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Improve Your Speed

From the book: Ultimate Fitness through Martial Arts by Sang H. Kim To develop overall speed, there are several sequential steps in training: Basic conditioning Explosive power development Skill refinement Skill loading Full speed training Basic condition, including flexibility, strength and agility training, is a prerequisite for speed training. The completion of basic conditioning is signaled by … Read more

The Importance and Techniques of Kata

We use “kata” as a training tool. It is the encyclopedia of martial arts. A kata is defined as a prearranged series of blocks, kicks and punches against one or more opponents in a fighting situation. The first kata’s that a student learns is Heians. These kata has a limited number of moves and is … Read more

Suparinpei Kata

Kata Suparinpei (also pronounced Superenpei) is one of the original Kata from Ryu Ru Ko Sensei while he was in Fuzchou in the Fukien Province of Southern China and was handed down to Kanryo Higaonna Sensei and on to Kenwa Mabuni. It is one of only four-Kata still pronounced in its Chinese form. Visually it is similar to the Chinese White Crane Kata and … Read more

HISTORICAL FACTORS in KATA

There are numerous reliable, authentic sources one may access to gain a clearer picture of how karate & kata were practiced in Okinawa during its peak in the mid-1800’s and what significant factors changed during its introduction into Japan during the 1920’s and subsequent global popularity. Old style Okinawan karate (Toudi or Tode) was totally … Read more

Who is who in the Dojo

Sensei Sensei means teacher and is used as respectful form of address for instructors and karateka of very high rank. They generally sit on the joseki (Shinzen or shomen) side. When entering a dojo bow to the joseki (Shinzen or shomen) first and then to sensei then ask for permission to train in his or … Read more

Physiology

Muscle Fiber Types There are two types of muscle fibers, fast twitch (FT) and slow twitch (ST). Fast twitch fibers are used for explosive type movements and are easily fatigued. Slow twitch muscle fibers contain more mitochondria than Fast twitch. Mitochondria are cell structures that contain specific enzymes which are required by the cell in … Read more