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Bill Glasheen wrote:Van has got to listen to these lectures. I'm sure he'll enjoy them. They dispel a lot of myths about what Okinawan karate was (vs. is).
Van Canna wrote:
can you summarize what Okinawan Karate was [vs. is] ?
What constitutes an "authentic" transmission in terms of martial arts and which individuals received that transmission from their teachers is one of the most controversial topics in martial arts today.
Countless articles in martial publications have discussed it. Internet chat rooms, list servers and newsgroups devoted to the subject seem obsessed with it and I've seldom read a martial arts magazine that didn't have at least one letter to the editor in which a practitioner claimed that "my sifu can beat your sifu" because my teacher got the "real" or "secret" transmission of his style.
Often when a great acknowledged master dies, his top students contend among themselves as to whose understanding of the art entitles them to be the standard bearer. Sometimes, even a lesser-known or unknown student will make such a claim to mastery. Personally, these conflicts have always saddened me as a martial artist and a human being.
Many of these teachers are simply motivated by greed, petty rivalry or shameless self-promotion. But, putting all that to one side for a moment, as we enter an age where many of the learned masters of the older generation are dying off, how does one decide whom to study with? Whose "transmission" can be said to be "authentic"?
I believe the answers to these questions lie not so much in the art, but in the artists, in their basic humanity and in the teaching process itself.
Van Canna wrote:
As to the old masters defeating samurais...well...maybe that's where the seisan jump originates from
Also to consider is that the sanchin 'iron shirt' deflects bullets
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