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    Heiko Bittman in his The Teachings of Karatedo...

    Heiko Bittman in his The Teachings of Karatedo (2005) also identifies that individual as Takeshi Shimoda. The photograph published in Egami's Way of Karate on page 11 of Funakoshi and Shimoda could...
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    Maybe they were looking to the West..... Harry...

    Maybe they were looking to the West.....
    Harry Cook
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    If anyone is in Leeds (England) please visit the...

    If anyone is in Leeds (England) please visit the Royal Armouries. In the Chinese section you will find a sai, described as a 'parrying weapon'. It was a weapon, not a hay fork. There are accounts of...
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    Thank you gentlemen. Your help is much...

    Thank you gentlemen. Your help is much appreciated.
    Harry Cook
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    traditional sword dojo in Scotland

    My son has decided he wants to learn some traditional Japanese sword. Does anyone know of any teachers/dojo in Scotland?
    Harry Cook
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    Well..not really. Peasants in Europe quite...

    Well..not really. Peasants in Europe quite commonly owned weapons; the longbow effectively destroyed the power of mounted knights and that was a peasant weapon. The Lochaber axe in Scotland was not...
  7. Well done Pat for the Itosu material..a...

    Well done Pat for the Itosu material..a tremendous find...another mystery uncovered!!
    Harry Cook
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    Funakoshi was the first of a number of Okinawan...

    Funakoshi was the first of a number of Okinawan karate teachers. If he hadn't existed then Kanken Toyama may well have dominated the Tokyo area and his karate might be the best known version in...
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    My take on this is that kata are the 'books' of...

    My take on this is that kata are the 'books' of karate; they have to be read to be understood, but then the knowledge has to be made active to be useful. For example if we take a Goju kata like...
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    Mr. Vail thank you for the kind comments. I don't...

    Mr. Vail thank you for the kind comments. I don't know where you live but I will be in New York in July if you fancy a chat and a beer?
    Harry Cook
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    Paul I have mentioned Uyenishi's kick as being...

    Paul I have mentioned Uyenishi's kick as being like the pivot punch in boxing. Graham did an article on early ju-jutsu. I think you have added the two together. Not that I mind, I will happily swipe...
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    If you look on page 127 of William Bankier's...

    If you look on page 127 of William Bankier's Ju-jitsu;What It Really Is (London, 1905) there is a picture of Uyenishi performing a spinning hook kick to the stomach as a defense to a punch.
    These...
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    That looks like Masayuki Hisataka of Shorinjiryu...

    That looks like Masayuki Hisataka of Shorinjiryu Kenkokan to me.
    Harry Cook
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    There are a few, inevitably so. In my experience...

    There are a few, inevitably so. In my experience it sems to be the sword schools that feature active teachers in their 80s and 90s. Not too many judoka or karateka, but quite a few Chinese internal...
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    As the pic was taken about 73 years ago and the...

    As the pic was taken about 73 years ago and the youngest in the picture looks to be in his 20s or so it is highly unlikely that any of them are still teaching; they would be in their 90s at best, and...
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    The Nanto Zatsuwa was published in 1850, so the...

    The Nanto Zatsuwa was published in 1850, so the drawing must date at least from that date.
    Actually I see the makiwara (along with the kake tebiki) as one of the kinds of wooden men or wooden...
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    There is an early picture of a man training on a...

    There is an early picture of a man training on a makiwara in the Nanto Zatsuwa; details are in my book Shotokan Karate A Precise History.
    Harry Cook
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    Good point Mario. Assuming that the version of...

    Good point Mario. Assuming that the version of Suparimpei ascribed to Ohtsuka in the late 1920s was derived from To-on Ryu it would mean that Ohtsuka had some contact with Kyoda's group quite early...
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    Or he knew the name at least. It is also possible...

    Or he knew the name at least. It is also possible that Hironori Ohtsuka originally picked up the kata from Kenwa Mabuni....
    Harry Cook
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    I once saw a video Shingo Ohgami sensei had of...

    I once saw a video Shingo Ohgami sensei had of one of the old Wado seniors performing Suaprimpei, but thre quality was poor (of the film I mean). Thank you very much for the links, very interesting....
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    I asked Kase sensei this question about twelve...

    I asked Kase sensei this question about twelve years ago...he said something like 'it is a very rare kata, only a few people know it'. When I told him I could do the Goju version he was very...
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    That is quite correct. Pangainoon is a term...

    That is quite correct. Pangainoon is a term essentially meaning half hard half soft, and describes the nature of the techniques. However he didn't call his art Tiger Boxing, which seems to have the...
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    No it is not wrong, which is why I do not place a...

    No it is not wrong, which is why I do not place a lot of value on grades as such; a grade or rank without the skill, ability, conditioning etc etc to back it up is just a piece of cloth tied around...
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    I can see what you are getting at, but isn't this...

    I can see what you are getting at, but isn't this what a lot of the founders of now highly respected Japanese styles did. Why didn't they continue to do Shorin Ryu instead of creating new styles and...
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    The point I was trying to make is that a lot of...

    The point I was trying to make is that a lot of the people now thought of as respectable and legitimate were no better 'qualified' than many of the lunatics you now describe.
    What makes the...
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