I translated historical articles about Okinawan karate written in Japanese into English. Also enjoy my videoclips of Kata of Okinawan Gojuryu Karate and Ryukyu Kobudo. My e-mail address: email@example.com
I was moved to see this video clip. Akihito Yagi Sensei is great!
In the video, he said as follows:
"Karate is an art of self defence. You can defend yourself or your fellows. We practice karate so that we do not attack first and we should always be humble to everyone. Through physical training of karate, we can obtain such a mental power."
"My father and grand father are karate masters. I was born in
such a home. When I became three years old, my birthday
present was a karate-gi (= a karate uniform). I was happy to
play punching wearing it."
"My grand father, Meitoku Yagi, passed away at the age
of 92. One year before it, he performed karate when
he was 91 years old for the last time. He had been
hospitalized at that time, but when there was an karate
assembly, he wore karate-gi (= a karate uniform) and
performed karate. I was moved to see him and almost cried."
"It is true that karate became popular after karate became
one of competitive sports. However, nowadays karate
enthusiasts overseas think our traditional Okinawan
karate is more valuable and important than sport karate
after they studied the roots of karate. They realized
Kata of traditional karate is most important. Many
karate players who participate in competitive sport
tournaments are returning to our traditional Okinawan