Aibudo Kanji
Picture of Shihan

July  2000

Volume 2 Issue 7

Isn't it ironic:  Even as the rice plant matures, it bows its head!

-- As time goes on --

Have you ever noticed, that when an old heavy bag becomes worn, it's not thrown away but patched, taped and continued to be used, day after day.  It seems that the older it becomes, the more  it's used.  It's as if there is an inborn respect for it. 
Well guess what, that's the exact same thing that happens to martial artist', who continually participate in the arts.  They are stressed, beat up and in a constant state of "repair", but they're not thrown out, but become in more of a demand than ever before.  Why do you think that is?  They don't appear to be as "tough" on the outside as the youngsters who come along, fresh from the "outside".  They get old and a bit more physically soft on the inside, but their engine just keeps "puffing along".  What are they trying to prove?  Actually, nothing, they just want to participate and pass on just a little bit more of what they have learned through the breaks, scrapes and mental stresses.  Maybe they could just prevent a little of the more negative things that have occurred to them over the years.

Historical Note:

By the late 1880's, the term "Karate" (T'ang Hand) came into use in Okinawa, replacing the word "Te" (Hand).

Funakoshi's #7 Precept

Accidents Arise from Negligence:

The Martial Arts are not enjoyable or safe, unless attention is paid to careful practice.  Does this relate to modern times?  Ask any insurance company that covers martial arts studios!

          Excerpted from the article by Frank M. Kushner in BlackBelt Magazine, dated December 1999

More in the development of
Wing Chun

Two hundred years after Ng Mui named her student  Wing Chun, wing chun remained a private kung-fu system.  It was only taught to family and friends, until in 1952 (Hong Kong) when grandmaster Yip Man offered instruction if a commercial format. 
Although over 90 percent of the wing chun schools in the world today can be traced to Yip Man and his students, the art has developed into two branches of which one is called "centerline wing chun".  It represents the art of which Yip Man was taught by Chan Wah Shun.  Chan was a large and very strong man and as a result his instruction was based on direct and overpowering aggression.
Centerline wing chun is based on an imaginary straight line, called the "centerline", which is drawn from the practitioners solar plexus to the opponents chin.  This centerline forms the axis for all attacks and defenses.  As long as the centerline remains in alignment directly in front of the opponent, the practitioner can attack in a straight ahead charge, with straight punches.  The closed fist is the primary weapon, reinforced by secondary open hands and low kicks.

-- Did you know? --

Gichin Funakoshi is sometimes credited with the change in kanji of the term "kara" in Karate.  This isn't true, for he actually only popularized it by being the first to use it.  Chomo Hanashiro, in 1905, actually changed the "kara" kanji and wrote a book with the new character in it.  This change from "T'ang Hand" to  "Empty Hands" angered many of the traditionalist of the times who felt that it should remain as it was, to give credit to the Chinese who had taught them.

.It is said that:

Tomari-Te, even though little is known about it, is said to be very similar to Naha-Te.

This  Issue...

1.  For your information            4.  Advancements
2.   Point of Strategy                  5.  Instructor's Note
3.  Historical Perspectives       6.  Food for thought