Okinawa Shorin-ryu
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Okinawa Shorin Ryu New Zealand
Matsubayashi Ryu
Karate - Kobudo

2013 -  SOKE NAKAMOTO  VISIT
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2013 -  Soke Nakamoto  Visit
" Allowing the opportunity ... to support and promote the spirit, friendship and common bond that is Okinawan Budo."
On the 24th March it was an honour for members of Okinawa Shorin Ryu New Zealand when they were privileged to meet 83 year old  "living cultural asset " and Okinawan Goju Ryu legend Soke Kiichi Nakamoto. Nakamoto sensei is a Hanshi,10th dan of Ryukyu Kobujutsu, a  Hanshi, 10th dan of Goju ryu Karate, and one of the the last formal students of Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju ryu Karate.
Soke Nakamoto knew  O'sensei Nagamine and was a kobudo student of Shosei Kina. He also studied kobudo technique with Shinei Kyan of Matsubayashi Ryu

Accompanied by his grandson Sensei Takuma Higashi, Renshi 5th dan  and joined by Shihan Dennis May, Kyoshi 8th dan and members of Okinawa Goju Ryu New Zealand, Soke Nakamoto  warmly received demonstrations of Okinawan empty hand kata and kobudo from the many attending this special event.
 
The visit by Soke Nakamoto, Higashi sensei and members of Goju Ryu was arranged by Shihan Dennis May and long time friend  Shihan Kevin Plaisted.
On the 24th March it was an honour for members of Okinawa Shorin Ryu New Zealand when they were privileged to meet 83 year old  "living cultural asset " and Okinawan Goju Ryu legend Soke Kiichi Nakamoto. Nakamoto sensei is a Hanshi,10th
Soke Kiichi Nakamoto.

Members of Okinawa Shorin ryu NZ and Okinawa Goju ryu with senior karateka at front
L-R: Shihandai Tim Herlihy 5th dan, Shihan Kevin Plaisted Kyoshi 7th dan, Soke Nakamoto Hanshi 10th dan,
Shihan Dennis May Kyoshi 8th dan, Sensei Tamuka Higashi Renshi 5th dan.
Soke Nakamoto addresses the participants
Soke Nakamoto addressed the members of the karate clubs present and his words were translated by his grandson Higashi sensei. Soke greeted every one and introduced himself.
He acknowledged the hard training that every one had done and spoke of the future benefits of karate.
Soke Kiichi Nakamoto.

Many thanks to Sensei Dennis May and his Goju ryu organisation for bringing the Master and his grandson Takuma Higashi to Helensville. Allowing the opportunity for all of us to share not only kata and kobudo demonstrations but also to support and promote the spirit, friendship and common bond that is Okinawan budo.
dan of Ryukyu Kobujutsu, a  Hanshi, 10th dan of Goju ryu Karate, and one of the the last formal students of Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju ryu Karate.
Soke Nakamoto knew  O'sensei Nagamine and was a kobudo student of Shosei Kina. He also studied kobudo technique with Shinei Kyan of Matsubayashi Ryu

Accompanied by his grandson Sensei Takuma Higashi, Renshi 5th dan  and joined by Shihan Dennis May, Kyoshi 8th dan and members of Okinawa Goju Ryu New Zealand, Soke Nakamoto  warmly received demonstrations of Okinawan empty hand kata and kobudo from the many attending this special event.
 
The visit by Soke Nakamoto, Higashi sensei and members of Goju Ryu was arranged by Shihan Dennis May and long time friend  Shihan Kevin Plaisted.
Matsubayashi Ryu kata
Senior and junior club members of Okinawa Shorin ryu NZ from Hombu and Helensville dojo, led by Shihan Kevin Plaisted; demonstrated Matsubayashi Ryu kata, Fukyugata ichi, Pinan Shodan and Tomari Passai.
Senior Okinawa Shorin ryu NZ club members led by Shihan Kevin Plaisted  demonstrated kobudo.
Firstly, bo, in the Yamanni ryu style, with kata Choun no kun ichi.
Kama
kata Kishaba no kama and sai kata Hanagushiku no sai.
This demonstration of Hanagishiku no sai has two endings as Shihan Plaisted describes in the video.

Matsubayashi Ryu kobudo
Members of Okinawa Shorin ryu NZ and Okinawa Goju ryu with senior karateka at front
L-R: Shihandai Tim Herlihy 5th dan, Shihan Kevin Plaisted Kyoshi 7th dan, Soke Nakamoto Hanshi 10th dan,
Shihan Dennis May Kyoshi 8th dan, Sensei Tamuka Higashi Renshi 5th dan.
Goju Ryu kata
The history connecting Matsubayshi Ryu founder O'Sensei Shoshin Nagamine and Goju Ryu founder O'Sensei Miyagi Chojun  is legendary. The Goju ryu kata Gekisai dai ichi performed here is the original template from which Matsubayashi Ryu's Fukyugata ni was derived from.
Sanseru is a wonderful kata and Sensei Dennis May's students, from Okinawa Goju ryu NZ, perform it with power and speed.

Soke Nakamoto addresses the participants
Soke Nakamoto addressed the members of the karate clubs present and his words were translated by his grandson Higashi sensei. Soke greeted every one and introduced himself.
He acknowledged the hard training that every one had done and spoke of the future benefits of karate.
 Eku kata - Higashi sensei
Takuma Higashi sensei demonstrates kobudo kata featuring the many elaborate techniques of the eku or kai. He also demonstrated kata using bo and tonfa.
Following the demonstrations it was time to mix and mingle for the clubs. The kiwi tradition of "Please bring a plate" meant there was enough food for all the students and assembled guests. Soke appeared to enjoy himself immensely.
Matsubayashi Ryu kata
Senior and junior club members of Okinawa Shorin ryu NZ from Hombu and Helensville dojo, led by Shihan Kevin Plaisted; demonstrated Matsubayashi Ryu kata, Fukyugata ichi, Pinan Shodan and Tomari Passai.
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Matsubayashi Ryu kobudo
Senior Okinawa Shorin ryu NZ club members led by Shihan Kevin Plaisted  demonstrated kobudo.
Firstly, bo, in the Yamanni ryu style, with kata Choun no kun ichi.
Kama
kata Kishaba no kama and sai kata Hanagushiku no sai.
This demonstration of Hanagishiku no sai has two endings as Shihan Plaisted describes in the video.

Goju Ryu kata
The history connecting Matsubayshi Ryu founder O'Sensei Shoshin Nagamine and Goju Ryu founder O'Sensei Miyagi Chojun  is legendary. The Goju ryu kata Gekisai dai ichi performed here is the original template from which Matsubayashi Ryu's Fukyugata ni was derived from.
Sanseru is a wonderful kata and Sensei Dennis May's students, from Okinawa Goju ryu NZ, perform it with power and speed.

 Eku kata - Higashi sensei
Takuma Higashi sensei demonstrates kobudo kata featuring the many elaborate techniques of the eku or kai. He also demonstrated kata using bo and tonfa.
Many thanks to Sensei Dennis May and his Goju ryu organisation for bringing the Master and his grandson Takuma Higashi to Helensville. Allowing the opportunity for all of us to share not only kata and kobudo demonstrations but also to support and promote the spirit, friendship and common bond that is Okinawan budo.