The creation of the Pinans are a bit of a mystery. There are rumors of parts of them having been taken from a "lost" kata named Channan as well as Kushanku. Some also says Matsumura created or at least had a hand in some of them. Who knows, perhaps all and none of these claims are true.
This is a great thread so far. It is not often that we get an Okinawan karate thread going. I say we keep it up. I have seen this tried in the past and it turns into a bash fest but I would be interested to see who we have in here and who they study with. Let's keep it civil and learn from each other. I guess I will kick it off.
My name is Rob. I have been studying Shorin ryu for 22 years now. My Sensei is Eizo Shimabukuro.
In the spirit of bushido!
Glad to meet you Timo. Seibukan is in the Kyan tradition I believe. Headed now by Shimabukuro Zenpo Sensei.
Hi Rob, You have an amazing Sensei there. As you know he was the youngest Okinawan Master to be promoted to 10th Dan at age 35, on Okinawa this is unheard of. Younger Brother of Isshin ryu founder Shimabukuro Tatsuo. Both of which trained in both Shorin ryu and Goju ryu. And at the age of 83 is still in relatively great shape.
That is correct. As it happens, I heard that next August the senior sensei under him are planning a celebration in honor of his recent promotion to 10. dan, that will co-incide with the okinawan karate world games held there during that time and, naturally, I am planning on going there. This will be my first, but hopefully not the last, visit to Okinawa or Japan in general.
I've got a further question for all of you: do you study other martial arts also? Me, I started with Okinawan Jinbukan kobudo earlier this year. I had some kobudo experience in my previous style, but to tell the truth, that style was (and still is) a hodgepodge of different martial arts (e.g. escrima for sai) and although it has benefited me in learning new stuff faster, I am still an absolute beginner in it. I would also like to take a bit of BJJ, and I originally intended to start it this fall, but the club nearest to me didn't have classes that would've fitted my karate training schedule and I didn't want to go across town to other places for it, so I didn't start it Oh well, maybe after new year....
Timo good luck with your upcoming trip to Okinawa. Are you going with a lager group?
Rob,Brandon the $1900 is not that bad since I believe last year when I went it was about $1600. If you have the funds I would jump at the opportunity. Where are you getting your ticket info from also? If you are really interested I would begin to check into teavel agents that deal in asian travel. I use an agent in New York that deals with asian flights everyday and is great.
In the spirit of bushido!