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Okinawa Te   沖縄手

Okinawa te - "Okinawa hand" style of Ancient Okinawa Karate arose in the 16th century.

The "Sindo Ryu" - "way of truth" school the most secretive and by far the most violent Karate society was the highest achievement of this Karate style.

All bouts are full contact. Protective equipment is not used. There are neither fight rules nor weight classes. The only forbidden blows are ones to the eyes. Sindo-Ryu created as a martial art for the unarmed fighter against the Samurai armed with a sword and is based on two fundamental principles - Ikken hissatsu - (to kill with one blow) - and Metsuke Sutemi (cold-blooded decisiveness to fight to the end). »» »»

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Sensei Valeriy Maistrovoy (7th Dan in Okinawa Te and Kobudo) and Takayoshi Nagamine (10th Dan in Okinawa Te and Kobudo). Workshop in Honbu dojo Russian Okinawa karate kobudo Federation, Moscow

Russia has always been famous for its individuals who like to live life to its limits. It therefor goes without saying that if it's a question of Karate, then it must be full-contact, without protective equipment or rules.

The Moscow "Sindo Ryu" school, spreading and advancing the Okinawa Te style, is led by Sensei Valeriy Maistrovoy (7th Dan in Okinawa Te and Kobudo). He is also President of the International Federation of Okinawa Karate in Russia, member of the Counsel of Directors of the World-wide Okinawa Te Federation and Head Instructor for the European region.

Sensei Valeriy Maistrovoy,a legend in the world of karate, student of Meitoki Yagi (10th Dan), Takayoshi Nagamine, (10th Dan), Eihachi Ota (9th Dan), Hanashiro Naito (6th Dan) is the only Russian to have been offered a seat on the Board of Directors of the Japanese Federation.

He stubbornly avoids any contact with the karateka circle in Moscow and does absolutely no advertising whatsoever for his own school "Shorin Ryu". »» »»

Sindo Ryu

The words Sindo Ryu are made up of three Japanese characters: ru - school, do - way, sindo - truth and signify the most violent school of old Okinawa karate, belonging to the Hanashiro family tradition.

In the Sindo Ryu school the ability to avoid letting any situation lead to conflict or make the adversary back down without a fight is highly considered. It is indeed in this that lies the essence of traditional martial arts. To have the real possibility to escape from the adversary, superior in number and armed, without feeling the need to test their strength and by any means. »» »»

Kata

Kata is the system of fighting motions which includes all main technical action and movements existing within the style.

The person performing Kata leads a meditative combat against several adversaries, attacking at the same time, of different sizes and having different styles and techniques with regard to the use of blows and weapons.

Kata reconstitutes the condition of a real fight, and has a direct effect on one's subconscious. As a result it produces an automatism of movements and reflexes. »» »»

"Hagakure" (Hidden in the leaves)

Bushi do - Way of the Warrior - the Code of Honor is made up of several volumes. The main book of Bushi do is "Hagakure" (Hidden in the leaves) which was written by Yamamoto Tsunatomo in 1716 and become the Bible of Bushi do.

"I need to move, however slowly, like a worm, but I must always move only forward.

Train yourself, never think of rest. You can do anything when you work with ardor. Any opponent, that you take on, you must treat being as strong as ten men.

If it turns out that vengeance is required, act without wasting time, even if it will cost you your life. You can loose your life, but your honor - never." »» »»

Worldwide Federation

The interregional Federation of Okinawa Karate Russia is registered with the Minister of Justice of Russia Federation (No. 45-48) in accordance with federal laws on public associations and has the exclusive right to the name, the use of the emblems and any and all activities having to do with the development of traditional Okinawa Karate anywhere on Russian territory.

The headquarters of the Worldwide Federation is located in Naha, (Okinawa, Japan) and that of the European Region in Moscow. The central club of the Federation serves as an international club of martial arts - Sindo (opened in Moscow in December 1989). »» »»

History

It was in 1936 in the city of Naha at a conference for the representatives of different styles and schools of Ancient Okinawa karate that the decision was taken to found the Okinawa Te Federation.

Be that as it may they were very decided not to create one sole Okinawa Te karate style school but rather unite all the existing style and schools of classical Ancient Okinawa Karate.

It was at this moment that began the modern history of Okinawa Te-a thousand year-old martial art incorporating the very best from two of the greatest branches of martial arts of all time. »» »»

Kobudo

In the Medieval the inhabitants of Okinawa lacking the possibility to possess any sort of weapon, started using tools and equipment destined for everyday use (mainly agricultural in their skirmishes with the Samurais.

Thus, within a few hundred years the kobudo style - (fighting with weapons) arose and become an integral part of traditional karate. Its effectiveness was called upon by its creators when, unarmed, they had to fight Samurai, which on average could make four movements with their swords in a single second. »» »»

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