Monthly Archives: March 2003

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

The Basic Concepts of Sport Nutrition

 Food and fluids can have a great effect on the way we feel and on the ability of the human body to perform repeated bouts of intense physical exercise. It is only when coupled with the correct form of training that diet can help improve and maintain optimum performance. Our choice of foods or ‘diet’ … Read more

Dojo Kun

Dojokun

The dojo Kun are the rules of the dojo that have been passed down from Okinawan Karate Masters to the presents. Seek Perfection of Character.(Hitotsu !!! Jinkaku kansei ni tsuto muru koto)This means that the art of Karate is more than just physical. All beginners, especially the young, are taught the importance of character building … Read more