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Chinto Kata

Chinto Kata

The Chinto kata was created by Bushi Matsumura (1797-1884) and was based on the techniques he learned from a Chinese sailor named Chinto who became shipwrecked on the Ryuku Islands. After drifting ashore, Chinto taught the inhabintants of the Tomari village including, Matsumura, Kosunku, and Oyadomari. Though the exact meaning of chinto is uncertain, one … Read more

Master Kenwa Mabuni’s Katas

First, I would like to give a bit of background about Kenwa Mabuni again. Kenwa Mabuni was born in November 14, 1889 in Shuri, Okinawa. He was the 17th generation (patralineal) of Ogushiku Keiyu, a well-respected samurai of the 17th century. As such he was given early admission to the dojo of Anko Itosu in … Read more

Learning Karate Techniques

 Learning karate techniques is no different than learning any subject at school or any skill in life. It requires effort, attention, persistence, discipline and organization. Learning karate techniques is based on the human brain functions of receiving through our senses, remembering, analyzing, outputting and controlling. Analogy with children learning to tie their shoelaces This process … Read more

Knee ligament injuries

What are knee ligaments? Ligaments are strong cords of tissue that hold joints together and connect them to the adjacent bones. There are four in the knee medial collateral ligament (MCL) lateral collateral ligament (LCL) anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) Any one of these ligaments, or a combination of them, can become … Read more

Yoi & Zanshin

What is Yoi Often when you watch Karate tournament you will notice in sparring segments that the competitors with the superior techniques are not always the ones who win the matches. A competitor who receive a minor injury a match, for example, will suddenly become hesitate to attack, and, in spite of possessing superior skills, … Read more

Rei & Osu

They say Karate begins and ends with REI, which means “respect,” as well as “courtesy.” Karate students treat not only people with respect, but also such things as their school and uniforms. What this mean that we do not take these things for granted. The left radical in REI means “deity” while the right signifies “bounty.” In other … Read more

Tanden & Kiai

Tanden refers to the human body’s center of gravity, which is the lower abdominal area below the navel. According to traditional Asian beliefs, this is the area from which the body relays a form of energy that is called Ki in Japanese, the energy that moves and changes all things in universe. Ki and tanden … Read more

Improving your speed (Part II)

 Speed is a function of power and coordination. The more power you can generate to propel you forward the faster you will move from point A to point B. The more biomechanically correct you are, the smoother your movements will be resulting in greater efficiency.  The more efficient you are the less energy you use, … Read more