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Kuramoto Shihan is not well known but is extremely respected within the Jissen Karate world. Kuramoto´s main job is masseur. He has specilazed in massaging Sumotoris thanks to the exceptionnal strength that he has developped all over the years.
shawnsegler wrote:The fact of the matter is that anything good is likely to look like something good from every other system it's in because...the human body is the part of the equation that doesn't change and the physics involved in combative-ly dismantling it are always the same and most of the best ways to affect it fall within a narrow band of what they do and how they look.
C.J.W. wrote:True, but techniques that look similar on the outside usually still have subtle differences such as body use, set-up, and power generation -- things that set one style apart from others (e.g., a Judo shoulder throw vs. a Shuai Jiao shoulder throw). Personally, I'm far more interested in discerning the subtlties that underlie each fighting style than taking a cursory glance at a move and jump to the conclusion that it is the same as something that's also found in other styles.
shawnsegler wrote:I was just reading a collected book of articles from the Journal Of Asian Martial Arts having to do with Bagua and Hsing-i, and in one of them on Hung I Hsiang it talks of him using his skills from Bone setting and massage to great effect in his listening skills and his ability manipulate and tear flesh by dragging the skin and getting in and using the fasciae to increase the efficacy of his techniques. Obv, of course...but very cool.
When I came to Tokyo, there was another Okinawan who was teaching karate there quite actively. When in Okinawa I hadn´t even heard his name. Upon the guidance of another Okinawan, I went to the place he was teaching youngsters, where he was running his mouth, bragging. Upon seeing this, I grabbed his hand, took up the position of kake-kumite (a kind of okinawan push hands) and said, "what will you do?" He was hesitant, and I thought to punch him would be too much, so I threw him kote-gaeshi (outer wrist twisting throw well known among practionner of JMA) at which he fell to the ground with a thud. He got up, his face red, and said "once more" so we took up the position of kake-kumite again. And again, I threw him with kote gaeshi. He did not relent and asked for another bout, so he was thrown the same way for a third time:
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