As a Martial Artist Wanted to share a post that I just made for another site/group. Here goes : – Have always found that Throws and Locks and Vital Point Striking were part of the Arts. However over last 150 to 200 years a lot of Diluted practice and teaching has taken place. JKA for example due to the Ban on weapons etc… by American Forces in control of Japan after the War, discontinued Weapons practice to conform and follow American guidelines. Photos of Funakoshi can clearly be seen with him holding weapons in the past. Therefore as time went on many techniques and or applications became either banned or forgotten or simply never learned. Also many only learned partial systems or techniques and could only pass on what they had been shown. Believe it is up to us as Martial Artists to explore and experiment and recreate to further the Arts. Would highly recommend writings of various such as Patrick McCarthy or IRKRS and several others on research of the Arts and various applications etc…. for Kobudo : – Zen Okinawa Kobudo Renmei, Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko-Kai of Taira Shinken Kobudo Lineage, Ryu Kon Kai Ryu-Kyu Kobudo of the Iha Family, etc…. If you do not include these in your practice, I believe you are missing something essential to make your Art and your techniques complete. Only my Opinion !