Snapshots: Exchange Training with the Roanoke Okinawan Karate School

Here are a few snapshots of last Thursday evening’s class at the TKRIVA dojo. Doug Bleecker sensei of the Roanoke Okinawan Karate School and several of his students made the trek to join us for an evening of looking at Chinte kata and selected applications. It was very interesting to watch Uechi Ryu practitioners performing a Shorin kata with some rather Goju-esque applications…and the ROKS students can hit HARD- even the younger ones! After getting so much out of my visits to their school, I’m glad that we were able to return the favor. Bleecker sensei’s students are to be commended for their enthusiasm, politeness and hard effort in training.  It was a great evening and we look forward to the next exchange.


A look at opening passage: shiko dachi/hands in a triangle sequence…

imgp23753Continuation to the next sequence: takedown following a smash to the mastoid process and a healthy cranking of the attacker’s neck.


5 responses to “Snapshots: Exchange Training with the Roanoke Okinawan Karate School

  1. How in the world did a Uechi school end up having Chinte in their curriculum, and is it the Shotokan version or an older one?

    (I’ve been looking for an older version for months)

  2. They don’t have it in their curriculum- they came down to do some exchange training with us and Chinte was what we ended up focusing on.

    It’s essentially the shotokan version of the kata, informed by a pre-JKA model and mutated a bit by our group. Good luck on finding an older version- I would bet that Harry Cook might know where to look.

  3. Ah, now I understand. Bummer, I was hoping for a lead on an okinawan version of chinte. I guess I’ll have to email Mr. Cook.

    And yes, working out with Uechi folks is, well, always eye opening.

  4. Here are a few videos you may find interesting:
    Okinawan Kyudokan Chinti

    Shito Ryu Chinte

    and lastly a nice old JKA Chinte

  5. Thank you very much!

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