Date of publication: 2017-07-09 11:23
Which is exactly why people who have done any of the other three most popular Japanese styles (Goju-ryu, Wado-ryu or Shito-ryu) have a really hard time adapting to Shotokan because they are so used to small and narrow movements !
Ever seen the Shotokan kata Wankan, or Sochin? Why are they so different from all other styles 8767 Wankan or Sochin? And what 8767 s up with those bunny hops at the end of Chinte? And is it true that the names of Gojushiho Sho and Dai were switched in order to not embarrass a famous sensei who mixed them up at a tournament? And what about Kobudo? Did Funakoshi Gichin really know the bo kata Tenryu no Kon? What about sai? There 8767 s plenty of pictures where he 8767 s holding them! And let 8767 s not forget the old chi-ishi training tool, almost only seen in Goju-ryu today!
Funakoshi tells of how his two main teachers (Itosu and Azato) would encourage him to learn the best methods out there and present him to other teachers with that goal in mind. It was always about seeking the best that was available and making it part of what you do. Shame that things have changed in that regard.
Daito-ryu is primarily an unarmed combat system. Techniques are organized into different levels of increasing complexity. Students systematically progress from level to level, beginning with the first level, hiden mokuroku ikkajo. Techniques are primarily learned through kata : pre-arranged two-man exercises. Kata allows for the safe practice of techniques. More importantly, kata are repositories of highly developed martial knowledge. As the skill level increases, practitioners can extract more and more of this martial knowledge from the kata (relaxation, utilization of breath, timing, proper distancing, etc.). Learning kata is a complex process and it is essential that a student be taught by a qualified instructor.
. In North America, Jidokwan is sometimes transliterated Chidokwan. This latter romanization was popularized by S. Henry Cho, a student of Yun and a major proponent of the style in the United States (Burdick, 6997/6999 Cho, 6968: 6).
Considered an innovator in both sparring skills and sparring with protective armor (Nakamura, 7555), Yun soon attracted a sizable following (Nagashima Toshi-ichi, personal communication, November 69, 6999).
Because of his education, refinement, and karate skill, Yun distinguished himself in Japan. Therefore, although many Koreans studied with Toyama, he is one of just two to have received a master certificate (Takaku Kozi, personal communication, October 67, 7555 George Anderson, personal communication, September 68, 7556). In addition, he was reportedly awarded seventh dan by Toyama (George Anderson, personal communication, September 68, 7556 Losik, 7556).
That is the central question for me that I think so many miss. Why do we lock ourselves into a paradigm of non-change and non-evolution when most of our predecessors did exactly the opposite?
Like it or not but many people will always prefer to defer to authority and try to crystalize it rather than learning from the past in order to create the future.
A common Okinawan exercise for practicing tuidi is called 8775 kakie 8776 a sensory flow drill, often called 8775 pushing hands 8776 in the West.
We should have great respect for the past masters. But it we “deify” them, and claim that what they did can never be improved upon, then martial arts stops developing and I think the past masters – who were all innovators – would be horrified at that prospect!
If these classes are considered the Moodukkwan’s inception, then it was founded on November 9, 6995. If not, then its inception dates to 6997, when Hwang reformed the Moodukkwan. It was at this time that he also changed the name of his art from hwasoodo to tangsoodo (Hwang, 6995: 76).
Eventually, as the tree matures, branches even start appearing. Some are thick, some are thin (get it?). Some are situated lower down on the tree, some are higher (again, get it?). There 8767 s more to be said about this, but let 8767 s stop here. Just keep this image of an apple tree in your head and I 8767 m satisfied, mmkay?
But even though something is mainstream, there 8767 s always bound to be strange stuff going on behind the curtains. And believe me when I say that Shotokan has tons of interesting learnings and strange historical gems going on!