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KARATE NERD IN OKINAWA | Season 1 (Ep. 1) — Jesse Enkamp

KARATE NERD IN OKINAWA | Season 1 (Ep. 1) — Jesse Enkamp


far away a young retainer explores the roots of karate chopping is mind and body and sharing his epic discoveries just ended the karate learn then Okinawa hey guys it’s me Jesse from karate bye Jesse calm I’m on my way to Okinawa the birthplace of karate and even though I’ve been there almost a dozen times and I actually used to live there and study at university this time I want to bring you guys with me as I visit different dojos and sensei’s and try different cultural activities you know the history the language all of these things that many of us don’t have access to unless we actually go to open up and I know that a lot of you can’t go there because you have work family commitments you don’t have the knowledge or the money so I will go there and I’m bringing the camera with me for you to enjoy this journey let’s go first stop time booyah after nine and a half hours of flying we now arrived in Nagoya which is our first stop on the way to Okinawa right that was a long flight I’m finally made it the birthplace of karate here we go the humidity here in Okinawa is incredible as soon as you step out of the airplane it’s like someone punches you in the face it’s like all your clothes stick to your body so I’m really looking forward to training in this humidity even though it’s not the hottest summer right now it’s still gonna be pretty sticky I think in the dojo so now we’re about to take a monorail it’s like a train that goes just on one rail across the whole Naha the main city in Okinawa and we’re going to use that for transportation these first days while we’re here all right we finally arrived at this traditional japanese-style room with the tatami mats sleeping on the floor sitting on the floor you name it I even managed to pick up some pineapple and some 30% of sashimi tip if you ever go to the supermarket after 7:00 p.m. you always get a discount just so you know I’m really looking forward to eating this food now and getting some rest because there’s a long day ahead of me tomorrow first morning in Naha Okinawa and I actually noticed that the place I’m staying at is located right here in pume village which is the historical area where the first Chinese people came to Okinawa to stay and live so there’s already a karate connection right there because many of these Chinese people were actually kung-fu masters that local experts I went to train with so let’s hit the streets were on our way to shooty castle or shootie joe as it’s called in japanese an iconic landmark in the history of karate a hot spot of karate masters see back in the old days this used to be an area where they had the distilleries for the sake or our Mori as they call it in the Okinawan language the booze which meant that there was a lot of money circulating in these areas which meant that they had to get karate masters here to protect the trade with the sake and the stuff that they sold so around the castle area a lot of karate masters lived but also of course the castle had to be protected from intruders so karate masters local fighting arson experts work security guards life women are not like bodyguards and that kind of stuff which meant that it’s this became like a hotbed for karate back in the days and that’s why a lot of the modern day karate comes from shooty area check it out as we approach the shuri castle you have to pass through the shoe daemon or the shrewdest a gate this iconic landmark just before you get to the castle and it will set that back into all the DQ Kingdom days before Okinawa was United to turn to modern-day okinawa it consisted of three different kingdoms and the king who united okinawa this castle then and every visitor to okinawa had to pass through this gate before he could be accepted as a guest in the king’s castle and the sign says land of propriety which means that you have to have the correct moral values to be a good guest in okinawa it’s all about the spirit but of course this is not the original one the old shooty gate was bumped to peace in the world war so they built this replica to make sure that it looked exactly like it should watch your step with a step awesome stretch your hip your hip flexors look all right cut the tickets let’s go in red color is super Chinese so if you compare this to like a regular Japanese castle doesn’t look anything like in mainland Japan and that’s because China had a strong cultural ties with Okinawa back in the days and of course we all know that some of the roots of karate came from China so this has a super Chinese flavor especially with the Dragons and of course they bring good luck let’s go inside pretty cool I once heard a story that these these beams these wooden blocks up here were actually designed to keep samurai warriors or ninjas outside so they their swords would get stuck here if they try to invade castle if they did like our overhead flow not sure if that’s true or not but at least it’s a fun story this is this is the hokushin area where the King took his rest between its activities and imagine if you are like a karate master who’s guarding the king you can’t really move around and do big things here right you have to have super narrow moves when you move in a straight line and use these tight moves just like to have it in our karate nothing big and exaggerated like in modern karate so that wouldn’t work here right all Okinawan houses are super tiny so it has to be that way they’re the tactics when you do your techniques right here we have the king’s throne this is where the king would sit when they had important ceremonies of course with the Queen as well and many of the High Priestesses in Okinawa were always women because women have a special role in Okinawan society so the Queen would be with the king and they would worship their spirit thoughts they don’t have the same religion as we have in the West they have more of a natural religion so they worshiped the trees and nature and Sandford rocks and stuff like that but of course they have the Chinese influence as well so there’s a place where the statue of the Buddha and other Chinese stuff like there’s a picture of confuses as well Confucianism was a big part of their Okinawan religion too this is the king’s crown and a fun karate nerd a detail is that there’s a kata called one gun that actually means the king’s crown why no frickin idea that’s it another iconic landmark off the bucket list I said as I was saying you cannot visit Okinawa without trying a MOS burger this is one of my favorites this is a fish burger with mustard and mayo and this is a seafood burger and instead of the bun is actually rice which is good if you want to be healthy and gluten free if you’re just crazy like me the perfect pre-workout before hitting the dojo yes I mean that’s all we do here okay now all right try and eat sleep repeat what Appetit that’s good next up is the dough job aragaki-san see he’s a mud soup I assure you teacher matzah be actually is a type of shortened you created by an organization it’s an interesting style they also use the weapons like the bow and the side for example Kabuto weapons so I’m looking for this training let’s see how it goes so we’re like in the middle of nowhere and this is supposed to be a Ducati sensei’s dojo and I think it’s actually upstairs in this house but it doesn’t look like a real dojo and that’s often the case in Okinawa it’s like in the middle of nowhere some random house somewhere kind of secret you know those who know they know so let’s see what it’s like [Music] [Music] you know you’re in Okinawa the sensei asks you to go outside and hit the Mucky one up the makiwara is like the traditional striking post of traditional karate Maki means round and what is the name of the straw of these fibers that they wrap around the pole and then practice our strikes on of course today we have like heavy bags and and kicking shields and impact stuff other stuff that we use but traditionally in the Old Lace in Okinawa they always use the makiwara like this so we know you’re in an old-school dojo when they still got one each wow that was intense the practice with Arakaki sensei was incredible I mean I’m gonna have bruises on my forearms I bet tomorrow morning but like okay sensei I mean he’s a tenth done so you gotta be a bad as it returns done right he showed everything himself so he he’s like a real old-school master he not only talks to talk but he walks to walk right it was an honor for me because he asked me to like show different Coty’s and show different kinds of boon Chi and comity and he had some really nice boon Chi the practical applications of kata as well and I thought one thing was interesting when we did the warmup he only counted to 6 instead of 10 on each exercise because he said that means we can start the real karate practice faster and I thought that was pretty fun well you know what I’m actually a little bit of shame that I wore my black belt because I usually wear a white belt when i go to new dojos but I couldn’t wear it this time so he said I should wear my my old black belt which I brought just in case and then at the end of course we did the bee cleaning you know cleaning cleaning the dojo is a traditional thing here in Okinawa everyone does it no matter what rank you are no matter what age your belt you always clean the dojo afterwards to show humility and you know that’s the karate spirit that’s what we’re here to learn to be humble and to grow awesome training [Music]

100 thoughts on “KARATE NERD IN OKINAWA | Season 1 (Ep. 1) — Jesse Enkamp”

  1. I'm currently a Kyokushin-kan practitioner, and I must say I love your Okinawa journey and training in Karate dojos there, I have respect for anyone who practices Karate (Okinawan or Japanese doesn't matter), and maybe I will get the chance to visit Japan and train in the Karate dojos there in the future!

  2. I had dreams that some day i will explore karate from its birth to its present. and you are living it. so congratulations for that.keep doing great work. and thanks for that.

  3. What a fantastic trip! Just started this series, going to watch them all. Training with a 10th Dan I'm sure was humbling, he looked amazing! It's always the old guys that surprise you, eh? :-]

    I'm in Kung-fu now and the headmaster of our school chain is a 7th or 8th Upper Level (equivalent to Dan). I met him once so far, very cool guy. It's amazing how learning a powerful art, and living its teachings for so many years can make you such a well-rounded person. That's the idea!

  4. Jesse-Sensei…wonderful video (as usual!) let me spot …funny to see at 11:10 just in the left of the screen , on the wall …a map of my country (Argentina) I wonder how arrived there…

  5. I noticed u had a black belt when u were stretching but when u were doing forms u had a white belt what's up with that?

  6. Damn, he has excellent technique. What a relief to see someone so young taking Karate so seriously. Kids today think Karate isn't cool, well I think it is.

  7. Thank you for this amazing series! My family is Japanese-brazilian and both of my parents are karatekas, so I started in shotokan karate at the age of 6. I've spent the last 7 years training modern martial arts, and have just recently returned to karate (seido juku). Every time I'm in practice, I feel sad for the 7 years I spent without training karate. At the same time, I'm glad I can finally appreciate this art in it's entirety. Your channel was one of the reasons why I decided to come back. Thank you very much! OSS!

  8. I learned a very old school Kenjutsu and the it’s style of hand to hand combat years ago. Now I train Muay Thai and strength and cond with mma guys.

    Im an older dude who isnt competitive, but one thing I miss about really old school Japanese martial arts was the relationship I had with students and sensei. We used to clean, help him with other maintenance of his tiny dojo etc.

    He was actually the one who told me to keep training and go out and learn from other martial artists. Even if I am not a fighter, you can apply this mind set to your life he told me.

    He passed away, and the dojo closed, but I always remember those couple years of my life.

  9. just by looking at the old guy teaching I remember my first karate teacher in my country the training was brutal but we loved it

  10. Just wondering, why do you wear a white belt when visiting different dojos? Is it a requirement/tradition, or just something you do personally? Thanks in advance, I love your channel 🙂

  11. Thank you for sharing that marvelous experience from Okinawa!!I Very enjoyable to watch. Thanks again Jesse!!!

  12. What an amazing trip you had!! I practice Goju Ryu and I plan visiting Okinawa sometime next year. But I know it’s almost impossible for outsiders to be invited to a dojo. You are obviously not an outsider to these incredible masters! That must feel like a great honor, right?
    Your videos are both educational and entertaining. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences!

  13. I had the great privilege of training in Okinawa this summer. I fell in love with Naha city almost immediately and just watching this first video in the series brought back so many memories for me. Your description of closed quarter defence inside Shuri Castle was particularly enlightening to me as it explains so much of the style that I practice. Thanks for this!!

  14. Dear gen-Z millenials, this guy is one of the best representatives of your generation. So much insight & respect.

    I cannot believe he only has like 70k subscribers while no good lunatic like Logan Paul has millions.

  15. Great tip on 30% off sashimi! Thank you for the lesson on humility. I hope to teach any kids I come across this aspect of martial arts too.

  16. Lol I use to think karate is some bullshit but nah now I’m really interested after watching your videos

  17. Hey Jesse sensei, is it possible for you to send me a list of the locations of all these various dojos? I'm heading to okinawa at the end of the year and would really like to go to these dojos to further my karate training! 🙂

  18. That was a great episode.. good training with the right people.. what more could you want… nice kata too.. excellent..

  19. Thank you Jesse! I've been struggling with no answer with finding the essence of karate. I trained Kyokushin Karate, but I'm just having a hard time with that. It's frustrating, but I think finding Okinawan Karate might be the answer, but I wouldn't know. This helps a lot thank you for this series!

  20. I have been searching everywhere for a good BUT cheap hotel in Naha (Okinawa) but all I can find is only capsule hotels so please if you know a good hotel for 1 person where I can stay for about 20 days please comment but I am not looking for extremely expensive hotels remember.. but anyways thanks for helping :)))

  21. Sensei! I absolutely love the concept of this series, going back and visiting the historical birthplace of Karate. Your energy, respect, and love for the arts are extremely admirable, thank you for dedicating your time to this channel. I also thank you for the encouraging words as well.

  22. That's cute and all, but forms don't necessarily translate to being a competent street fighter. As an ex-bouncer I've seen my share of karate and Kung Fu guys get their clocks cleaned handily. But the forms are nice I guess.

  23. I dont folow this site for a long time but like Jesse way of telling. I am a big fan of martial arts ( Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris ) that i went on karate (6 years old ) Goju ryu style. Now i am 47 years and am dissabeld to do any thing with my body. But watch on YouTube , kickboxing on tv and movies. Jesse Enkamp keep on sending video's and respect from the Netherlands.

  24. Great explanation of the dojo ….makiwara…everything!! Your kata was Execellent!! Thanks from a black belt in Okinawan karate !

  25. Awesome blog… I hope in two years I can visit Okinawa with my Sensei and company, they went there three times and every single time they have come back happier, wiser, and stronger.

    One important note that I need to mention though, is that you said western culture is different from the Okinawan culture, because their deities are based on nature rather than a creation myth.
    However, that was not the case for european religions.

    Remember, Christianity originated outside of Europe and was imposed into us. All the pagan temples of ancient gods representing different events of nature, were burned down to construct Christian churches in european soil.

    What I find very interesting is that in Okinawa and some parts of Japan and China, they managed to preserve their native culture and values, which are actually quiet similar to the Germanic culture in the past (which is YOUR culture). That may be because of the Indo-European culture waaaaay back.

    Anyway, thanks for the video! I'll check out the rest

  26. I'm learning karate in Egypt I think wer learning modern karate but I don't know what style it is the dojo is very big because other belts are also practicing with us

  27. Nice to see the changes in Naha, I used to ride the Bus from Koza to Kokusei Dori  the ride took an hour and a half then. There was a Theatre at the Intersection where I would watch all of the most recent Chiba Shinichi movies . AKA Street Fighter. The Original. Then also every Kung Fu flick as well.
    Many they never showed in the U.S.
     Me? I am a student of Sensei Kanei Uechi. Whom I miss very much.

  28. Loved this ! Im new to your channel. I would love to have seen his bunkai. Nice kata Demo Jesse ! Our dojo in NJ when I was there in the 70s was under now Hanshi Bob Herten. He trained under Hanshi Shugōrō Nakazato who lived there in Naha. Herten would later bring shorinkan to the north east in the 60s opening up his own dojo under Nakazato. Now his son Hanshi Minoru is over it in Naha as Shugoro has passed away. I moved from NJ to Alabama here in the states but still try to keep up the practice with one of my sons. I really enjoy your videos they’re so helpful. And you are a great teacher as you explain things so well. Thank you !

  29. It was very informative sensei.. It was fun too. Lots and lots to learn. Thank you for bringing up this vedio.

  30. Oss sensei. I loved this video. I believe that there are things like Heavy bags or other morden equipments but non of them can actually match a makiwara. Makiwara are best ❤❤. And I loved the cleaning of dojo at the end. I believe if we are not humble then we fail to be a good karateka. oss sensei

  31. Hi, my name is Cesar, I'm from México. I'm white belt in Jiu jitsu and I'm about to get a black belt in Kickboxing, after that I want to keep learning new martial arts.

    Thanks to your videos I know that I want to learn Karate, sometimes I put some of your exersices to my young students to improve their tecnique.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  32. It is so cool to know that Okinawa had Chinese influences!
    Our styles are more related then I thought!
    Also you were killing it with those kata!

  33. Hi,Jesse, so its respecfull to use a white belt when training in Okinawa's Dojo's?Thanks(I am going there in the end for this year)

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