Yes, Choki Motobu, the notorious Karate master/former street fighter (or thug if you And Motobu was, after all, the descendant of the sixth son of the Okinawan . Choki Motobu – In Japan there is a phrase, Jissen, which is used to distinguish real martial arts from what has been referred to as ‘garden party’ Karate. Master Choki Motobu: A Real Fighter by Graham Noble. Posterity has not treated all the old karate masters equally. Some have had their praises sung many.

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Master Choki Motobu (1871-1944)

In addition, a one-man symposium with just Choki sensei was held on November 7. Choki sensei sought instruction from all the great martial artists of his time and immersed himself in first-hand research into karate. His karate stressed alertness, sharpness, chokk practicality, and his experience in brawls and street fights showed through in his techniques which were straightforward and effective.

Choki Motobu, being frustrated by this, tried to sneak chki and watch his older brothers training. Sakuma Sensei’s kata and Matsumura Sensei’s kata were same. When blocking kicks, one must block as if trying to break the opponents shin. His goal was to teach and train in Karate as it should be, as a form of Jissen Kempo, real fighting martial arts.

When he traveled to Japan this worked to his detriment and contributed to misunderstanding about him. He explained to his students however that if the technique was done too heavily and the foot was chokii down with a big crash then you might find it difficult to maintain your defense throughout the movement. The Karatedo that Gichin Funakoshi had brought motobj Okinawa and had begun to teach motibu the Japanese capital was developing strong roots, and by April 12, he had awarded the first dan ranks in Karatedo Sells to those who would serve as his cadre.

Motobu kept his position. His body was covered with tattoos of all kinds of shapes, and there was no doubt that he was clearly upset about something. As a result, much of his instruction was through translators, which led to the rumor that he was illiterate.


Thus, a person of noble birth such as Choki sensei taking part in such fights was unheard of.

Journal of Combative Sport: Master Choki Motobu

He seems to have been a straightforward, intelligent, but uncomplicated type of person who lacked Gichin Funakoshi’s education and knowledge of Japanese culture and etiquette. The defection further added to the deterioration of relations between the two teachers.

After the incident, however, Choki became a devoted student of his older brother’s art. It seems that the nami-ashi “wave returning” foot movement in Naihanchin was originally interpreted as a stamping movement to attack the opponent’s leg now it is usually taught as a foot block against a kick and consequently many karateka would crash their foot down noisily on the floor while doing this technique.

It was quite a common practice in the old days to begin a student training with Naihanchi kata and only when he mastered it to a degree considered sufficient was a new form taught.

The following conversation occurred. From his Karate instructors; Kosaku Matsumora and Yasutsune Itosu; Choki Motobu learned the most important aspects of blocking, punching, striking, and kicking. This was rather advanced for that time, when the orthodox method was to block with hcoki forward hand, and use the rear hand to counterattack.

Some have had their praises sung many times in print while others, equally accomplished, have been all but forgotten. This book focused on illustrating his favorite kata, Naihanchi, along with many applications, some of which had been adopted and illustrated in his first book. Compilation of Okinawan Kenpo Karate-jutsu Kumite, Inthe magazine Kinguwhich had the largest circulation at the time, gave the story of Choki sensei’s victory in Kyoto extensive coverage.


At this point, naturally, many of the guests became frightened and ran out of the room, since they figured the whole place was going to get trashed any chooi. On the way home, several of Naha’s bushi surrounded us at the top of a sloping street corner. Funakoshi’s book mootbu updated with photos instead of drawings in illustrated mostly kata and formalized self-defense. The spectators thought this looked like some cho,i of sword dance karate was more or less unknown in Japan at this time but actually it was the opening position of the “Pinan Yodan” kata.


He additionally serves as the moderator of the Sabaki List which is dedicated to various martial artists and full contact stylists and is a member of the International Hoplology Society. To Motobu’s credit he did manage to author two rather excellent books on Karate. I happened to see them going into that social club but I didn’t want them to notice me.

Motobu was the third son in a great Okinawan family that had enjoyed privilege and landed nobility Motobu peninsulabut which was largely ended by Japanese annexation of the island, modernization and social reorganization. chokj

Motobu Chōki

One point of interest is that the artist who did the accompanying illustrations confused the two karate masters teaching in Japan at that fhoki Motobu and Gichin Funakoshi-and drew the illustrations as if it had been Funakoshi and not Motobu, who had defeated the boxerI wonder what Choki Motobu thought about that when he saw the article?

The top European heavyweight was the Frenchman George Carpentier who did fight for the World title in July and was stopped by Jack Dempsey in four rounds. Shoshin Nagamine Akari-ki Karate: His record for quickly dispatching challengers in no-rules confrontations clearly spoke for itself, and in fact, Motobu had never lost a fight after the age of 20, according to himself.

It is many times used in conjunction with Karate to establish the difference between combat effective martial arts and what might best be called tournament Karate.

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