It is purported that later in his life while employed as manager of the Hatoyama Kindergarten he became enamored with the philosopher Mitsuru Toyama. In honor of the philosopher he adopted Toyama as his family name. Toyama trained and worked as a teacher however his chosen avocation was instructor of Karate-Do. Funakoshi Sensei was the other to receive this title from Itosu. In Toyama Sensei moved his family to Taiwan where he taught Chinese classics in the elementary school where he taught. These later three styles hail primarily from Taiwan and Fukuden, China.
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Today I thought I would share one of my absolute favourite articles ever written on Karate. How many styles does Karate have? I have been asked this question numerous times but usually by those that really do not understand the essential elements of a martial art.
If one seriously thinks about these essential elements that make up a martial art, one then can easily understand the reasoning that Karate does not have any one style. Karate molds an individual to be the only object of defense or offense and, through this, it teaches the basic concept of self-protection. In other words, Sumo wrestlers, boxers and airplane pilots do not have any one special style and neither does Karate. The methods of training, techniques and successes can only be achieved through sheer ability!
People set forth a criteria on how to create a beautiful flower arrangement using the same material or how to show respect to one another as a method of etiquette. It is understandable that people in Japan show respect by bowing and people of Europe and America show the same respect by shaking hands or saluting. As far as etiquette and formality goes, there are several styles from different points of view, ideology and social standing but they accomplish the same purpose.
So, one can now understand that although there maybe a number of ways of doing things, they all accomplish the same end and purpose. Now, let us discuss Karate styles. Shorei-ryu, Goju-ryu and Shito-ryu are other styles that are very closely related and this will be discussed. Styles of Karate pt. And that is what counts. Stay tuned for part 2…. More Articles. The Complete History of McDojos pt. Pthu, Swoosh, Smack!
Ny Iago. July 29, at pm. Looking forward to part 2! If the end is self-defense, then karate might have been superseded by self-defense specialists like Geoff Thompson. I guess karate-honed bodies and skills would be a good pairing with such modern tactics.
The latter might even take legal issues into account. July 30, at am. That's an interesting theory! I have read some of Geoff Thompsons books, pretty rough stuff.
Karate-honed bodies and brains would indeed be a good pairing with such modern tactics. July 30, at pm. One could also imply that Karate "style" is much like "beauty" - all in the eye of the Beholder July 31, at pm. Ernest Estrada. January 25, at am. Thank you for using the article on Toyama Kanken Dai Sensei. He was one of my favorite scary teachers from the earl 's. I encourage you to visit my website for more info on Toyama Dai Sensei.
You have a good eye! January 26, at am. Hi Ernest! Thank you for making your presence felt! April 29, at am. Thank you so much Jesse for mentioning Toyama Sensei. I am a student of Shudokan Karate, one of the multiple styles that were founded by the students of Kanken Toyama Ironically. Unlike many orthodox karateka, we train many styles of karate, and many of our techniques are influenced by Judo a developement by the late Shihan Walter Todd, this can be seen through our obi, which lacks the traditional "over under".
So much of our training is about open mindedness, about accepting the differences between wado-ryu, shorin-ryu, doshinkan, etc etc. We learn that movement has meaning, and it was done a certain way for a certain reason. A style shows us history, and lineage, but it is not to be thought of as the "only" interpretation of the truth, for there are many. I have come to learn that karate is all about interpretation.
When movement is involved what works for one person almost never works perfectly for another, and I find that many sensei misunderstand this. Study is key to this conundrum, finding new more effecient ways to build off of the foundation of traditional karatedo. This is what I feel Shudokan is about. Continuing down the path of karate and gathering more and more information. Gathering so much information that every situation has an answer that is not only articulate but precise.
Its a bit late so I hope that wasnt to rambling Thats my two cents Alex. Do you know the name of the cemetery? Are any of the other "old masters " buried in the same cemetery? March 28, at am. Hi, Someone at the Yakima School of Karate would know where Kanken Toyama is buried; several of the long-time teachers went with Sensei Mack to the grave, ten years ago?
I too knew Shihan Walter Todd; he was so funny. He would say, "I'm an old man, don't hurt me" and then he would touch my shoulder, and I would fall down. It was like having Spock put the touch on you.
Matthew Alan Gouig. September 10, at pm. He was expert in all the Okinawan systems from Naha, Shuri and Tomari. He never founded a "style".
The name Shudokan was only the name of the building where his school was. Toyama taught Orthodox Okinawan Karate. He actually spent a longer period with Itosu than many of the other great Students of the Master.
Yes, while he was teaching in Taiwan, he learned several systems which he later incorporated into his special kata that he developed with his top students. There is really no " style" called Shudokan from Toyama Sensei.
Melissa L. October 17, at am. After the liberation, Yoon returned to Korea where he taught the line he had learned from Toyama Kanken. I will direct the Grandmaster of my system to this article because I think he will appreciate it. My teacher is Grandmaster Kim Pyung-Soo. James A. December 24, at pm.
I am a teacher and student of Soryu Karate-Do. Brian Williams. February 16, at pm. David Brownridge, Mr. Doug Dennis and Mr. Dennis Boardman. Bellina Sensei has wrote a very good book on the Master, well worth reading, check it out at www. October 13, at pm. If you like to read more about Toyama Kanken Sensei.
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Today I thought I would share one of my absolute favourite articles ever written on Karate. How many styles does Karate have? I have been asked this question numerous times but usually by those that really do not understand the essential elements of a martial art. If one seriously thinks about these essential elements that make up a martial art, one then can easily understand the reasoning that Karate does not have any one style. Karate molds an individual to be the only object of defense or offense and, through this, it teaches the basic concept of self-protection. In other words, Sumo wrestlers, boxers and airplane pilots do not have any one special style and neither does Karate. The methods of training, techniques and successes can only be achieved through sheer ability!
Styles of Karate (pt.1) – by Kanken Toyama
Given this diverse martial arts background, the Japanese government soon recognized Toyama's prowess, and awarded him the right to promote to any rank in any style of Okinawan karate. An official gave Toyama the title of master instructor. In early he returned to Japan and on March 20, , he opened his first dojo in Tokyo. He named his dojo Shu Do Kan meaning "the hall for the study of the karate way.
Kanken Toyama 10th Dan Kanken Toyama was a great Karate master who began learning the original Toshu Jutsu Toshukuken styles then travelled to Taiwan where he trained in Hakuda Taku. He also studied the Lion Method. He is therefore a great inspiration to the ITJF. He was also the head of the All Japan Karatedo Federation. The late great martial arts grandmaster, Kanken Toyama, was born in Shuri, Okinawa on the 21st year of Meiji, September 24,
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