History of Shinpu-Ren Karate

History of Shinpu-Ren Karate

History of Shinpu-Ren Karate

Shinpu-Ren is divided into three kanji characters. Shin, also translated as Kame, meaning "of God" or "divine". The character for Pu, also referred to as Fu, or in kanji text called "kaze" meaning "wind". Ren translates as "exercise, train, or practice".

Shinpu-Ren translates from Japanese as "Continuous Divine Wind".

The name Shinpu-Ren is commonly associated with various major events in Japanese history; for example, the first Mongol invasion in November 1274 and the second invasion of 1281. Both were staged by Kublai Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan. Both of these invasions were met with severe storms. The first invaders were forced to turn back, and the second group encountered a massive typhoon, sinking or beaching war ships, and killing thousands of Mongol troops. These storms were called the Kamikaze (Divine Wind) and were believed to have been delivered by the sun-goddess Amaterasu, bestowing favor, and demonstrating protection from heaven on Japan.

Another event relative to the name Shinpu-Ren involved a political uprising in 1876 among the old traditional Okinawans, particularly those from the Shizoka class which included the Samurai. Massive changes in the Meji government, and traditional culture were not well received. This was a revolt against modernization and Westernization. This rebellion met with defeat and ended in the ritual suicide for the remaining participants. The sacrifice for them being one of respect for their traditional culture and way of live.

It is unknown as to the actual relevance placed on the name of the Shinpu-Ren system by the founder. It is only said that it was commonly heard among the students at Kushimoto.


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