Today I was emailed the picture below by Tomaz Stanovnik. It’s from a 15th century German manuscript. Tomaz noted the similarity with the opening “salutation” of Kushanku / Kanku-Dai. Yet another example that Donn Draeger was write when he paraphrased the bible to say, “There is nothing new under the sun … except the very old”.
It’s also another good example of independent creation of common methods. Unless someone has a dubious pseudo-history that involves Germans visiting China to teach martial arts to Kushanku so he could share this technique with Tode Sakugawa? ;-)
All the best,
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