Interesting Archive material from 1986
Some archive material has surfaced from a weekend workshop at Crystal Palace in London in 1986.
Quality is watchable and thanks to Keith Molyneux for digitising it for us.
If anyone has any archive pictorial or video content that you think may be appropriate, kindly get in touch.
BUDOKAN HONBU DOJO
Sensei Passmore and his long-time friend in Budo, Sensei Ansell, were instrumental in achieviing a landmark in British martial arts by creating the First Open Traditional Japanese Budo event in the fabulous Dome of the University of Derby Buxton in 2011.
It was the first time that an event of this type was open to all, regardless of style, across all disciplines.
A smaller event of this type is beiing planned for later in the year, (if normal life is back to normal by then) to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.
Happily, quite a few Budokan people attended this event and it was thought appropriate to put the CD of it all created by the Sensei's wife Katy, to remind us all of what acually happened that weekend and the important part that we played in the organisation and management of this groundbreaking event.
As part of our Anniversary celebrations Budokan has just published its Black Belt Register on www.budokanworld.com.
If there is anything you would like to bring to the attention of the Registrar, kindly use the Contact Form on their website.
GET EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO EAT FOODS THAT ARE FULL OF ANTIOXIDANTS - LIKE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES - EVERY DAY TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEMS, ALONG WITH A RANGE OF SUPPLEMENTS THAT DO THE SAME.
If you don’t regularly suffer from colds and flu-like infections, are active, do enough exercise, get a good nights sleep, are not suffering from disease and you can manage stress in your life - then the likelihood is you have a strong immune system.
BUILD AND MAINTAIN STRONG IMMUNITY ALL YEAR ROUND
As part of our plans to provide an historical narrative to each of our disciplines, Sensei Passmore handed over a Karate Genealogy spreadsheet to Renshi Bush, along with a request to see if he could do the research and build a story around the people responsible for creating the original Karate Kata, founded their different Ryu or styles and handed them down over time, so that we could enjoy practising and performing them today.
But first a little history.....and then each week we shall be adding the geneaological naarrative, piece by piece.
THE WAY OF THE OPEN HAND
THE BIRTHPLACE OF KARATE
Okinawa, Ken Prefecture, Japan in the Pacific Ocean comprises roughly two-thirds of the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. It is the smallest and least populated of the five main islands of Japan. Before Okinawa became a prefecture during the early part of the Meiji period (1868 -1912) it was a semi-independent kingdom under the influence of both China and Japan
In 1429, the three kingdoms on Okinawa unified to form the Kingdom of Ryukyu. In 1477 Shō Shi became king and banned the practice of Tō-te and Ryukyu kobudō (weaponry) however these continued to be taught in secret. The ban was continued even after Okinawa was invaded by the Satsuma Domain of Japan in 1609. The bans contributed to the development of kobudō which uses common household and farming implements as weaponry. The Okinawans combined Chinese martial arts with the existing local variants to form Tōde Tuudii, (China hand), sometimes called Okinawa-te
By the 18th century, different types of Te had developed in three different villages Shuri, Naha and Tomari. The styles were named Shuri-te, Naha-te, and Tomari-te. Te often varied from one town to another, so to distinguish the various types of te, the area of origin was added, for example, Naha-te, Shuri-te, or Tomari-te.
Shuri-te, Naha-te and Tomari-te belong to a family of martial arts that were collectively defined as Tode-jutsu or To-de.
In 1879 The Ryukyu kingdom was annexed by Japan and was renamed the Okinawa Prefecture by the Meiji government. Naha is the capital city of Okinawa, Shuri is a district of Naha and Tomari is a neighbourhood where the Tomari terminal of the port of Naha is located. After 1926 Okinawa-te or Karate-jutsu was systematically taught in Japan
As you read this genealogy you will see that many of the styles of karate practised today inherited the characteristics of both the Naha-te and Shuri-te.
The reason for this is because the founding fathers of karate were either born in Naha or Shuri or were taught and practised these styles of martial arts. This paper focuses on the styles and teachers that influenced the way we practise karate in Budokan. There are other styles such as Shorin-Ryu (Choshin Chibana) and Wado-Ryu (Otsuka Hironori) which have connected genealogies. Although I include Gichin Funokoshi (Shotokan) it is because he trained under Yasutsune Anko Itosu whom I regard as the father of Karate although Funakoshi is sometimes referred to as the father of karate.