The Chibana Project

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

Friday, June 02, 2006

Chibana Sensei in Classical Fighting Arts

I have been away for a while in transition moving from Hawai'i as I have recently graduated from the University of Hawai'i with my masters degree. I apologize for the lack of updates. My Chibana research continues piece-wise in the mean time, as I am doing some background reading on Okinawan history in general with an emphasis on peichin. According to Mr. Masahiro Nakamoto, Chibana's family are descendants of satunushi-peichin, the highest class of the royal bodyguard caste. I am interested in investigating their traditional role in Okinawan society and their role after the abdication/overthrow of the Ryukyu King in 1879. I think this will provide valuable background information on the heritage of the Chibana family and explain their transition from being the highest of the warrior class to becoming a wealthy sake brewing family in the village of Tori Hori.

The main point of this post is to announce that there will be an article on Chibana Sensei by Mr. Charles Goodin and my sensei Mr. Patrick Nakata in an upcoming issue of Classical Fighting Arts that deals with Chibana's Karatedo no Kokoro e. As a result, I have edited some of the content I have posted earlier as they will be discussing some of it. I look forward to its release.

Another exciting development is that I was recently contacted by a martial arts newspaper in Okinawa called Okinawa Karate News. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to respond to them in a timely manner as again, they caught me in the middle of my move. Hopefully, however, this will turn out well.


Anonymous Larry K. said...

Congratulations on graduating and earning your masters degree!

I’ve been waiting for an article to come out on Chibana or Chibana style Shorinryu from CFA.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Onimitsu2004 said...

Thanks a lot! I haven't gotten any details about the article other than that they have some space reserved in a future issue and intend to write an article about Chibana Sensei.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous David Rogers said...

I, too, as a Shorin-Ryu ShorinKan student have very much enjoyed your research on Chibana Sensei. I have had the privlege to see his Black Belt that he presented to Shugoro Nakazato Sensei. When you write your book, put me down as purchaser.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Onimitsu2004 said...

Thanks a bunch!...but one step at a time. I don't think a book is going to happen anytime soon as it largely just an idea in the back of my mind, but I'm still doing my homework. Now that I actually work for a living, spare time is sparse.

4:31 PM  
Blogger [Mat] said...

Congratulations on your degree.

Have fun in your work :)

I hope this article makes it.


8:10 AM  
Blogger Onimitsu2004 said...


The article comes out this September. I know I'm looking forward to it!

6:58 PM  

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