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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

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