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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 – 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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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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