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

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

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  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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