Tode – China Hand


In 1936, senior Okinawan karate masters decided to rename Karate (China Hand)  Karate (Empty Hand) (空手). The decision was made at a meeting organized by the Ryukyu Shinpo newspaper in the Showa Kaikan, Naha, Okinawa. Present were karate legends; Chomo Hanashiro, Chotoku Kyan, Choki Motobu, Choshin Chibana, Juhatsu Kiyoda and Chojun Miyagi. Both characters are pronounced “kara” so this decision have have been a politically correct of dealing with the fact that Japan was now at war with Manchuria (China) following the Mukden Incident of 1931

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Gyosho, Kaisho


Black, Japanese Gold, Red, White, Gold Luster, Silver Luster, Navy Blue, Midnight Blue, Brown


Left Chest, Lower Lapel