Shukokai Karate Federation (SKF): Training with Sensei Kimura Shigeru - (1986) - Poole, Dorset! (7.9.2023)
I think that about 40 people from Hereford boarded a coach during the Spring or Summer of 1986 - and headed to Poole, Dorset - a journey of 134 miles in a Southerly direction! This journey took about 4 hours to complete and when we arrived we all booked into a hotel - with two-people per room. If memory serves me correctly, we trained on Saturday and Sunday - before returning back to Hereford on the Sunday evening. I am featured in this video in the photographs listed below. If it was 1986 - I would have either 18 or 19 years old depending on whether this event took place before or after the end of May!
We all trained in Shukokai Karate under Sensei Tom Beardsley at the Hinton Leisure Centre - although occasionally I understand that Tom Beardsley also taught at a number of other places. (I once graded on a Saturday morning in a small school training hall I never saw before or after)! I left the style in 1987 - along with many others - when the direction of the style started to locally depart from that advocated by Sensei Kimura - whom I got to talk to on the Course. As part of my overall gongfu training - I thoroughly enjoyed my time training with Shukokai and I learned a tremendous amount about hard-hitting! When Kimura's Shukokai was at its peak in Hereford - it was a thing of considerable beauty - and I will never forget the military connection or the kindness I experienced.
This is 'me' - a 'hard' and 'ferocious' warrior - on a secret gongfu mission to learn as much as I can about Japanese Karate whilst still in education, before returning to the practice of our family gongfu style! The above video was forwarded to me by my Goju Ryu Karate-Do teacher - Sensei Tony Smith 5th Dan - as I had no idea it existed! Although it is difficult to tell - I am either a 'Purple' or 'Brown' belt at the time!
Translator's Note: A quick over-view is as follows: '・An unemployed man (65) was arrested for cutting a company employee (58) with a sickle on the street in Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture.
・At the time, the man is said to have cut the office worker about 10 times with a sickle with a blade length of about 16 centimeters .
・However, the male office worker was protected by his umbrella, so he was not injured.
・In response to the investigation, the man admitted to the allegations.'
It would appear the victim was a martial arts expert and that the video linked above is a demonstration of his ability!. ACW (5.2.2023)
The Umbrella is Mightier Than the Sickle.
Carrying around an umbrella can be a nuisance at times. But when it is needed who hasn’t held one and wondered if it could be used as an impromptu Jackie-Chan-style weapon should the need arise?
Luckily, such a need rarely does arise so most of us will never know. But for one man in Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture, an umbrella was the only thing preventing him from serious injury or even death.
At about 2:50 p.m. on 12 January, the 58-year-old office worker was walking along a street near his home. Then, a man holding a sickle with a 16-centimeter (six-inch) blade attacked him out of the blue.
It was truly a nightmare situation, but the victim’s quick thinking and reflexes saved the day as he managed to use his umbrella to deflect the attack. In total, the assailant took 10 swings at the man with the tool but each one was deftly blocked by the umbrella and the victim managed to emerge unharmed.
Police arrived on the scene and arrested the 65-year-old attacker who admitted to the charges against him. The two men had no prior relationship and police are currently looking into what motivated him to carry out the attack.
Meanwhile, readers of the news were full of nothing but admiration for the victim who showed that an umbrella really could be used as a defensive weapon.
“He didn’t even get hit once?! He’s a master.”
“This is totally like in Siren.”
“You have to be some kind of martial arts master to escape a sickle attack unharmed with an umbrella.”
“He won by only blocking too. He’s probably really good at Sekiro.”
“Life is becoming an open-world action game.”
“He’s a Kingsman!”
“If he had a clear vinyl umbrella he could have made a beam shield.”
“The samurai spirit is strong in him.”
The victim was never identified and wasn’t interviewed by the media. I’d like to think in true hero fashion he just walked off into the sunset and relaxed by a koi pond while tranquilly playing a bamboo flute. Either that or he went home and played PlayStation to learn some more sick moves with everyday objects.
Source: ATV News, Hachima Kiko
鎌で通行人の男性を切りつけ 65歳男を逮捕 被害者は傘で防いでけがなし 青森・八戸市
Reference Terms (Google Searches):
・鎌使い対傘使い - 'Sickle User Vs Umbrella User!'
・傘対鎌でけがなしとは武術の達人か - 'Sickle User V Umbrella Martial Arts Master - No Injury?'
・サムライスピリッツかよ - 'Is It the Spirit of the Samurai?'
YouTube Reference (English):
Crimes Of The Week International: January 27, 2023
Higaonna Morio (Youthful) Goju Ryu (刚柔流) Kata Demonstration - Gekisai (击碎) - Dai-ichi & Gekisai Dai-ni! (23.11.2022)
I discovered this rare video-clip on a Chinese language (social media) video-sharing platform. It features Goju Ryu (刚柔流) Karate-Do (空手道) Master - Higaonna Morio - (东恩纳盛男先生) demonstrating the two Kata developed by Miyagi Chojun (1888-1953) entitled:
1) 'Geki Sai (击碎) Dai Ichi' - Hit & Destroy Number 1
2) 'Geki Sai (击碎) Dai Ni' - Hit & Destroy Number 2
Or 'Geki Sai' Kata 1 & 2. This name means to 'Hit' and 'Destroy' and these two Kata were developed around 1937 to prepare the minds and bodies of college students for military service. Although there are many versions of the history behind the development of these Kata - one theory suggests that the technical principles are derived from the 'Arahant Fist' (羅漢拳 - Luo Han Quan) Style of Shaolin 'Southern Fist' (南拳 - Nan Quan) Chinese gongfu!
Comment by ‘Meng Bin’ (梦斌) - 22.5.2020
This 'Comment' was added to the referenced video (below) designed to ridicule the reputation of Master Ma Baoguo. Interestingly, although many still criticised his movements - all agreed that he showed the true bravery expected by an ex-member of the PLA!
'Really, very touching! Tears poured out of his eyes. Ma Baoguo, an Old Comrade who was almost 70 years old - faced the challenge of a much young and stronger man who was less than 50 years old! He bravely accepted the challenge! Although he was knocked down three times in more than 30 seconds – during the previous two times - Mr. Ma stood up with perseverance! For the third time, in my heart, Teacher Ma also STOOD UP!
This level of tenacity and courage must come from hard training on a daily basis. This type of righteous attitude represents an era of traditional Chinese martial arts now long gone! Teacher Ma is simply the embodiment of Huang Zhong (黄忠)! The unyielding and old-fashioned spirit of the Chinese Nation is vividly demonstrated! Just imagine - the road to success must be full of hardships and difficulties - whilst the bitterness of failure erodes a shaken heart!
If there is no clear goal, firm belief and perseverance, it is difficult to pass through the Gate of Suffering – and arrive at success! Although Mr. Ma lost in the ring, in my heart Mr. Ma won this match. Even though it was too much to win against such a young and strong man! This arena will always belong to Mr. Ma!'
Chinese Language Source:
It turns out that the Wing Chun KO I forwarded earlier occured around 17.7.2020 in Guangzhou:
I was a little confused as to who was doing the knocking-out (I still do not know their names or 'why' the fight took place) - as the termed used is '拳击爱好' (Quan Ji Ai Hao) - literally 'Fist-Striking Love Admire' or more succinctly - 'Fist-Hitting Enthusiasts' - which turns-out to be how Mainland Chinese people refer to Chinese practitioners of Western Boxing! As this is not my area of expertise within Chinese culture (I only discuss Boxing in English) - I was not used to seeing it! There is a movement within modern China that views Western Boxing as pragmatic and vastly superior to indigenous Chinese martial arts (which are interpreted to be ineffective and steeped in useless and pointless superstition).
This attitude probably began with the British cannons and muskets of the First Opium War (1839) and was confirmed in the massive casualties inflicted upon the Imperial Chinese military forces by the modern armies of Japan, Russia and the West during the so-called 'Boxer Uprising' (1898-1901)! Invincible qigong (dao-yin) turned-out not to be that 'invincible' after-all - when (Chinese) human bodies were struck by cannon-balls, grape-shot and musket balls! Those who managed to close the 'distance' between competing armies (surviving the incoming fire) were usually so psychologically and physically debilitated that they were useless as a fighter upon reaching enemy lines - being easily killed.
I have also read Chinese language descriptions of accomplished Chinese martial artists coming unstuck when confronted by well-trained (but quite 'ordinary') British Infantrymen fighting with bayonets (and no ammunition)! These tough working-class men just 'stood their ground' and kept to their basic training (lunge, penetrate, twist and withdraw)!
Apparently, this British ability so impressed the Allied Japanese at the time that a special 'Bayonet Art' was established in the Imperial Japanese Army and may well have been the motivating force behind what would become known as the 'Banzai' charge famous throughout the Pacific War (1941-1945)! Although the Japanese would later give some flannel about 'Sanurai' charges and the like! I gather that the mass produced Samurai Swords of WWII often harmlessly bounced-off opponents - or snapped the first time they were used to strike!
Interestingly, all the way through the above clip, the taller (Wing Chun) man is repeatedly landing 'training slaps' to the face of the shorter 'Boxer' - demonstrating where his opponent is 'open' in defence! This approach works in a disciplined training hall - where the point is collective self-improvement - but obviously NOT in a situation like this where the 'Boxers' are attempting to prove a point regarding effectiveness. If the Wing Chun practitioner had landed full-powered shots instead of slaps - the outcome might have been different.
Years of training in ideal circumstances - should prepare a practitioner to defend themselves in the most uncomfortable of circumstances! Real combat is certainly nothing like the Movies - where the lead-actors move with perfectly time 'Form' movemets that strike-home with bewildering precision and devstating effectiveness! After-all, the perpetuation of this mythology is exactly WHY we spend our hard-earned money to go to the cinema in the first-place! Here, a Chinese man in his fifties is attacked in his property by a much younger and masked man using a club or stick. The criminal himself seems trained in martial arts - but his criminality is not the subject of this post. No. I would like you to understand and appreciate how the victim of the attack managed to psychologically and physically come to terms with the intrusion, threat and attck and 'equal' the attacker who definitely possessed the advantage at the beginning - but gradually lost the element of suprise as the resistance continued and and generated the moral 'rightness' that over-turned the entire surprise of the situation! The older man is said to be a Master of Northern Praying Mantis. Today, his gongfu style saved his life!
Shifu Adrian Chan-Wyles (b. 1967) - Lineage (Generational) Inheritor of the Ch'an Dao Hakka Gongfu System.