Preserving the Oral Tradition of Ahnan (Lao Leong)
The Ahnan Tomari-Te World Organization has been established to preserve the Oral Tradition of the the Okinawan Lost Dances (Kata and Bunkai), Iaijutsu and the Chinese Connection between Okinawa and China.
Ahnan Tomari-Te World Organization
was developed to preserve the connection between Taoist China and Okinawa. Its founder and Head of the Style or ‘Soke’ is Mr. A.F. Walker , Grandmaster of the Pyong Hwa Do and long-time practitioner of the Tsong Quo Chuen System. Soke was initially taught the ancient forms by his teacher, Master Kushubi who not only preserved these Okinawan forms but also preserved ancient Tibetan forms, old Okinawan forms and very ancient Chinese forms.
The specific purpose of forming the ATWO was to preserve the “lost” Kata of Okinawa, their Chinese origins and then pass them down to practitioners interested in keeping them alive and true to the original form. Anyone of good character may learn these forms at any of the seminars hosted by the ATWO. Included in the preservation of the forms, the actual techniques of bunkai, kyusho and dim mak, or vital point striking, are also taught so that the forms are preserved in their entirety.
It is important to note that several of our forms are closely related to the current Okinawan forms, but there are others that we would consider to be the original Chinese version of specific forms. For instance, the original Chinese kata, Kuan Yin Yang Pao, is the origin of the Okinawan form known as Wanshu. Due to the teachings of Ahnan and his Daoist perspective, there are differences in the forms with the Chinese version being very Chinese and the Okinawan form being very Karate. This was a result of changes that have occurred over time based on the original teachings, the environment and cultural evolution. But once one has seen both forms, the relationship is quite apparent.
If you have any questions on The Ahnan Tomari-te World Organization, please visit our website www.karateatwo.org or our Facebook page.