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Karate has, in many ways, became a microcosm of the austere society in which it was forged, particularly due to its transformation into a recreational activity during a period of radical military escalation and profoundly influenced by Japanese budo culture. Karate flourished as a ritualized and rule-bound practice in pre-war Japan, ascending to the apex of popularity in a University environment. Foreign interest in budo gradually increased during Japan's post-war period until it became firmly entrenched in Western culture by the 1960's.

 

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While classical Tegumi represents the plebeian-style grappling techniques of old-Okinawa, Hanshi McCarthy also saw fit to seek out, collect, study and include many of the two-person drills he had located in his research of various South East Asian combative traditions (including Silat, Arnis, and southern quanfa; i.e. Southern Praying Mantis, White Crane, Monk Fist & Wing Chun etc.). These practices help develop timing, awareness and sensitivity — especially at close range — using the hands, elbows, knees and head. From this, a unique collection of Kote-, Kashi-, and Tai-gitae/tanren (arm-, leg-, and body-conditioning), kakie (pushing hands), checking and trapping drills were systematized and included in his teaching curriculum. 

 

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While classical Tegumi represents the plebeian-style grappling techniques of old-Okinawa, Hanshi McCarthy also saw fit to seek out, collect, study and include many of the two-person drills he had located in his research of various South East Asian combative traditions (including Silat, Arnis, and southern quanfa; i.e. Southern Praying Mantis, White Crane, Monk Fist & Wing Chun etc.). These practices help develop timing, awareness and sensitivity — especially at close range — using the hands, elbows, knees and head. From this, a unique collection of Kote-, Kashi-, and Tai-gitae/tanren (arm-, leg-, and body-conditioning), kakie (pushing hands), checking and trapping drills were systematized and included in his teaching curriculum. 

 

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