Thursday, May 9, 2019

Psychedelic Trance Party in Wakayama

Last Sunday I went to Wakayama, as psychedelic trance party was held at the beach. Before I participate in the party, I climbed the hill. The path to the hill top was covered with grass and surrounded with trees. On top of the hill, I found the huge golden Buddha statue. I practiced the forms of Okinawan Gojuryu in front of the Buddha. At first I faced to the sea (to the south) and performed Tensho. Then facing to the north I performed Sanchin. And facing to the east I performed Seinchin. Lastly facing to the west I performed Suparinpe. After finishing the ceremony, I climbed down the hill and walked to the beach. The party was held there. I enjoyed dancing with friends.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Ueku or Weeku (= an oar)

Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu! Happy New Year 2019! Selamat Tahun Baru 2019!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Chojun Miyagi and Seiko Fukuchi met with Kenko Nakaima in 1945

Chojun Miyagi and Seiko Fukuchi met with Kenko Nakaima in 1945

By Kenji Nakaima

It was in 1945 when I was 12 years old, a pupil of 5th grade of the primary school. My father, Kenko Nakaima was asked by the occupation army to run the orphanage in Haneji-Taira (now Taira, Nago-shi, Okinawa). The house still exists though no orphan lives there. We practiced karate in the garden covered with gravel.

One day a well-built gentleman brought a young man who looks strong to our orphanage. "Here comes Master Chojun Miyagi! Bow and say hello to him politely." said my father to me. The well-built gentleman was Chojun Miyagi, while the man looks strong was Seiko Fukuchi, the most senior disciple of Seiko Higa.

After talked with my father, Chojun Miyagi said to me "Show me Kata." I was so happy but at the same time I was shy with demostrating Kata in front the great karate master. I performed Kata named Seyunchin. "Well, I taught like this at Dai-Ichi High School and Naha Shogyo High School. But your Kata is slightly unique, so do practice as your father teaches you. Now do Sanchin." said Chojun Miyagi. While I was performing Sanchin, he checked my shoulder, back and legs. After checking and correcting my Sanchin, he went home.

From the next day Seiko Fukuchi, mentioned above, started working for the orphanage as a vice-principal. He taught karate to orphans and sometimes enjoyed talking about karate with my father, Kenko Nakaima.

* Chojun Miyagi (the founder of Goju-Ryu)
* Kenko Nakaima (the founder of Ryuei-Ryu)
* Seiko Fukuchi (the most senior disciple of Seiko Higa)
* Kenji Nakaima (the 5th generation of Ryuei-Ryu)

(Page 189, Encyclopedia of Okinawa Karate Kobudo, 2008)

Translated by Sanzinsoo

Kenji Nakaima met again with the ex-orphan at the orphanage in Haneji-Taira, Nago-shi, Okinawa.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Gekisai Ni (Front View)

Gekisai Ni (Front View)

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Gekisai Ni (Side View)

Gekisai Ni (Side View)