They’re not teenagers, mutants, ninjas, or turtles, but if you’re looking for the real masters of the bo, sai, katana or nunchaku you need to get on the first flight to Okinawa.
Hokama sensei with bo
Tomimoto sensei with sai
Hamamoto sensei with katana
Kuniyoshi sensei with nunchaku
Okinawa is the birthplace of karate. It is also the home of kobudo which uses weapons including the bo staff, nunchaku and sai. Hamamoto is a master of iaido.
Images are from the Karate Masters Portrait Project documenting the iconic sensei of Okinawa. February, 2013, Japan. Text and photography by Chris Willson/Travel 67 on Flickr