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Passai kata bunkai applications

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Tinbei & Rochin – Matayoshi Tradition

We do not know for sure the exact place of origin of shield and a sword combat system found on Okinawa today. Read more…

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Kata – Forms of Traditional Karate

Katas are fighting choreographies carried on from father to son for generation. Read more…

The Stories and Practice of the Okinawan Sai

Any penetrating review of Okinawan weapons history is a mixture of hyperbole and fact. Read more…

Master Funakoshi katas

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Gichin Funakoshi rare photos – fist, stance and throws

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Funakoshi – The Twenty Precepts of Karate

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Gichin Funakoshi – The Beginning Of Modern Karate-do

Few martial arts enthusiasts could argue that if there was one Karate-ka (karate practitioner) known world wide that man would be Gichen Funakoshi. Read more…

The Kata of Shorin-ryu Seibukan

In the following article, I will briefly describe the kata of Shorin-ryu Seibukan, and their origin. Describing kata by text is very difficult. Read more…

Matayoshi Kobudo Tradition

Master Matayoshi Shinko was born in Kakinobana-Cho, Naha City, in 1888, third son of Matayoshi Shinchin. He spent his childhood in Senbaru, Chatan Town. Read more…

Kyusho – anatomically vulnerable points of human body

In order to execute effective karate blow, It is necessary to learn basics of human anatomy, physiology and first aid. This knowledge is called – kyusho. Read more…

Shorin ryu kata origins

We practice 8 major Shorin ryu katas. Some people say that this is not enough, but we say it is to much. Read more…

Hojo undo – supplemental training

Hojo undo is supplementary exercises where one uses various implements and aids to encourage and develop ambidextrous physical strength, stamina, muscle co-ordination, speed and posture. Read more…

Kihon Kumite

I would like to present our beginners program. We do not work with children, so this program is designed for adults. Read more…

Karate development – photo story

Ryukyu kingdom had strong culutural, trading and political relations with China for centuries. Also, 1609. when samurai Satsuma clan invaded Okinawa, Japan secured its presence. Read more…

Kumite

Kumite (sparring) is form used to practice techniques of kata, under more realistic conditions, in which by prearrangement between participants, one applies offensive and the other defensive technique. Read more…

Shinpan Gusukuma 1890 – 1954

Iha Sensei’s Study with Gusukuma

In 1950, Seikichi Iha was accepted to begin the formal study of karate with Shinpan Gusukuma (the kanji of his family name are also pronounced “Shiroma” in Japan) Read more…

Hanashiro, Chomo (1869-1945)

Hanashiro was born in 1869 and at an early age began training with the man many consider to be the greatest of all Tote masters, Matsumura Sokon (1809-1901), Read more…

Three zen stories

Martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it.” Read more…

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