Monthly Archives: March 2004

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