Ti Gwa

Ryukyu language, Vancouver, BC, Karate, Club, Goju, Mario McKenna

I’m no expert in Ryukyu languages and I may be completely wrong, but I find it a bit odd that Karateka refer to old Okinawa martial arts as ‘Ti Gwa’ (手小). This isn’t exactly correct as far as I can tell. ‘Ti’ of course refers to the old indigenous martial arts of the Ryukyu Kingdom, but ‘Ti Gwa’ doesn’t mean the same thing.