Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
Born in Osaka on July 24, 1925, Chosei Motobu is the son of the legendary Choki Motobu (also known as Motobu No Saru). Choki Motobu visited Hawaii in March 1932, but upon his arrival encountered visa problems. He was refused admission and detained at the Honolulu immigration station for about one month before being returned to Japan.
Chosei Motobu studied Karate with this father in Osaka as a child. He was 19 when his father passed way. At that time, Chosei Motobu was in the Japanese military. After World War Two, he returned to Osaka where he became a policeman. During the course of his career, he also studied Judo, attaining the rank of 5th dan. Chosei Motobu has a great respect for Judo and often warns his Motobu-Ryu students to never underestimate the strength and value of Judo. In fact, when he teaches Karate, he wears a woven Judo-type gi rather than a lighter Karate gi.
Chosei Motobu resumed teaching Motobu-Ryu in Osaka in 1948 and was joined by Takeji Inaba (December 24, 1929), who had started his training with him in 1943. Together, Motobu Chosei and Inaba have continuously taught Motobu-Ryu to this day. Their Osaka dojo is known as the Motobu-Ryu Daidokan and their association is known as the Nihon Karatedou Motobukai. they teach the Naihanchi Shodan and Nidan Kata as well as the Motobu Choki Juni Hon Kumite forms.
Because he was still young when his father died, Motobu Chosei sought out additional Karate instruction. He trained with a Mr. Kina who was a student of Gusukuma Sensei (presumably Gusukuma Shimpan) of Okinawa. He also sought out instruction from his uncle's (Motobu Choyu's) student, Seikichi Uehara (1904 - 2004), who would come to Osaka to teach. In fact, in the Daidokan they practice five kata from Uehara Sensei's curriculum called Motode.
Chosei Motobu is the inheritor of Motobu-Ryu (his father's art) and Motobu-Ryu Udunde (his uncle Choyu Motobu's art via Uehara). Photos of Motobu can be seen at the Japan Branch of the Kempo Jutsu-Kai website.
Chosei Motobu and Takeji Inaba at the Hikari Dojo, April 25, 2001.
Chosei Motobu was almost unknown in the West until 2000, when Kimo Ferreira of Hawaii visited him in Osaka and invited him to Hawaii. In April, 2002, Motobu and Inaba arrived in Hawaii. They met with the family of Thomas Shigeru Miyashiro, who had trained with Choki Motobu during his 1932 visit. They also taught at the Hikari Dojo and at Ferreira's Kempo Jutsu-Kai Dojo. Chosei Motobu said that he came to Hawaii to fulfill his father's wish to teach the art here -- a wish that had been with his family for almost 70 years.
Motobu and Inaba have subsequently taught seminars on the mainland and in Europe, in each case, accompanied by Kimo Ferreira and his wife, Kiko, who is an excellent translator.
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Chosei Motobu.
Videos About Motobu:
- The Karate of Choki Motobu
by Tsunami Video
The producer of this video has stated: "This is the Motobu family system of Tode (karate) presented by Chosei Motobu and Takeji Inaba including the kumite techniques and their applications. It is the only reference work in the West on this style, and is released with the full cooperation and approval of the Motobu family and the Japan Karate Do Motobukai."
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- Motobu-Ryu Karate-Jutsu
by Quest Co. Ltd. Japan
This DVD shows the Naihanchi Shodan kata as well as the Motobu Choki Juni Hon Kumite forms. A special feature of the DVD shows some of Motobu Sensei's international visits, including his visit to Hawaii in 2001.
Books by Choki Motobu:
- Okinawan Kenpo Tode Jutsu, Kumite Hen,1926.
Translated into English by Seiyu Oyata, 1977. Ryukyu Imports Inc.
Translated into English by Masters Press and available at the Rising Sun Productions website.
- Watashi no Tode Jutsu, 1932. (see original cover above, left)
Recently translated into English by Patrick and Yuriko McCarthy of the Ryukyu Toudijutsu Kokusai Kenkyukai under the title Choki Motobu: Karate, My Art (see cover, above right).
Articles about Motobu:
- A Night of Talking about Karate: Karate Ichiyu-Tan, by Choki Motobu. Originally published in Karate Kenkyu (1934). Translation by Charles Joseph Swift. From Classical Fighting Arts, Issue No. 2, 2003 (pages 48 - 49).
- A Meeting With Chosei Motobu, by Graham Noble. Classical Fighting Arts, Issue No. 1, 2003 (pages 40 - 47).
- Choki Motobu: Revelations from His Son, Chosei. Part 3, by Charles C. Goodin. Dragon Times, Volume 21, 2002. See Dragon Times Online. Reprinted in Patrick McCarthy's Koryu Journal, 1st Quarter 2002.
- Choki Motobu: Revelations from His Son, Chosei. Part 2, by Charles C. Goodin. Dragon Times, Volume 20, 2001. See Dragon Times Online. Includes the Motobu geneology.
- Choki Motobu: Revelations from His Son, Chosei. Part 1, by Charles C. Goodin. Dragon Times, Volume 19, 2001. See Dragon Times Online. Includes a translation of the Daidokan Dojo Rules.
- "What Is Self-Defense?" by James Mitose: Is There A Link To Choki Motobu? by Charles C. Goodin. Classical Fighting Arts, Issue #3, 2004. See Classical Fighting Arts Online.
- Translation by Sanzinsoo of Legend of Choki Motobu, by Seijin Jahana.
- The Koryu Journal©, 3rd Quarter 1999, of Patrick McCarthy's International Ryukyu Karate Research Society, is dedicated entirely to Motobu. The excellent Articles include:
- Shabana/Nakashin Interview, by Mr. Shabana.
- More on Motobu, by Patrick McCarthy.
- Poetry, by Motobu Choki.
- The Rules of Quanfa, by Motobu Choki.
- Talking about my Teacher, by Maruyama Kenji.
- Recollections of Motobu, by Miyahira Katsuya.
- The Final Word, by Nagamine Shoshin.
- Master Choki Motobu: A Real Fighter by Graham Noble. At Dragon Times.
- Master Choki Motobu, 'A Real Fighter,' by Graham Noble. At Journal of Combative Sport.
- Wisdom from the Past: Tidbits on Kata Applications from Pre-War Karate Books. Part Three: Motobu Choki, by Joe Swift.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in Karate's History and Traditions, by Bruce A. Haines. Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1968.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in Karate and Its Development in Hawaii to 1959, by Bruce A. Haines. University of Hawaii, 1962.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is apparently discussed in The History of Karate: Okinawan Goju-Ryu, by Morio Higaonna, Dragon Books, 1996. Page 74.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in The Roots of Okinawan Karate in Hawaii, by Charles C. Goodin. Okinawan Mixed Plate: Generous Servings of Culture, Customs and Cuisine, Hui O Laulima, August 2000.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in The Roots of Okinawan Karate in Hawaii, by Charles C. Goodin. Hawaii Pacific Press, August 1, 1999.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in The Roots of Karate in Hawaii, by Charles C. Goodin. Pacific Citizen Holiday Issue, Japanese American Citizens League, December 1999.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in The Roots of Okinawan Karate in Hawaii, by Charles C. Goodin. Masters of Combat, July 2000.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in Thomas Shigeru Miyashiro: Hawaii's First Nisei Karate Sensei, by Charles C. Goodin.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in Hawaii's First Nisei Karate Sensei (Thomas Shigeru Miyashiro), by Charles C. Goodin. Hawaii Pacific Press, September 1, 1999.
- Motobu is discussed in Kata: The Living History of Matsubayashi-ryu Karate. Martial Arts Illustrated, August 1998 (Premier Issue).
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