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The world of martial arts is far too varied - both geographically and culturally - for there to be a one-size-fits-all answer to this. Some places use the term (or a similar term in the local language) for the 'head' instructors, others only for a specific rank and above (such as 5th dan), others use 'master' for all black belts, others dont use it at all. ...


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My understanding is that the use of the word "master"–as it tends to get used by US practitioners in US schools–is generally a European/US thing that started when these arts got imported after WWII, and one that varies heavily by style. Japanese systems, at least, tend to just use the term "Sensei" (先生). Some systems may use another term for extremely well ...


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Shorinji Kempo (少林寺拳法) literally translates to Shaolin Temple martial arts; however, contrary to what English wikipedia page suggests, it has nothing to do with Shaolin Kunfu (少林功夫). The fact that So Doshin (宗道臣), born Nakano Michio (中野理男), fabricated the origin of Shorinji Kempo is a public secret. There has been various sources pointing out ...


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Each style of Te (or Tii or Dii in the Okinawan language) is named for the region from which it originated; in this case, the Tomari village, which is in the greater Naha region. Tomari-te is not just a predecessor of Dillman's Ryukyu Kempo, but of Shorinji-ryu, Motobu-ryu, Shorin(Matsubayashi)-ryu and many others. Saying that Dillman teaches Tomari-te is a ...


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By all accounts that I've read, Tomari-te was indeed a distinct style, but over time (and proximity to Shuri) largely blended with the more popular Shuri-te. Here is some information that might be helpful to you: http://karatedo.hakuakai-matsubushidojo.com/tomarite.html and: http://www.msisshinryu.com/history/tomari-te/



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