The Bubishi has long been regarded as the ‘Bible of Karate’, an anthology of Chinese martial arts and related information that was taken to Okinawan in the 1800s.

But what if another document was taken to Okinawa even earlier in the 1700s? A document that became the very foundations on which Karate was built?

That document is THE LOST BOOK OF KUSHANKU and reveals the identity of the illusive master Kushanku.



The Cappuccino Analogy (Part 1)

A friend and student of mine told me once a great analogy about martial art and cappuccino and I liked it so much, that I have to share it. It also helps to get a better understanding of some trainings that are done but make no sense at the beginning.

It is based on the 3 levels of martial art.

• The physical level (70%)

• The psychical level (25%)

• The energetical level (5%)

He said, that based on that martial art is like a cappuccino.

The coffee is the physical level and the biggest part to achieve. You can drink it alone and even then it is good. That means that with good physical skills alone you are able to defend yourself.

"All the endless variety of external manifestations of brain activity is reduced finally to a single phenomenon - muscular movement."



Mechanics - the study of movement in space (i.e. mechanical motion) and the balance of material bodies (media) under the action of forces. Whether and to what extent the laws of mechanics can be applied to a living organism is determined by biomechanics. It studies the biomechanics of those patterns of living organism that allow it to perform mechanical (static and dynamic) tasks with minimal energy cost of muscle contraction.

The man regarded as biomechanics biomechanical design, consisting of a system of bone levers, which are connected by joints and ligament-muscular system, providing 256 degrees of freedom of man.

Some thoughts about the Square, Circle and Triangle:

When we look at the square, the circle and the triangle we most of the time see that attached to Aikido. Ueshiba Morihei (植芝 盛平)used them to describe parts of his art. Most of the time people look at them in philosophical matter what is great and it is important to understand his idea of Aikido.

Let’s look at these geometrical shapes from another angel and think a bit deeper in body mechanics. Please understand also that this article is only about free thoughts and experiences. It should not insult someone or make any discredit to any person. It is also not the only truth about that.

The square, circle and triangle are also the geometrical fundament of Chi 地, Sui 水, Ka 火, Fu 風, Ku 空 what is also symbolized by square, circle, triangle, semicircle and the flame.

Sōke… Die Oberhäupter des alten Japan

Dieser kurze Aufsatz dreht sich um den Begriff des sōke (宗家) und soll einen möglichen Erklärungsansatz liefern, warum sich die alten Kampfkunstmeister wie zum Beispiel Kanō Jigorō (嘉納治五郎), Funakoshi Gichin (船越義珍) oder Matayoshi Shinkō (又吉眞光) selber nicht als sōke bezeichneten oder so bezeichnet wurden.

Heute wird der Begriff des sōke in den Kampfkünste als Stilbegründer oder Grossmeister übersetzt. (1) Nach diesem Verständnis wäre Kanō ganz klar dieser Titel zugestanden. Trotzdem bezeichnete er sich nie so. Um hier eine mögliche Erklärung zu liefern, ist es nötig zunächst einmal den Begriff des sōke genauer zu betrachten.