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Is Shotokan Karate Effective? About The Effectiveness Paranoia

The effectiveness of Shotokan karate as self-defense has caused plenty of discussions in the last decade. But is effectiveness even important? Are we paranoid when it come to effectiveness? By Jonas Correia A few weeks […]

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Jonas during his debute fight in Karate Combat.
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Karate Combat: Why I Compete in it!

By Jonas Correia Last year we were introduced to a professional Karate league where renowned semi-contact karate athletes fought in full contact rules in a competition quite different from what we are used to see. […]

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JKA Spirit in Germany: Keigo Shimizu

Keigo Shimizu, chief instructor of Dojo Yamato in Düsseldorf, Germany, and member of the advisory board of The Shotokan Times is not just an expert in Shotokan theory and history. He is also an excellent […]

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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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Kumite Classics: Masao Kagawa vs. Georg Best

Usually, Masao Kagawa´s style is nothing but splendid. But the following match was not the most beautiful fight. On the other hand, it still belongs to the most exciting matches in the history of Shotokan. […]

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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 […]