With karate now included within the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Video games, we take a look at a brand new advanced devoted to the martial artwork on Japan’s most southerly islands

Spinning, hissing, legs and arms pistoning: the 12 males are like steam locomotives. Karate grasp Morio Higaonna is supervising their coaching session. His consideration turns to me. “It’s no good simply watching,” he says. “It’s important to participate.” Higaonna takes one among my arms and interlaces his fingers with mine in what could be, in different contexts, an intimate clasp. There’s a pause earlier than, with surprising rapidity, he pulls my fingers up and again. I swear loudly and flap my hand to alleviate the ache.