Older, martial artists often develop sore joints, especially hips and knees. Ironically, this can actually be made worse by one of the key principles as taught by Japanese and Korean Masters. However, a relatively small adjustment to emphasis moving from the waist (rather than the hips) as the Chinese styles do, can help to relieve hip pain, reduce wear over time, and is actually more powerful! When you examine the Tekki/Naihanchi kata, one of the older kata’s and one if the most central kata’s in Karate, we can see that it actually doesn’t work very well when we emphasis moving from the hips, but it works much better when we learn to move from the waist.