Master Black Belt
- Feb 28, 2019
- Reaction score
- Las Vegas
There is truth in this. It's not so much what technique is used, but how it is used that defines the art to a large extent. But it's also true that the art's core techniques reflect the art's principles, strategies, and overall doctrine.Once you master the principles, strategies and tactics of an art... that art can include any and all techniques. So long as the techniques are being used with the principles, strategies and tactics of the art... they are part of the art.
As a general rule, the opposite is true in Okinawan karate. It is not reasonable for a fight to end with a block, allowing the opponent to continue his attack. A fight only ends when the opponent is unable to further attack.In Taekwondo, many of the "verses" in a form end on a block
Okinawan karate developed not within a vacuum on a tiny island, but with a very strong Chinese influence (China having 1000 years of MA history) as well as input from SE Asia and Filipines. Accordingly, it seems they would have been exposed to a great variety of techniques, in addition to the ones they developed. So, the possibility you propose, I think, is not the major reason.Another possibility for them not being present is that the people that created these forms simply hadn't thought of/come across that move before. These days we've all seen a roundhouse thousands of times before we even start training, but hundreds of years ago on Okinawa, if no one local or who travelled there had come up with it or seen it, then it wasn't going to be part of their awareness.