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Karate and Fascia: A Fascinating Approach about Kime

Recently, scientist explored and proved the immense importance of the body’s fascia network for fitness and health of athletes. A well-trained and well-integrated fascial network optimizes both maximum performance and coordination. By including fascial consciousness […]

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Makiwara Monday: A Variety of Techniques from Kazakhstan

We have featured Adios Underbayev in the Makiwara Monday section several times before. Aidos has a passion for the Makiwara and his splendid technique shows who familiar ge is with the tool. In this video […]

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The "Sen"-Concept in Combat – Shotokan Essence

“Sen” is a fundamental and crucial concept for combat. However, Shotokan karateka either do not know about the variations of the concept or ignore its practical relevance. In his new colum “Shotokan Essence” Thomas McKinnon […]

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The Shotokan Times always searches for the best and unique products for Shotokan karateka out there. With the Ft One Shotokan Tiger Sneaker by Better Brands House we found the item for karateka, who want […]

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Breaking News: Mitsuru Nagaki will be new Chief Instructor of JSKA

A few minutes ago, we received a press release from the JSKA Shihankai about the successor of Shihan Keigo Abe, who unfortunately passed away in December 2019. According to the announcement Mitsuru Nagaki will become […]

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Hirokazu Kanazawa Soke: A personal Obituary

The year 2019 ended with a tragic event for the global Shotokan community: the passing of Hirokazu Kanazawa. The Karate world mourns since then. In this personal obituary Prof. Dr. Wolf Herbert reminisces the extraordinary […]

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We Fight the Way We Practice! Shotokan Karate as a Fighting Art

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By Michael Ehrenreich If we travel through the Shotokan world we will observe a very common picture. All over the globe, Shotokan Karatekas commit to a very high level of technical skills. This commitment reflects […]

Addison and Eleanor with a strong focus on Hikite!

Hikite: More than just the pulling hand

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By Thomas D. McKinnon I have heard many so called experts criticising the hikite as a pointless exercise. It makes no sense, they say, that pulling one hand in the opposite direction, to the one […]

Thomas Prediger says that Sport Karate is a "perverted system".

“I realized that this is a perverted system”: Thomas Prediger about Sport Karate

Keiko

By Dr. Christian Tribowski Kumite Boot Camp is the regular column of Thomas Prediger in which he will discuss crucial topics for Shotokan Karate. This time, he spoke with Dr. Christian Tribowski about Karate Do […]

How to do a Choku-Zuki? Use your Hip and Pelvis!

Keiko

Our friends from Karate Dojo WaKu in Tokyo allowed us to share the following video. This time, they explain how to do a choku-zuki. How does it work? A choku-zuki is a punch in an […]

Ueda Daisuke applies Sen no sen and intercepts the Kizami-Zuki of his opponent.

Ueda Daisuke, Sen no sen, and Ikken Hissatsu

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By Dr. Christian Tribowski Ueda Daisuke is an extraordinary Karateka and easy to underestimate. The reason for this assessment is his physic. He is a little heavy for a fighter with his speed. For his […]

Kumite

“Shobu Ippon is not a game like Sports Karate.” Thomas Prediger about Kumite

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By Dr. Christian Tribowski Kumite Boot Camp is the regular column of Thomas Prediger in which he will discuss crucial topics for Shotokan Karate. This time, he spoke with Dr. Christian Tribowski about Shobu Ippon […]

We Fight the Way We Practice! Shotokan Karate as a Fighting Art

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By Michael Ehrenreich If we travel through the Shotokan world we will observe a very common picture. All over the globe, Shotokan Karatekas commit to a very high level of technical skills. This commitment reflects […]

Thomas Prediger says that Sport Karate is a "perverted system".

“I realized that this is a perverted system”: Thomas Prediger about Sport Karate

Keiko

By Dr. Christian Tribowski Kumite Boot Camp is the regular column of Thomas Prediger in which he will discuss crucial topics for Shotokan Karate. This time, he spoke with Dr. Christian Tribowski about Karate Do […]

Rodrigo Rojas: Disputed Funakoshi Cup Champion

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By Dr. Christian Tribowski First non-Japanese Victory since 1998 In 2017, the ground shook. The earthquake of that day changed the landscape of traditional Shotokan Karate for the next decade. Rodrigo Rojas from Chile broke […]

The Commercialization has Reached the Next Level: Karate Combat

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By Dr. Christian Tribowski If some of you have thought that Karate in general has become very commercialized in the past two decades you might be surprised by the latest step on the capitalistic ladder. […]

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“Learn to Move”: Kata as Movement Based Learning

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by Florian Wiessmann Before you do a kata, ask yourself what you can learn from the kata. Manabu Murakami This quote was published on The Shotokan Times a while ago with the friendly permission of […]

Reader Question: The Gojushiho Riddle! Who Knows the Answer?

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Yesterday, we received a question by one of our readers, Brian. He asked: I wonder why the two Gojushiho kata names seem to be reversed. Gojushiho Dai looks like a Sho and vise versa. Have […]

Ueda Daisuke applies Sen no sen and intercepts the Kizami-Zuki of his opponent.

Ueda Daisuke, Sen no sen, and Ikken Hissatsu

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By Dr. Christian Tribowski Ueda Daisuke is an extraordinary Karateka and easy to underestimate. The reason for this assessment is his physic. He is a little heavy for a fighter with his speed. For his […]

Gojushiho Dai and Sho: The Solution of the Confusion

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The naming of the Gojushiho Kata differs between associations. Some call the longer Gojushiho Kata “Dai” and the shorter “Sho”. Myths emerged about the reason for this confusion. Some revolved around JKA Chief Instructor Ueki […]

Master of the Masters: Katsunori Tsuyama

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By Dr. Christian Tribowski Have you ever thought about who the master of Shotokan masters might be? Who trains or has trained, for instance, Tatsuya Naka? The answer is: Katsunori Tsuyama. Although he is widely […]

Makiwara Monday

Makiwara Monday: Tetsuhiko Asai

Keiko

One of the most famous grand masters of Shotokan was late Shihan Tesuhiko Asai. He was not just one of the most creative and agile Karakteka who ever lived. He had also an incredible punching […]

Makiwara Monday: Okinawa Style

Keiko

In comparison to Shotokan Karate, Okinawa Karate is different in many respects. Besides the higher stances especially the execution of punches differ from Shotokan. While Shotokan prefers strikes from a long distance Okinawa Karate focuses […]

Makiwara Monday: The hip rotation is key!

Makiwara Monday

Our friend, Aidos Underbayev from Kazakhstan, has sent us an excellent Makiwara Monday video. It displays the importance of hip rotation. As you can see, Aidos places a lot of emphasis on an initiating hip […]

Women of Shotokan

Women of Shotokan

Hiromi Hishiki – Women of Shotokan

Hiromi Hishiki is an extraordinary Karateka in many respects. She started her training under Masatoshi Nakayama and Tetsuhik Asai. The unprecedented spirit of this time coined her whole later life. Hiromi Hishiki belongs to the […]

Kumite

The Kumite Queen From Malta: Yuki Nocilla and Her Best Fights

Yuki Nocilla belongs to the highly talented karatekas of her generation. Just last weekend, she proved again her class and won the German Championships. We take this as an occasion to portray Yuki Nocilla and […]

Makiwara Monday

Makiwara Monday: Rachel Cardoso

Rachel Cardoso shows us today that smoothness and power belong together. Her soft but very dynamic hip-rotation generates a very strong momentum and thus a very strong gyaku-zuki. Try it yourself and relax your pelvis.

Women of Shotokan

Women of Shotokan: Carol See Tai

Its that warrior in you that keeps you going. The more that you train and the more that you push yourself, the stronger your character becomes. Carol See Tai The budo aspects of Shotokan karate […]

Women of Shotokan

Women of Shotokan: Sandra Hoogerdijk Joannes

“There is something magical about Shotokan Karate!” says Sandra Hoogerdijk Joannes, SKIF Kumite World Champion Masters 50+ of 2019. We could not agree more. However, Sandra lost this magic once. After being a very successful […]

Kumite Boot Camp

Kumite

“A sign of character.” Thomas Prediger about Competitions and Sports Karate

Competitions can have an educative effect. But only when they are done right. We talked with Thomas Prediger, chair of our advisory board, about the value of competitions for karateka and how karate tournaments will […]

Keiko

“Shobu Ippon is not a game like Sports Karate.” Thomas Prediger about Kumite

By Dr. Christian Tribowski Kumite Boot Camp is the regular column of Thomas Prediger in which he will discuss crucial topics for Shotokan Karate. This time, he spoke with Dr. Christian Tribowski about Shobu Ippon […]

Keiko

The Kumite Carousel – Kumite Boot Camp with Thomas Prediger

A fight comprises 3 aspects of behavior: Waiting Reaction Action All 3 must be trained. They can be trained at best under pressure. Then all three aspects become routinized and automatically executed. The Kumite Carousel […]

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Breaking News: Mitsuru Nagaki will be new Chief Instructor of JSKA

A few minutes ago, we received a press release from the JSKA Shihankai about the successor of Shihan Keigo Abe, who unfortunately passed away in December 2019. According to the announcement Mitsuru Nagaki will become […]

Articles

Hirokazu Kanazawa Soke: A personal Obituary

The year 2019 ended with a tragic event for the global Shotokan community: the passing of Hirokazu Kanazawa. The Karate world mourns since then. In this personal obituary Prof. Dr. Wolf Herbert reminisces the extraordinary […]

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Masao Kagawa: The Competitor and Teacher

Masao Kagawa belongs to the most prominent Shotokan karate instructors of today. Two things made this prominence possible: Firstly, his media presents. A myriad of explanatory videos on YouTube and Facebook have introduced him to […]

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Masatoshi Nakayama: The CEO of Shotokan Karate

By Patrick Donkor and Dr. Christian Tribowski Masatoshi Nakayama was a unique personality in many regards. However, no person has done more to expand Shotokan karate around the the World than him. As a long time […]

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