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This week on Waza Wednesday, we take a look at a classic sweep--which is called "o-soto-gari" (major outer reap) in judo, but can be found in many different fighting arts. Funakoshi Gichin, the founder of Shotokan, called it "byobu daoshi" (topple a folding screen), for example. In this video, we specifically look at it from a sport fighting perspective, both defensively and offensively.
This week on Waza Wednesday, we switched gears a bit and took a look at one of the more esoteric weapons of Okinawan kobudo--the san-setsu-chaku (three section flail). It's similar to the nunchaku, which more people are familiar with, but since it's much less common, we wanted to highlight it for people.
I once heard someone refer to Judo as “the art of hitting people with planets.” I also have a friend in Jujutsu who uses the line “the floor in the biggest fist I’ve got.” Both phrases are witty and communicate a valid point i.e. takedowns can cause impact just as strikes can. However, it’s worth remembering that sometimes the planet hits back.
I've been digging around trying to find a translation of Hanashiros Karate Kumite text. As far as I can tell there isn't one that's readily available and there doesn't seem to be a Japanese version either.
Has anyone managed to translate this? Written in 1905 this text predates almost anything we have written about pre WW2 Karate and would be interesting to see.
Clarification: In this post I am NOT suggesting people should do as I do. They should not. I am simply giving examples of how I have made our karate more culturally appropriate for the corner of the world in which my dojo is based. Respect remains. Discipline remains. All that has changed is how those things are expressed.I want to know how others have done that. I am NOT making an argument that karateka all over the world should drop titles and formal bows!