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Gichin Funakoshi sensei

Interesting photo of Funakoshi Gichin thought to have been taken around 1925 at the Meisei-Juku Dojo in Tokyo. Note the sai, bo in the photograph. Note also the testus geta and Chi Ishi stone. Evidence that Funakoshi Sensei taught Kobudo and Hojo Undo as an integrated part of the system he brought from Okinawa. Both elements that have been completely lost now in modern Shotokan! ...

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Shotokan Karate – Kata Unsu (M. Nakayama)

Masatoshi Nakayama Sensei was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture Honshu Japan in 1913. In 1937 he graduated from Takushoko University and went to Peking to study Chinese. Whilst there he studied various styles of Chinese fighting. He was a prominent student of Master Funakoshi Gichin, the Father of Modern Karate Do and for some 27 years, until Funakoshi's death in 1957, he closely associated with the master assis ...

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