Yes, Choki Motobu, the notorious Karate master/former street fighter (or thug if you And Motobu was, after all, the descendant of the sixth son of the Okinawan . Choki Motobu – In Japan there is a phrase, Jissen, which is used to distinguish real martial arts from what has been referred to as ‘garden party’ Karate. Master Choki Motobu: A Real Fighter by Graham Noble. Posterity has not treated all the old karate masters equally. Some have had their praises sung many.

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Motobu trained many students who went on to become noteworthy practitioners of karate in their own right, including:.

His grave is today in Kaizuka city in Osaka. Inwhen he was 60 years old, a group of expatriate Okinawans brought him to Hawaii to face the fighters there, presumably boxers and judomen.

Master Choki Motobu (1871-1944)

For the record, Motobu had been called many things in his life, but a poor fighter was never one them, and certainly not a coward. It came just four years after Funakoshi produced the mootobu published book on karate. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Part 2 of Choki Motobu: Compared to our ancient instructors, I don’t think there are any skilled martial artists among today’s samurai bushi.

Master Choki Motobu

Not long afterwards he returned briefly to Okinawa for three months which he spent training with his brother Choyu. Karate-Jutsu On Kumite” was published in He additionally serves as the moderator of the Sabaki List which is dedicated to various martial artists and full contact stylists and is a member of the International Hoplology Society.

However, it was his Kumite that had the greatest impact on karate. This Itarashiki was a karate expert and the defeat only made Motobu more determined to train hard and learn more about karate. In this Okinawan namethe family name is “Motobu”. I did not fight seriously during the first round and we took a break.


True, he was beaten in a shiai contest by Kentsu YabuItosu’s senior student and a tough character, but we don’t know the full circumstances surrounding this. When Funakoshi finally faced his nemesis, his feet were instantly swept from beneath him and he suffered the indignity as mofobu lay at Motobu’s feet of having his face menaced with the latters enormous fist.

InChoki sensei returned to Tokyo and resumed instruction at the Daidokan. Upon reaching his teen years Choki and Choyu both began training under Itosu the great karate teacher who first introduced karate into the Okinawan school system, although the karate historian Mark Bishop states that he was eventually asked to leave because of his attitude of always trying to prove himself. Thus in discussing Motobu Ryu it dhoki important to know whether the term is used in the Japanese manner referring to Choki Motobu’s art, or in the Okinawan manner referring to Choyu Motobu’s art.

At fifty-two years of age and after putting his honor and reputation on the line, Choki finally began to attract the attention he truly deserved. This set the stage for a trip to Japan, motob in he left for that country.

At this point, naturally, many of the guests became frightened and ran out of the room, since they figured the whole place was going to get trashed any second. But just before the student reached the door, Motobu took aim, vhoki a few steps forward, and kicked his opponent hard like a mule straight in the back.

Then a riot broke out!

At that time, Choki sensei was I blocked his attacks and punched him two times. It certainly must have been a shock to Motobu, however, when in the following September an article appeared in Kingu cyoki describing his bout with the boxer. In the old days, we used to go to Sensei’s house secretly and quietly in order to learn techniques.


Motobu Chōki

As for him being the “Russian Heavyweight Boxing Champion” per Bruce Haines in his Karate’s History and Traditions, the Russians did not even have organized boxing until after the second World War, when they began competing internationally in all sports. Choki Motobu taught many students during his long lifetime of seventy three years.

It chooki also known that at one time he and a friend were attacked by a gang of twenty five and in his desire to protect his untrained friend, Choki Motobu dived into battle against all twenty five, and after hurting and knocking down many of motoby number, the vhoki ran rather than face the fighting fury of this great martial artist.

Motobu blocked all the boxer’s attacks and Horiguchi was unable to land a single clean punch. His record for quickly dispatching challengers in no-rules confrontations clearly spoke for itself, and in cboki, Motobu had never lost a fight after the age of 20, according to himself. This never works during an actual fight.

This area was well known for street fighting and Motobu picked up valuable experience in this way. The true feelings between Motobu and Funakoshi may never truly be known. Master Motobu challenged many men in Japan.