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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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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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Advanced Karate Bunkai Course (Open To All Styles)

Course for all interested martial artists to learn street smart applications to karate Continue reading

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Diaphragmatic Breathing In Martial Arts

Diaphragmatic breathing is used in karate, kung fu, tai chi, taekwondo and other traditional martial arts. However, many martial artists do not completely realise the full extent of its importance. Find out how it actually helps us on a number of different levels. Continue reading

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