Here’s a video I watched as a basis for a little self-study project. I know that the fighting style, Pangai-Noon, is the origin of Uechi-Ryu and Shohei-Ryu. It’s what Kanbun Uechi studied on mainland China. I know that it’s much softer and more akin to king-fu than karate. Now I know it’s fun to watch, too, but I don’t know much about its form or effectiveness. I can see similarities to the Okinawan styles I’m familiar with, but it seems the moves featured in this video have many different emphasis.
I hope to read more about the origins of Pangai-Noon and the changes made by Master Uechi and his students over winter break. For now I hope to watch a few more videos like this to compare and contrast.
What do you see here? What are some elements to the old style you know about already. Please share here!
The quality of the video is excellent, but the observer doesn’t really know if the interpretations of the techniques are in fact accurate. It appears to me to have a much larger influence from Kung fu rather than it’s historically accepted Tai chi, Pa-Kua and Hsing-I. The one thing missing from the demonstrations was any real sense of power which is the very heart of the art. For detailed insight into the three soft arts of the chinese influence seek out Robert W. Smith’s “Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods”, “Pa-Kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness and Self Defense”, and “Hsing-I: Chinese Mind-Body Boxing”. These are excellent reference materials.
Thanks, Mike. I’ll definitely look into it!