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...