Why Gima-Ha?

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

Why would you choose Gima-Ha Karate? TAKAO NAKAYA (p 164 Karatedo History and Philosophy, 6th edition, Takao Nakaya, JSS Publishing) states: “At last, I want to add one story that Shinkin Gima said in his book, ‘Kindai Karatedono Rekishiwo Kataru.’ When Funakoshi published his book, he sent a copy to Gima, and he wrote on …

The Beginning

September 19, 2020 0 Comments

SHINKIN (MAKOTO) GIMA Makoto (Shinkin) Gima is one of the seminal figures in the modern history of karate. He began his karate studies in 1912 under Kentsu Yabu (a Shihan-Dai under the great master Ankoh Itosu). Master Makoto Gima also studied under Itosu, and therefore had trained in Okinawa for several years.  At that time …