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Ryukyu Kobujutsu

Okinawan Kobudo
Japan ryuukyuukobujutsu
Ryukyu Kobujutsu Vertical Wall Scroll

琉球古武術 is the title for "Ryukyu Kobujutsu" or "Ryukyu Islands Martial Arts." Sometimes referred to as "Okinawan Kobudo."

Kenpo / Kempo / Quan Fa / Chuan Fa

China quán fǎ
Japan kenpou
Kenpo / Kempo / Quan Fa / Chuan Fa Vertical Wall Scroll

This form of martial arts can be translated in several ways. Some will call it "fist principles" or "the way of the fist," or even "law of the fist." The first character literally means fist. The second can mean law, method, way, principle or Buddhist teaching.

Kempo is really a potluck of martial arts. Often a combination of Chinese martial arts such as Shaolin Kung Fu with Japanese martial arts such as Karate, Jujutsu (Jujitsu), Aikido, and others. You may see the term "Kempo Karate" which basically means Karate with other disciplines added. In this way, Kempo becomes an adjective rather than a title or school of martial arts.

These facts will long be argued by various masters and students of Kempo. Even the argument as to whether it should be spelled "kenpo" or "Kempo" ensues at dojos around the world (the correct Romaji should actually be "kenpou" if you precisely follow the rules).

The benefit of Kempo is that the techniques are easier to learn and master compared to pure Kung Fu (wu shu). Students are often taught basic Karate moves, kicks, and punches before augmenting the basic skills with complex Kung Fu techniques. This allows students of Kempo achieve a level where they can defend themselves or fight in a relatively short amount of time (a few years rather than a decade or more).

Because the definition of this word is so fluid, I should make some notes here:

1. Purists in Okinawa will claim that "Okinawa Kenpo" or "Ryukyu Hon Kenpo" is the original and true version of this martial art from the old kingdom. There is actually little or no connection between Okinawa Kenpo and the way the word is used elsewhere.

2. In Chinese, where these characters are pronounced "quan fa" (sometimes Romanized as "chuan fa" because the Chinese-pinyin "q" actually sounds like an English "ch" sound), these characters do not hold the connotation of being a mixed martial art. It is simply defined as "the law of the fist."

3. In my Japanese dictionary, it oddly defines Kenpo as "Chinese art of self-defense." I personally don't feel this is the most common way that people perceive the word but just something you should know.

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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

琉球古武術

see styles
Japanese ryuukyuukobujutsu / ryukyukobujutsu / りゅうきゅうこぶじゅつ
Kenpo / Kempo / Quan Fa / Chuan Fa Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (See 古武道) Okinawan kobudo; traditional martial arts of the Ryukyu Islands

刺鼠

see styles
Japanese togenezumi / とげねずみ Japanese (kana only) Ryukyu spiny rat (Tokudaia osimensis)

劉虬


刘虬

see styles
Mandarin liú qiú / liu2 qiu2
Taiwan liu ch`iu / liu chiu
Japanese Ryūkyū
Liuqiu

尚氏

see styles
Japanese shoushi / shoshi / しょうし Japanese Sho clan; royal family of the Ryukyu Kingdom

按司

see styles
Japanese aji;anji;anzu / あじ;あんじ;あんず Japanese chieftain (of the Ryukyu Kingdom)

棘鼠

see styles
Japanese togenezumi / とげねずみ Japanese (kana only) Ryukyu spiny rat (Tokudaia osimensis)

殿内

see styles
Japanese doぅnchi / どぅんち Japanese (archaism) residence of a government official in the Ryukyu Kingdom; (surname) Tonouchi

流球

see styles
Mandarin liú qiú / liu2 qiu2
Taiwan liu ch`iu / liu chiu
Chinese variant of 琉球[Liu2 qiu2], Ryūkyū, e.g. the Ryūkyū Islands 琉球群島|琉球群岛[Liu2 qiu2 Qun2 dao3] stretching from Japan to Taiwan

王府

see styles
Mandarin wáng fǔ / wang2 fu3
Taiwan wang fu
Japanese oufu / ofu / おうふ
Chinese prince's mansion
Japanese (archaism) royal government (esp. Ryukyu Kingdom)

球陽

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Japanese kyuuyou / kyuyo / きゅうよう Japanese (1) history of the Ryukyu Kingdom, written in 1743-1745; (2) (alt. name) Ryukyu islands

琉球

see styles
Mandarin liú qiú / liu2 qiu2
Taiwan liu ch`iu / liu chiu
Japanese ryuukyuu / ryukyu / りゅうきゅう
Chinese Ryūkyū; refers to the Ryūkyū Islands 琉球群島|琉球群岛[Liu2 qiu2 Qun2 dao3] stretching from Japan to Taiwan; Liuchiu township in Pingtung County 屏東縣|屏东县[Ping2 dong1 Xian4], Taiwan
Japanese (See 沖縄・1) Ryukyu; chain of southwestern Japanese islands comprising Okinawa Prefecture; (place-name) Ryuukyuu

硫球

see styles
Mandarin liú qiú / liu2 qiu2
Taiwan liu ch`iu / liu chiu
Chinese Luzon, island of the Philippines; the Ryukyu islands

赤髭

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Japanese akahige / あかひげ Japanese (1) (kana only) red beard; person with a red beard; (2) (derogatory term) Westerner; (3) (kana only) Ryukyu robin (Erithacus komadori); (surname) Akahige

赤鬚

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Japanese akahige / あかひげ Japanese (1) (kana only) red beard; person with a red beard; (2) (derogatory term) Westerner; (3) (kana only) Ryukyu robin (Erithacus komadori)

間切

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Japanese magiri / まぎり Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (1) sailing windward; (2) (obsolete) land division in the Ryukyu Kingdom equivalent to modern prefectures (but the size of cities or towns)

雀鯛

see styles
Japanese suzumedai;suzumedai / すずめだい;スズメダイ Japanese (kana only) pearl-spot chromis (Chromis notata, species of damselfish found in southern Japan, Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, and China)

頭職

see styles
Japanese kashirashoku / かしらしょく Japanese appointed official sent to administer a certain region (in the Ryukyu Kingdom)

姫波布

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Japanese himehabu / ひめはぶ Japanese (kana only) Okinawa pit viper (Ovophis okinavensis); Ryukyu Island pit viper

宮古蟇

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Japanese miyakohikigaeru;miyakohikigaeru / みやこひきがえる;ミヤコヒキガエル Japanese (kana only) Miyako toad (Bufo gargarizans miyakonis, a subspecies of the Asiatic toad endemic to the Ryukyu Islands)

毛長鼠

see styles
Japanese kenaganezumi;kenaganezumi / けながねずみ;ケナガネズミ Japanese (kana only) Ryukyu long-haired rat (Diplothrix legata)

琉球国

see styles
Japanese ryuukyuukoku / ryukyukoku / りゅうきゅうこく Japanese Ryukyu Kingdom; (place-name) (former) Ryukyu Kingdom

琉球國


琉球国

see styles
Mandarin liú qiú guó / liu2 qiu2 guo2
Taiwan liu ch`iu kuo / liu chiu kuo
Chinese Ryūkyū kingdom 1429-1879 (on modern Okinawa)

琉球海

see styles
Mandarin liú qiú hǎi / liu2 qiu2 hai3
Taiwan liu ch`iu hai / liu chiu hai
Chinese Ryūkyū Sea; refers to the Ryūkyū Islands 琉球群島|琉球群岛[Liu2 qiu2 Qun2 dao3] stretching from Japan to Taiwan

琉球鮎

see styles
Japanese ryuukyuuayu;ryuukyuuayu / ryukyuayu;ryukyuayu / りゅうきゅうあゆ;リュウキュウアユ Japanese (kana only) (See 鮎・1) Ryukyu sweetfish (Plecoglossus altivelis ryukyuensis)

疣井守

see styles
Japanese iboimori;iboimori / いぼいもり;イボイモリ Japanese (kana only) Anderson's crocodile newt (Echinotriton andersoni); Anderson's newt; Ryukyu spiny newt; Japanese warty newt

間切り

see styles
Japanese magiri / まぎり Japanese (1) sailing windward; (2) (obsolete) land division in the Ryukyu Kingdom equivalent to modern prefectures (but the size of cities or towns)

鼻先蛙

see styles
Japanese hanasakigaeru;hanasakigaeru / はなさきがえる;ハナサキガエル Japanese (kana only) Ryukyu tip-nosed frog (Odorrana narina)

あかまた

see styles
Japanese akamata / あかまた Japanese Ryukyu odd-tooth snake (Dinodon semicarinatum)

おなり神

see styles
Japanese onarigami / おなりがみ Japanese (belief in) spiritual power possessed by sisters to protect their brothers (in the Ryukyu Islands)

アカヒゲ

see styles
Japanese akahige / アカヒゲ Japanese (kana only) Ryukyu robin (Erithacus komadori)

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Ryukyu Kobujutsu琉球古武術ryuukyuukobujutsu
ryukyukobujutsu
Kenpo
Kempo
Quan Fa
Chuan Fa
拳法kenpou / kenpoquán fǎ / quan2 fa3 / quan fa / quanfach`üan fa / chüanfa / chüan fa



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