posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 03:26 PM
I am 57 yrs old and have been studying martial arts for 40+ yrs. I was extremely lucky to be able to study at a family dojo in Okinawa in 1974/1975.
The style was Isshiryu and the 17 months of study there were better then any I have had since. I also hold a shodan in judo and 1st kyu in aikido, I
have an amatuer boxing record of 16-0-0 with 11 kos. All of the karate that I have seen since returning from Okinawa is children's karate and
resembles nothing like I studied. The instructors taught me how the katas they taught contained not just strikes and kicks but throws,
takedowns,grappling,joint manipulation,eye gouges,fish hooking,hairpulling and even biting.
I saw one fight between an okinawan bar bouncer and a marine who was in my company. The marine was a black belt in something he studied back in the
states, I was about 15 feet away when the fight started(marine started it) I saw a flash of movement a slight pause and then another flash of movement
and then the marine was down in the gutter. My buddy and I ran over and the marine's right eye was laying on his cheek,his jaw was broken,his right
arm was broken and he was having trouble breathing(we later found out he had two broken ribs). We scooped him up and got a cab to take us down the
street to Kadena Air Base where he was transported to the naval hospital. They saved his eye but he was medically discharged later. The bouncer by the
way was about 5'4" 130lbs the marine 6' and about185lbs. Like I stated earlier all I really saw was a flash of movement it was too fast to discern
what techniques were applied. Real karate!