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Okinawan Hogen

A reader was kind enough to alert me to a website with a very informative glossary of Okinawan Hogen terms, including terms using in Karate. It is at the Okinawa Shorin Ryu Matsumura Kenpo Karate and Kobudo Association website in the Articles page.

I understand that Okinawan Hogen is called Uchinaguchi and that there are many dialects. Here in Hawaii, there is a resurgence of interest in Uchinaguchi.

Much of the terminology we use today in Karate was developed on mainland Japan (perhaps that is why we have some sword terms such as shuto and nukite). It would be very interesting to compare the origins and meanings of Karate terms in Japanese and Uchinaguchi. The meaning of a word tends to shape our view about it.


Charles C. Goodin