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HISTORY OF OUR TRADITIONAL FAMILY CREST

"私たちの伝統的な家族の家紋の歴史" (Watashitachi no dentō-tekina kazoku no kamon no rekishi)

In 2015, I made the decision to sanction and give recognition to our traditional Soke (founder) O'Sensei Takahashi Kentsu (1900-1994), by re-establishing his time–honoured "Mon". I humbly believe this is a worthy and honourable tribute, to such and an indomitable Sensei.

The red background represents the red circle on the Japanese flag, identified as "Hinomaru", which means, "circle of the sun." In addition, the inner red disc on our traditional Mon is displayed on the Okinawa prefecture flag representing the progress of Okinawa. Therefore, the red colour signifies both cultures of the people of mainland Japan and the Ryukyuan people of Okinawa.

The Colour Red (Aka) in oriental culture symbolises many expressions; Red is a "life giving colour and a Royal colour". Drawing inspiration from nature and historical texts, Japanese colour symbolism helps others identify the emotional state or desires of those wearing certain colours.

The Japanese script reads, "Ryu Kyu Shuri Te", referring to the traditional school of Okinawa Shuri Te. Shuri-Te is the name of the form of Okinawan martial art that developed in Shuri, the ancient capital of Okinawa.

The centre piece of our traditional Mon in Okinawa known as the Mitsu Dome, Sho and what the Ryukyuan people call Hidari-Gomon.

Traditonal Mon image

Our Traditional Mon

The ribbon, which displays the script, comes from the old Nippon Seibukan Crest of Suzuki Masafumi, and our past association to the Japanese budo Kai organization founded in Japan in 1952 by Suzuki Masafumi with support from the Imperial House.

Author: Garry O’Connor 10th Dan Hanshi Principal Instructor Takahashi-ha no RyuKyu Shuri-Te Traditional Karate-Do.

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Traditonal Mon created with collaboration from Adam Carter Kyoshi 7th dan.

Garry O'Connor Hanshi – 10th Dan Principal Instructor.

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