This is the website of Ernest J Estrada who is a practitioner of the Okinawan art of Shorinryu Karatedoh and Ryukyu Kobudoh. Included on the site are some of my thoughts and experiences in the practice of Okinawan karatedoh and kobudoh - beginning with my judo years for 1957 to 1960. This is followed by my karate years ( 1960 to the present ) and my kobudoh years ( 1963 to 
present ). I hope that you enjoy my writings and ramblings!







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  • # 014 While on Okinawa, I manage to visit a number of dojos - not only shorinryu but gojuryu and uechiryu. One of my favorite dojos was the Yagi Gojuryu Meibukan hombu dojo located in Kume, Okinawa. I manage to asked some questions concerning why there were no mirrors in the dojo training area. The Kan-cho replied that in their dojo, the teacher is the mirror. Hence, there is no need for a mirror. He went on by further stating that a mirror is only used in the change room where a student can change his face from happy to serious. When one comes to the dojo one must become serious instead of playful. After training, the student goes back to the ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2012, 12:43 PM by Ernest Estrada
  • # 010 Another good question from class: in kata, why do we have to end where we start? Who said you did? Not me. Don't get me wrong... there does appear to be a big emphasis in doing just that. In Toyama Kanken's hombu dojo (the dai nippon karatedoh renmei) the emphasis was always on technique, not on ending up where you started. Toyama Dai Sensei offen said that if you focus on ending up where you started, your technique suffers.In 1975 I had the same discussion with my teacher, Nakazato Shugoro Dai Sensei. My question to Sensei was... do we end up in the same place as where we started. Especially in performing pinan sandan, I am always ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2012, 11:55 PM by Daniel Wilkins
  • # 009 Continuing with naihanchi and moving on to patsai (passai)...The kata naihanchi-no-go is the shorinryu version of the naha form, sanchin. It is rarely done outside of Okinawa and it is part of the Itosu line. This kata and the naihanchi-no-ju are mostly done during Chibana-ha style demonstrations. A couple of years ago one of my students brought me a video of the kata being performed during a Shorinryu Shidokan taikai on Okinawa. The kata was demonstrated by a Chibana student, K. Shimabukuro. There is one more naihanchi (naifanchi) kata that I learned while living in Japan in 1963. The kata is called Motobu-no-naifanchi. I learned the form from a previous student of ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2012, 11:54 PM by Daniel Wilkins
  • # 006 A question from Shihan Mike O'Grady on the naihanchi kata that I teach: I teach a total of six naihanchi forms. The first three are simply naihanchi shodan, naihanchi nidan and naihanchi sandan as taught by Itosu Ankoh and passed down to Chibana Choshin Dai Sensei. The 4th one is naihanchi nu kata as taught by Yabu Kentsu. He did not like the pinan series. He felt that the pinan series was a watered down version of orthodox karatedoh and hence he did not offer instruction in those kata. He then 'elongated' the naihanchi nu kata to 89 movements. The 5th and 6th kata are called naihanchi no go (hard naihanchi) and naihanchi no ju (soft/fast naihanchi). These ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2012, 11:53 PM by Daniel Wilkins
  • Toyama Kanken and his methods of the stick Found this posted on a bulletin board of a dojo on Okinawa. It was entitled, 'Bojutsu.'"With bare fists, watch out for the young. They're stronger and can beat up the old. But with the BO, watch out for the old. They're wiser and more experienced and can beat up the young."Toyama Kanken (1888-1966) was an Okinawan who had migrated to Tokyo and founded the Zen Nippon Karatedoh Renmei (All Japan Karatedoh Federation). He received a bulk of his training from Itosu Ankoh and was a noted pratitioner of Okinawan style bo. Toyama Dai Sensei often stated that there were only two styles of bojutsu - the Tokyo style and the Naha style. In 1936, Toyama Dai ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2012, 11:53 PM by Daniel Wilkins
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