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Okinawa dialect now taught to policemen
Date Posted: 2006-07-14
Okinawa [police] are reaching out to communicate with elderly citizens whose knowledge of Japanese becomes muddled when they’re hurt or confused.
Urasoe Police Station is taking a pro-active approach, and is teaching its officers to speak Hogan, the Okinawa dialect. Officials say few Okinawans under age 35 know the traditional language. The move came after a young officer encountered a senior citizen wandering in a dangerous street, and she couldn’t understand him. Repeated questioning showed the elderly woman couldn’t understand much Japanese.
There are 2,500 Okinawa Prefectural Police currently serving the communities, with six percent under age 20. Another 24% of the force is 20-30, and 27% are age 30-40. Officials say the training is essential for good community service.
The phrase ‘Thank You’ is arrigatou in Japanese, but niheedeebill in local dialect. ‘Welcome’ is Irasshaimase in Japanese and mensorey in Hogan Okinawa dialect.
Senior police officials say they’ll have dozens of officers going through the dialect training in coming months, and predict it will improve community relations as they deal with missing senior citizens [and] drunken seniors.
Letting the foot move on it's heel is something that most karate people don't do and they end up restricting their hips. I learned the trick from a friend who does Tai Chi and use it a lot when working in close.
BTW, Thanks for the link Ray.
Bill Glasheen wrote:Second... I had a difficult time resolving the pivot on ball-of-foot vs. heel thing. At a certain point, *I* found that I needed to fish or cut bait on this one. Instead of buying into the whole taiji thing (absent any push hands), I instead decided to remain an on-the-toes fighter. It meshed much better with my Uechi style - particularly with the toe kicks and the big movement in Sanseiryu.
It's not really an either one or the other thing Bill. When moving forward I use my toes and the ball of the foot. One reason is that I'm feeling the terrain and the other is I don't want to open my center. When doing a roll back it's a shifting rather than stepping so I'll let the heel pivot to open the hips. Also weight distribution comes into for which pivot to use.
One thing I'm looking at in Ray's video is that I think when he says "curl your toes" I think he may be refering to locking the feet to the ground and not the cat stance she uses.
While the video is shot and edited to focus on the host and the girl's upper body, and not where the sensei is focusing, I did notice she used three methods to float that front leg to keep the punch flowing. All good.
Without push hands I think it's hard to actually "get" what's going on with Tai Chi. When I was training TC, it was all push hands.
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