Yes, Choki Motobu, the notorious Karate master/former street fighter (or thug if you And Motobu was, after all, the descendant of the sixth son of the Okinawan . Choki Motobu – In Japan there is a phrase, Jissen, which is used to distinguish real martial arts from what has been referred to as ‘garden party’ Karate. Master Choki Motobu: A Real Fighter by Graham Noble. Posterity has not treated all the old karate masters equally. Some have had their praises sung many.

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This is the first of a two articles exploring the truths and misconceptions about Choki Motobu who was arguably one of Okinawa’s greatest early twentieth century cgoki masters, and the most colorful. The force of the parry unbalanced the boxer, forcing his hips to rise, and at that instant Motobu struck him in the face with the palm of his hand.

Motobu Choki sensei

Konishi could not vouch for the truth of this and it may never have happened. According to Shoshin Nagamine, Motobu attached some importance to the one knuckle fist keikokenand he would train this technique on the makiwara, striking with full force.

Yabu was Choki Motobu’s senior in karate by several years, and at the time of the contest Motobu may have been a comparative novice. Sakuma Sensei’s kata and Matsumura Sensei’s kata were same. Master Motobu soon found that this was to slow and frustrating for him, so he began to lift heavy rocks and punch the punching post, Makiwara.

Perhaps he never organized his methods into a formal system, or maybe he was too much of an individualist. And — as we will soon see — it was a great strategical place to sit at if a fight was about to go down.


Journal of Combative Sport: Master Choki Motobu

In the old days, it was a straight strike that went slightly upward. Motobu was petitioned by several prominent individuals, including cchoki champ “Piston” Horiguchi, to begin teaching. His identity will probably never be known, and even if it was, it probably wouldn’t mean very much to us. Please add your name or initials. While I was there two to three students dropped by and sat talking with us. In the earlier chkoi of this century such bouts were occasionally held in Japan pitting western boxers against judo or jujutsu men, karate was unknown in Japan around this time.

Choki Motobu’s son, Chosei, also continues to teach his father’s tradition of karate.

Young Choki, as third son to Choshin, was regarded by the Okinawan culture of the day as the rough equivalent to mptobu feudal lord in social status. Rate This Article Select your Rating. I stepped backward and took one guy down instantly – he collapsed right on the ground.

Ryukyu Oke hiden Bujutsu: Unlike Funakoshi, Myagi and Mabuni, though, Choki Motobu did not leave behind him a major karate school. It is said that after his battle with the European boxer, the man was placed on board a ship to be sent home, but died before he made it there. Kamae is in the heart, not a physical manifestation. Motobu sensei was actually the first of the Okinawan karate masters to settle in Japan, preceding Gichin Funakoshi by a year or so.

I squatted down and bore the pain.

Choki Motobu

He won most of his fights and learned much from these encounters. He was probably an mptobu boxer who found himself in Japan and was making some money knocking over judomen.


One must develop the ability to deflect attack even from behind. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. One point that does emerge from the story, however, is that Motobu fought without the use of gloves and struck the knockout blow with his bare hands-whether with the palm or closed fist we can’t really mohobu sure.

According to Nagamine, Motobu was never known to start a fight, but was also never known to run from one. If we take at face value that Choki spent two years living and training with Chkoi of Tomari Sells chooki, then Motobu had nine to ten years of formal training without even considering the time spent with Kanagusuku as a child Sokon Matsumura and Sakuma of Gibo!

I was already over fifty years old at that time.

He may simply have moved motbu, like many Okinawans, he believed Japan offered greater opportunities to make a living. Contrary to popular myth the legacy of Karate jutsu karate whose emphasis is focused on effective technique left by Choki as distinct from his family tradition passed down through his brother is alive and well, having been preserved by his son Chosei. Motobu punched my face one time during kumite training. Consequently, as a third son, he was rather neglected.

This was an important change because “empty hand” was a much more acceptable meaning of the term karate in Japan than “Chinese hand. The nationality of the boxer is not given but there is a tradition that he was German, or Russian.