After a long hiatus, the Applied Karate Show podcast is back with what I like to refer to as Season 2! Going forward, its my plan to release one episode each month, hopefully on the 15th or so of the month.
This special guest for the launch of season 2 is Pat Nakata Sensei, a longtime practitioner of Chibana Shorinryu Karate hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii. Nakata Sensei has been practicing martial arts for over 60 years, with more than 50 years of karate practice. His teachers include some well known names, including Ohtsuka Hironori Sensei (Wadoryu founder) and Walter Nishioka Sensei. Perhaps his main teacher however was Shorinryu pioneer Chibana Choshin Sensei, under whom Nakata Sensei trained for a year, whilst living on Okinawa.
In this interview, Nakata Sensei speaks about his genesis in budo, starting with Judo at the tender age of 5, and moving into karate from age 14. He discusses visiting Japan and Okinawa with Nishioka Sensei, and his experiences in staying on in Okinawa, training under the watchful eye of Chibana Sensei. He discusses the differences between one-on-one and group training in Chibana Sensei’s dojo, and how Chibana Sensei imparted kata meaning and philosophical aspects.
He also talks about kobudo training with Nagaishi Fumio Sensei and Kyan Shinyei Sensei, and the changes in karate over the past 50 years.
Nakata Sensei also discusses training at his own dojo, and why he has done away with any form of ranking, and also the karate gi jacket.
For more information about Pat Nakata Sensei, please visit the website of his student John Oberle at Bujutsu Blogger.
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