Originally posted by RyuShiKan
The Okinawans are more closely related culturally, anyway to the Chinese.
They have had longer and deeper connections with them than the Japanese.
It would seem the bulk of their martial cultural comes from China and not Japan.
Te uses TaiChi/Bagua-esque like movements and concepts.
I dont mean to say Te came from those arts but I think whatever influenced those arts might have influenced Te somehow.
it seems that the Okinawans were forced to adopt many Japanese cultural attributes and yet, not in the Martial Arts?
Were the swords of the Okinawan Bushi different from those of the Japanese Samurai? Were the methods of sword fighting different (like Mongols to Saracens, etc?)
also I have read that Okinawans have their own version of Sumo- but Ive yet to find an explanation of how they differ. any insights?
thanks for all the info again.