Okinawa Karate-Do Sanka

9 Jan

Submitted for your enjoyment and consideration, is the Karate-Do Sanka (Empty-hand way song) written by Shihan Shoshin Nagamine (founder of Matsubayashi-Ryu). The sanka was utilized during the memorial service for Shihan Frank Van Lenten who passed away July 1st, 2010.

USE-v.l. memorial-karate song

English translation:  (Please see Endnote # 1 for the original Japanese version)

Ah, beautiful islands of sunlight,
And the color of the sea,
The proud fighting spirit of the islanders 
And the empty handed Sword of Justice,
Training spirit and training body,
Ah, This is Okinawa Karate-Do!

Oh, but if an enemy should happen to attack us,
And the method of courtesy proved to no avail
If he should cut our flesh with his iron weapon,
Even then will we punch through to his bones,
Courtesy and defense together,
This is Okinawa Karate-Do!

Oh, ever since the mythical ancestry of Japan,
The bell of peace has been ringing continually in Okinawa,
The way of courtesy and the five bodily weapons of Karate together,
To make a straight character and good etiquette,
This is Okinawa Karate-Do!

Respectfully submitted,

Hanko-GDK-DEF-R

For a refreshing and innovative discourse on kata and bunkai, please feel free to visit Sensei John’s Kata Laboratory and “THINK * SWEAT * EXPERIMENT” using this convenient link: http://senseijohn.me/category/kata-laboratory/

For details on how to “cyber-participate” in Sensei John’s most recent group Sanchin Kata session, please use this link: http://senseijohn.me/category/a-sanchin-pilgrimage/

For several videos with archival footage of either Shihan Van Lenten, or members of his Goshin-Do Karate-Do Kyokai (Association), circa the late 1960’s to early 1970’s please click on any of the following links

Training Drills with Shihan Van Lenten & Sensei Wesley Evans, also featuring Sensei Jack Porta and Shihan Thomas DeFelice – link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLD5fMSvDI8

Ananku Kata – link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfHc_hBXTUE

Chinto Kata – link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOyVXeqthd0

Gekisai Kata – link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH4E_4_2U08

Kunchaba Kata – link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df-OTqrsOd0

Seisan Kata – link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p5-TfBufW0

Wansu Kata – link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzFyFa9cM5Q

ENDNOTES:

1. The original Japanese version of the Karate-Do Sanka

Aa sanjento hi no hikari
Myo gunjorno umi no iro
Saekeki shima no tokonga
Saegigaumishi mute no ken.
Kokoro o Kitau, mi o kitau
Aa, Okinawa no, Karate-do!

Aa ware osou tekki araba
Shurei no kuni ni shingiari
Tetsu no kobushi wa kanzento
Niku o kirasete, hone no utsu
Kokoro o mamaru, Mi o mamaru.
Aa, Okinawa no, Karate-do!

Aa tensenshi kodai yori
Hewa no kane wa naritsutau
Semeru ni arazu fusegu waza
Gotai ga bukizo kono karate
Kokoro o tadasu, mi o tadasu
Aa Okinawa no Karate-do!

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