Category Archives: Karate

Differences Between Boxing Punch vs Traditional Martial Arts Punch

The differences and relative advantages/disadvantages of the a boxing punch compared with a traditional martial arts (Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu) punch. Continue reading

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Front Kick Variations (Pros & Cons)

There are 2 main variations of the front kick; hips facing forward and hips side on (plus a number of sub-variations). Here we look at the pros and cons of each variation! Continue reading

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John Johnston Is Awarded His 7th Dan

John Johnston is awarded his 7th Dan Shotokan Karate by Geoff Thompson and Dev Barrett at Dev Barrett’s Dojo in Coventry which is the hometown and birthplace of these 3 great men. Continue reading

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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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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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