Monthly Archives: October 2012

Karate For “Perfection Of Character”: Truth Or Just Part Of The “Marketing”? – A Historical Perspective

“The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of character of its participants”. This is a famous quote by Gichin Funakoshi. But did he mean it, or was he just saying what he knew the Japanese wanted to hear? Was it real, or was it just part of the “marketing” of Karate? Continue reading

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Conflict De-escalation: The Broken Record

A simple but effective technique for taking control of a situation and de-escalating verbal agression before it degenerates into a physical conflict. Continue reading

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Kata Bunkai for Shorin Ryu Pinan Shodan (Heian Nidan)

There is much study these days into the practical applications of kata bunkai (forms/patterns). Often it helps to look at older versions of your own style to see how they did things to help you work out whats been changed and why? Continue reading

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