Is contemporary Martial arts originally a form of Chinese martial art?
Enjoy the adventures of Jesse Enkamp (The Karate Nerd) culminate with southern Shaolin “Luohan” monk fist (羅漢拳), likewise referred to as Incense Shop Boxing. This was the first fighting style that Okinawan Karate masters learned in Fujian, prior to White Crane also existed.
In this episode, Jesse learns the south Shaolin (南少林) background as well as strategies from grandmaster Lin Shan Quan. This is what’s described in Bubishi – the scriptures of Karate. Surprisingly, the very first kata of Incese Shop is what we understand as Seisan (Hangetsu) in contemporary Karate.
It’s now clear that Shorin and Shorei – the 2 historic branches of Karate, are really White Crane martial art (Whooping Crane in specific) and also Southern Shaolin monk fist. With each other with the Kobudo weapons of Five Ancestors, this body of expertise gave the technical framework of Okinawan Karate.
What an outstanding evolution … from ancient China to Tokyo Olympics 2020.
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