Ryuei-ryu History & Ramblings: Kata Anan

This weekend I’m going to do a seminar on the kata Anan, and when I give seminars I always do a theory session too – which can cover anything from history to philosophy to culture, depending on the context. Sometimes all of them.

Most often, this presentation is in the form of a highly technological NASA level PowerPoint presentation (with a total of ZERO bullet point lists!), projected on a big screen, which I by the way think is a great medium (in the right hands!) for totally awesome presentations.

So, in my wonderful gloryness of today, I thought I’d use you to rehearse a little.


That’s right.

I’m using you.

So just lend me your ear (eyes?) for a moment, and imagine you’re in my fantabulous presence as I deliver the following history (and random ramblings) about the kata Anan. And it’s not “Annan“, which seems to be a common alternative spelling on the world wide webz.

Just leave Kofi alone, kay?

Anyway, let’s start this thing:

First of all, the kata Anan (well, real spelling should actually be Aanan, but never mind…) was made famous in the late 80’s Karate tournament scene by a rather interesting bald man, who never backs down from a demonstration, named Tsuguo Sakumoto (see pic).

Today, most youngsters running around in their oversized gi at tournaments, performing almost unrecognizable versions of Anan, probably have no idea who this man is but if it wasn’t for him we would most likely not be caring much for this kata today. Or any other Ryuei-ryu kata for that matter.

I truly think so.

Tsuguo Sakumoto, once an unknown school teacher (in physical education) from Okinawa, had been one of few fortunate people chosen to study an old half-secret “mysterious” family style of Karate called Ryuei-ryu, which subsequently became famous through Sakumoto’s tournament success with its figure head kata Anan, the kata Sakumoto used for winning the 7th, 8th and 9th World Karate Championships, the 2nd and 3rd World Games and the 2nd and 3rd World Cup.

And that’s basically why it became popular. It scored big points.

That… and it’s unique features.

But, before we talk about the kata itself, we need to talk about Ryuei-ryu a little more, the style from where Anan originates.

Just like you can’t mention a good wine without mentioning the vineyard from which it came.

You see, “Ryuei-ryu” was literally the name an Okinawan dude chose for his family’s flavor of Chinese kung fu, which, when taken to Okinawa, got blended with local traditions (mainly Naha-te and some Aragaki-te) and later regarded as Okinawan Karate. Today, Ryuei-ryu is mostly unrecognized by many Karate organizations, or bunched together with Shito-ryu (though it has much more in common with, say, Goju-ryu).

And… umm… yeah. Then… ehrm…

I feel like I’m losing track now… But that’s okay, this is just a rehearsal. I’m just using you, remember?

No sweat.

I guess I’ll just have to insert a funny picture in the presentation at this point, to quickly divert everyones attention or something. That always works.


Pretend to laugh now, so that I can smoothly change topic.

Done? Thanks.

(Let me know how that worked out.)

On to the story.

Let’s take it from the beginning. The history of Ryuei-ryu:

The founder of Ryuei-ryu was a man named Kenri Nakaima.

Kenri Nakaima was born in Kume village (the present Kume area in Naha City, Okinawa), which was then a settlement of Chinese descendants. If you’ve done your homework, you know of this place, being one of the possible sources for the Bubishi and all. Many Okinawan masters gathered here in Kume, to learn “directly from the source”, giving Kenri a real taste for martial arts while growing up.

So, in 1839, at the tender age of 19, young Kenri went to Fuzhou, Fujian Province, in China to further his study of the fist. Here he became a student of the famous Ryu Ryu Ko (hence the subsequent naming of the style) to learn Chinese Kenpo (lit. fist method) and Chinese military tactics. Some other Okinawan youngsters had actually done this before him, so this was nothing mind blowing.

Though it certainly wasn’t cheap.

Kenchu Nakaima, 2nd generation.

After many hard days, weeks, months (we don’t really know for sure) of training, Kenri was conferred full mastership of the style, and as a proof of that he allegedly received some secret instructions or documents. But if we are to believe everything we read, then so did most others who went to China at that time.

I mean, you couldn’t come home from years in China and NOT have learnt a whole system, complete with its innermost secrets, could you?

That would have been a real shame.

Anyway, secrets or not, that was the basic background for Ryuei-ryu, a school of Karate (and martial arts with weaponry, Kobudo) that is growing more famous each day, thanks to it’s proven tournament success and exotic kata.

Its pedigree has been passed from Kenri Nakaima through Kenchu Nakaima and Kenko Nakaima (which is why it’s called a family style…) to the present, with Sakumoto sensei being perhaps the most famous of the disciples of today (note that he wasn’t a part of the original Nakaima family, but was taught the style when it went public, to save it from extinction).

And here we are today. With a handful of unique kata handed down to us, known as Heiku, Paiku, Pachu, Ohan, Paiho and Anan, among others. Some public, some still “secret”. And some pretty interesting kobudo too.

So let’s talk more about Anan then.

The “mothership”.

3rd generation, Kenko Nakaima.

Actually, to talk about Anan would be wrong without knowing a little about the preceeding kata Heiku, Paiku and Pachu. On more than one occasion Sakumoto sensei told me himself that you can never do a good Anan if you don’t know the others before.

But anything goes in love and war, right?

Consider Sport Karate war then.

Because never in the history of Karate has there ever been a more abused, twisted and skewed kata than Anan.

And I blame this one partly on Shito-ryu wizard Teruo Hayashi, founder of Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu, who apparently “learnt” (that can be disputed) the kata in Okinawa and codified it to meet his Shito-ryu standards, which basically opened up for everyone to do the same, using this new Shito-ryu version as model… leaving out all the real awesomeness of Okinawan Karate at the same time.

However, with that being said, many people claim Sakumoto sensei re-arranged the Anan kata too, along with Heiku, Paiku and other Ryuei-ryu kata, for modern sports competition. Which I don’t doubt, since he admits this himself. But this is only in trivial technical details.

The essence is still there.

“So what’s the fuss about then, Jesse-san? Okay, a guy went to China, learnt some cool stuff, made his family proud, passed the knowledge along, his descendants taught it to the public and now everybody’s doing backflips in their seats?”

Well, Anan is a pretty different kata.

And I just hink it’s a shame that it’s been so (yes, I’m going to use a cliche now) watered down in recent times because if there’s ANY fairly accepted tournament kata that has the potential of displaying true Okinawan concepts of Karate (like muchimi, chinkuchi, dynamic sliding and shuffling footwork etc) among these numerous staccato and artificial modern creations of today’s Sport Karate scene, then it’s definitely Anan.

True dat.

Did I tell you it’s my favorite kata by the way?

Furthermore Anan has basically no slow posing movements, no regular straight punches (you only do two uraken in the whole kata, and that’s it for closed hand strikes), it has eight (8!) kicks, and unique evasive manoeuvres (talking tenshin, taisabaki, small “don-don” hops and nifty sideways footwork) along with these brilliantly brutal “charging bull”– style shotei/teisho palm strikes that instantly animate old fables of people being killed from having their nose bones punched up their brains (that was a myth, right?! RIGHT!??).

I mean, it’s just wicked sick.

So, when I see these modern “Annan” creations (see what I did there?… yay, spelling pun… yaay…)  it makes me a bit…


[here’s where I show the following picture of a sad cat to get everyones sympathies]

It’s sad both for the onlookers, who are expecting a masterpiece of refined Okinawan Karate, and for the performers who, although they don’t know about it, are missing out on so many sweet things they need to be practising in order to gain deeper insight in this thing we call Karate.

I can’t seriously imagining doing Anan like any regular Shotokan/Shito-ryu huff n’ puff tournament kata (which is the common way I’m seeing), leaving out all the GOOD STUFF that is so incredibly fun to practise, and show!

Let me give you some examples by video.

(Yes, you can integrate videos into a PowerPoint presentation).

Here’s a nicely done Shito-ryu version:

Now, having shown this and pointed out some stuff which is too boring to write here, I’ll ask you to compare it to the Okinawan version, performed by the (former) Japanese national team, who were actually coached by Sakumoto sensei (though he sometimes said they did “this and that” wrong):

See the difference in body mechanics, techniques, stances, timing and tempo? Not to mention kimochi.

(by the way, who is this mysterious man that keeps uploading these?!)

At this point I will probably, as usually, go into some weird off-topic discussion on the main characteristics on Ryuei-ryu, and how it differs from other styles.

Some notable details being (“must… resist… temptation of using… bullet point list…NOOO!!!!”):

  • Shuffling slides, steps and jumps (okuri-ashi, suri-ashi, tsugi-ashi etc.) instead of regular steps or simply standing still.
  • Heavy use of shizen dachi (a.k.a moto dachi) instead of zenkutsu-dachi, neko-dachi etc.
  • Old style morote-gamae (think old pictures of Motobu Choki/Nagamine Shoshin/Chibana Choshin etc.) instead of kakiwake uke, tatzuna-gamae etc.
  • Different versions of kake-te, closed fist (washi-zukami) or from below, instead of regular open handed kake-te from above.
  • Uses rare, Kojo-ryu inspired, kamae (tenchi-gamae, teisho-gamae, ippon-gamae, anya no kurai etc.) in the beginning, middle or finish of a kata (most often all three).
  • Often has sets of twos (longer combinations) instead of sets of threes (single techniques).
  • Little, or no, use of 45 degree angles in embusen; preferring east, west, north, south instead.
  • Many unusual closed hand formations (nakadaka-ken, washi-de, handa-ken, hira-ken, ippon-ken etc.) but little, or no, open hand strikes and thrusts (nukite, shuto-uchi/uke etc.).

That’s all I can come up with, off the top of my dome, at the moment.

You will easily find more by browsing youtube.

Interesting, isn’t it?

And… yeah, that’s basically it. At this point I’ll probably ask “Do you have any questions?” and after having answered those, we’ll continue practising Anan along with its brutal Okinawan/Chinese Ryuei-ryu Tiger fist muscle ripping applications.

And, yeah, most likely I’ll point out and demonstrate a gazillion small details along the way, making sure all of the participants grasp the essence of Anan with its “nuts and bolts” that, after all make, up Ryuei-ryu and Okinawan Karate at its best.

At least that’s what I think.


Wish me luck!

The Ryuei-ryu Emblem


  • Tashi
    Thank you, Jesse!! I very like this karate style and i'm a Sakumoto-sensei's big fan!!! Good job and Good luck!!!!
    • Evan McClure
      when Sakumoto-Sensei came to California I had the opportunity to train with him along with Kyoshi Arashiro and it was truly life changing I'm so proud to be called a "pupil" under them and in 2019 I'm going to Okinawa to find Sakumoto
  • Shane
    Nice article! I was hoping to ask a question about Sakumoto-sensei since I know you've trained with him. I am planning to study at Okinawa University next year where I heard Sakumoto-sensei is part of the faculty. Do you know whether or not he's part of the University's Karate club or if that's just his "day job" and only trains at his own dojo? Good luck at the seminar!
    • Hi Shane! As far as I know, Sakumoto sensei is an (art) teacher in Shuri, close to his home, and not in Okinawa University which is some drive away. I'm pretty sure I would have recognized him in the hallways of OkiDai when I studied there myself :) (He doesn't have his own official dojo.) Good luck, and have fun! :D Their Karate club rocks by the way!
      • This a great article. I may be in the minority, but I a practitioner of us a goju Ryu. As I have evolved I have begun for my own interest to trace a few katas family tree through goju Kai and Okinawan goju. We perform a kata called Han which is nearly pretty similar to annan.once I saw annan performed I knew I had to dig further into it. Its very goju like. It had slipped by my attention for an few years now, and aftercompeting recently it hit me as something to get back to use. This article came at the right time too. I always have a hard time finding a good video of the kata. Thank you!
  • Diego Romero
    interesting! on the note of hayashi's version, i think you might find this interesting: http://www.goju-ryu.info/Portals/0/HakutsuruDigest/DIGEST30.TXT check post 3 FWIW, the hayashi-ha versions i've learned of pachu and paiku are slightly different to most if not all the other shito-ryu versions i've seen (although the competition performances i've seen tend to be a bit "stiff" and maybe more on the shuri-side of the movement quality spectrum)
  • Daniel Osiris Rios
    Hi Jessey , very good your post, excellent, i have one question?,i learned Aannan of MIYAKE SENSEI , chief of shukokai shitoryu in EEUU(many shukokais around the world). He was teach of FUKUDA , several times panamerican Champion.Annan of Chojiro Tani Line has less substance okinawense? a lot of hugs Daniel note:I have trained with antonio diaz Ryuei ryu in 2004 and continues to make ryu Ryuei Annan is doing even if Inoue has Shito ryu
    • Hi Daniel! How nice! You seem to train with good people. But I don't really know how the Tani-ha Anan looks, sorry... I love Diaz Anan! Very sharp:D
  • Steve B
    Excellent article, and very timely. 10 days ago, our association attended a weekend seminar with our soke, Mr Yamada of the Shitoryu Shukokai Karate Union. We revised Pachu and Anan, taught by Mr Kamohara and Mr Oshita. Bunkai were taught and practiced. The version of Anan taught by Mr Oshita was identical to that of the Japanese team in the above video. There was a lot of discussion about the side stepping in Anan and the use of the shotei strike to attack the heart of the opponent. I would like to hear any more information about the bunkai for these kata, if you have the time to share. Many thanks, Steve B
    • Hi Steve! Thanks for the info, interesting! Perhaps I'll just shoot an informal video of my interpretation and upload instead? I'll see what I can do!
  • Szilard
    If you look at the shito ryu version and compare it with basic kata like pinan done by shito ryu karateka, you will find the performance with an integrity of the stile. For example look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ulfdFXmck or even better if you look at this greenbelt performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6--s8q4QdKk (As far as I know it is a shito ryu spinoff stile) There is consitency in the stile, and they might want to keep the consistency more than keeping the bunkai intact. Showing control and strength seems to be more important than bunkai in some stiles. To play on your song metaphor, look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtjxrf2Vg7g It is great on its own right. Or if you prefer: "There is no best bottle." On the other hand, looking at it from a different angle, there obviously are people who do not give a flying Funakoshi for bunkai. Maybe there is a market for a stile that uses basic kata only. Just imagine (as in: "I had such a nightmare last night, this is what I dreamed up"), so let me torture you a little, just imagine a stile built on: 4 Taikyoku, 5 Pinan, 2 basic Tekki, 2 Gekkisaidai, 2 Ryobu-kai Tai Sabaki, 8 Taeguk, 8 Palgwe, Wankan, Sanchin, Tensho, Shimpa, Saifa, Seisan. No Bassai, no Kusanku, no Tekki 3, no Seipai, etc... absolutely NO Anan. OK, just to add insult to the injury, lets add the basic Chen stile Tai Chi forms into the mix. For bunkai: the joint manipulations dreamed into the kata. For kumite: Pushing hands only. It could be called "the glorious ultimate no pain stile McKarate", pretty much anyone could learn it, but chances are it would have to break away from the belt system, and use instead something like the boy scout merit badges... Oh my god, I have a cruel imagination, don't I.
    • You, my friend, are cra-a-azy! ;)
  • Diego Romero
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7DIm4ePi0o Hayashi-ha anan performed by shihan Julio Martinez, now if Inoue-ha shito-ryu (Inoue having been Hayashi's uchi-deshi)
    • Diego Romero
      *of sorry, typo :p
  • Tashi
    Hello Jesse-san, I have a question for you...The name of the founder of the ryuei ryu was Noristo Nakaima or Kenri Nakaima? Why some people call him "Norisato" and Other "Kenri"? I know that Sakumoto-sensei call him Kenri. Can you give me some information about it? Thank You
  • Moeter
    That was a very good article. The Team Kata is almost the same way how I learned it this summer from Shinichi Hasegawa. Maybe a little old. I didn't see any of Ookis Katas from the World Championsships in Belgrade but I guess it will have several differences to the Kata from the video. By the way.. i cant believe Ooki lost against Valdesi >.< 3:2 Do u have the videos Jesse-san? i really NEED to SEE them. Im looking forward to an answer and some vids :P Arigato gozaimashita
  • Hello Jesse! Very interesting work. I some times was at sensei Sakumoto on Okinawa. Acted on Sakumoto Fest where even has won. Has gone to Sakumoto what to study in the present Annan, Paiku, Heiku. I plan to invite the sensei to Russia.
  • James
    Have you ever trained with the Arashiro family in the USA? The reason i'm asking is because I do Shudokan and after learning the Ryuei-ryu "package", gone to seminars, and seen applications and all that good stuff and i'm starting to consider switching styles to Ryuei-ryu and hopefully learn a lot more about it. I just need to know if the Arashiro family have the best Ryuei-Ryu dojo in the USA.
    • Jon
      The question of 'Best'is dubious. What's most imporant is whether or not the teacher you choose is authetic and a good match for you. There are two main teachers and their groups teach Ryueiryu in USA. Both organizations have different goals. One is sport based competition karate and the other is a private group preserving the original art and practices. Good luck!
    • Cherilynn
      Hi Veniamin, I know this is a really late reply to your post, but just wanted to reply in case you were still interested. My son and daughter train with the Arashiro family in San Diego, and we love that they stay true to preserving the art form. Unfortunately we have to move from San Diego and the one thing thing that saddens us the most is leaving behind our dojo. That is how we found Jesse's website...trying to figure out which styles are closest to Ryuie-Ryu. Thanks!
  • Oleg
    Jesse, great work, thank you very much. Looking at Luca Brancaleon's performance, I must say that to me this is absolutely not a hayashi-ha shito-ryu version. This guy looks to me more like a shotokan practitioner. I've been practicing hayashi-ha shito-ryu for years and the version of Anan we practice in Australia is very much the same as sensei Sakumoto's one. Pretty much every move, every stance, side shifting and shuffling, etc.
  • Scot
    Jesse, You know Anan is named after the northern mountains in Vietnam. It's actually a reference to a place. After Norisato Nakaima trained in China he traveled around before he went back to Okinawa. Anan was one of the areas he visited and learned this kata from. There are actually two Anan katas, Sho and Dai, or as most call it Anan and Anan Ni. Good luck and best wishes!
  • andrei dima
    Hello! Thanks for this article.I saw on youtube some examples of Ryuei Ryu Kata.With the japanese team and Sakumoto Sensei. Interesting.If it is possible please explain more things about Pachu Kata . It's name significance , history , origin and practical applications. Thank you. all the best , Andrei
  • Anthony Willis
    Great job! you seem very knowlegable on ryuei ryu. What is the translation for Anan?
    • There is no real translation of Anan, as it is traditionally written with katakana (the phonetic "alphabet"). But, of course, some people will always give you various "kanjified" explanations anyway, created in modern times to "fit with the sound" (as is the case with most old kata like Jion, Passai, Chinto etc...).
    • Scot
      Anan was named after the region where Nakaima received the kata. It's from the Amam mountains in northern Vietnam.
  • Duane
    Hello Jesse, great job! just a comment, the Japanese male team train in Shitoryu so there may be minor differences caused by the differences in kihon and some of the difficult moves have been simplified for team kata. Watching the female team kata would probably (from 2008 worlds) give a better interpretation of Ryuei Ryu as they were Sensei's students.
  • Sergio E. Alemán
    Jesse, thank you for your work, I learned a lot. I agree with you when you say that Kata semminars should include theory, history, culture, philosophy, and I would like to add the practice and the analysis of the movements and purposes of the movements,,, and yes, you are right, we must respect the context when Kata was given by the first time... too much still to learn in this beautiful martial art of the Karate-Do...
  • Kurt Borgne
    Hi Jesse, most interesting the day after witnessing two black belt ladies work the kata off in tandem for an audience of Kuniba-kai novices in Stockholm. You say: "...about the kata Anan. And it’s not “Annan“, which seems to be a common alternative spelling...". Taking the kanji ?? for it, I would rather have it An-nan for a correct Japanese pronounciation. Could you elaborate, please. (Japan freak but still kyu-gai)
    • Hey Kurt-san. The name of the kata is originally written in katakana (as with most traditional Okinawan kata) but has lately been replaced with fancy modern kanji that "fit" with the pronounciation of the name (in order to give the name a comprehensive meaning). The katakana is "A-NAN".
  • Garin
    What some forget is the Okinawan Kempo also has a version of Anan. Nakaima Sensei had many students including Odo Sensei. Especially with the kobudo.
  • Connor
    SENSEI. I love you for writing this article. Can I have a...late pass? Have you heard of Sensei Minikami? He is Shito, but he has his own style of Anan and I really like it. It's technically Shito, but most of the stances and techniques are more similar to Ryuei-ryu.
    • Diego Romero
      you mean Akio Minakami, from Seattle? he's from Hayashi-Ha Shito-ryu. (http://hayashiha.jp/english/dojos/index.html#loc01)
  • btona
    oss, i just want to ask, i learn hayashi ha shitoryu, then im surprised to see that annan that i learnt is more like okinawan style than shitoryu, can you explain it?
  • Hi Jesse, I´m a student from Ryuei Ryu in Argentina. We follow the line direct from Arashiro kyoshi (our Panamerican chief) and he has a straight line from Sakumoto hanshi, the president of Ryuei Ryu Ryuho Kai. Kyoshi explaind us in his later visit that the kanjis "Norisato" can also be read as "Kenri", but he was called Norisato, Kenchu and Kenko can also be read as Noritaka and Norinaga (if I remember well...) He explaind us that his name Arashiro, also can be read in 5 diferent ways. (5!!!!) And yes, I heard Anan is a place in Vietnam, a chisese province at the time. Very good article.
  • Hey Jesse-san, Good article as usual. I'm a long time Hayashi-Ha guy (42+ years), and learned Anan from Hayashi Sensei directly in kojin. Albeit there are the 45 degree angles, and some other variances, but frankly what I was taught had much more of the flavor of the 2nd video than the first "Shito-Ryu" version. I have the video if you're ever interested in viewing. Keep up the great work....(would love to see you check out Toshihiro Oshiro one of these days) - Rick
  • H. Nuno Oliveira
    So, can I infere, according to your article that is, to say the least, difficult to say that Ryuei-ryu comes from Kaha-te, or Shuri-te? Does it have its own path? When can we consider the styles was registed/known? Thanks
  • Chinmay Zodage
    It is intresting that the kata is so much changed from its original roots and it is not right as we cannot leave the essence of traditional karate for the sake of improving sports karate. This diffrence must be known to everyone as nowadays the perspective of looking at a kata is more sporty and like more of competing rather than traditional
  • Soncz
    Hello, great article. How about Anan Dai? There is no information about this kata (very little). What's difference between Anan and Anan Dai?
  • Matt Alexander
    Hi, thanks for posting this, it's very interesting. My Sensei asked me to investigate this Kata as an exam due to my sprain in the left hand error of the box. Anyway, I wish you could tell me in time the variants of this Kata because I have no idea how to look for them: 'v but good. Thanks for the information, it really helped me.
  • MIke
    Can you tell me the meaning of kata Ohan ? Thank you Sensei
  • Randolph Bickers
    Dear sensei Kindly let Me Know as to Where i can learn Ryueiryu in Okinawa or Japan please . Thank you and kind regards.randolph
  • Darko
    Dear Jesse, Would you be so kind to answer some questions about Ryuei Ryu and WKF katas: - Do you know if Anan Dai, Ohan and Ohan Dai are ancient katas (from old times) or were they developed recently, for competition purposes? - Which katas are used for beginners in Ryuei Ryu (instead of Pinan or Heian katas)? - Which DAN ranking is Ryo Kiyuna? - What does it take to put kata on official WKF approved kata list? Thanks
  • Dear Jesse. I haven’t commented on your site before but reading some of the stuff being written at the moment prompts me to communicate with you. I trained for 30 years as a direct student of Tani Chojiro , founder of Shukokai . I was the only non Japanese ever graded to Shihan by the grandmaster. Tani Sensei taught a complete system of ShitoRyu the transmission of the teachings of his teacher Mabuni Kenya. interestingly I was a Kata judge with then WUKO and sat on the panel where Sakamoto, for the very first time, ever performed Annan. We could have a whole discussion about how many of the Japanese judges tried to have him disqualified. The rules at that time said that the Kata had to come from a major system within Japan. It was Tommy Morris, then Chief Referee, who pointed out to them that Okinawa was actually part of Japan. History now shows that he went on to win at 42 years of age his first ever world championship. There is not a Shukokai version of Annan. Annan was an Okinawa Kata, introduced for the first time by Sakamoto Sensei. In fact there is not a genuine version of Annan from any of the main schools of ShitoRyu, Shotokan, WadoRyu or GojuRyu or their many derivatives. Of course many senior people from the styles teach this Kata. But this is a reflection of its popularity and capability of winning a competition. According to the Moroku No Kata, inherited by Tani from Mabuni there are 49 Kata from the ShitoRyu inherited from Mabuni. Amazing Kata. is that not enough? I trained with Kawata, Kimura, Satanobu, Fujitani, Nambu and all the other amazing karate ka that came out of the Shukokai dojo. I was a student of Kimura till his death and I’m currently training with Kawata Shigamasu, the most senior student of Tani. I would be more than happy to discuss with you the history of Tani Ha ShitoRyu Shukokai . Please feel free to contact me at any time. Shihan Paul Mitchell 9th Dan Hanshi. Shukokai
  • John G Thacker
    Dear Jesse, I started training in Shorin Ryu Matsubayashi in June of 89. I have Nagamine Shoshin book. Our organization was the Hawaiian Karate Do organization headed by Morita Tommy Sensei, whom I had the pleasure of training with once shortly after testing for my 5th Kyu. I noticed in this article that you mentioned Nagamine Shoshin and was wondering how similar to Matsubayashi the katas you are discussing here would be? Also have you ever heard of Shinden Ryu Kempo? Morita Sensei had studied it before learning Matsubayashi from Nagamine and integrated some of it into the Matsubayashi with Nagamine's permission when granted the right to sign his own rank certificates. Thanks, Your fellow Karateka John Thacker
  • Evirasen moutoussamy
    Very Interesting
  • Raghuvir Thakkar
    Respected SENSEI ? Omega samas You are so genious Arigato ?
  • Jude Cambise
    Very good article Jesse-san! I love your passion and would welcome the opportunity to talk with you further. Question: Where can we see/learn the original awesome Okinawan Anan? OSS! -JC
  • JackO
    I wish we had this style in New England area of the USA,it’s very intriguing!

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