For those who are unfamiliar, Ryan Parker Sensei is a long-time practitioner and instructor of classical Okinawan martial arts, a kiko (Okinawan “iron body” training) exponent, and a karate researcher. He is also the author of the Ryukyu Martial Arts blog, and the founder of several Facebook study groups focused on various aspects of Okinawan martial arts. His willingness to share his knowledge, and his fostering of environments for others to share theirs, has made him very influential in the small (but, hopefully, growing) community of Okinawan stylists seeking knowledge of the old ways that were direct, effective, and not shackled by formality and tradition.
A couple months ago, Ryan Parker Sensei asked me to write a guest post for his blog about techniques that are common in the old ways of Okinawan arts, which are now becoming popular in MMA. He has seen me post frequently on this topic, not only on this blog, but on Facebook, as well, and thought I would be the right person for the job. I don’t know how well I did, but I tried!