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What criteria classifies karate as traditional? UPDATE

I was pointed toward a site governed by a senior karate-ka on Okinawa who had just gotten the Okinawan karate governing organization to declare Isshinryu as a traditional system and this is the criteria they used to determine that standing.

Traditional Okinawan Karate-do:

1. Existed for at least fifty years.
2. Maintained its original forms as taught by Tatsuo Shimabuku Sensei, the founder, with no variations.
3. The bow, ritsu-rei, at the beginning and end of kata must conform to the Okinawan traditional manner taught by Shimabuku Tatsuo-san.

Kind of makes my interpretation a bit much do you think? I would comment that no. 2 is a bit restrictive and does not promote the "shu-ha-ri" concept and practice. I think it needs more clarity especially for westerners who don't normally intuitively understand the underlying meaning of things Okinawan, Japanese or Chinese.

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