Gichin Funakoshi was the founder of Shotokan Karate Do. He coined the Shotokan Karate Philosophy in a pacifistic way.
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Gichin Funakoshi: The Effects of the Wrong Translation of his Biography

The Importance of Gichin Funakoshi´s Autobiography for Shotokan Karate Today’s convictions about Shotokan Karate are predominantly based on karate literature. Gichin Funakoshi´s autobiography (1868–1957) has become one of the most popular and influentially books for […]

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The Oss-Controversy: A Reply by Michael Ehrenreich on Andreas Quast

The Starting Point of the Oss-Controversy Last weekend, we published the excellent article by Andreas Quast “To “Oss”, or Not to “Oss”? The Difficult History of Oss!“. It caused the Oss-Controversy. Andreas historically reconstructed in […]

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Traditional Shotokan: What is traditional about it?

By Dr. Christian Tribowski Many masters, associations, and Karateka claim to practice traditional Shotokan. They usually do this in order to distinguish their Karate from what is called Sports Karate. A precise definition what traditional […]

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Shotokan Karate Philosophy – Diverse and Confusing

By Dr. Christian Tribowski Have you ever found yourself in a deep discussion about Shotokan Karate Philosophy? Have you ever felt torn apart between different aspects of Shotokan like bushido on the one hand and […]

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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