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Section two


Okinawan Karate & Kobudo

The Karate of Choki Motobu
by Chosei Motobu


Probably the event most responsible for the worldwide popularity of karate is Master Choki Motobu's defeat of a western boxer in 1925. Initially ridiculed by the audience at an "all-comers" prizefight in Kyoto, Japan, laughter turned to stunned silence when the middle-aged and rather portly Okinawan karate man knocked his strongly built young opponent unconscious within seconds. Karate became an overnight sensation, and the mainland Japanese embraced the art as their own.

So spectacular it was featured in Kingu, Japan's most popular magazine of the era, the victory sadly did little for Motobu personally. Illustrations used in the magazine implied the victor was Gichin Funakoshi, a man inferior in both social status and fighting ability to Motobu, infuriating the latter, and ensuring instant fame for Funakoshi who went on to found the Shotokan style of karate and become a karate legend.

Nonetheless, Motobu's technical influence on Karate was immense. His students included Shoshin Nagamine (Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu), Yasuhiro Konishi (Shindo Jines Ryu) and Hironori Otsuka (Wado Ryu), all of whom formed their own Karate styles based, in part, upon his teachings.

On the death of Choki Motobu in 1944 his unique form of karate seemed destined for extinction. Few members of his original Daidokan Dojo survived the war, and so little was known of Motobu sensei's private life that most were unaware of his son Chosei who was destined to carry his father's style into the 21st century.

This is the Motobu family system of Tode (karate) presented by Chosei Motobu and Takeji Inaba including the Kumite techniques and their applications. It is the only reference work in the West on this style, and is released with full cooperation and approval of the Motobu family and the Japan Karate Do Motobukai.

Contents: A History of the Founder and his style. Kata Naihanchi 1, Kata Naihanchi 2, Jiyu Hon Kumite (the twelve true fighting methods of Motobu Ryu Karate).

Available in the following formats: DVD
Running time approx. 54 minutes. $39.95

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Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Karate vol.I
by Shoshin & Takayoshi Nagamine


From the age of seventeen the karate education of Shoshin Nagamine was supervised by noted Okinawan masters Ankichi Arakaki, Chotoku Kyan, and Choki Motobu. His eventual mastery of the art and creation of the Matsubayashi form of the Shorin Ryu style would place him firmly in their ranks.

This program, made with the support and cooperation of his family, is a technical record of the style he founded, the story of its beginning, and a record of the life of the founder and his achievements.

Contents: The history of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu and a biography of its founder. Pinan Shodan & its applications. Yasuhiro Makishi - Kusanku kata. Takayoshi Nagamine - Naihanchi kata. Chotoku Omine - Gekisai Dai Ichi kata. Morio Higaonna - Fukyugata Ichi. Shoshin Nagamine - Weapon Techniques Sai Dai Ichi.

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Running time approx. 30 minutes. $30.00

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Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Karate vol.II
by Takayoshi Nagamine


This video program presents the first ten Kata of the Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu karate syllabus up to Naihanchi Sandan performed by the present headmaster Takayoshi Nagamine 9th Dan, assisted by senior instructors Yasuhiro Makishi 9th Dan, and Taira 8th Dan.

Each Kata is performed at full speed and shown in slow motion; the most important technical points are then explained by Nagamine sensei, and the applications of fundamental techniques demonstrated by the three instructors. Key issues discussed include the development of explosive striking power, the most vulnerable targets to attack, and the differences between applications as they are performed in the kata, and their use in realistic self defense situations.

Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu karate is based in part upon the fundamental teachings of Choki Motobu, Chotoku Kyan and other legendary Okinawan karate pioneers. The genius of the Founder, Shoshin Nagamine, was in drawing together the most refined elements of each school and creating from them his own unique style of Shorin Ryu karate.

Contents:

Fukyu Kata 1 and 2 - Yasuhiro Makishi
Pinan Kata 1-5 - Takayoshi Nagamine
Naihanchi Kata 1-3 - Chotoku Omine

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Running time approx. 56 minutes. $39.95

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Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Karate vol.3
by Takayoshi Nagamine


Part three of this master class technical series by Takayoshi Nagamine, 9th Dan Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu, features the advanced Shorin Ryu kata: Ananku, Wankan, Wanshu, Passai, Gojushiho, Chinto, and Kusanku performed and explained by Nagamine sensei together with the advanced Yakusoku Kumite demonstrated by senior instructors Makishi (9th Dan) and Taira (8th Dan) Filmed on location at the Suiho En Dojo.

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53 minutes. $39.95

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Uchinadi vol. I
The Original Karate of
Okinawa
by Toshihiro Oshiro


The author explains and demonstrates how to knock down an opponent by simply touching his body, by using the power of "atifa." This program includes demonstrations of the original techniques of karate, katas Pinan 1-5 and Naihanchi, and of course those amazing striking and blocking techniques.

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Running time approx. 50 minutes.  $39.95

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Uchinadi vol. II
The Original Karate of Okinawa

by Toshihiro Oshiro


Includes  a comprehensive historical section, as well as demonstrations for the kata Wankan, Wanshu, Rohai and Patsai.  Plus a complete course in makiwara training and instruction in the Sai kata, Kyan no Sai and Kishaba no Sai.

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Running time approx. 50 minutes.  $39.95

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Yamanni Ryu - Okinawan Bo-Jutsu
by Toshihiro Oshiro


Yamanni Ryu, the most aristocratic of the Okinawan weapon arts, was previously taught only to the most dedicated martial artists, by direct transmission, master to student. Preserved and nurtured as a cultural treasure of Okinawa by just four senior instructors, it is presented here for the first time since its creation by a member of this distinguished group.  Includes all fundamental techniques and training methods of Yamanni Ryu, static and dynamic, as well as: kata, Suuji no Kun, Choun no Kun Sho and Dai, Ryubi no Kun and Kumi Bo combat techniques. A comprehensive and culturally significant treatment of an art previously spoken of, but very rarely seen.

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Running time approx. 55 minutes. $39.95

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Kobudo vol. I
The Weapon Arts of Okinawa

by Shinpo Matayoshi


The formerly secret techniques of the Bo, Tonfa, Nunchaku, and Eku of this internationally famous teacher's style! Presented as a series of lectures in which Matayoshi Sensei, 10th Dan, Hanshi describes the correct use of the weapons and demonstrates techniques, kata, and applications. This program includes stunning performances of both versions of the kata Hakutsuru no Kenpo that the author learned from the famed White Crane teacher, Go Ken Ki. 

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Running time approx. 55 minutes. $39.95

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Kobudo vol. II - Sai, Kama & Nunti Sai
by Shinpo Matayoshi


The Grand Master of Okinawan Kobudo, Shinpo Matayoshi, 10th Dan, Hanshi, demonstrates the sai, kama and nunti sai with a level of agility, power and focus that can only be acquired from a lifetime of serious study. This program includes detailed lectures on the sai and kama; basic techniques and kata for all three weapons; and demonstrations of practical combat applications in which he is assisted by the noted instructors Morio Higaonna and Hideharu Igaki.

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Running time approx. 50 minutes. $39.95

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The Karate of Chotoku Kyan
Seibukan Karate
by Zenpo Shimabukuro


Small of stature, karate master Chotoku Kyan developed a form of karate so effective it made his name a legend in Okinawa. From the early 1930s Zenryo Shimabukuro studied with Kyan sensei, and when he had mastered the art of his mentor, opened his own training hall, the Seibukan. In time he was succeeded by his son, our author, Zenpo.

Seibukan Shorin Ryu karate is a traditional, kata based system that retains complete combat effectiveness. The legacy of Kyan is still seen today in its speed, ferocity, and power - attributes that distinguish it from more modern karate systems.

According to Kyan sensei mastery of his art involved: "seventy per cent perspiration and thirty per cent inspiration." The modern student who follows the advice of this legendary martial artist will find the effort worthwhile, and the prize a rich one.

Contents: The History of the Seibukan; The kata of Chotohu Kyan; Passai, Chinto, Kusanku, Seisan, Anaku, Wanshu, Gojushiho, Wanchin. Performed by Zenpo Shimabukuro, 9th Dan, Seibukan

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Running time approx. 50 minutes. $39.95

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Once a Secret - Shorin Ryu Karate
by Eihachi Ota


The art of karate that we can now acquire openly was once taught only to the most trusted student in secret places seen only by the creatures of the night. This excellent presentation of Okinawan karate by Eihachi Ota recreates that feeling of watching something that one should not--of seeing an art so lethal that it should, perhaps, remain secret. 

Basic techniques, kata, sparring, bojutsu and the awe-inspiring kama of instructor Ota. Breathtaking images, exqusite music, and truly dynamic action! 

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Running time approx. 40 minutes. $39.95

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