Where are the influences?

September 26, 2008

So, certainly, quite a few of the Okinawan stylists (well, mostly Goju-Ryu and Uechi-Ryu) have been involved with various forms of researching the possible Chinese influences, from reading, to traveling, to visiting and cross-training in southern Chinese systems. 

I’m a big fan of researching by “touching hands”.  I’ve come to embrace this method of meeting and sharing.  Certainly there is more to comparing systems than looking at postures…after all, if we are lucky, we all have 2 arms, 2 legs, and a head, therefore the range to postures can’t possibly be as broad as the goals, training methods, and teaching analogies, can they?  So, these are some of the components of the arts that I like to look at when I get on the floor.  It would all be so much easier if all the arts had poems…

Anyhow, because of Gokenki’s promenance in old circles on Okinawa, a lot of credence has been paid to the idea that White Crane is a major contributor of influence in the development of Karate.  Now, with “hard” styles like Yong Chun Bai He and soft whipping styles like Ming He, how could you possibly be sure?

That hasn’t stopped most Okinawan stylists from picking up a “Hakutsuru” (white crane) form somewhere in Karate circles, though.

Check out this article comparing Yang Jwing-Ming’s flavor of White Crane against Goju-Ryu.


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