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Plyometric Training

 Plyometrics is not a new concept. It has been used for improving performance for years. It is just recently that it has gained wide attention. The word Plyometrics has been in use since the 1960’s. Plyometric training is based on using movements that are similar to the type of movement that would be done in … Read more

MENTAL TRAINING

The Mind; Your Greatest Weapon (almost). Our mind is the center of it all. It controls our thoughts and our actions during fighting and during training. During tournaments one can see some fighters tensed up and lose their concentration, especially if the spectators starts shouting and screaming obscenities from all directions. Some fighters appears relax … Read more

Purpose of training karate

Karate is an activity that is truly international in scope. People from varying backgrounds practice it in virtually every country in the world. Men, women, and children of all ages can be found in many karate clubs wherever you go. Why are all of these people doing karate? Well, there are many possible reasons. In … Read more

The Pulling Hand (Hikite)

When performing blocks or strikes that utilize the arms, one arm typically moves out to either meet the target or to intercept the attack while the other is pulled back to what is often referred to as the chamber position, either the top of the hip bone or the floating ribs. In either case, the pulling … Read more

Mokuso or Meditation

Mokuso is part of the training of the mind called ‘Mushin‘, which comes from Zen Buddhism. One must attempt to return to the mental state of a new-born-child that is without a sense of fear, not conscious of distress, pain, cold etc. A baby cannot anticipate these things and therefore has no fear and does … Read more

Kururunfa Kata

Kururunfa is an advanced kata brought back from China. It features shifting the body (evasive maneuvers) and very quick movement. Kata Kururunfa is one of the original Kata from Ryu Ru Ko Sensei taught to him while in Fuzchou in the Fukien Province of China and was handed down to Kanryo Higaonna Sensei and on … Read more

REI-GI (ETIQUETTE) – Reishiki in Karate Dojo

It is important that you learn about the manners and etiquette of karate. This attendance to tradition, along with karate kata, is what differentiates karate from sport. You should bow before entering and upon leaving the dojo. You should avoid joking and horsing around inside the dojo; always assume a serious attitude and treat the … Read more

Zen in the Martial Arts

Martial arts and Zen have a long interwoven history. The most recent changes occurred during the Edo period of Japan (1607-1867). During this period, Japan essentially closed its doors to the outside. Its only contacts to the outside world were indirectly through Okinawa to China, and with the Dutch, who were allowed to enter the … Read more