• Shizen Tai – Natural body
  • Naihanchi Dachi – Iron horse stance. Legs placed beyond should width with knee bend and toes facing forward.
  • Shiko Dachi – Similar to naihanchi dachi but toes facing 45 degrees outward.
  • Neko Ashi Dachi – Cat foot stance. Weight sunk into back leg and front foot available to lift.
  • Zenkutsu Dachi – Forward stance. Weight shifted forward with front knee bend.
  • Musubi Dachi – Ready stance where the heels are close and the toes face 45 degrees. Often performed during bowing.
  • Sankoku Dachi – Three point stance with a balanced distribution of weight.
  • Sanchin Dachi – Slight turned in toes for added balance.
  • Kosa Dachi – Passing foot stance.
  • Kokutsu Dachi – Back stance where weight is shifted to the rear leg.

Arm/Hand Striking

  • Gyaku Tsuki – Reverse thrust with the rear hand
  • Oi Tsuki – Thrust with the lead hand
  • Shuto Uchi – Knife hand strike
  • Tettsui Uchi – Hammer fist strike

Leg/Foot Striking

  • Mai Geri – Front kick
  • Mawashi Geri – Roundhouse kick
  • Ushiro Geri – Back kick
  • Yoko Geri – Side Kick

Defensive Movements

  • Age Uke – Rising movement to receive and disrupt
  • Gedan Uke – Lower level movement to receive and disrupt
  • Chudan Uke – Middle level movement to receive and disrupt
  • Jodan Uke – Upper level movement to receive and disrupt
  • Soto Uke – Outward movement to receive and disrupt
  • Shuto Uke – Knife hand movement to receive and disrupt
  • Uchi Uke – Inward movement to receive and disrupt


  • Mi Tu Ti (OK) / Meotode (JP) – A posture that also acts as a fundamental concept for fighting. Translates as “couple’s hand” or “husband wife hand”.
  • Zone 2 – A level of exertion that karateka should aim to achieve multiple times a week to maximize their cardiovascular health.


  • Nakamura Shigeru – Individual who became associated with the name “Okinawa Kenpo” and eventually who’s personal style was carried on under that banner.
  • Odo Seikichi – Senior student of Nakamura and individual tasked with carrying on Okinawa Kenpo.
  • Nakamura Taketo – Son of Nakamura Shigeru and one of the key inheritors of the style.
  • Nakamura Yasushi – Son of Nakamura Taketo and current head of the Okinawa Kenpo dojo in Nago, Okinawa.
  • Bruce Heilman – Matt’s primary influence for learning Odo-lineage Okinawa Kenpo
  • Rick Zondlo – Matt’s primary influence for Japanese Sword
  • Jimmy Teller – Matt’s primary influence for Oyata-lineage Okinawa Kenpo
  • Bill Hayes – Matt’s primary influence for Shobayashi Ryu


  • Okinawa Kenpo – Style associated with Nakamura Shigeru
  • Shobayashi Ryu – Shorin Ryu style associated with Shimabukuro Eizo
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