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"Martial Secrets meet Martial Reality"

posted May 20, 2011, 7:59 AM by Robb Buckland   [ updated May 24, 2011, 8:11 AM ]
  Knowing how to hit (boxing matrix & kicking matrix); the development of interactive skills ie. movement vs firepower, controlling distance, set point control and aggressive defense. As well as ring generalship, controlling the pocket ect. are all hallmark attributes we reinforce in our daily training.
 With the gloves off, you've got your 9 weapons, now lets fire 'em. 'The Bubishi Code' is the where and the how .............. 

  Bubishi (武備志) is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese Wubei Zhi, "Account of Military Arts and Science". This is the title of two different Chinese documents.

  The first Wubei Zhi was a book produced in 1621 by Mao Yuanyi: a massive compilation consisting of 240 chapters in five parts and 91 volumes, treating all aspects of the art of war.

  The second Wubei Zhi or Bubushi was a compendium of topics loosely related to the Fujian-based quanfa traditions of Yongchun White Crane and Monk Fist boxing, probably dating from the mid-to-late Qing dynasty (1644-1911.) It contains anatomical diagrams, philosophical essays, defensive tactical strategies, and poetry. No author is known; the book is most likely a collection of pieces from various sources put together by an anonymous editor. It was popular in Okinawa among Okinawan-based quanfa practitioners during the 19th and early 20th centuries. 
   During the next 30 Days Team Fearless Northeast will be unlocking the 'secrets' of  "The Bubishi Code" and how they apply to our language of movement.

Element, Internal Organ and Animal correspondences are as follows:

Earth: corresponds to the spleen (associated with transportation, excretion bile and anger) and the Snake (consider how the colonic and rectal passages ‘snake’ down to the anus). The venomous serpent downs foes with a tiny bite or ‘touch’ and Snake Technique is associated with vital point strikes, which can have the same effect.

Metal: corresponds to the lungs. Although lightweight in construction these power the whole body–like Metal, displaying a high power-to-weight ratio. The Leopards possess similar size-to-strength features. Stronger pound-for-pound than the much heavier Tiger they are, unfortunately, no match, even when fully grown, for their striped superior. Leopard Techniques are usually medium-range and involve the knees and elbows, whose sharp and pointed nature concentrates more attacking power into each strike.

Water: corresponds to the kidneys. These govern (amongst other things) the hormonal secretions into our bloodstream that need to be balanced for optimum health. Corresponding to Water, the elegant Crane, symbolises balance, poise, endurance and longevity– Crane Technique embodies skillful defence and counter-attacks.

Wood: The only ‘living’ Element of the 5, we depend on Wood for life itself, eating either grains, grasses, vegetables and fruit etc. or animals that do. Wood corresponds to the Liver which filters and purifies the various food essences into ‘spirit’ which the body utilises as fuel to provide energy. The Dragon is the associated Animal here–powerful locking and pulling techniques, alongside nimbleness, dexterity and wisdom are all Dragon characteristics.

Fire: corresponds to the Heart. Those with strong healthy hearts are frequently ‘warm’ and courageous. The Tiger top of the food chain is unused to losing fights. Kung Fu Techniques which take the fight to reluctant opponents fall into the Tiger category.


 Wikipedias' Uechi Ryu History:

  Kanbun Uechi studied Pangai-noon (half-hard, half-soft) under Shushiwa in the Fujian (a.k.a. Fukien) province of mainland China in the late 19th century and early 20th century. After studying 10 years under Shushiwa, Kanbun Uechi opened his own school in the province of Nanjing. Two years later, Kanbun Uechi returned to Okinawa, determined never to teach again because one of his Chinese students had killed a neighbour with an open-hand technique in a dispute over land irrigation. While he was working as a janitor he was persuaded by a co-worker, Ryuyu Tomoyose, to teach again after having been first convinced to show Tomoyose ways of defending himself against different attacks. When his confidence as a teacher was restored, Uechi, with the help of Ryuyu Tomoyose, moved to Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture, where, in 1925, he established the Institute of Pangainun-ryū (half-hard half-soft) Todi-jutsu, and opened a dojo to the public. Eventually, in 1940, his Okinawan students renamed the system as "Uechi Ryū".

Grandmaster Kanbun Uechi.

  Kanbun Uechi's son, Kanei Uechi, taught the style at the Futenma City Dojo, Okinawa, and was considered the first Okinawan to sanction teaching foreigners. One of Kanbun's students, Ryuko Tomoyose, taught a young American serviceman named George Mattson who authored several books on the subject and is largely responsible for popularizing the style in America. Uechi Ryū emphasizes toughness of body with quick blows and kicks. Some of the more distinctive weapons of Uechi practitioners are the one-knuckle punch (shoken), spearhand (nukite), and the toe kick (shomen geri). On account of this emphasis on simplicity, stability, and a combination of linear and circular movements, proponents claim the style is more practical for self-defense than most other martial arts.

  In contrast to the more linear styles of karate based on Okinawan Shuri-te or Tomari-te, Uechi Ryū's connection with Chinese Nanpa Shorin-ken means the former shares a similar foundation with Naha-Te (and thus with Goju-ryu) despite their separate development.[2] Thus, Uechi Ryū is also heavily influenced by the circular motions which belong to the kung fu from Fujian province. Uechi Ryū is principally based on the movements of 3 animals: the Tiger, the Dragon, and the Crane.

  Bubishi, Shrouded in mystery  is the ancient text that acted as a roadmap for the  Grand Master's development of Naha-Te or Goju Ryu Karate. "The Secrets of the Blood" are codified within the primary Kata of Uechi Ryu Karate ; Sanchin, Seisan and Sanseiryu and are examplified in the Bubishi's Shaolin Fist and Leg set . (perhaps a prototype for Goju-Ryu and Naha-Te Kata)
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