Hokama Tetsuhiro

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(republished with permission)

Hokama Tetsuhiro Sensei, Hanshi 10th Dan, is not only the current head of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Kenshikai Karate-Do and Kobudo Organization, but is also founder and curator of the first Okinawan Karate and Kobudo Museum.

Regarded as a highly skillful and gifted karateka, Hokama Sensei has earned a reputation of being a living karate legend and many karate enthusiasts from around the world come to Okinawa specifically to receive his invaluable tutelage. Additionally, his work as a karate researcher places him as one of the most renowned and respected historians of Okinawan Karate, and you wouldn’t be wrong in calling him a guardian of it’s ancient traditions and history.

Regardless of being called Goju-Ryu, Hokama Sensei’s karate has a very interesting and unique look to it. I would speculate that this is partly due to the research he has done into the influence that traditional chinese martial arts and medicine had on the original fighting...
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Exploring Naihanchi kata applications

This week, The Karate Nerds dug into some applications of Naihanchi bunkai.

Location: the new Karate Kaikan dojo in Tomigusuku, Okinawa.

We train together several times a week (in addition to our individual commitments to train with various local teachers) and use the sessions to compare learning and ideas. Often we cover some much interesting stuff that no-one remembers to video it as we are all training hard (lots of sweat!, hey its Okinawa).   This time, however, we decided to make sure to take some video footage. Included below each video is an explanation of how to apply the techniques being demonstrated in the video, as well as why it is done the way it is being shown. A knowledge of Naihanchi kata will help you in recognising the stances and movements shown here. Naihanchi kata would appear to have a great number of potential applications so this is just a tiny fraction of the possibilities.   *And obviously, PLEASE BE CAREFUL IF YOU CHOOSE TO TRY ANY OF THESE T...
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