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Naha-te (那覇手) is a pre-World War II term for a type of martial art indigenous to the area around Naha, the old commercial city of the Ryukyu Kingdom and now the capital city of the island of Okinawa.

Naha-te was primarily based on the Fujian White Crane systems of Southern China, which trickled into Okinawa in the early 19th century through Kumemura (Kuninda), the Chinese suburb of Naha, and continued developing and evolving until being finally formalized by Higaonna Kanryo in the 1880s.According to legend Kanryo Higaonna sailed to Fuzhou in China.An illiterate man,he found employment as a house servant to a wealthy martial-arts master named Lu Lu Ko.He spent years in this lowly position until he saved his master's daughter from drowning during a heavy storm.As a reward his master taught him his system of kung fu.In the 1880's he returned to Okinawa and started teaching martial arts.

In the first few decades of the 20th century, a number of formal organizations were founded to oversee Okinawan martial arts, and due to their influence, the word karate came to be widely accepted as a generic term for all sorts of Okinawan unarmed martial arts. With the popularity of the term karate, the practice of naming a type of martial art after its area of origin declined. The term Naha-te is no longer in general use.

Kogusuku Isei,Maezato Ranho,Arakaki Seisho,Higaonna Kanryo,Miyagi Chojun,Kyoda Juhatsu,Mabuni Kenwa


Successor styles to Naha-te include Goju-ryu, Toon-ryu (developed by the students of Higaonna Kanryo), Kogusuku-ryu, Ryuei-ryu and others.



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