Here is an interesting one for you, karate climbed from 1 form, which kata has become lost.
Interestingly enough, it is true. Here is the story.
The first rumor is that Karate developed in the Crane style of Kung Fu. Might be true, but if you’ve seen videos of this form you will pro shake your head and blink a bit. The crane form is a shaky type of quivery item, hard to imagine the moves being refined into the block and counter moves of most styles of Karate.
I first saw this kind on YouTube, and the reader is encouraged to perform a search, inspect the form – the types, I must say, for there are lots of versions – and draw his own conclusion.
So, with this example which was hard to stick to, I decided to do a little digging, and this is the story I discovered, the story behind the art of Karate.
A few hundred years back on the island of Okinawa, In a gloomy cave situated behind an old cemetery, dwelt a shipwrecked sailor. He was Chinese, and his title was Chiang Nan.
Living nearby, in a home, I presume, was Ankoh Itosu. Mr. Itosu, for those who don’t understand, is one of those iconic figures of the martial arts. He studied with the masters of the afternoon, and he’s responsible for formulating karate to a modern method.
We do not know how, maybe Mr. Itosu befriended the shipwrecked sailor, maybe one of those martial artists was outside for a walk and watched another practicing the martial arts, along with a conversation, and friendship, was struck.
Mr. Itosu worked on the form, the working title was seemingly Channan, which could be a translation of the term’calm mind,’ or could be a translation of Chiang Nan’s name.
Later, when these types were educated in Japan, they were known as the Heians.
They became the principal types of an art that was the selection of the Imperial bodyguards of three distinct states: Okinawa, Korea and Japan.
They’re taught to kids the world over as you read this.
In the Pinans are based countless self defense techniques, endless drills, and a doctrine of self defense,
This, so far as I know, is a true representation of the’Lost Type,’ and the way Karate was.