DOJO Okinawa's Yuimaru Hakken Seminar features three intensive training days with three different sensei. In 2019 the second segment of training for our attendees was in Nanjo with Yagi Isao sensei, 9th dan Motobu-ryu Ryukyu Bujutsu Moudi.
Motobu-ryū is one of the oldest Okinawan arts, once referred to as ushu-ganashi-mē no bugei, or "his majesty's martial art.".
Very different than karate-do as we know it, with none of the stops and starts that characterize karate kata and practice.
There is no uke, defense and attack are simultaneous and happen through evasive irimi movement.
Much of the training involved kawashi waza - moving off the line of attack and in practice would have a strike or multiple strikes simultaneously. Stances are high and narrow, almost exclusively on the balls of the feet. A dojo rule is to remain on the balls of one's feet the entire time on the dojo floor, even when inactive and listening to instruction.
Yagi sensei is utterly u...
ICHARIBA CHODEI – Immerse yourself in the Okinawa Karate Life
I’m very pleased to announce 2 seminars in 2020 in Okinawa designed to give you more than most regular seminars here. There are a variety of seminar opportunities in Okinawa every year but most only offer a short taster session with the Okinawan sensei. An hour, 2 hours, even 4 hours with a teacher is hardly enough for them to show anymore than the bare basics of their art. In addition time constraints and language barriers often result in almost no time to have any meaningful and developed dialogue with the teacher to understand their views on their art, their history, experience and philosophy. As a Japanese speaker I can tell you that your understanding of karate can be TRANSFORMED by just one good conversation with the right teacher....