Motobu Choki: The Greatest Karate Fighter in History (本部 朝基)

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How did Choki Motobu defeat Gichin Funakoshi – the father of modern karate in Japan? Discover the Okinawan kumite expert who challenged the founder of …

29 thoughts on “Motobu Choki: The Greatest Karate Fighter in History (本部 朝基)

  1. Kenneth Castañeda says:

    I can see some aspect of Motobu to our dojo Shihan. His teaching method was straight forward, focusing more on those dangerous stuff. I know it's dangerous because I'm the one who is always being used for demonstrations. I can also see that his fighting skills were also shaped by street fights because of his scars in his body by bladed weapons.

  2. Department of Thought says:

    Regarding "crossing hands".
    This is the common term in southern China to describe when 2 people from different styles spar/exchange techniques.
    In Hakka styles a persons Kung Fu is often described as "their hand", meaning their actual kung fu skill.
    Therefore crossing hands is actually more than the physical start position of contact between the backs of the wrists. It is the 2 styles of kung fu crossing paths.

  3. Razor Morningwood says:

    However, it is said that when Choki had the opportunity to face another tough bone of uchinanchu toudejutsu, such as Miyagi Chojun, there he had to decline since he was the one who was knocked down. And I have also heard that Funakoshi was good to take care of facing Miyagi, which makes me wonder, what was the secret of naha-te versus shuri-te or tomari-te? I always thought that shuri-te, being a graceful and light style, would prevail over a solid and deep-rooted style such as naha-te.

  4. big00bull says:

    Funny how most of us coming up learning how to fight in traditional arts go out and test our skills on the streets. Then to find some of the techniques either didn’t work or most of the people we come up on can’t fight.

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