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    Dojo Kun and Tatsuo Shimabuku Sensei

    I have been reading Michael Rosenbaum's Isshin Ryu Okinawa's Complete Karate System and in general enjoying it. A few errors here and there that a good editor could catch but when I got to page 70...
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    Origin of the Wansu Jump

    Hello,
    When I first learned Wansu we pivoted not the 360 degree jump. Does any one know if Funakoshi Sensei introduced the jump or if there are older Okinawan versions with the jump.
    Thank you
    Len...
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    This is a great question. If you find out please...

    This is a great question. If you find out please post here. Most books use phonetic Japanese (katakana) for naihanchi. Nagamine Sensei uses kanji. I used to ask people on Okinawa what it meant. Got...
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    kagami-migaki

    Hello,
    I was thinking about this the other day and something jumped out at me.
    My understanding is that kagami-migaki comes from Tenshinshinryo ryu and was incorporated into Judo's Tandoku Renshu...
  5. Samurai code origins and possible original language

    Hello Everyone,
    I have seen this in a couple books usually listed 14 century anonymous :
    I have no parents : I make heaven and earth my parents.
    I have no home: I make the tan t'ien my home.
    I...
  6. Thread: DC Area

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    DC Area

    Hi,
    I am going to be in the greater Washington DC Area in November. Could someone recommend any schools within a couple of blocks of metro stations. I would be happy to just observe or step on mat....
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    Chang Hon Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan

    Hello,
    These are just some rambling thoughts feel free to disagree.
    first the influence of Shotokan on Chang Hon Tae Kwon Do is undeniable. Compare Won-hyo with what is in Japan called Heinan...
  8. Thread: Eku in water

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    Eku in water

    Well this weekend I went canoeing and thought next time
    I would try using my Eku to paddle. It is one I bought on line from a martial arts store and I don't know what actually putting in water will...
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    Hi Randori, Couple thoughts. It is preferred if...

    Hi Randori,
    Couple thoughts. It is preferred if you use your complete real name. This makes it hard for people to exaggerate their training.
    We usually only talk about Japanese arts but things...
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    Harada Sensei and Hakkei

    Well going back to Sidney's The Warrior Path there is a chapter about Mitsusuke Harada Sensei. In it he talks about Hakkei and says it is a fairly uncommon concept in Japanese Martial Arts but common...
  11. Well I got to see them. Nice display. They have...

    Well I got to see them. Nice display. They have about half a dozen duplicates that were colored differently. Two wood blocks from another print series. A bound book by Hiroshinge and a video demo of...
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    Hi Richard, Is there anything you can put up...

    Hi Richard,
    Is there anything you can put up without breaking any trust?
    I think back in the 80's there was a Black Belt Magazine article about Hakko Ryu that talked about Koho Igaku Shiatsu but...
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    Well this is embarrassing. I just reread the text...

    Well this is embarrassing. I just reread the text and the word Nishiyama uses is shinan. Error entirely on my part.
    Len McCoy
  14. Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido in Pittsburgh

    In case anyone lives near Pittsburgh the Carnegie Museum of Art is displaying a complete set of Hiroshige's Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido through June. I haven't gotten there yet but hope to...
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    Hi Prof. Goldsbury, Good point about martial...

    Hi Prof. Goldsbury,
    Good point about martial arts skills don't necessarily mean language skills. (More irritating to me personally is when people use equations and terms from physics wrong to...
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    What is Hidetaka Nishiyama saying?

    I have been reading James Sidney's "The Warrior Path". Very good book. He has interviews with some of the best living Japanese Martial artists alive. In the chapter with Hidetaka Nishiyama he says...
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    Tetsutaka Sugawara videos

    Hello,
    I was looking at a couple videos by Tetsutaka Sugawara Sensei.
    I really don't have a good specific question and am not computer savvy enough to post the links from youtube but one is Kaeshi...
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    Japanese Prison

    Hello,
    Back in 86-87 while in Okinawa with the USMC we were lectured that Japanese prisons were the most Draconian in the free world. That if arrested we would spend the bulk our time meditating on...
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    Hi Tim, Excellent question. One of the things I...

    Hi Tim,
    Excellent question. One of the things I really like about Okinawan Shorin Ryu is the relatively high stances and low kicks.
    Can you manage a low kick or is it out of the question?
    Can you...
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    Okinawan Sumo techniques

    In Shoshin Nagamine's Tales of Okinawa's Great Masters he lists the following techniques:
    koshi (hip technique)
    nushi
    watanushi
    hichinushi
    meegaki
    uchi meegaki
    finushi
    machi
    ashi harai
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    not exactly a seminar

    Hello,
    Just in case anyone is in my area and interested at 1030 Saturday morning a group of us meet and practice Tai Chi in St. Clair Park in Greensburg Pa (about 45 min due East of Pittsburgh)....
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    Hi Rupert, I have read your book through a...

    Hi Rupert,
    I have read your book through a couple times.
    Two questions;
    Do you happen to have a video of the belt winding exercise in the chapter on power?
    I am about 80% sure I am doing it right...
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    To a couple of Shoto123's points. I remember at...

    To a couple of Shoto123's points.
    I remember at least once Isao Kise Sensei saying to a mixed Japanese, Okinawan and American class "Tomorrow kata bunkai"> This was 86-87 but I don't know if he used...
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    Angle of arm on ukemi

    Hi Everyone,
    I was training with another group recently and showed up for ukemi night. The teacher wanted the slapping arm at an angle close to body. I have usually slapped 90 degrees to body. He...
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    Hi shoto123, This is a great forum board. Don't...

    Hi shoto123,
    This is a great forum board. Don't get yourself banned.Take a look at Mr. Wittmer's blog. He does a lot of research. There is a lot all of us can learn from him. There are a number of...
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