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Taikyoku Shodan for (Kumite) Specialist! With Keigo Shimizu

For advanced Karateka, Taikyoku Shodan seems rather boring. The Kata only consist of Gedan Barai and Oi-Zuki. Many Dojos do not practice it. And many Karateka do not know it. This is undeserved because the Kata has a great potential and can be used as a challenging training regime. Sensei Keigo Shimizu shows in the following video one way how to use Taikyoku Shodan effectively in classes. While he keeps the walking pattern he changes the techniques to Jodan Gyaku Zuki. When he rotates the body he drops the front hand. From here he winds it up to hikite in Read more…

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Karate For Kids

Having taught sports for quite a number of years I find that karate has no match as one of the best activities that children should participate in. The more reason is that, Karate provides the basis for a solid foundation for children to form their personality and attitudes. However, one of the most important factors for this setup is providing the right instructor. Children are easily impressed and can be misled to confuse martial arts with aggression, especially if the training consists of dangerous applications intended to hurt others. Clubs that embrace such practice have a high rate of injuries Read more…

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Karate – A way of Life

The karate practitioner must first and foremost understand that karate is not about winning. It is about not losing, to anything. Although the outcome of both approaches towards the art might sound similar, one must understand that there are many circumstances in life where one will not be able to win because there is nothing to win. For example, one might experience the sudden death of a close relative. In such a situation there are no winning possibilities but does that mean that such a situation has nothing to do with karate? Karate is a way of life and should Read more…

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I Sprained IT, Again!?

I am sure that every one of us has by now gone through this experience… countless times! The aim of this short article is to make you understand your body’s aches and pains and how best to deal with them for a speedier recovery. So, what is a Ligament? Every joint in our body is surrounded by a capsule made of soft tissue and becomes thickened at points of stress to form ligaments. The ends of these ligaments then attach bone to bone and hold your joints in place. But Why did I Sprain it? Ligament sprains occur when a Read more…

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Controlling Muscle Tension

How should I reduce Tension? Proper execution of any Karate technique requires a holistic relaxation of body muscles, tensing on impact for only a split second. However to be able to relax a muscle during an activity, one has to first grasp the idea whilst not doing the activity since it needs to be ingrained in the mind for it to come naturally. Therefore I thought about writing this article to bring about more awareness and give some tips on how to relax a muscle. The opposite of ‘relaxed’ is ‘tense’. Muscle tension is found & required in all muscles Read more…

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Translating the Dojo-Kun: the meaning behind the Japanese characters

一、人格 完成に 努める こと hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomeru koto Exert yourself in the perfection of character 一、誠の道を守ること hitotsu, makoto no michi wo mamoru koto Be faithful and sincere 一、努力の精神を養うこと hitotsu, doryoku no seishin wo yashinau koto Cultivate the spirit of perseverance 一、礼儀を重んずること hitotsu, reigi wo omonzuru koto Respect propriety 一、血気の勇を戒むること hitotsu, kekki no yū wo imashimuru koto Refrain from impetuous and violent behaviour The Dojo-kun is a very important part of understanding what karate is all about and it is also one of the things that sets karate apart from many other disciplines. Karate is not a sport, it Read more…

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Rei

One of the first things anyone will notice when training karate is the custom of bowing, called the “REI”. The custom of bowing in karate is traced back to its origins, which includes both the fact that it originates in Japan and due to it being a martial art which has foundations in budo. The Japanese word for “rei” 礼 literally means “an expression of gratitude” but its use in martial arts has deeper levels of meaning. Bowing is an integral part of Japanese culture which relies heavily on showing respect in the appropriate situations. The importance of this can Read more…

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Ouch! That Move Hurts!!

I am sure that some time or another everyone has had muscle soreness especially after some intensive training session or regime. There are basically 2 types of muscle soreness. Acute and Delayed onset muscle soreness. Acute soreness is usually felt at the time of exercise due to accumulation of chemicals in the muscle (such as lactic acid) which eases as the activity is stopped. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) emerges 24-72 hours after the actual activity. In this write up I will be discussing DOMS. What is muscle soreness? Muscle soreness develops after the body goes through unaccustomed physical activity. Read more…

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Motivation in Training

Have you ever felt so much enthusiasm that you want to shout and tell everyone what you do? Or on the other hand, kind of bored to the point that you question whatever you do?? Well, let me rest your mind, this is very normal and it does not mean that either you have become addicted, or that you lost all interest. This is a normal process in maturing through an activity and this happens due to fluctuations in what is called Motivation. This is quite a vast subject and can hardly be discussed on paper, and it is by Read more…

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