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Hidetada Ishiki at Itokazu Castle Ruins

Before shooting studio portraits of Ishiki Sensei and his son for the Karate Masters Portrait Project we visited Itokazu Castle ruins to get some location shots.

Hidetada Ishiki 8th-dan Okinawa Kobudo Shurei no Kuni at Itokazu Castle Ruins Nanjo City, Okinawa

Ishiki Sensei studied kobudo with Shinpo Matayoshi alongside students including Gakiya Sensei and Yamashiro Sensei. Studying exclusively with Matayoshi Sensei meant they delved deeper into the different weapons, so along with the more common bo (staff) and sai, they learned weapons such as nunchaku, sansetsukon (3 piece nunchaku) and the mini sansetsukon (which Masakazu Kinjo Sensei once described as the Saturday night special).

Hidetada Ishiki 8th-dan Okinawa Kobudo Shurei no Kuni at Itokazu Castle Ruins Nanjo City, Okinawa
Hidetada Ishiki 8th-dan Okinawa Kobudo Shurei no Kuni at Itokazu Castle Ruins Nanjo City, Okinawa
Hidetada Ishiki 8th-dan Okinawa Kobudo Shurei no Kuni at Itokazu Castle Ruins Nanjo City, Okinawa
Hidetada Ishiki 8th-dan Okinawa Kobudo Shurei no Kuni at Itokazu Castle Ruins Nanjo City, Okinawa

Always fascinating to have the opportunity to shoot with the karate masters outside the dojo, and I think I came away with some interesting new shots.

Images taken with the Pentax 645Z, 35mm, 55mm, 90mm lenses. Profoto B1 strobe with Softlight reflector.

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