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Denshi's Twenty for Martial Artists?????


There is a seminar or tournament or maybe both where an Isshinryu high graded karate-ka is going to teach what they are labeling "denshi's twenty for martial artist" that promotes a means to control and move an attacker from place to place as s supplement to the essence of karate or Isshinryu where the objective is to kick/punch to stop/destroy/maim an adversary (there words redacted a slight bit, not my words as I don't like to use words like destroy and/or maim, etc.).

It sounds a lot like the system called "Chin-na," a Chinese system of joint/pressure point manipulation, etc. or even the art of tuite but to this moment I had never heard of anything called "denshi's twenty." Anyone out there who travels by this post/blog can enlighten me it would be really cool.

I wondered at first if this was a Japanese/Okinawan word used to describe this persons favorite or what is perceived by him as the most effective, i.e. top twenty tuite/chin-na techniques. I looked up the word denshi and the meanings I ran across are:

Denshi [電子] which means electron; electronic; electronics; [電視] television.

Neither of these translations speaks to what is going on here unless the person intended it to mean a kind of shock to the body when these twenty techniques are applied. Some of the tuite/chin-na techniques could/can feel like a shocking electric type feeling of pain when applied but I may be stretching it a bit. Then again my theories or speculations may be way off on this one ergo why I ask for enlightenment from readers. Maybe it is used because of the stunned feeling you can experience here, i.e. similar to the stunned feeling when in receipt of a small electrical shock.

I quote, "The objective of kicking/punching is to stop/destroy/maim. The objective of Denshi’s 20 is to control and move an attacker from place to place."

4 comments:

John Vesia said...

Years ago Sherm Harrill (studied under Shimabuku) developed a system of strikes that actually resembled throws. Maybe it's related to that.

You should check this workshop out, Charles. Even if it's hooey it'll give you a good post to write :)

SueC said...

Can't really help here Charles. As you say Denshi has many 'electrical' meanings. However I also came across these definitions for denshi: learning, tradition and transmission. Perhaps this is the definition of denshi implied by Denshi's twenty? No idea what the twenty are by the way LOL.

Charles James said...

Thanks John: I really do appreciate the comments/input ... alas attending is not in my cards as I am sure it would be most interesting.

Hi, Sue: Thanks for the comment and you may be right as to what you found as a definition. I will have to do another search on those ..... as to the twenty, I sent an email to that group asking for clarity but to date have not received any answers. Sigh, why oh why is it so hard to provide information - it is as if they let someone outside their group have it they lose something .... sigh again :-)

Christy Adair said...

Denshi's 20 is indeed a set of joint/pressure control techniques. I took a workshop in November that was hosted by a dojo I was considering joining. The techniques focused on ways of controlling a person without breaking bones, and in most cases without bruising. While I did not end up joining the hosting dojo I would definitely take this workshop again if it were offered in my area. The origins of these techniques were not discussed. I came across your blog as I was trying to research tips to help me remember these techniques.