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By Iain Morris

The note karate itself actually skill «empty hand» (kara-empty, te-hand). Althougn the various past origins of the paintings are traced to China, it owes its improvement to the population of Okinawa within the Ryukya islands, a few two hundred mites to the southwest of Japan. in the beginning of the 17th century, the islands have been conquered by means of the japanese below the Daimyo of Satsuma. Like their chinese language predecessors, the japanese wouldn't permit the natives to hold guns of any variety. yet for his or her self-protection opposed to their conquerers, the natives devised and elaborated the approach of bare-hand struggling with referred to now as karate. Then, as defined within the re-creation of «The battling Spirit of Japan». it was once the well-known Okinawan karate grasp Funakoshi who later brought it into Japan itself lower than the identify of karate-do, or the «way» of karate. during this altered identify we will see the analogy with judo, during which the note «do», which means «way» used to be substituted by means of the overdue Dr. Jogoro Kano, the founding father of judo, which will emphasise the moral foundation of his new method of self-defence and actual culture...

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Used against the solar plexus or the jaw. Some Techniques of Gung Fu 53 f. Used against the testes. g. Used against the crotch, abdomen, or testes. h. Used from prone position against the knee, crotch, abdomen, jaw, or chin. Another view of weapons and their applications The first hand weapon to learn to use effectively should be the straight punch with a vertical fist, then the finger jab, then the peacock eye (one-knuckle fist), and the chop choy (four-knuckle fist). Note: The chop choy and peacock eye are only effective when applied against boney areas or targets like eyes, throat, and temple areas.

2. Keep the center. 3. Dissolve the center. Or, it can be stated more generally: 1. Learn the rules. 2. Keep to the rules. 3. Dissolve the rules. Emphasis must be made to students of gung fu to strike with their entire body behind their technique because, in terms of force and power, the arms have but one quarter of the force of the body when set in motion. Secondly, the movements of the waist are long and free, while those of the arms are short. You can say that one turning of a large axis is equivalent to many turnings of a small axis.

All these must be done naturally. 4. The Hip: The hip must never stick out during lowering of the body. 5. The Legs: The legs are very important in gung fu, as they involve the whole balance of the body. Your step should be firm, yet light and capable of changing. The knee and the thigh must be relaxed, with the knee slightly bent. Separate clearly the yin and yang among the steps. Your body weight should be distributed with 70 percent of the weight resting on the rear foot and 30 percent resting on the lead foot.

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