This piece was created as a replica of a wooden carved sculpture that is located in a Okinawa Japan.
The story is that the the wooden Busaganashi carved statue which serves as the symbol for Miyazato Ei'ichi Sensei's Jundokan dojo in Okinawa, Japan was originally commissioned by a student while traveling in the Philippines. It was given to Miyagi Chojun (a Shinto) who venerated the Busaganashi every day. During an Okinawan air raid in WWII Miyagi's picture of the Busaganashi (which he had acquired in China during his studies) was destroyed. Apparently, the gesture was so overwhelming that it brought the karate master to tears.
This piece was a pleasure to learn about and create for such an inspiring story to be continued for many more years to come.