Hoping to see Karate included in the physical education taught in our public schools, I revised the kata to make them super karate 4. Kumite 2 PDF simple as possible. Times change, the world changes, and obviously the martial arts must change too.
Författare: Masatoshi Nakayama.
In questo volume vengono illustrati i tipi, il significato e gli scopi del Kumite in rapporto all’allenamento nel suo complesso, e inoltre: il kuzushi e la spazzata, le tecniche mutevoli, il calcio improvviso, i tipi di risposta a calcio e a pugno, l’ultima opportunità, le tecniche continue e il kime di parata. Le tecniche vengono dimostrate da istruttori della Japan Karate Association che hanno raggiunto alti livelli di maestria nella disciplina. I progressi che si possono conseguire lungo la via del karate-do dipendono dall’evoluzione delle proprie doti mentali e spirituali. Per questo nel volume sono stati introdotti brani scelti dalle opere di coloro che anticamente vissero secondo lo spirito delle arti marziali.
The Karate that high school students practice today is not the same Karate that was practiced even as recently as ten years ago, and it is a long way indeed from the Karate I learned when I was a child in Okinawa. As you probably know, Funakoshi was the founder of Shotokan Karate and widely regarded as one of the most influential pioneers of modern Karate. You see, stuff in Karate has been lost. Techniques that seemed too dangerous, unorthodox or difficult during the historical transition of Karate from Okinawa to Japan and subsequently the rest of the world, were either changed or removed from modern Karate. And if you ask me, it’s time we revive them. There’s a LOT of modern sport Karate in Okinawa too nowadays, and I actually competed myself when I lived there.
But once I opened my arms to embrace the historical awesomeness inherited in the technical registry of ancient Okinawan Karate, I gradually uncovered nuggets of old-school wisdom hidden in narrow alleys, inside secret dojos, run by unassuming masters who couldn’t care less about trophies, belts or accolades. Stuff that was secret, deadly, and often pretty weird. The first Okinawan Karate technique you should know is called boshi-ken. Hence, boshi-ken is a strike where you actually hit with the knuckle of your thumb. There are two basic ways of doing boshi-ken. The left, open hand version, was specifically designed to look like a harmless slap to the face for potential onlookers. For instance, this strike was originally what we today perform as three high blocks in kata Jion, where you actually aim at the back of your opponents neck with this exact boshi-ken strike.
Especially for the one executing it! But that’s exactly why the old masters spent so many years hardening and conditioning their hands and feet. Obviously, they didn’t have shoes like we have today. Anyhow, tsumasaki-geri was the preferred style of kicking in ancient Okinawa, since its brutal effectiveness when aiming at vital points was flippin’ awesome, as made clear in numerous stories that survived from the olden days. In 1921, a young Karate master named Arakaki Ankichi was having a good time with some of his friends at a tea house in Tsuji, the notorious red-light district in Okinawa.
While visiting the toilet, he accidentally bumped into a big man who insisted on picking a quarrel with him in the corridor on the second floor. Being in such good physical condition, however, Arakaki was able to roll down the stairs smoothly and avoided injury. The enraged man leaped down the stairs and grabbed Arakaki by the arm, trying to yank him up in an effort to punch his face in. Seizing the man’s arm with his free hand, Arakaki swiftly kicked his big toe into the armpit of the attacker, resulting in the man dropping to the ground like a sack of potatoes. In spite of the man allegedly dying as result from his encounter with Arakaki, the police were never called in. Historians today suspect Arakaki’s tsumasaki-geri may actually have caused a traumatic pseudo-aneurysm, which would explain the delayed death. If that doesn’t convince you to practice tsumasaki-geri, nothing will.
This wraps up my two forgotten, but super deadly, techniques of Okinawan Karate. The cool thing about old techniques of Okinawan Karate is that they’re incredibly fun, difficult and deadly at the same time. The perfect mix of pleasure and pain! Share this article with friends who might find this interesting. And then start practicing your two new techniques! During a sparring match in class many moons ago I fought a gentleman that would weighed me by about 100 pounds as part of a rank test.
As such he was not in the greatest shape of his life but he was well ranked and I believe I was going for Ikkyu or close to it. Anyway, during the course of the match the gentleman slowly increased the power with which he was delivering his attacks. Lucky shot or not it worked. There is one target that was not mentioned. A proper kick with the toes could cause damage to the bladder. A strike here is potentially fatal.
An injury here must be treated within 45 minutes to an hour because the toxins once in the blood stream are very difficult to treat with good results. So use this technique with care. I was introduced to the toe kick by a matsumora seito shorin ryu instructor. I do caution students to be careful IF they ever have to protect themselves. Since most Americans, including “seasoned” black belts, don’t emphasize toe kick they don’t do anything to condition.
Good post, as for the changes in modern Karate, you can also point out Admiral Kenwa Kanna’s preface on Funakoshi’s To-te Jitsu. I trained in Okinawa where they still keep both of those techniques in kata and love the toe-kick. There is much more here then meets the eye. Funakoshi was not the first to dumb down the system. That happened nearly 100 years before Funakoshi wrote those words. After over 40 years of research I now know “Who, what, when,where and why”.
Both specialized weapons were designed for Kyusho Attack as they were trained to penetrate to the weaker anatomical structures. Well if that’s the case, does it mean that you think striking nerve endings has no effects ? Striking to the liver, to the spleen would have no effects ? You have come a long way Evan. PNice to see two “secret” techniques that are practiced openly in the classical Uechi kata.
Which is not a “knock” on the author. Ok — cool story about tsumasaki geri. But you realize this means that in the hallway to the facilities of a whore house, Araki wasn’t wearing closed shoes? This seems way braver to me than kicking some big guy in the armpit — who knows what was living on that floor?