The Chibana Project

A blog where I post my research on a certain Okinawan named Chibana Choshin.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Dipping my toe in the water

I have decided to wade out into the water and start a project researching the life and karate of Chosin Chibana. I have no idea how this is going to go, but I've established this little site as a place for me to publish information as I find it for anyone interested in the acclaimed "Last Warrior of Shuri" as well as for people who might have information that I don't know and would like to share with me.


Blogger Bujutsu Blogger said...

You know, I've always meant to bring up Blogspot as a great way to accomplish that journal thing you had conceived of way back when. You can have different blogs, and you can even have collaborative blogs where different authors can contribute.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Bujutsu Blogger said...

Oh yeah, and if you want to make it easier to find your site, use this link to add your blog to google:

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try this site. Just type Chibana's name into the search engine.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Ernest J Estrada said...


Don't mean to be picky but I believe that his correct name is CHIBANA CHOSHIN and not Chibana Chosin.


9:55 AM  
Blogger Onimitsu2004 said...

Mr. Estrada! Hello! I wasn't aware this site had caught your attention. I've read some of your work and am pleasantly surprised to see you've left a comment here.

I wrestled with the naming part a little and decided to go with the original spelling and pronunciation as well as to write his name (and everyone else's) western style (first name, family name). If I understand what I've researched so far, CHOSHIN was the "Japanization" of Mr. Chibana's first name; that is, it was the Japanese pronunciation of the kanji. Differences between the Uchinanguchi and Japanese pronunciation of assorted kanji abound; e.g., "toudi" vs. "tote", "Kanagushiku" vs. "Kaneshiro", etc. From what I understand, CHOSIN was the Uchinan pronunciation. Maybe that's incorrect...?

Thank you for your feedback, and if you have any other information you could direct me to I'd really appreciate it!

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings and good point - Then one would use Shishu instead of Itosu and Toona instead of Higaonna. Boy, it does get confusing... I'll be more than happy to tell you a couple of interesting stories that I received from my sensei. Chibana Sensei had quite a sense of humor. He also change his under clothing twice a day and shaved twice a day just prior to his death. When students would ask Chibana Sensei why he shave twice a day, he would reply (rubbing his chin), "the girls like it!" My sensei tells me that Chibana Sensei knew he was dying and was preparing himself the bushi way... by being clean. Much like good ole mom would say... "make sure you have clean underwear on, with no holes, in case you get into a accident and you then won't be embarrassed." Good ole mom... I wonder if my mom knew Chibana Sensei - she had the same intense look when I screwed up. Ha!

Kind Regards,


3:56 PM  
Anonymous Shorinman said...

Oops! I see you've already found him or he found you. I just read this after I posted a comment on your latest article.

Please keep up the great work and don't stop!


6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Day,

Thank you, for sharing your knowledge on a wonderful person.

Arnie L.

5:58 AM  

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