On this day in 1936, prominent Okinawan masters gathered in Naha and formally adopted the term Kara-Te 唐手 (empty hand). The masters present included Hanashiro Chomo (1869-1945), Kyan Chotoku (1870-1945), Motobu Choki (1871-1944), Miyagi Chojun (1888-1953), Kiyoda Juhatsu (1886-1967, Chibana Chosin (1885-1969), and Shinpan Shiroma (1890-1954). *The three highlighted in bold text are Shimabuku Tatsuo’s teachers.
Large Karate demonstrations, like the following video, are held in Okinawa on October 25th to commemorate the Meeting Of The Masters and celebrate the Okinawan art of Karate.
Over a century ago, in the small village of Chan, on a small island in the south pacific, a boy was born. One day he would become a Karate Master whose art would reach beyond the shores of Okinawa and spread across the globe.
“Dragon Man” of Isshin Ryu, Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei (September 19, 1908 – May 30, 1975)
A reminder for everyone about the 2022 All Isshinryu National Championship & Masters Symposium is just a month away.
It’s a two day event with seminars on various topics: techniques, kobudo, kumite, history, bunkai, self-defense, etc. Each Master will present their seminar material twice. Saturday morning will offer seminars for children. A competition rules practical seminar covering international rules will also be presented. The All Isshinryu Championship will begin at 1:00pm on Saturday.
The Karate Gi is part of your traditional training equipment. It can provide valuable feedback on your techniques. A well cared for Gi will last for years. Some things to look for when Gi shopping.
GI: 100% cotton White top & bottom (Solid, no stripes or other colours, avoid embroidered brand logos) Traditional Karate cut Drawstring on Gi pants 12oz or heavier (Needs to be durable and no see-thru when you start sweating)
Belts are not included with the gi. A white belt meeting these specs should be ordered with the uniform:
OBI: 100% cotton preferred (ties better than cotton/polyester mixes) White (solid, no stripes) Double-Wrapped
There are many vendors and brands out there. Below are just two example vendor options for the correct style Gi & Obi. If the page opens displaying a black Gi, please make sure to switch to the white Gi option.
You may find other vendors online. The Gi you choose should adhere to the specs listed above. Avoid the cheap light-weight Gi.
There are also higher quality traditional Karate uniforms available, but these may cost several hundred dollars. Make a Gi investment that is within your budget.
Pay attention to sizing charts provided on the vendor websites. Sizes may different from one brand to another, just like shoes. It is better to go a little bigger than too small. You Gi should be a little roomy and not restrict movement. Also, a 100% cotton Gi will shrink after washing/drying, unless it is described as pre-shrunk. If arms and legs are too long, they can be hemmed.
We got the semester off to a great start last week, but you can begin Karate any time of the semester. Come join us on Wednesday at 7PM in 232HUB. The room is on the 2nd floor of the HUB, at the end of the hall, on the side of the building nearest the book store,
Remember to complete the participation waiver and registration for PSU Student Affairs. It’s a simple two step online process for PSU students join the Penn State Karate Club this year.