Why most Karate Manuals Suck…

As someone with a degree in education and additional certifications in teaching on top of it, I have to say, most karate manuals suck. I have had the pleasure of owning a wide variety of manuals over the years and have reviewed hundreds that I’ve simply chosen where not worth purchasing. On my personal FBContinue reading “Why most Karate Manuals Suck…”

Karate Begins and End with… What?

From Matt Sheridan (I don’t remember when I originally wrote this.) Many of us are familiar with the quote, “Karate begins and ends with Respect,” by Gichin Funakoshi. This is included as the first in his 20 Precepts of Karate-Do. The Japanese for this is 「空手道は礼に始まり礼に終わる」or “Karare-Dō wa rei ni hajimari, rei ni owaru,” howeverContinue reading “Karate Begins and End with… What?”

1930s Karate Kata

Here’s something you may be interested in. The kata list from a 1934 publication: From “Toudi Jutsu no Kenkyu” by Itomen Moriteru, translated by Mario McKenna Sesan Iha-shi Sesan (lit. Mr. Iha’s Sesan) Kyan-shi Sesan (lit. Mr. Kyan’s Sesan) Sepai Niseshi (Nijushiho) Sanseru Kyan-shi Useshi (Gojushiho) (lit. Mr. Kyan’s Useshi) Itosu-shi Useshi (Gojushiho) (lit. Mr.Continue reading “1930s Karate Kata”

Timeline of Judo and Karate Belts

This is from my personal research on the topic that was originally published in 2015. 1884, New Years Celebration: Jigoro Kano Introduced Dankyuisei (Dan and Kyu system) to martial arts. 1886, October: Jigoro Kano Introduces Black Belt for Yudansha after the Kodokan Grows to 130+ students. Later the same year he introduced the White BeltContinue reading “Timeline of Judo and Karate Belts”

Karate Myths: The Gi!

From Matt Sheridan, written in 2020. Myths About the Karate-gi and the Factual History Originated in Karate?False! The Karate-gi was borrowed from Judo after karate was brought to Tokyo in the 1920s. Ancient Tradition?False! As mentioned above karate first adopted the karate-gi in the 1920s. However most styles in Okinawa did not adopt it untilContinue reading “Karate Myths: The Gi!”

Shorin Ryu Techniques: 松林流

Kamae-Kata (構え方) Soto-Hachiji Shizentai-Dachi (外八字自然体立ち) Chokuritsu-Fudo-Dachi (直立不動立ち) Heisoku-Dachi (閉足立ち) Tachi-Kata (立ち方) Shizentai-Dachi (自然体立ち) Soto-Hachiji Shizentai-Dachi (外八字自然体立ち) Hidari-Ashi-Mae Shizentai-Dachi (左足前自然体立ち) Migi-Ashi-Mae Shizentai-Dachi (右足前自然体立ち) Jun-Shizentai-Dachi (准自然体立ち) Chokuristu-Fudo-Dachi (直立不動立ち) Heisoku-Dachi (閉足立ち) Neko-Ashi-Dachi (猫足立ち) Jigotai-Dachi/ Shiko-Dachi (自護体立ち・四股立ち) Naihanchi-Dachi/ Kiba-Dachi (ナイハンチ立ち・騎馬立ち) Zenkutsu-Dachi (前屈立ち) Naname-Zenkutsu-Dachi (斜め前屈立ち) Kokutsu-Dachi (後屈立ち) Kosa-Dachi (交差立ち) Ippon-Ashi-Dachi (一本足立ち) Iaigoshi-Dachi (居合越し立ち) Seme-Kata (攻め方) Seiken Waza (正拳技) Jodan-Zuki (上段突き)Continue reading “Shorin Ryu Techniques: 松林流”

Shorin Ryu Technique Terminology: 松林流

Karate Japanese Terminology: Hidari (左): Left Migi (右): Right Mae (前): Front Yoko (横): Side Ushiro (後ろ): Backward; Behind Soto (外): Outside Uchi (内): Inside Gedan (下段): Low; Low Level; Lower Chudan (中段): Center; Center Level; Middle Jodan (上段): High; High Level; Higher Kamae/ -gamae (構え): Posture; Ready Tachi/ -dachi (立ち): Stance(s); Stand Tsuki/ -zukiContinue reading “Shorin Ryu Technique Terminology: 松林流”