Japanese Death Poem (Haiku) Here I dangle, Limbs a tangle. Body bent… Fed through a mangle! Captain Nakoshi Takemori – Okinawa (1945) – Kamikaze Pilot
As a professonal forensic translator, I was asked about the meaning of one of this Japanese scrolls that occur in the TV Series Cobra Kai
In all my time training in traditional Chinese martial arts, either in China or abroad, I have never encountered a gongfu style that uses the ‘ki-ai’ (気合),
Not only is a traditional ‘form’ or ‘kata’ a vehicle for martial excellence, but through the specific shapes (and psychological and physical conditioning required to perform these ‘forms’), longevity and health are a by-product of proper and correct martial practice.