The Forgotten Techniques - 1: Mawashi - zuki
Some fifty or more years ago as I was beginning my continuing fascination with the Japanese fighting arts, and Karate in particular, I was intrigued to discover the variety of peculiar hand and finger configurations there were instead of just the ubiquitous and easily recognized clenched fist which were used to deliver powerful blows to an opponent.
If these were essentially unknown then, they are mostly completely unknown in Dojo practice today!
The reasons for this fading into obscurity are not difficult to find: Firstly there is the switch from Karate as a defensive art to becoming a rule-governed "safe" sport with only light or regulated (no punches to the head) contact rules.
The move from Okinawa and common Okinawan forms of training to Japan and the requirements of the new regulated and different type of training also played a major part.
The third - and more obvious - modern-day change has been brought about by the development and proliferation of MMA fighting. Let's look at these various stages and see the consequences: more...