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This week on Waza Wednesday, we take a look at a classic sweep--which is called "o-soto-gari" (major outer reap) in judo, but can be found in many different fighting arts. Funakoshi Gichin, the founder of Shotokan, called it "byobu daoshi" (topple a folding screen), for example. In this video, we specifically look at it from a sport fighting perspective, both defensively and offensively.
This week on Waza Wednesday, we switched gears a bit and took a look at one of the more esoteric weapons of Okinawan kobudo--the san-setsu-chaku (three section flail). It's similar to the nunchaku, which more people are familiar with, but since it's much less common, we wanted to highlight it for people.
I once heard someone refer to Judo as “the art of hitting people with planets.” I also have a friend in Jujutsu who uses the line “the floor in the biggest fist I’ve got.” Both phrases are witty and communicate a valid point i.e. takedowns can cause impact just as strikes can. However, it’s worth remembering that sometimes the planet hits back.
I've been digging around trying to find a translation of Hanashiros Karate Kumite text. As far as I can tell there isn't one that's readily available and there doesn't seem to be a Japanese version either.
Has anyone managed to translate this? Written in 1905 this text predates almost anything we have written about pre WW2 Karate and would be interesting to see.