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Okinawan karate has several training techniques that are designed to strengthen and condition the body using simple everyday objects. Sanchin are heavy jars that are gripped with the fingertips. Makiwara is a striking post the top of which is often … Continue reading
On April 30th, I took portraits of Kiyohide Shinjo. He is a 9th-dan Uechi Ryu karate master and a nine-time all-Okinawa kata and kumite champion. He dominated karate to such an extent he was known as the Okinawan Superman. Shinjo-sensei … Continue reading
This week I drove up to Nago to photograph a master of Okinawan Kobudo, Yoshiaki Gakiya. Kobudo is the weapons system of Okinawan martial arts. As well as being experts in unarmed combat, kobudo masters learned how to use farming … Continue reading
Kiyoshi Yogi is a master of Uechiryu Karate & Ryukyu Kobudou. He was the sai world champion, the bou world champion, and the first Okinawa traditional karatedo world champion. Yogi sensei was the 17th master to be photographed as part … Continue reading
Yuukou Tomimoto, a Ryukyu kobudou master who studies a rare type of bo (staff) fighting that was passed down from the royal court of the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Dropped off a couple of photos for Tokumura-sensei today. It’s always great to see the karate masters beaming when they see their prints. Tokumura happily told me that he’ll get them framed and they’ll go up on the wall beside … Continue reading
Kensho Tokumura, a lovely 72 year old man who knows how to kill you in a thousand different ways. Very, very, easily.
67-year old Yoshio Kuba 9th-dan Gojuryu karate master, and an acupuncturist. I’m told his knowledge of pressure points allows him to be particularly effective when using many karate techniques.
Shaked Barzilay put together a short video showing James and I taking some portraits at the dojo of Masakazu Kinjo 9th dan Uechi Ryu Karate and Ryukyu Kobudo. You can see photos from the shoot here. Thanks very … Continue reading
Hokama-sensei, one of the karate masters I shot a few months ago asked if he could use some of the portraits of him in the latest printing of his book on karate. The book is actually two books combined, the … Continue reading