the art of ryukyu hands

This photo of Taika performing a technique out of Naihanchi Shodan no Kata was taken in Okinawa in the 1950s.


The character bu can be translated as “to stop the spear” or “to advance with the spear”. In karate, offense and defense often happen simultaneously.

This expression of the character is unique. There is a clue to the proper hand movement of RyuTe illustrated in this expression.