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  1. 12) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    12) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Back in the south, on my last day before flying back to Nagoya, we had a little “gokurou-san!” dinner party after training, both for me . Ritsuko-san made some delicious yakisoba and I brought a Bueno chicken with me. My friend had told me that this was a famous chicken and a common thing to...
  2. 11) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    11) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Week 4 Didn’t take as many extensive notes this week; most of them are written at night and I’ve been too exhausted to write much. Since the kids had finished their performance they only came for Tuesday and Friday’s sessions, but they’ve earned the rest. I’m grateful for the festival, as it...
  3. 10) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    10) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Saturday 9/28/2019: Performance day! The kids did great, smoothly running through their enbu so quickly I was glad I was at the ready with several cameras to capture it. There was a full roster of performances, mostly dance, and throughout the evening various dances with the Shiisa...
  4. 9) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    9) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Friday 9/27/2019: Met up with Sensei early today, and went to the Karate Kaikan with him and his wife Ritsuko. We met up with Miguel Da Luz, who I had recognized as an interpreter in some of the videos I’d seen in my research. The kaikan was just finished 3 years ago so there's still plenty to...
  5. 8) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    8) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Thursday 9/26/2019: Went to yoga at Asato Dojo and hung out a bit with James (the owner) afterwards. Very interesting conversation, he noted that there was almost no knife work in Okinawan karate, except for a style that does some sword and tanto work, and Nakamoto sensei (I think this is a...
  6. 7) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    7) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Wednesday 9/25/2019: Sensei came through today, not only bringing naihanchi back up, but also letting me swing around a little nunchaku when I first arrived. Mostly just for exercise, but he emphasized holding them in different grips and feeling their weight in different ways, and using...
  7. 6) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    6) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Week 3 Sensei told me about a monk that came to Okinawa to pray for the restoration of its pristine waters and landscape. He was around the island for 6-8 years and Sensei would see him around the same place all the time. Finally he approached him and asked "what's the purpose of meditation...
  8. 5) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    5) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Week 2 Classes continue, and the kids have been coming every day to practice with me. After kihon, we'd do kata, then maybe some kobudo. So far I've gone along for Pinan shodan, Pinan nidan, and Passai sho. I've followed along with Naihanchi and Chinto but don't feel too comfortable with them...
  9. 4) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    4) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    This article was written for posterity and translated for Akamine sensei. It was posted to the Matsumura Seito Karate-do Hozonkai homepage. September 13, 2019 / Friday It’s important to know that there are peaceful moves in the kata; the beginning of kusanku is raising your hands in apology, to...
  10. 3) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    3) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    This article was originally posted to The Matsumura Seito Karate-do Hozonkai Homepage. September 12, 2019 / Thursday Well, today is my birthday. I should probably do something to celebrate. Work and train like normal? Sure why not. The ride into the dojo has been getting quicker, I'm down to...
  11. 2) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    2) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    September 11, 2019 / Wednesday I arrived a little early and Akamine Sensei showed me some of his photos. Some were of his students that visited, some of himself and Soken Sensei, including a photo of Sensei when he came to Akamine's wedding; clearly the men shared a deep bond and Akamine Sensei...
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