TEGUMI- JAPAN

Also known as “Muto” is an East Asian martial art form known as Tegumi. This “grappling” combat form is said to have originated from the island of Okinawa in Japan. Also known as “grappling hand” this style of combat is basically what is known as “wrestling”. Furthermore, the Tegumi is known to have served as a precursor to the creation of a combat form called “Te” which is the base on which modern day “Karate” has been developed.

a. History/origin of Tegumi:

According to a book known as “Tales of Okinawa’s Great Masters” written by a karate master Shoshin Nagamine there is no one historical source which describes the development of this form of wrestling known as “Tegumi”. Furthermore, this books states that this form of combat style actually evolved from an “ancient” style of wrestling gradually over the years within the Japanese society. In addition, Nagamine also believed that this martial art form was the original style of fighting that existed in the Okinawa Island which eventually led to creation of modern Karate. Apparently, this form of wrestling remained extremely popular within the country right until the “Taisho Era” which began in 1912 and ended in 1925.

b. Weapon used in the Tegumi:

Since “grappling” technique is used in this form of combat the “hands and legs” of the fighter is basically used as a weapon by the fighter.

c. Technique involved in the Tegumi and training availability:

In terms of technique, “grappling” technique is used by a wrestler to overcome an opponent. Furthermore, “kicking and punching” may also be used in this martial art form. In addition, common wrestling moves such as “submission, joint locks, strangles, and pinning” are also used. As for training centers/schools, there are a number of them available mainly in Japan for those interested in learning this “grappling” combat form.

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