Kumite

Classic: Shihan Nakayama´s Self-Defense

In modern day Shotokan training, self-defense aspects are of minor importance. For Shihan Nakayama, however, Goshinjiyu (護身術, engl. self-defense) seemed to be a vital element of Shotokan – also against weapons. For a closer look, […]

Kata

Andre Bertel in Halle, Germany

Andre Bertel had been one of the last students of the late Shihan Tesuhiko Asai. Like no other, Sensei Bertel has incorporated the dynamic, fast, flexible, and unique style of Shihan Asai. This year, he […]

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Kihon
Kihon

Makiwara Monday

Some love it, some hate it. However, it does not matter what you think about it, the Makiwara is an integral training device for Shotokan Karate. Kime (jap. 決め), endurance, timing, precision, and hardening of […]

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Kata

Taiji Kase and Tekki Sandan

Some say, tekki katas were the foundation of karate as it was taught in Okinawa. In any case, their motions indicate a close range defense situation, which requires fast and strong arm techniques as well […]

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Kumite

Master Funakoshi and Kumite

Master Funakoshi had a very pacifistic attitude towards life in general and karate especially. According to rumors, Gigo Funakoshi, his son and also an excellent Karateka, brought kumite into Shotokan. No wonder that pictures, where […]