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Original Traditional Karate

Posted by texperkin on 5 January, 2018 at 1:30

What does 'traditional mean'? Cheyne made the point in the original Facebook post that we teach "ORIGINAL traditional karate" as opposed to what most refer to as "traditional karate."

The basic difference is that what many still believe is traditional karate was an innovation in the early 20th century. It was the vision of Anko Itosu first and then his student Gichin Funakoshi to expand and protect the legacy of karate by bringing it into the PE curriculum of the school system, first in Okinawa and then in Japan itself. The focus was more on things like producing good, strong citizens and less on the brutal self-defence aspect. Quite sensible really since teaching children to punch in the throat isn't responsible behaviour.

To a large extent, this was the 'traditional' karate that was propagated throughout the world which is where we get the military, count-by-(Japanese)-numbers karate. Practitioners can spend many hours punching and kicking with no resistance and no time at all falling, locking, breaking or wrestling. There is also a well-documented tendency not to ask questions and never to deviate from the teachings of senior grades.

This is very good for developing a disciplined, physically fit person but arguably not as good for developing someone capable of defending themselves.

'Original' karate goes back to the art practiced by those prior with the very pragmatic primary objective of self defence.

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