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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First of all, real fighting martial arts, are to be only used when your life is on the line. The Search Begins Having been exposed to so many brilliant masters of the day and at such a young age, Motobu’s concepts of martial applications must have grown by leaps and bounds. But even the groin is not targeted as in a self defense situation. The Dragon Times in its printed version of its publication erroneously attributed the authorship of this article to Kiyoshi Yamazaki, an error corrected in the Web version of the article.

If you want my opinion, there is not even true warrior in today’s world.

Master Choki Motobu (1871-1944)

Other sources describe SanchinKusankuand Ueseishi A. Okinawan male karateka Martial arts school founders births deaths. At a time when it was difficult to receive training from even one master, it was Choki sensei’s origins as a son of a family of the udun rank that enabled him to do this. Its focus was on fighting — effective close-in skills as illustrated in this photo.

Available in translation by Patrick chpki Yuriko McCarthy. Today, Watashi no karate-jutsu is considered ,otobu primary document regarding the history of karate.


These were not “official” bouts for any sort of legitimate title, but something more like sideshow attractions. It was flat or open hand hirate in the old days. He accepted these challenges and would choose a quiet corner of town for the match. Arriving at the restaurant, Motobu — being motob elder — was not given a seat near the entrance like most guests but rather all the way inside the restaurant.


Motobu was born into a high ranking family at a time when education and privilege were reserved for the first born son. What about the open hand? In his youth, and due motobj the fact that he was royalty in a cjoki when it no longer held any meaning, Choki Motobu engaged in many battles, to uphold his honor. He was at a comparable disadvantage to the like of Gichen Funakoshi, an educator, who spoke Japanese and was well versed in Japanese social skills.

By some accounts, however, Choki secretly looked on at his elder brother’s training and picked up many rudiments of the art. Master Motobu soon found that this was to slow and frustrating for him, so he began to lift heavy rocks and morobu the punching post, Makiwara.

Karate-Jutsu On Kumite” was published in A couple of guests hurried to help the now motionless butcher, who was crying in pain, and after considerable effort they were able to carry him all the way to his home. At fifty-two years of age and after putting his honor and reputation on the line, Choki finally began to attract the attention he truly deserved.

They interviewed the master about his practical form of jissen and his personal experiences. Hanashiro motogu Yabu exclaimed: This is the first of a two articles exploring the truths and misconceptions about Choki Motobu who was arguably one of Okinawa’s greatest early twentieth century karate masters, and the most colorful. However, it was his Kumite that had the greatest impact on karate.

This seems to be corroborated through the words of Konishi Yasuhiro as told by Yamazaki Kiyoshi in an article on Konishi Hanashiro, Yabu, and the others just stood there watching, and never attempted to help him. This change was an important factor in the widespread adoption of karate on the Japanese mainland.

I applied to challenge this boxer and bet money on the match. So it sounds choik if Choki Motobu calmed down quite a bit as he grew older.

I blocked his attacks and punched him two times. Even though a whole week had passed, he still could not move from bed. Thus, a person of noble birth such as Choki sensei taking part in such fights was unheard of. The King article detailed Motobu’s surprising victory, although the illustrations clearly show Gichin Funakoshi as the Okinawan fighter in question.


Reading all the available material on Gichin Funakoshi, he does not come over as the type of person who went in for motoobu matches; just the opposite, in fact. It is through the research of Shoshin Nagamine in his book, “Tales of Okinawa’s Great Masters,” that cgoki know that Motobu at the age of about seventeen approached a well known wrestler by the name of Komesu Magi then thirty two and considered to be the biggest and strongest wrestler on Okinawacoki him for a match.

Others saw what happened and they became frightened, then ran like hell! Posterity has not treated all the old karate masters equally.

“Karate Ni Sente Nashi” á la Motobu Choki

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.

Subsequently, he returned and continued teaching in Tokyo. Views Read Edit View history. Inhe became shihan of the Toyo University karate club. On the other hand, Seiyu Oyata, a modern day Okinawan karate expert, states that Motobu won the fight by kicking the boxer in the solar plexus and finishing him off with a motpbu to the neck. As a teacher notobu knew many Kata, chooi would only teach them once the student had mastered Naifanchin.

Not long afterwards he returned briefly to Okinawa for three months which he spent training with his brother Choyu. Due to this lineage the male members of the family were permitted to retain the “CHO” xhoki in their given names Sells The Man Choki Motobu was born on April 5, Sakuma Sensei’s kata and Matsumura Sensei’s kata were same.

Goroku” by Hashihiko Nakata 2 This brotherly competition was the most likely source of rumors in regard to fights between Choyu and Choki.