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…”

Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!

Originally Written in 2018-ish by Matt Sheridan There is a phrase that is commonly used in some mainland Japanese styles of karate and their offshoots that Okinawans strongly dislike. Thing is this is actually three phrases: Osu, Osu, and Ossu. You may notice that there are some practitioners that seem to use Osu as aContinue reading “Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!”

Gatekeeping in Martial Arts

Originally written in 2016 when I was the admin on the Ryukyu Martial Arts (Research and Discussion) group page as well as the Okinawan, Japanese, and Korean Karate (History, Research, and Discussion) group page on FaceBook. gate·keep·ing/ˈɡātˌkēpiNG/noun 1. the activity of controlling, and usually limiting, general access to something. gate·keep·er/ˈɡātˌkēpər/noun an attendant at a gateContinue reading “Gatekeeping in Martial Arts”

Kata of Funakoshi Gichin & Early Shotokan

I originally published this list back in 2013… Which kata were actually taught by Funakoshi or in the Shotokan dojo? Lets check our handy dandy BOOKS THAT FUNAKOSHI WROTE!!! Karate Jutsu (~1925): 15 Kata-Pinan 1-5-Naihanchi 1-3-Koshokun-Passai-Seishan-Wanshu-Jutte-Chinto-Jion(Kata mentioned but not taught: Goju shi ho, Chinte, Jiin, Wandan, Rohai, Jiyunmu, Wandoo, Sochin, Niseishi, Sansei Ryu, Supaunpei, Wankwan,Continue reading “Kata of Funakoshi Gichin & Early Shotokan”

Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!

Originally Written in 2018-ish by Matt Sheridan There is a phrase that is commonly used in some mainland Japanese styles of karate and their offshoots that Okinawans strongly dislike. Thing is this is actually three phrases: Osu, Osu, and Ossu. You may notice that there are some practitioners that seem to use Osu as aContinue reading “Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!”

Techniques of Matsubayashi Ryu: Japanese with Kanji

From The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do by Shoshin Nagamine, Typed up by Matt Sheridan, so all mistakes are mine alone. :p 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/Continue reading “Techniques of Matsubayashi Ryu: Japanese with Kanji”

Bunkai, Ōyō, and Henka

(Originally written around 2015…?) There are three karate terms that are pivotal concepts in karate training, however two are often neglected while the third is confused to be more than it actually is. The first term in Bunkai (分解), which almost all karate practitioners, and even those from other styles have heard, but usually misunderstand. Continue reading “Bunkai, Ōyō, and Henka”

The many historical names of Karate

One important thing to understand is that the name of karate, and it’s various styles, have changed many times throughout history. When it comes to the names of individual styles, such as Shotokan, Goju Ryu, Matsubayashi Ryu, etc. we have to remember that on Okinawa this wasn’t really a thing until after Karate was introducedContinue reading “The many historical names of Karate”