Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
This has been a very productive year for the Hawaii Karate Museum. Here are some of the highlights:
Our article, Kentsu Yabu's Senior Students in Hawaii, appeared in Classical Fighting Arts, Issue #8, 2006. This appears to be the first pre-War Karate photo from Hawaii to appear on the cover of any major magazine. The cover shows Kitatsu Kawamae and Kitaro Kawakami.
I was also very happy to see a translation of Chosin Chibana's Karate-Do No Kokoroe appear in Classical Fighting Arts. The translation was by my very good friend and mentor, Sensei Pat Nakata. The Hawaii Karate Museum also provided never before seen photos of Chibana Sensei performing Naihanchi Shodan for a pictoral accompanying the translation. I also wrote a short profile about Nakata Sensei. That issue really meant a lot to me!
On March 16, 2006, a very nice article about my family appeared in the Island Life section of the Honolulu Advertiser. The article is entitled Family Follows His Karate Moves: Goodin clan from Aiea spends quality time in classes perfecting martial arts, staying fit. The next day, a gentleman from Mililani called and donated over 100 historic Karate photos from Okinawa to the museum! The photos were of Choshin Chibana, the instructor of my friend, Sensei Pat Nakata.
This year we obtained dozens of books for our rare book collection (now over 500 books), including:
Hayanawa Kappo Kenpo Kyohan Zukai, Zen, Complete Illustrated Book of the Teaching Method of the Hayanawa Kenpo and Method of Resuscitation. Published May 17, 1896 (Meiji 29).
Rentan Goshin Toudi Jutsu. Toudi (Karate) Arts: Polish Your Courage for Self Defense, by Gichin Funakoshi. Published by Daisoko Bundo. Originally published March 10, 1925 (Taisho 14). 6th printing, April 1, 1926 (Taisho 15).
Karate (Toudi) Kenpo, Karate Research Society Vice President Mizuho Mutsu (also known as Zuiho Mutsu and formerly known as Mizuho Takada). Published August 15, 1933 (Showa 8). Donated by Shihan Bobby Lowe.
What Is Self Defense? (Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu), by Professor James M. Mitose. Written in 1947. Published in 1953. (Rare Two Man cover)
Karate-Do Ichiro, by Gichin Funakoshi. First edition, 1956.
We received many donations of artifacts, including a pair of iron geta worn by Mas Oyama, donated by Shihan Bobby Lowe, a bo (staff) that belonged to Shinken Taira, and a practice eku (oar), both donated by Sensei Pat Nakata.
We have an Exhibit about Goju-Ryu instructor Tomu Arakawa at the Hawaii Okinawa Center.
We were interviewed by OkinawaBBtv.com about the Hawaii Karate Museum. We have also begun preliminary work on a documentary about early Karate in Hawaii. We will let you know more as the project moves forward.
I also remained active with the Hawaii Karate Kodanshakai.
In April of next year, I will be going to Okinawa for training and to acquire items for the Hawaii Karate Museum.
Of course, there is much more going on than I can write here. Even at this moment, we are working on the presentation of a very historic set of interviews -- stay tuned. Thank you very much for you support of the Hawaii Karate Museum. We are growing because of your generosity. If you have any old Karate books, articles, photos, or weapons, please think of us as a place to preserve them for future generations.
Charles C. Goodin
Hawaii Karate Museum
P.S. If anyone ever finds the films of Chojun Miyagi reportedly taken during his 1934 visit to Hawaii, please contact me. We're also looking for originals of Choki Motobu's two books. Finding them would really be something!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Posted by Charles C. Goodin on Tuesday, December 26, 2006