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Hey, NOTHING here is PERSONAL, get over it - Teach Me and I will Learn!

When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:

I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung


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Isshinryu Basics and Kata - A Hypothesis

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It just occurred to me from a recent article of a translation of a meeting that was held some time around 1936 it was said that there were two distinct teachings of kata, one a fundamental and the second a primary referred to with the term, Kaishu. A quote, “Established as the two types of kata to be taught in all karate circa meeting of 1936, i.e., fundamental kata to principle (gensoku-gata 原則型) karate kata.”

I think that, “Kihon kata (fundamental kata) [基本型] fundamental form; basic form; basic pattern; basic model; basic type; prototype.” Then I came up with the possibility that when Isshinryu was in the throws of its birthing over the years Tatsuo-san worked out the details that he took away the fundamental kata and replaced them with what he calls, “Upper and Lower Basics.” He then adopted those kata he deemed applicable, critical and most viable for his style into those that would have been taught as principled kata or as the article called it, “Kaishu kata.” 

This change brought about kihon or basics leaving all the kata for the principle or primary system/style kata, the eight empty hand kata that comprised the kata of Isshinryu. This would help explain why so many other systems or styles teach the kata and the advanced kata, i.e., what was originally thought of as fundamental kata and kaishu kata (Primary or principle kata of the style).

Therefore, “Karate no kata (Kata or Kaishu kata, other than kihon kata) [空手の型] means kata (in karate).”

Granted, this theory and/or hypothesis is a stretch and only substantiated by the article translated on the meeting of karate masters in the year 1936 that also alludes to what I term as educational institution karate by the changes referred to so that martial arts and especially karate could be properly implemented into the educational system of both Japan and Okinawa. It is also of note that such changes were meant to also include changing the more dangerous karate into a sport with uniforms and other accoutrements necessary for the country, the war effort and most of all the growth and commercial enterprising of karate of Okinawa. 

Even if not true, correct or even relevant to modern karate it makes a nice story that could be how it came to be. Let me add one more point, the article expressed efforts to convert to sport therefore those who may have studied karate after 1936, in all probability, learned the edu-sport version of karate that means the karate taught to the Americans may have been all, or mostly, the edu-sport karate that lives on in modern times. 

It also occurs to me that since Tatsuo-san was supposedly a student of some of those masters who practiced a dangerous version before the 1936 recommended conversions may have taught Tatsuo-san those dangerous aspects that gave him the inspiration to change his karate into the new version of Isshinryu. Mere theory not substantiated by any kind of accepted proofs but a good story just the same.

p.s. You know I am writing this because I like to see the Isshinryu purists go monkey dancing across a thread of discontent on the Internet of Things socially driven, Muahahahahahaha 

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