or provide a tangible legacy for those who followed. He had
written several important books it is true, trained many talented intructors,
yet the physical form of the teachings of Kyan, Motobu, Arakaki and the
other masters with whom he had studied were known to only a few senior practitioners.
To rectify this his successor, Takayoshi Nagamine, 9th Dan Hanshi and the
senior members of the yudanshakai gathered together all the photos, documents,
and old film footage for the purpose of making a video series with the assistance
of Tsunami Productions.
one would expect from the premiere martial arts video company, the production
value of the resulting program, part one of a multi-part series is very
high, and certainly does justice to the subject. Here the style is richly
presented with beautiful photographs, many of them very rare, as well as
films going back as far as the 1950's. The classical movie footage of kata,
weapons training and bunkai by Shoshin Nagamine, Takeyoshi Nagamine, Yasuhiro
Makishi and others is interwoven with historical and technical material
in the most ingenious way so that everything is historically and technically
you are interested in Okinawan Karate in general or Shorin Ryu in particular,
this series is for you. Shotokan stylists will find the technical content
fascinating as this is the well from which there style was drawn, a fact
obvious from the performances of the kata.
of Shorin Ryu and Biography of Shoshin Nagamine, Hanshi, 10th Dan. Pinan
Kata Bunkai; Naihanchi; Kusanku; Fukyugata 1; sai and bo kata.
ship within 24hrs.)
in the following formats:
Running time approx 35 minutes. $30.00