I was feeling a bit burnt out from working on Mabuni and Nakasone’s “An Introduction to Karate-do” and so took most of February and March
Mawashi uke is a common technique found in all Nahate based systems (Goju, Uechi, Tou’on). In Tou’on-ryu this technique is found in the traditional kata
When I was learning Kobudo from Minowa sensei I could get away with asking him questions directly; something that my senpai would never be able
I rarely talk about specific applications of techniques from kata in this blog mostly because I feel they need to be practiced in the dojo
I sometimes get emails asking me how Tou’on-ryu differs from Goju-ryu. These questions can range from the technical and mechanical, and into the philosophical.
Today I would like to talk about a common technique found in both Goju-ryu and Tou’on-ryu known as ura uke. In Goju-ryu it is found