Chōki Motobu


Choki Motobu 本部 朝基

Choki Motobu


5th April 1870 Akahira, Shuri, Okinawa

Where Trained



Yatsutsune Itosu, Sokon Matsumura, Shitsunen Tokumine


15th April 1944

Renowned to have been one of Okinawa’s most feared fighters.

His father, Lord Motobu Choshin was a descendent of the sixth son of the Okinawan King, Sho Shitsu, namely Sho Koshin, also known as Prince Motobu Chohei. As the last of three sons, Motobu Choki was not entitled to an education in his family's style of Te (an earlier name for karate). Despite this Motobu was very interested in the art, spending much of his youth training on his own, hitting the makiwara, and lifting heavy stones to increase his strength. He is reported to have been very agile, which gained him the nickname "Motobu no Saru", Motobu the Monkey.

He practiced the Shuri-te & Tomari-te styles of karate.

You may be interested in book by Choki Motobu;-

Okinawan Kempo

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