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The Busaganashi is a martial arts image venerated by many Goju Ryu practitioners in Okinawa.

Busaganashi is the title the people of China gave their dear warrior because of the love and respect they had for him, note Busaganashi is not his birth name.  In the 1900's when Miyagi Sensei travelled to Fukien Province in China to conduct research into the roots of Goju ryu, he learned and explored the history of the beloved warrior Busaganashi. 

According to Miyazato Sensei of the Jundokan, Miyagi Chojun venerated the Busaganashi Kami every day.  However, in the Okinawan air raid during world war two, Miyagi's picture of the Busaganashi (which he acquired in China during his travels) was destroyed along with many other possessions.

In the late 1940's sensing his teachers sadness, Keiyo Madanbashi, one of his students, who had previously made a sketch of the Busaganashi, journeyed to the Philippines to have a three dimensional statue made of the Busaganashi.   The student (Keiyo Madanbashi) then presented the statue to Miyagi.  Apparently, the gesture was so overwhelming that it brought the karate master to tears.

The hand crarved 15" tall statue now rests in the Jundokan Dojo in Okinawa.

The Busaganashi is found in the Bubishi which is the most influential martial arts book in Okinawa.  The Bubishi is a Ching (1644-1911) dynasty White Crane and Lohan Kung-Fu manual.  


Busaganashi means "my dear respected kung-fu warrior" 

or known as "General of the Emperor's Army.




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Busaganashi - Newletter of the Jundokan International 

-excerpt from the Jundo Echo January 2007, written by Dianna Kham



Busaganashi (Dear Warrior)

Busaganashi is the title the people of China gave their dear warrior because of the love and respect they had for him: Busaganashi is not his birth name.

Historical Background

In 1392 the Emperor of the Ming Dynasty sent a community of 36 Chinese artisans and monks to live and teach in the Okinawa village of Kume. In the Chinese monks' library was a book called Wu Bu Shu, also known as Bubishi, The Book of Martial Arts. Inside this book was a picture of the Busaganashi. For many years it was not known why this individual was significant in the "Wu Bu Shu" and the significance that it had in the dojo life.

During the early 1900's Chojun Miyagi Sensei traveled to China with a good friend. They traveled to Fukien Province to research Kempo which is one of the roots from which Goju-Ryu originated. During Miyagi Sensei's visit, he was surprised to see the image of the Busaganashi throughout many communities of China. In many different public settings, the Warrior was considered a hero and a Chinese cultural icon. Miyagi Sensei knew this was an opportunity to learn and explore the history of the beloved Warrior.

The Warrior's Childhood

Miyagi Sensei first learned that the Busaganashi was a child born out of wedlock. Both the mother and grandparents felt a great deal of shame and took the baby to the forest and abandoned him. After three long days the grandparents were struck with remorse and guilt and they went back to retrieve the baby. They were shocked to find that the baby had been taken care of by the creatures in the forest. They knew immediately that this child was indeed very special and they took the baby home to be loved and cared for.

At a young age the child did not speak but often demonstrated signs of internal verbal power through breathing. He grew up to be an athletic and highly intelligent person. When he reached the age of twenty he was recognized in his village as an outstanding musician and Kempo practitioner.

During this time the Emperor of China was seeking a few extraordinary individuals who would serve the Emperor. Notices were posted throughout China in search of these select few individuals. Young Busaganashi tried out for one of the positions and scored the highest both academically and athletically. He was invited by the Emperor to live in his Imperial Palace as a palace guard.

On one dark evening, part of the Emperor's Palace caught fire. All attempts to put the fire out failed and the people living nearby were very frightened. The Busaganashi went to where the fire was raging, took a deep inhale, and blew out the fire. Because of this act of bravery he was promoted to General of the Emperor's Army.

Return to Okinawa

When Miyagi Sensei returned to Okinawa he was excited to share his discovery of the traditions and roots he had gained from Fukien China. Along with his wonderful discoveries, he also brought home the first scroll of the Busaganashi and hung it in his Dojo.

World War II Era

It was in the early 1940's, during the second world war, that Miyagi Sensei lost everything including his Dojo and all of its contents including his beloved son. Then, in the late 1940's, a student of Miyagi Sensei by the name of Keiyo Madanbashi was traveling to Manila in the Philippines. During his visit he heard from his business friends about an artist that specialized in handcrafted art. Keiyo decided to pay a visit to this artist. He was highly impressed with this artist's work and presented him with a copy of the scroll of the Busaganashi. Keiyo asked the artist to hand carve a sculpture of the Busaganashi. After completion, Keiyo returned to Okinawa and presented the hand carved sculpture to Miyagi Sensei. Miyagi Sensei was overcome with joy and displayed the Busaganashi in his home Dojo.

Eiichi Miyazato Era

After Miyagi Sensei's death in 1953, his successor, Eiichi Miyazato, received the statue of the Busaganashi as well as many other valuable items from Miyagi Sensei's Dojo. He built the Jundokan Dojo in 1957 and that is where the statue is displayed to this day.

Jundokan International

Sensei Teruo Chinen formally established Jundokan International in 1987. The visual image as seen on the modern day Jundokan International patch was adapted from a photograph of the statue by a student of Chinen Sensei's, Linda Wright, who converted it to a line drawing. This emblem is now copyrighted as the official logo of Jundokan International. By proudly wearing this emblem we continue to celebrate and honor the wonderful history of this deeply respected warrior.


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