Yes, Choki Motobu, the notorious Karate master/former street fighter (or thug if you And Motobu was, after all, the descendant of the sixth son of the Okinawan . Choki Motobu – In Japan there is a phrase, Jissen, which is used to distinguish real martial arts from what has been referred to as ‘garden party’ Karate. Master Choki Motobu: A Real Fighter by Graham Noble. Posterity has not treated all the old karate masters equally. Some have had their praises sung many.

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Inan interesting incident took place at a big restaurant somewhere in central Okinawa.

– Choki Motobu: Through The Myth To the Man – Part 1

A party was being held at the restaurant this evening, and one of the invited guests of honor happened to be Choki Chki. Arriving at the restaurant, Motobu — being an elder — was not given a seat near the entrance like most guests but rather all the way inside the restaurant.

This was nothing strange though, since seating is an important part of the Japanese culture — where you sit among other people clearly shows what position you have in the social hierarchy. And — as we will soon see — it was a great strategical place to sit at if a fight was about motogu go down.


Motobu Chōki

As the evening slowly progressed, the party was choi great. Speeches were being held, good food was being eaten, a glass of Okinawan sake or two were swept down and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Until an unknown man suddenly burst into the restaurant. His body was covered with tattoos of all kinds of shapes, and there was no doubt that he was clearly upset about something.

The man stared around the room, and loudly announced that he had once been a student of Motobu and now demanded to challenge him in front of everyone! Choku guests immediately stood up and scolded the former student for being so rude.

This came as no surprise though, since he was a butcher by trade. Th e man spotted Motobu, and started making his way through the crowd, finally facing Motobu.

“Karate Ni Sente Nashi” á la Motobu Choki

For the record, Motobu had been called many things in his life, moobu a poor fighter was never one them, and certainly not a coward. His record for quickly dispatching challengers in no-rules confrontations clearly spoke for itself, and in fact, Motobu had never lost a fight after the age of 20, according to himself. If picking bare-knuckle fights in the shady Tsuji red-light district of Naha was an art, then Motobu was Rembrandt himself.


At this point, naturally, many of the guests became frightened and ran out of the room, since they figured the whole place was going to get trashed any second. The student, looking satisfied, pulled the big knife out of the table and headed for the door. Motobu stood up and followed closely behind.

But just before the student reached the door, Motobu took aim, rushed a few steps forward, and kicked his opponent hard like a mule straight in mootobu back. A couple of guests hurried to help the now motionless butcher, who was crying in pain, and after considerable effort they were able to carry him all the way to his home.

Isshinkai – Choki Motobu

Even though a whole week hcoki passed, he still could not move from bed. When he finally recovered the story never tells us how long this took…the former student was so embarrassed that he eventually moved, left town, and was never seen in the area again. Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.