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Old 04-02-2009, 05:34 AM   #3
Erick Mead
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Re: The etymology of Kote Gaeshi

David Soroko wrote: View Post
Well, more specifically of kote. In Saito's "Traditional Aikido", the kanji for kote are: 小手 which is literally "small hand". What is the meaning and origin of this spelling?
In Chinese, xiao 小 "small" is said to derive from the associative compound of the middle line dividing something into two smaller parts. Kote is the line at which the hand is divided from the forearm.


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