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.

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Present at the meeting 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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