is a protege of the Shoshin Nagamine, the founder of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu.
He is best known in the West for his mastery of kobudo weapons, notably the
bo of Yamanni Ryu, which has eclipsed to some extent his really splendid karate
skills. No longer, I suspect. I should point out here that had I thought this
program was simply another version of basic karate kata, as it appeared to be,
I would not have reviewed it. It's not, and I did.
may be the basic kata but they are performed in a manner so explosive that
it is uncanny how the performer maintains so much control and accuracy over
his movement while generating so much power. I would recommend this video
to anyone for this reason alone, although there are many, many more reasons
to recommend it.
basic techniques section was also extremely interesting. Watching it I realized
fully for the first time how much energy a karate punch could generate, and
how that power was developed and transmitted. Placing his fist against the
body of an assistant, Oshiro exerted pressure for an instant and the strongly
built individual was thrown back about three feet. Nothing was arranged or
"set up", there was no fancy camera work, he just did it! Watching
the technique in slow motion it was obvious how he did it, and equally obvious
that we have all been doing it wrong all these years. The power comes from
a reactive, rather than active hip movement, and from the way the wrist is
used to deliver the fist to the target. It's all ridiculously simple when
you see about it which makes one wonder why weren't we shown this before!
this sort of technique is the basis for the stories about one inch knock out
blows, and damage to internal organs from apparently soft punches. I interviewed
one of Oshiro's "victims" who told me that, although he tensed himself
strongly in anticipation of being punched, and the technique was only a prod
or a poke, he felt the energy from it deep inside his body, and the sensation
lasted for a long time. He was of the opinion that, had the blow been delivered
with the sort of power that Mr. Oshiro was clearly capable of developing,
he, the victim, might not have been available for future studio sessions.
blocking techniques demonstrated by the author were also devastating. According
to Oshiro, there are no defensive techniques in karate, only attacks delivered
to the opponent's attacking arm or leg. He demonstrated by attacking (blocking)
a punch in the most vigorous and effective way judging from the expression
on the face of the attacker.
takes a refreshingly straight forward approach. Much of the material appears
here for the first time and everything is shown very clearly so that you can
understand and learn it. As with all videos from this company the production
quality is excellent. Uchinadi means "our fighting method" in Okinawan.
Although it is clearly the origin of modern karate as we know it, it is more
powerful, more effective, and certainly more appropriate for the of life and
death confrontations from which it developed.
If you ever have the opportunity to take a seminar with Oshiro Sensei, don't
hesitate. I suspect you will learn more about karate in an hour with him than
you would learn in a year elsewhere. I did. I was so intrigued by his internal
striking method that I spoke to him at length about it, carefully avoiding,
I think with both skill and courtesy, all offers of demonstrations on my person.
He is an educated, charming, and articulate man, speaks English well, and
has done a great deal of research into the history of karate, and the way
that techniques have developed, or degenerated, depending upon your point
of view, since the early days.
The Original Karate of Okinawa by Toshihiro Oshiro.
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