Master Hohan Soken in Hakutsuru

Learn how Hohan Soken’s intense study of Okinawan karate techniques led to his mastery of their most coveted secret: hakutsuru — the white swan.

History of Karate: The Role of Master Hohan Soken in Hakutsuru (White Swan), the Most Coveted of Okinawa’s Karate Techniques

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Little is known about the master-level karate techniques of Okinawa’s martial arts. That is because karate systems and specific aspects thereof have been kept a secret for hundreds of years — until now. Legendary master Hohan Soken is one of the few people in the history of karate who has been taught the secrets of hakutsuru or the “white swan.”

Hohan Soken and his lineage can be traced back to a long line of samurai warriors. Despite his noble samurai roots, however, his family had very little money after the destruction of Japan’s feudal system in the 1880s. This did not stop him from studying karate techniques with his uncle, Nabe Matsumura, one of the top karate masters in Okinawa. As an adult, Hohan Soken would pass on some of these karate techniques to his prize pupil, Fusei Kise, who would later teach them to American soldiers at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.

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Throughout the History of Karate, Men Have Sought Training in Hakutsuru (White Swan)

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Hohan Soken, the Holder of Hakutsuru, Was One of the Greatest Technical Masters in the History of Karate

As a child, peasants ridiculed Hohan Soken because he was forced to work side by side with them despite his noble birth. However, Hohan Soken had one big advantage: His uncle, Nabe Matsumura, was one of the top masters of karate techniques in the Ryukyu.

At age 13, Hohan Soken began to practice karate techniques under the tutelage of his uncle. He was instructed in karate and kobujutsu (use of weapons). Nabe Matsumura molded his nephew into a superior martial artist whom he deemed worthy of the knowledge of hakutsuru (white swan) — a secret technique that was sought by many but found by few.

In this FREE Guide — History of Karate: The Role of Master Hohan Soken in Hakutsuru (White Swan), the Most Coveted of Okinawa’s Karate Techniques — find out how this Okinawan master learned the ancient “white swan” techniques and passed them down to his prized pupil, Fusei Kise.

Hakutsuru: Coveted by Many Karateka But Revealed to a Select Few

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The Holder of the Hakutsuru Secret Protected It From Falling Into the Wrong Hands

Throughout the history of karate, the secret of hakutsuru has been closely guarded by Hohan Soken’s family. His uncle, Nabe Matsumura, refused to reveal it to anyone because of its deadly potential were it to fall into the wrong hands. That is why Hohan Soken only volunteers an Oriental aphorism as an illustrative explanation:

Hohan Soken tells of seeing a slender swanlike bird perched on a large rock in a roaring wind. Despite the force of the wind and sudden changes in its speed and direction, the bird maintained perfect balance and control. Perfect control of the body and mind in any situation was one of the keys not only to hakutsuru — the white swan — but also to all Hohan Soken’s karate techniques.

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Hohan Soken’s study of hakutsuru led to rare demonstrations of the “white swan” technique in his lifetime, providing a glimpse into the infinite and deadly wisdom behind one of the most sought-after secrets in the history of karate. This Free Guide will shed some light on how (and why) hakutsuru has been such a closely guarded secret.

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