Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Yara Family - Shirahama Blues  (Shimauta Pops, 1968)

Having studied under three of the great martial artists of the era, Shimabuku blossomed and won recognition throughout Okinawa through a very fine performance of the katas. He shocked spectators with his ability to drive nails through pieces of wood with his bare hands. Shimabuku then sought out the Kobu-Jutsu weapons Master Taira Shinken. At this time, Shinken was the world's greatest expert on the bo and sai. Even today, most weapons kata from Okinawa and Japan can be traced back to Shinken. His weapons katas included the Chatan-Yara No-Sai, named from Chatan village where it was developed by the Yara family.