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Sho-Go – Master’s Titles

SHO-GO is the masters title-system set up by the Dai-Nippon Butoku-kai (greater Japan Budo Encouragement Federation established in 1895 in Kyoto). It is consist of three ranks, Renshi, Kyoshi and Hanshi. The sho-go awarded by the All Japan Karate Do Federation (shitokai) and World Shitoryu Karate do Federation (WSKF), will consist of the three similar ranks and are … Read more

The proper way of folding the uniform (Gi)

Sanchin & Tenshow

   By: Sensei Patrick Leung, Secretary General of APSKF Sanchin and Tenshow are two basic katas originated from the school of Naha-te. They are two sets of prescribed movements in slow motion that can be categorized as a kind of Qi-gong in Karatedo. The practice of Sanchin and Tenshow requires the correct conception of the … Read more

The proper way of tying the belt (Obi)

Physical Aspects of Karate

Power, speed and form, are the foundations of karate techniques. Power results from a force exerted upon an object. Force may be simply stated a the product of mass (such as a fist and the body weight behind it) and acceleration (change of velocity), or f = m x a. This suggest one way in … Read more

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