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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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Karate as Self-defense: Andre Bertel’s Shotokan

By Dr. Christian Tribowski We admit: We like Andre Bertel´s style of Karate. His refreshing understanding of Shotokan Karate as self-defense and its application to real fighting situations deserve more attention. Real Fights are Different […]

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Koji Arimoto: Unsu Jump and Bunkai

Koji Arimoto is a Shotokan prodigy. The world champion of 2012 has displayed his excellent skills in several Kata videos lately. One of the most astonishing is his explanatory video of the Unsu jump which […]

Karate and the Olympics: Tokyo will be the only time that Karateka can fight for Olympic gold.
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Master of the Masters: Katsunori Tsuyama

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 […]

Addison and Eleanor with a strong focus on Hikite!
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Ueda Daisuke applies Sen no sen and intercepts the Kizami-Zuki of his opponent.
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Ueda Daisuke, Sen no sen, and Ikken Hissatsu

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 […]

What is the relation between Kihon, Kata, and Kumite?
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Reader Questions: Relation between Kihon, Kata, and Kumite?

Shotokan Karate is not self-explaining. However, especially elderly Senseis follow the strict Japanese and Zen Buddhist tradition that learning means observing not listening. While this can be a good approach to gain deeper insights. Many […]

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