Monday, October 28, 2013

Seiken Takamine 2013 seminar

Training with Seiken Takamine, August 2013.  Seiken Takamine is a practitioner and instructor of the empty-hand and weapon arts of Taika Seiyu Oyata.









Friday, June 22, 2012

Taika Oyata passes away


Taika Seiyu Oyata passed away Monday morning, June 18 2012.  Taika Oyata was a true master of classical Okinawan martial arts.  His passing is a great loss for the martial arts community.  Taika Oyata was renowned for his immense skill in Tuite-jutsu, Kyusho-jutsu, Atemi-jutsu and the breakdown of kata (Bunkai), as well as Kobudo (classical weaponry).  His knowledge, skill, and teachings were an invaluable treasure.  Mr. Oyata’s legacy lives on – as dedicated practitioners continue to train, and as they pass on the knowledge to future generations.  



This is the obituary from the Kansas City Star:
http://obitsforlife.com/obituary/531730/Oyata-Seiyu.php 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

May 2012 seminar

Hand motion exercises

Okinawan fan

Manji Sai

Eku

 

          






        
     









Sunday, April 15, 2012

seminar

Ryukyu Kempo seminar
featuring Hanshi Bill Gossett
 
 
Saturday May 5th 2012
Seminar open to Shinkikan Dojo students 
and members of the Ryukyu Coalition
 
contact Sensei@ShinkikanDojo.com for more info
 
 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Article: DOJO KUN

The primary concern and aim of the karateka (karate practitioner) should be to become a better human being.  Your life will be more complete, fulfilling and productive if you are a good person.

If you develop your character and act ethically, you are contributing to the formation of a better society.  If you maintain a good work ethic, the physical skills of karate will follow.

The true hand (ShinShu) of Ryukyu Kempo practitioners is about the physical application of knowledge in life-protection and also about using your knowledge to better yourself and the world around you.  The honest practitioner will accomplish more in their study of karate and in their daily life.

The goal of the karateka is not to destroy human life, but to preserve and protect it.  This is "ShinShu".  It is better to control or nullify a situation, not to destroy the attacker.  This is a shift in the perspective of some of the modern-day practitioners of martial arts.  The life-protection arts are very serious, because of the situations in which they should be used and because they protect human lives.

One must value human life in order to understand the depth and importance of the classical life-protection arts.

To quote an article on Oyata Seiyu Sensei and Ryukyu Kempo:

" 'Shin Shu' means 'the truthful hands.'  Okinawan people put their soul and spirit in their hands, and protect their family, people, and country.  The true understanding of this art requires wisdom to use one's hands correctly, as in the life-protection arts, and it should not be used only to inflate one's ego."  --Shintaku Shiro, "Classical Okinawan Arts", "Dojo" magazine, Spring 1993.

The Dojo Kun, or "school guidelines", of Ryukyu Kempo are:

1. Strive for good moral character.
2. Keep an honest and sincere way.
3. Cultivate perseverance or a will for striving.
4. Develop a respectful attitude.
5. Restrain your physical ability through spiritual attainment.

These Dojo Kun are not simply for children who start training in karate; I believe that they are just as important for adults.  The obligation of moral behavior is not limited to children who are developing as human beings.  All of us can strive to become better.

This is "true-hand".  This is "ShinShu".

(c) 2006, Matthew Seymour