Karate not only teaches how to strike and kick; it is also a defence against sickness and disease.

“You have to understand that Shotokan wasn’t always like this. In the early days Funakoshi taught a different way.” The Old Man was now showing us a range of techniques that despite their subtlety were incredibly powerful and liberating. At once I caught a glimpse of Ti; the 'indigenous martial art of Okinawa'. It occurred to me then that aspects of this long thought 'lost art' had indeed survived into the twentieth century. And so began my quest to discover the secret fighting art of Okinawan kings or, as it is more aptly termed, 'Ryukyu Bujutsu'.