Have you read this 1873 Karate description? (That's 1873, not 1973.)
"As regards more manly accomplishments, they are expert archers on horseback and good marksmen with the matchlock. Their skill in boxing is such that a well-trained fighter can smash a large earthen water-jar, or kill a man with a single blow of his fist."If you would like to see the source, go to Seinenkai.com and click on the What's New? link in the left frame. Our museum received an incredible donation today! The entire article (Notes on Loochoo, by E. W. Satow, Esq.) is now online thanks to the generosity of Goju-Ryu practitioner David A. Williams.
Charles C. Goodin