Gallery − Augsburg, Germany, May 2011
Written by Melanie S. Petrak
In May 2011, the Shinjinbukan Augsburg, Germany Dōjō organized a small workshop, with few, but far travelled guests. It was a workshop on building a Sagi Machiwara, and comprised some Sagi Makiwara training as well as other general training.
Sagi Machiwara — Construction Materials
The Sagi Machiwara is a training tools that has been used in Okinawana for hundreds of years. Jimmy Mora Sensei guided us in the construction of a Sagi Machiwara. The first step was to gather the contruction materials, i.e. a tree trunk and rope made up of natural fiber. The photos below show the shaped trunk, mounted on a table and ready for wrapping.
It is essential to soak the rope before applying it to the trunk. Once it is wrapped around it, it will dry and shrink, thus staying in place firmly.
Sagi Machiwara — Building Process
To start with, one end of the rope needs to be firmly attached to the trunk. From there, we started turning the trunk and thus wrapping the rope around it. After each turn, we took care that the each layer of rope was in place as tightly as possible. To this end, we hammered it.
During the construction, we kept the rope under tension, pulling tightly.
We took turns pulling.
Okinawa Shīsā inspects our Sagi Machiwara
A typical element of any Okinawan townscape are guarding lions that protect every house. They are called Shīsā. In the pictures below, see a very curious Shīsā inspecting our Sagi Machiwara. This rare gray Shīsā, named Chibi
We were proud and happy to see the new Sagi Machiwara.
And we could not wait to test our new Sagi Machiwara.
Naifuanchi Sho Dan
Since Luca Simonetti and Christian Streicher both travelled hundreds of kilometers to see us, we used the opportunity to look at a few other things. For example, the basic Junjo of Naifuanchi Sho Dan, which is a Kata practiced in many Karate styles. However, there many different interpretations of Naifuanchi Sho Dan. Luca and Christian learned the Shotokan version and practiced it for many years. Now, they have been working on learning our Shōrin Ryū version.
Mora Sensei provided a few explanations of the initial moves.
Sāshi — Basic Drills
To complement a class that had already had a strong emphasis on kigu undō (training with tools), Mora Sensei went on to teach the basic concepts of Sāshi, which is another traditional training tool used in Okinawa.
Dinner at Manyo Japanese Restaurant
We had the opportunity to enjoy a dinner at Manyo Japanese Restaurant. This is one of the most authentic Japanese restaurants in the Augsburg/Munich area.
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