I have a couple of words relating to Japanese and Karate (Historically), that I hope you can help me with :).
• HikeTe: The original meaning of this I have read and heard to be "Pulling Hand". Are there a specific old Kanji or word for "Pushing Hand" also, or could the Kanji for this actually mean both?
• I have not heard or seen the word describing "The other hand", when talking about Pulling Hand - what is the name(s) of this hand, in relation to its functionality, like HikeTe describes the old functionality of the other hand?
• There is an old Japanese word describing what I assume to be "Floating" or "walking on glass", but I do not remember it. I think it is primarily used in a Busines or money context today - but I am not sure. I hope someone here has a better memory than me :). In a Martial Arts context, it would describe something like "moving your de-structured and unbalanced opponent around with you, while you are balanced and grounded". The word describes how it looks when your opponent walks like this.
• KaraTe to the best of my knowledge means "Empty Hand", as in "not holding/grabbing on to something", or "the hand itself is not occupied or busy with anything, even though the arms and body are" or "Holding no weapon". What would/could be the opposite word for this, when we are talking in an old context (around 1900). Functionality wise it would be in the area of "Busy Hands" or "Filled hands" or "Occupied hands" or "Busy and holding/grabbing on to - but no weapons involved" or something like that (It should not be ToriTe, that to the best of my knowledge means "Escaping from" or "releasing" a hand that has grabbed on to you.)
• Many other martial arts incorporate the direct use of "Back-pressure" into their techniques. What is the expression of this in Karate? (I would think it is a part of Kime, but Kime includes other things as well - I am looking for the specific word that describes Back-pressure. Koshi O Hineru describes to the best of my knowledge the movement of the hips necessary for Back Pressure - but the movement in itself does not guarantee Backpressure). It could be in relation to "Connecting with your opponents structure", or "lowering your body weight" or "tucking your hips under you" as well?
• Is there an old expression describing the use of "doubling or tripling the number of simultaneous parts of the body used at the same time" to ensure success in a technique, even though you are smaller or has less strength than your opponent?
• I have heard of an expresison from some of the older Okinawa Karate, describing something like "Stiff arm" as a way to test for Sanchin. Could someone help me understand this better - hopefully in an older context as well :).
• Is there an old word or expression describing something like "Intermediary Dachi" or a dachi used to get from one position (dachi) to the next, without breaking your grounding and balance?
I hope you can help with a couple of the above - and I would like to appologise for any misspelling, that perhaps has occured in the above :).