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!”

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!”

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”