Handmade exclusive calligraphy by Hokama Tetsuhiro Sensei.
Karate (空手) is a martial art originally developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts (called te (手), "hand"; tii in Okinawan) under the influence of Chinese martial arts, particularly Fujian White Crane.
The Empire of Japan annexed the Ryukyu Kingdom in 1879. Karate came to mainland Japan in the early 20th century during a time of migration as Ryukyuans, especially from Okinawa, looked for work in the main islands of Japan.
In 1922, the Japanese Ministry of Education invited Gichin Funakoshi to Tokyo to give a karate demonstration. In 1924, Keio University established the first university karate club in mainland Japan
In this era of escalating Japanese militarism, the name was changed from 唐手 ("Chinese hand" or "Tang hand") to 空手 ("empty hand") – both of which are pronounced karate in Japanese – to indicate that the Japanese wished to develop the combat form in Japanese style.
Hokama Tetsuhiro is a 10th degree Okinawan fighting arts teacher, noted historical scholar and author, and accomplished artist in Shodo, japanese style calligraphy. His art is commissioned and sought out for display in dojos, homes and public installations.
This scroll comes with cord for vertical hanging but can also be mounted in a frame.
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