Kokan Oyadomari

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In this Okinawan name, the family name is "Oyadomari".
Kokan Oyadomari
Born 1827
Ryūkyū Kingdom
Died 1905 (aged 77–78)
Okinawa, Japan
Style Tote, Karate
Teacher(s) Karyu Uku, Kishin Teruya, Anan, Ason
Notable students Chotoku Kyan

Kokan Oyadomari (親泊 興寛,1827–1905) was a Ryūkyūan karate master, who practised the Tomari-te style of karate and also taught it.


Kokan Oyadomari was a disciple to two local masters: Kishin Teruya (1804–1864) and Giko Uku (1800–1850). From Teruya, Oyadomari learned Passai, Rohai, and Wanshu, and from Uku the kata Naifanchi. According to Shoshin Nagamine,[1] Teruya was considered by Matsumora as his true master.

Oyadomari was also a disciple of Ason and of Annan (also Ahnan or Anan). Annan was a Chinese sailor or possibly a pirate, who was a castaway from a shipwreck along the coast of Okinawa Island. Annan took refuge in the cemetery of the mountains near Tomari. There is a legend which indicates that Annan was the master who taught the kata Chinto to Sokon Matsumura.


  1. ^ Tales of Okinawa's Great Masters, Tuttle Pub, Boston, 2000.

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