Okinawa Ti not only teaches how to strike and kick; it is also a defence against sickness and disease.

"Ti is the oldest of Okinawa’s three branches of martial arts. The others are karate and kobudo.

At a casual glance, it can be mistakenly thought that there is no real technique involved, but on engagement any man, whatever his size, can be overpowered. That is to say, it is such an uncanny martial art that it is possible, by utilising the martial strength in the hands, to achieve a submissive state without causing bodily injury to an opponent."

Uehara Seikichi Motobu Udundi

“It bothers me that many masters of karate die very young… I believe there are errors in their training. It does not permit them to remain physically healthy.”

[Martial Arts and Health – Okinawa Ti as a bodywork] Uehara Seikichi lived to 100 and taught Ti until the end. In a way, Motobu Udundi is his style, founded upon the core teachings, principles and strategies of his master Choyu Motobu. Central to Uehara’s teachings was bujutsu as a means of preserving life. In martial technique this found ultimate expression…


What is Okinawa Ti?

Enigma. Almost every book discussing karate’s history mentions Ti (Jap. Te); the ‘indigenous martial art of Okinawa’. Yet for a long time Ti was considered a lost art. Even today senior karate sensei on Okinawa will tell you it doesn’t exist. But it does really. Sort of. When I asked Higa Kiyohiko of the Bugeikan to define the difference between Karate…

martial arts weaponry training, konujutsu. Joel Reeves uses Okinawa-Ti technique to disarm a sword attack

“Pick a weapon. And another. Okay, let’s train spiritually.”

[Letting go… Spiritual training through martial arts.] “How can martial arts lead to spiritual training?” We’d been training for over an hour. Shaking the sting from my cold, wet fingers I unwittingly smeared mud on my face with the back of my hand. Last nights rains had left the ground underfoot sodden and treacherous as Mark and I practised bukitori – ‘weapon reclamation skills’.…