Symposium on Karate and Chinese Martial Arts held in Urasoe
February 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
At Urasoe City Tedako Hall on January 25, the Urasoe City Education Board held a symposium to trace the roots of karate. Many experts of Chinese martial arts and karate took the podium. They announced research results on the history, relationship, and similarities between karate and Chinese martial arts.
Using special subsidies from Okinawa promotion funding, the city held the symposium as part of a project to trace the roots of Ryukyuan karate. The research was carried out from the fiscal year 2012 to 2014.For this project, research and examination committee meetings were held several times every year. They sent a team to China to investigate into Chinese martial arts. The city plans to publish a research report on the project in March.
At the symposium, Chinese martial arts and karate demonstrations were performed. In his keynote lecture, Zhou Kunmin, the chairman of the International Southern Shaolin Ngo Cho Kun Fraternal Association, said, “Ryuykuan martial arts such as Suidii, Tumai-dii, and Naafa-dii are surprisingly similar to Quanzhou Southern Shaolin Kun.” He explained that the originators of traditional Okinawan styles of karate Gojuryu and Uechiryu studied martial arts that descended from Southern Shaolin Kun.
Tokumasa Miyagi, former president of the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, introduced many documents on Chinese martial arts and karate. Masayuki Dana, a professor at Okinawa International University, said there is a description of karate in the documents such as the Notes of Oshima, An Account of A journey to Satsuma, and Southern Island Chitchat. Dana continued, “Ryukyuan martial artists learned kata from Chinese envoys Sapposhi. They created the original karate kata from the modern to contemporary period.
Weng Xinhui of Physical Education College of Jimei University, Kiyoshi Tsuha, president of Urasoe City Karate Do Confederation, and Akira Kadekaru of Waseda University Graduate School, Lu Jiangwei of the Research Institute of Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, took the podium.
(English translation by T&CT)
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