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Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0660468208495
Format: Color
Label: Tsunami Productions
Manufacturer: Tsunami Productions
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Tsunami Productions
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2005-03-15
Studio: Tsunami Productions

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Probably the event most responsible for the worldwide popularity of karate is Master Choki Motobu's defeat of a Western boxer in 1925. Initially ridiculed by the audience at an "all-comers" prizefight in Kyoto, Japan, laughter turned to stunned silence when the middle-aged and rather portly Okinawan karate man knocked his strongly built young opponent unconscious within seconds. Karate became an overnight sensation, and the mainland Japanese embraced the art as their own.

So spectacular it was featured in Kingu, Japan's most popular magazine of the era, the victory sadly did little for Motobu personally. Illustrations used in the magazine implied the victor was Gichin Funakoshi, a man inferior in both social status and fighting ability to Motobu, infuriating the latter, and ensuring instant fame for Funakoshi who went on to found the Shotokan style of karate and become a karate legend.

This 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. Contents: A History of the Founder and his style. Kata Naihanchi 1, Kata Naihanchi 2, Jiyu Hon Kumite (the twelve true fighting methods of Motobu Ryu karate).

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Summary: Excellent Production
Comment: This is an excellent buy. It is very well made. The historical info and old photographs are a must see for any history buff. Chosei Motobu does an excellent job presenting the material and it is amazing to see a man of his age still spry enough demonstrate kata and 12 different kumite sequences, and explain them all. If you study Naihanchi kata, you have to have this dvd. It's required material. Buy it now.

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Summary: Well done video
Comment: Being a practitioner of Isshinryu, one of the martial styles strongly influenced by Master Choki Motobu's karate, my interest in this video at least in part, was to see what principles Master Shimabuku picked up from this karate legend.
The history, if strongly biased, is interesting, and the Naihanchi kata shown are well explained. By far though, the best part of this DVD is the Kumite. Here demonstrated, are superb examples of how, in addition to kata, karate has been practiced and handed-down from generation to generation.

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Summary: The strongest karate? Quite probably
Comment: This is without doubt one of the very best programs dealing with genuinely traditional karate that has ever been made. The production quality is very high, the locations beautiful, the soundtrack superbly edited, and the navigational menus a delight to use. More importantly, the material is genuine, and presented by the son of karate's most colorful and many say, the toughest of karate founding fathers.
Here are the kata and fighting techniques of Choki Motobu, the instructor who so strongly influenced his students, Yasuhiro Konishi, Shoshin Nagamine, Hironori Otsuka that his methods can still be seen in the styles they founded. For the first time on camera Chosei Motobu shows his father's Naihanchi kata and the 12 application exercises that are the heart of this style's legendary combat effectiveness. For maximum clarity they are shown full speed and in slow motion from different angles.
The Motobu's family support of this project is obvious from the large amount of previously unseen photos and documents it includes, making the historical section alone is worth the price of the DVD.
Only Tsunami is able to produce martial arts instructional programs of this quality. Without doubt they set the standard for the industry.
John Edwards
Video/DVD Reviewer
Classical Fighting Arts magazine

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