Thread: Bogu kumite: historical question
11/13/2015 11:47am, #1
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Bogu kumite: historical question
I pratice Nippon Kempo, a sort of karate + judo. There are very few information on the net about Nippon Kempo in a language that I can read, and many of these informations appear to be copied and pasted from one site to the other, so I have some doubts about the history of NK.
In NK competition, a very heavy protective gear ("bogu", literally armor I think) is used. This form of competition is known as "bogu kumite".
NK is not the only form of karate that use "bogu", I've seen videos on youtube of "okinawan karate" guys doing bogu kumite.
In the history of N.K., Muneomi Sawayama is credited as both the founder of Nippon Kempo and implicitly the inventor of the idea of "bogu kumite" in 1932;
Wikipedia credits Shigeru Nakamura as the inventor of bogu kumite, however he founded his school in 1950:
does anybody knows something about the history of bogu kumite?
11/18/2015 10:58am, #2
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11/18/2015 11:42am, #3
I was told that Tatsuo Shimabuku experimented with bogu kumite while developing Isshinryu (a variant of Shorin-ryu that incorporates some Goju-ryu).
There's also Daido Juku with its space helmets. I remember another Okinawan/Japanese style that did bogu kumite with hockey gloves, a catcher's facemask type headgear, and chest protectors, but the name is five years lost.
Remember also the parallel evolution of sanda/sanshou and TKD chest protectors.
I'd also count modern Kyokushin schools that use boxing gloves and headgear occasionally as engaging in bogu kumite, but that's me being pedantic.
Basically this is an idea that has been invented and reinvented continuously over the past 100 years at least.What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Xenophon's Socrates
11/19/2015 12:01am, #4
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For what it's worth, I read in a Black Belt magazine article that some of Funakoshi Gichin's early students in Japan also used Kendo Bogu for sparring. Funakoshi was reportedly against the idea.
The Renbukan also used bogu, and I think the Chito Ryu school did as well.
In the early 70's, the Asian Karate Do Championship held in the Philippines was conducted under Bogu Kumite Rules. That sparring format was very common in the Philippine Tournament scene at that time.