A few days ago in conversation I mentioned a Choki Motobu quote however I couuldn't remember the exact wording or where I had in fact read it. Putting "Motobu fist instead of elbow" into google directed me with frightening accuracy to page 36 of Chris Denwoods book on Naihanchi where he is discussing the elbow strike in the kata. The quote is apparently taken from Motobu's 1932 book Watashi No Karate-Jutsu:
"In practical application, one should not impact with the left elbow but use the clenched fist instead" He goes on to say:
"In the kata the elbow looks better, but don't forget its practical application"
I would be very interested to hear what others think about these words and their possible meaning.