Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Old Style Karate vs Modern Karate

Below is an excerpt from a post at RyuKyu Martial Arts which lists how old style Okinawan Karate differs from the modern interpretations. The full post may be read here.

1) Focus on close range techniques and tactics (which in turn necessarily creates an emphasis on limb control and/or trapping, low-line kicking, and so on)

2) Emphasis on special qualities which often are expressed by somewhat rare Okinawan terminology (muchimi, chinkuchi, gyame, muchi, gamaku, etc) 

3) Body Conditioning (kote-kitae, iron sand palm, machiwara training etc)


4) Tenshin / tai-sabaki (evasive body motion/ body-rotation, sophisticated footwork) 
5) Hojo-undo / kigu-undo (supplementary training especially functional strength training using special implements)

6) Tuidi (aka gyakute or karamidi etc ie joint-wrenching and joint-locking)

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