Do Japanese styles use herbs or liniment?

  • Do Japanese styles use herbs or liniment?

    Posted by alangibs on 27th December 2020 at 9:43 am

    I watched an interesting video of Morio Higaonna Sensei demonstrating some of his hand and body conditioning routines. In the Chinese arts, we use ‘Dit Da Jow’ (herbs soaked in alcohol) before and after training to prevent any long-term damage. I wondered if the Japanese masters use any herbs or ointment to treat their body when training in this manner?

    Rob Crossman replied 3 years, 1 month ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Rob Crossman

    7th January 2021 at 9:45 pm

    I have been studying Uechi-Ryu Karate for 20 years now. I know it it technically not a Japanese martial art, but we have always used ‘dit daw jow’ for a post conditioning, training aid.

    We have all shared the recipe, throughout the dojo members, for years.



  • alangibs

    8th January 2021 at 10:36 am

    Greetings Rob, thank you for the input. Do you know if the recipe is similar to the ones used in the Chinese arts? You mentioned that Uechi-Ryu is not a Japanese martial art, could you explain more? I was under the impression that it is a style of Japanese Karate?

  • Rob Crossman

    8th January 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Alan,

    I am sorry but I don’t have any knowledge of the ingredients used in any Jows other than the one I make. I can list the herbs if you are interested. The man at the herbalist, said that ‘all of the herbs in my recipe are used to increase blood flow’.

    As for Uechi-Ryu’s origins, I have read many different stories over the years, and some differ quite a bit. But all of them say ‘Kanbun Uechi was from Okinawa, that he learned his martial art in Fujian China’. When asked what style he studied in China, he said ‘Pangainoon, which is said to mean half hard half soft.’

    He later taught his martial art in Japan for a few years, but that is the only Japanese connection to Uechi-Ryu that I am aware of. We were always taught it was from Okinawa.

    When Kanbun died in 1948 the style was renamed to Uechi Ryu in his honor.

    Hopefully I won’t start some kind of ‘flame war’ over this, as I know that Okinawa was at times ruled by Japan.

    Have a great day.

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