Category Archives: Karate

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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Adaptive Karate Blog: With John & Elaine Johnston

John and Elaine Johnston have started up their own blog which will be well worth checking out.  Sensei John Johnston is a 6th Dan Shotokan Karate and the people who he has trained with reads like a “who’s who” of … Continue reading

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Traditional Shotokan Karate Association: Annual Residential Course 2012

The Traditional Shotokan Karate Association held its annual Residential Course recently. There was a lot of emphasis on practical applied Shotokan Karate and bunkai, this course is well worth looking out for in the future. Find out more about this years course. Continue reading

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Kata And Its Bunkai Is Like A Sword

A useful analogy of kata performed purely for technical excellence and actually being able to apply the kata bunkai. Continue reading

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