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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

A friend of mine is a Western Martial Arts practicioner, and loves to collect old manuals on bare-knuckle boxing and European/Early American wrestling styles. This is from Ned Donnelly's 1888 text Self-Defense; Or, The Art Of Boxing:

A lot of people I've trained with like to make fun of Shotokan Karate. I've joined in the jokes, too... I've studied Song Moo Kwan Taekwondo, so I knew just where to hit. But, in my defense, I've always held that regardless where one stood on whether or not kata originally meant anything practical, you could always make that training practical.

Donnelly's technique... sang dan maki... hmmmm...


B said...

Shotokan?? Clearly that's a Bong Sau. lol

Anonymous said...

I've studied both Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan and can say with complete confidence that Shotokan is a far better art for actual self defense than TKD. Granted, we don't wear all those "cool" hogu pads and such, and we almost never do 720 degree back spin flying kicks to knock and apple off of a knife, but we get by. IMHO, TKD is shit. Just my two cents.