The 85th anniversary of the Waseda University Karate Club was held on September 24, 2016. Sensei Nagao Matsuyama was there with over 200 graduates and guests. The Doshi-Kai history was shown by old pictures including some from sensei’s college years at the reception. Sensei even had to make a speech. Below are some pictures from the event — including one of Master Watanabe, who is now ninety nine years old. Sensei Nagao Matsuyama giving a speech: All Japan Collegiate Karate Tournament: Master Watanabe: Senior Year:Read More →

Lost in Translation by Sensei Nago Matsuyama Modern Karate has become very different from the Karate that had been trained over the centuries in Okinawa, or after it was brought to the Japanese main island, for that matter. You may say that it is progress or that it is retrogression. It depends on how you look at it. To pursue the original meanings or purposes of the techniques in Kata, we first have to understand why and how the changes in Karate have happened, and then trace them back to the originals. Those changes have been made on a few occasions. The Okinawan masters whoRead More →