Okinawa KARATE Episode
Kanryo HigaonnaIn 1853, the year when Mattew Calbraith Perry visit Okinawa on his way to main land of Japan to press for opening its door to foreigners with his huge “Black Ships.” On that year, Kanryo Higaonna who was one of the beat Karate players was born in Nishimura village, Naha, Okinawa.
Choki MotobuThere are many great Okinawan martial artists in history.
However, Choki Motobu who was called "Motobu Sa-ru", "Motobu Monkey" in English is one of the most famous Okinawan Karate martial artists. He was born in 1870 as third born-son of Choshin Motobu who was the 9th generation of Motobu family.
The first Motobu was Prince Sho Koshin Motobu the sixth born-son of King Shoshitsu.