Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!

Originally Written in 2018-ish by Matt Sheridan There is a phrase that is commonly used in some mainland Japanese styles of karate and their offshoots that Okinawans strongly dislike. Thing is this is actually three phrases: Osu, Osu, and Ossu. You may notice that there are some practitioners that seem to use Osu as aContinue reading “Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!”

Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!

Originally Written in 2018-ish by Matt Sheridan There is a phrase that is commonly used in some mainland Japanese styles of karate and their offshoots that Okinawans strongly dislike. Thing is this is actually three phrases: Osu, Osu, and Ossu. You may notice that there are some practitioners that seem to use Osu as aContinue reading “Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!”

Techniques of Matsubayashi Ryu: Japanese with Kanji

From The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do by Shoshin Nagamine, Typed up by Matt Sheridan, so all mistakes are mine alone. :p Kamae-Kata (構え方) Soto-Hachiji Shizentai-Dachi (外八字自然体立ち) Chokuritsu-Fudo-Dachi (直立不動立ち) Heisoku-Dachi (閉足立ち) Tachi-Kata (立ち方) Shizentai-Dachi (自然体立ち) Soto-Hachiji Shizentai-Dachi (外八字自然体立ち) Hidari-Ashi-Mae Shizentai-Dachi (左足前自然体立ち) Migi-Ashi-Mae Shizentai-Dachi (右足前自然体立ち) Jun-Shizentai-Dachi (准自然体立ち) Chokuristu-Fudo-Dachi (直立不動立ち) Heisoku-Dachi (閉足立ち) Neko-Ashi-Dachi (猫足立ち) Jigotai-Dachi/ Shiko-Dachi (自護体立ち・四股立ち) Naihanchi-Dachi/Continue reading “Techniques of Matsubayashi Ryu: Japanese with Kanji”

Bunkai, Ōyō, and Henka

(Originally written around 2015…?) There are three karate terms that are pivotal concepts in karate training, however two are often neglected while the third is confused to be more than it actually is. The first term in Bunkai (分解), which almost all karate practitioners, and even those from other styles have heard, but usually misunderstand. Continue reading “Bunkai, Ōyō, and Henka”

Judo Techniques: Names or Not?

When it comes to the “names” of most Judo Waza (技), there is one fact that is extremely important to memorize, most Judo Waza DON’T HAVE NAMES! Radical idea to some, but for those who know what these “names” translate to it becomes extremely evident that most are just generally agreed upon descriptions of theContinue reading “Judo Techniques: Names or Not?”