Return to Traditional Techniques
In the pictures below we can see; 1)
five fingers; 2) a fist; 3) an open hand with imaginary
lines (red) connecting each finger, indicating the
free movement of the fingers; and 4) a knife hand formed
with the fingers coming together as one after the lines
connecting the fingers have been cut. These pictures
can help illustrate a point in advancing technical
innovation of traditional Henshuho. Namely, the fact
that the five fingers fold up to form a fist or come
together as one to form a knife hand, entrapping their
free independent movement.
In order to broadly
disseminate karate to the general public, in Japan,
as part of the physical fitness movement, promote it
as a competitive sport , and change its form
to make it suitable for the times, it seems that it
was necessary to label traditional techniques as dangerous.
It can also be conjectured that the implicit rule that
these techniques not be taught outside of one’s
own school went through the minds of more than few
of the karate pioneers. Why then do we want to focus
our attention on traditional techniques that are forbidden
or illegal in karate matches which focus on the "fist"?
There are two reasons. One is that Karate,
which emphasizes striking and hitting techniques using
the “fist,” is
unable to compete with a martial art that possess “cutting”and “thrusting/stabbing”techniques.
The second is that competitive sport
karate is being mistakenly recognized as the “real
unnoticed, sport karate has established itself in society,
and even worse, people have started to also mistakenly
view it as a form of martial entertainment, such as