Tekki Shodan belongs to the foundation of Karate katas. Its purpose was to prepare Karateka for real-life conflicts.
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Tekki Shodan: Okinawa Strikes Back

Tekki Shodan belongs to the Shotokan katas with the most commonalities with Okinawa katas. First of all, this does not come as a surprise. Because Karate was developed in Okinawa. Therefore, all Shotokan katas share […]

Andre Bertel confessed in a recent blogpost that his hardest Dan examination was godan. He also understand Karate as self-defense.
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Andre Bertel: His “hardest” Dan Examination!

By Dr. Christian Tribowski Everyone, who has seen or heard something about Andre Bertel, comes to the following conclusion: not much could make him lose his inner balance. He always seems to be under control […]

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Have you solved the online Kata puzzle?

Especially for beginners, to learn a new Kata can be challenging. To make it more easy the website karate-kampfkunst.de offers online Kata Puzzles. We find it an excellent and innovative way to teach Kata. In […]

Gigo Funakoshi had a more fighting oriented approach. With him the aspect of self-defense became prominent in Shotokan Karate Philosophy.
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Makiwara Monday: Beyond Gyaku-Zuki by Michael Ehrenreich

Most of the time, the Makiwara is used to train Gyaku-Zuki. In this video Michael Ehrenreich shows how versatile Makiwara training can be. Especially short distances strikes can be trained very efficient on the Makiwara.