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15-year Journal Special Collectors CD in PDFs

Anthropology, Ethos,  Tactical Strategies & Pedagogical Principles
Before the advent of modern karate, there existed a remarkable martial art in Okinawa referred to as Ryukyu Kenpo Toudi-jutsu. Simplified for the purpose being put into Okinawa’s turn-of-the-century school system to build robust bodies and militaristic mentalities, in support of Japan’s escalating war machine, Ryukyu Kenpo Toudi-jutsu ultimately fell under the influence of Japanese Budo culture which transformed the modified practice into a sport and cultural recreation. The IRKRS Journal is the official journal for both members of the International Ryukyu-jutsu Research Society and the students/teachers of Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo-jutsu. Not a commercial rag aimed at marketing martial arts products, announcing tournament results or glorifying physical violence, the Journal is an informal quarterly on-line publication addressing important historical, philosophical and technical issues at the forefront of karate & kobudo. From 1995 through 2010 this publication served as invaluable reading for many like-minded researchers, teachers and students from different styles all over the world. Featuring cutting edge articles, biographies, book reviews and Japanese-to-English translations, the Special 15-year Collectors Journal is a unique and important source of primary information helping readers better understand the ambiguous issues surrounding the evolution of karate, its cultural obscurities and the functional application principles & practices of kata. This highly informative CD includes all fifteen years worth Journals dating from Dec 1995 to Dec 2010. At just $59.95 (USD…plus shipping) it is well valued and filled with important information.

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KU Kata PDF – individual kata

The definitive photographic learning source for KU kata is now available for purchase in PDF format. The KU Kata curriculum should be considered MANDATORY study for KU teachers and students alike — as well as for any learners making the transition from an existing style over to KU. PDFs are available at $6.95 USD each or $79.95 USD for all 16-kata [actually 22 kata in total as there are 6 Taisabaki forms in one file]…which is more than a $30 USD savings. IRKRS members special discount also available.

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KU Kata PDF – Complete set

The definitive photographic learning source for KU kata is now available for purchase in PDF format. The KU Kata curriculum should be considered MANDATORY study for KU teachers and students alike — as well as for any learners making the transition from an existing style over to KU. PDFs are available at $6.95 USD each or $79.95 USD for all 16-kata [actually 22 kata in total as there are 6 Taisabaki forms in one file]…which is more than a $30 USD savings. IRKRS members special discount also available.

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Watashi no karate-jutsu

At long last we are pleased to announce that the 1932 Motobu Choki publication, “Watashi no Karate-jutsu,” is finally completed thanks only to the assistance and co-operation of many kind people. The publication is approximately 120 pages in the same size and format as our Funakoshi Gichin publication, Tanpenshu.

Here, in this small but provocative publication, lies yet another milestone in the legacy of Karate. “Watashi no Karate-jutsu” (“My Art of Karate”), introduces comprehensive insights into a fighting tradition as known and taught by one of its early Okinawan innovators, Motobu Choki (1870-1944). One of only two books he ever published on the art it is not widely known in modern karate circles or outside the spectrum of those who research its history. Straightforward in its approach, this modest work outlines those unique methods that made Motobu Choki, pound for pound, possibly the greatest technician and karate fighter of his generation.

One mistake the modern karateka often makes, when trying to grasp the technical ambiguities surrounding the application of early karate practices, is to depend on contemporary assumptions. This small but powerful book provides a window through which the reader is better able to perceive the cultural landscape and mind-set of those people who shaped its practice.

What could possibly improve a reader’s overall understanding of the art more than walking in the footsteps of those people most responsible for pioneering it? Great people should never be forgotten, if only to remind us of the potential latent in ourselves. By studying the anthropology of this tradition it becomes evident that many of the early pioneers established a symbiosis with karate so that their lives became as much a product of the art as was the art a product of their lives.

Researched and translated by Patrick & Yuriko McCarthy

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Tanpenshu

This is an eclectic book about Gichen Funakoshi, who many consider to be the father of Japanese karate. But this is not a book of commentary about this master. Instead, the man, his background and early karate history are intimately portrayed through his own early writings, his portraits, many photos and other related materials.
While not aimed at the martial arts beginner or casual reader, the book would be enjoyed by historians, researchers, Shotokan karate practitioners or anyone interested in the development of karate in the early 20th century.Although some of this information has been printed elsewhere, the book does provide new translations, while also revealing the sources of the information.
Central to the collection are new translations of five early writings by Funakoshi dating back to 1914 that touch on a wide variety of subjects: His thoughts on the origin of karate, other former martial artists, styles of karate, kumite, points of practice and fighting, the relationship between karate and academic study, his personal prospective of the introduction of karate into Japan, his recollections about his teacher Azato Ankoh as well as the contrast of stillness and action (yin & yang) and how it relates to karate practice.
The publication is enhanced with nearly 40 pages of rare and historical photos, portraits, sequences of technique and translated calligraphy. Among them are the controversial 925 King Magazine illustrations that depict the story of Choku Motobu defeating a foreign boxer in a challenge match, but rather than Motobu being shown the drawings are of Funakoshi.
Also of interest to many Shotokan practitioners and many historians is an informal chronology of Funakoshi as well as a bibliography and a fairly comprehensive index.
Watashi no Karate-jutsu

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DVD 16

Gyaku-waza [Escapes & Counter Techniques] Volume 16
Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society

Gyaku-waza is the art of protecting oneself against unprovoked acts of physical violence. The term, Gyaku-waza, literally means reversal-techniques, and describes a group of close-quarter self-defense practices originally developed to be used against being violently seized and controlled by an aggressive opponent. Dating back to a time before the development and propagation of modern styles, these old-school self-defense practices are based entirely upon those original empty-handed and one-against-one domestic acts of physical violence, which habitually plagued the 19th century southern Chinese culture, from where this art evolved.

Gyaku-waza represents the pathway between physical engagement, responding appropriately and controlling or submitting an opponent, without the use of lethal force. Once cloaked in an iron-clad ritual of secrecy these time-honoured, and highly functional prescribed application practices, employ an impressive collection of fighting tactics ranging from percussive impact, joint manipulation, limb entanglement, nerve pressure and cavity seizing, to blood and air deprivation, balance displacement, and controlling an opponent in both a standing clinch and or on the ground. The attack scenarios range from the classical wrist, hair and garment grabs, being seized from various standing positions, the dangerous clinch, headlock, full nelson, and various kinds of bear hugs, to different kinds of chokes, joint-locks and limb manipulations, single/double leg takedown, and defending oneself on the ground, including escaping the mount, passing the guard and dealing with back control, along with being punched and kicked in the face by the attacker while down. From a defensive point of view, Gyaku-waza is a complete method in and of itself without the need for additional measures.

Gyaku-waza is presented at learning speed using passive resistance and from several angles in order to make it easy to identify and master each lesson.

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DVD 15

Uke-waza Volume 15
Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society

Uke-waza is the skill of protecting yourself against being struck by an opponent and it also represents an integral part of the overall curriculum of old-school karate-jutsu. For those of us who study and teach old-school karate, the Uke-waza practice is commonly referred to as, “The Quadrant Drill.” This is because of the geometrical way with which we look at such a unique set of practices. Punching, kicking, and striking represent the principal kinds of blunt-force-trauma attack scenarios, most frequently experienced in one-on-one empty-handed encounters of physical violence. Because we understand which anatomical targets are most frequently attacked, and what kinds of attacks are most commonly used, this unique practice better prepares us to recognize the angle of entry and protect ourselves accordingly.

The quadrant drill methodically recreates seventeen of the most vicious attacks, where the fists, feet, elbows, knees and head are used as the principal tools of impact, in one-against-one self-defence scenarios. Using about a dozen different ways to protect the seven most vulnerable parts of the body there are a total of twenty-nine strikes in the overall drill.

Once a time-honoured practice in history of this art, the habitual acts of physical violence represented the original contextual premise against which all fundamental fighting skills were tested and established. By methodically recreating those violent attack scenarios, which most threaten our safety, we too are better able to discover, understand and employ the application templates handed down through kata. Ironic as it may seem, however, this catalyst-like component has been largely forgotten in the modern interpretation of karate – and yet, it is this one obvious and indispensable mechanism that makes it all work.

Representing the link between receiving an attack, responding appropriately and controlling the opponent, the quadrant drill is delivered across four individual levels:

Level 1 – Reception
In level 1 of Uke-waza, Tori [the aggressor] attacks Uke [the receiver] with a total of twenty-nine individual strikes. Beyond satisfactorily receiving the strikes, and protecting himself, Uke is not required at this point to follow-up with counter-responses. The entire purpose of Level 1 is simply to become familiar with the various attacks, understand body position, spatial distance and the angle of entry along with providing an adequate defensive reception for each strike.

I’ve broken down the twenty-nine strikes into eight smaller groups of three and four techniques, and presented them several times during the first lesson in order to best learn and remember the order in which they are delivered. Throughout the entire routine, Tori and Uke both use only passive resistance in order to build confidence while at the same time promoting a safe learning environment. As the lesson progresses, I fuse the techniques together into a single drill and present it from several different positions in order to get the best vantage points for learning.

Level 2 – Receive & Respond
Using the same techniques of reception against the twenty-nine strikes, level 2 introduces Uke to a practical set of prescribed counter-responses in an effort to continue building and strengthening the effectiveness of the quadrant drill. Like all other drills in KU, the response practices featured here represent a cross-section of the most practical reactions under these common circumstances. In no way, however, should these prescribed counter-techniques, or any other prescribed KU practices for that matter, be seen as the only responses to such habitual circumstances, but rather accepted as interchangeable concepts strengthening the overall functionality of this practical mechanism.

Level 3 – The Wall
Continuing to explore the variations on this common theme, level 3 helps Uke effectively deal with being seized and shoved up against a wall while being struck by those techniques most frequently exampled in circumstances such as this.

Level 4 – The Ground
Enhancing our ne-waza practices, as exampled in DVD vol 14, level 4 of the quadrant drill features effective ways of receiving various punches and strikes if and when on the ground with an opponent on top of you. A forgotten aspect from this art’s early origins, level 4 represents an indispensable component of KU’s overall self-defence mechanism.

Conclusion
As striking so often represents the principal entry point of physical confrontation, Uke-waza must be recognized as an important first line mechanism in self-defense. As the catalyst-like practice is also a vital component in understanding how all the other old-school application practices work together, it is highly recommended the drill be acknowledged as one part of a larger whole — that of course being the entire old-school curriculum. Bringing it altogether means, “the whole becomes greater than the sum total of its individual parts.”

Uke-waza stands on its own as a highly effective independent set of drills, i.e., the methods of receiving various impact-related attacks, and their prescribed counter responses, can be effective deterrents in self-defence without the need for additional measures. However, a firm believer in preparation, and leaving nothing to chance, “it just makes more sense to have a complete toolbox and never need all the gear than it is to consider the alternative!” As such, the quadrant drill works best when used in conjunction with the rest of karate’s old-school methodology. Simply put, the quadrant-drill is the common thread, which weaves together the comprehensive fabric of old-school karate. I am confident that such thinking is far more in line with the original intent, approach and teachings of the pioneers than is the conformist mentality, which advocates style and form over function.

The opportunities made possible with this web-like network of reception & response practices are simply endless. In addition to the many hours of rewarding training this mechanism is sure to deliver, I am confident many new and exciting doors of discovery will also open before you. The beauty of this kind of training lies not entirely in the obvious testing of oneself, or the physical conditioning it promotes, but also in discovering that what brings all styles together is more important than what separates them.this is the spirit of the art, and this is the soul of karate.

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DVD 14

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Ne-Waza Volume 14

Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society

Volume 14 is a unique presentation on the principal ground-fighting used to cause intense pain, restrain and or incapacitate an opponent. Developed by Patrick McCarthy, this highly functional two-person drill brings together no fewer than seventy-two individual techniques providing learners of any rank or style with an extraordinary repertoire of application practices. At just $29.95 it is very well valued, and bursting with important learning, especially for those seeking out kata application-based practices. Running time approximately hour.

Ne-Waza is not the principal source of Sels-Defense used in the art of Karat, it is nonetheless, an indespensable component of effective fighting and also reflects a forgotten aspect from this arts early origins found in Tegumi. Ne-waza is also something that every student of Karate from this art’s early origins found in Tegumi. Ne-waza is also something that every student of karate, irrespective of style or politics, should gain some level of proficiency in. As all of self-protection can be bridged together by the same habitual acts of physical violence they seek to address, winding up on the ground is sometimes an inevitable outcome. While almost everything we do in percussive impact-based traditions is to avoid ever going to the ground, if and when such a thing was to ever happen, taking immediate control of the situation is of the utmost importance, and it is at this point in time that ne-waza reveals its true value. I doubt anyone could dispute the sense it makes to be well prepared and never need ne-waza than to wind up on the ground oneday with the safety of your life or well-being left only to chance. Here’s your chance to learn directly from a 5th-generation master of Okinawan Karate.

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DVD 13

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Nage-Waza Volume 13

Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
This is a unique presentation on the principal throwing, take-down and techniques of balance displacement. For the very first time ever this highly functional two-person practice has been made public. Developed by myself [Patrick McCarthy] this two-person drill brings together no fewer than fifty-five different ways of displacing an opponent’s balance and should be considered mandatory learning by all. Nage-Waza provides learners of any rank and or style with an extraordinary repertoire of kata-based application practices. Balance displacement Classical Throws Take-downs.

While nage-waza is not the principal source of self-defense used in the art of karate, it is, nonetheless, an indispensable component of effective fighting, and also reflects a forgotten aspect from this art’s early origins. Nage-waza is also something that every student of karate, irrespective of style or politics, should gain some level of proficiency in. As all domestic forms of self-protection can be bridged together by the same habitual acts of physical violence they seek to address, winding up in a clinch is sometimes an inevitable outcome. While almost everything we do in percussive impact-based traditions is to avoid ever getting into a standing clinch, if and when such a thing was to ever happen, taking immediate control of the situation is of the utmost importance, and it is at this point in time that nage-waza reveals its true value. We doubt anyone could dispute the sense it makes to be well prepared and never need nage-waza than to wind up in a standing clinch one day with the safety of your life or well-being left only to chance. Here’s your chance to learn directly from a 5th-generation master of Okinawan Karate.

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DVD 12

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Shime/Tuite Volume 12

Patrick McCarthy; IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Shime/Tuite Waza Volume 12
International Ryukyu Karate Research Society

Volume 12 is a unique presentation on the principal chokes and strangles used to cause intense pain, restrain and or incapacitate an opponent. Developed by myself [Patrick McCarthy] this highly functional two-person drill brings together no fewer than thirty-six individual techniques providing learners of any rank or style with an extraordinary repertoire of kata-based application practices. How to choke efficiently Learn the ancient form of grappling Learn pressing nerves & sealing the breath Classical shutdown techniques of impending blood flow and air passage ways and more.

Those of us who have previously purchased IRKRS video/DVD productions can attest to the fact that all the IRKRS video/DVD productions complement the user’s existing technical knowledge without infringing upon ones stylistic predilection; they enhance performance effectiveness and present, if one is interested, academic and technical modes of inquiry from which to analyze kata movement. They are without a doubt the most comprehensive video/DVDs on the market and represent the new quality benchmark upon which any martial arts instructional video should/will be measured.

IRKRS DVD volumes 11 & 12 are no exception and are once again important training aids for any serious karateka and other budoka. These two DVDs make available to us a comprehensive resource on joint locking, tuide (grabbing, pinching, pressing and rubbing of nerves, tendons, ligaments, and muscles), and strangulation and choking techniques though Koryu Uchinadi’s trademark two person drills. The techniques are masterfully demonstrated, shown in many angles and speeds by McCarthy Sensei’s senior students. McCarthy Sensei carefully explains the anatomical structures being attacked and types of levers being used so that the student can learn to exploit the biomechanics and weaknesses of the human anatomy during the execution of a technique. In true McCarthy Sensei form, he relates the techniques shown in the drills to the solo reenactments found in the kata, while continually encouraging the practitioner viewing the DVDs to investigate for themselves during their study of the material. An added bonus for those who like to know the Japanese names of techniques and their English language equivalent, McCarthy Sensei provides the technique names for all shime-waza. I would like to offer my congratulations to McCarthy Sensei on an exceptional job on the new DVDs. Please keep them coming!

For those of you who have not yet purchased an IRKRS video/DVD – I would encourage you to do so – I believe they are by far the best martial arts instructional videos on the market. And whether you are a student of Koryu Uchinadi or any other karate or martial arts tradition, the material found on IRKRS DVD volumes 11 – 12 will enhance your understanding of technique and principles exponentially.

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