What Karate can teach us! Shinji Akita during a seminar in Malta

What is Fudoshin? And How to Achieve It?

Fudoshin (不動心) means indomitable, incorruptible. It is the achievement of a clear and determined mind, and having a centred spirit. Fudoshin translates as ‘immovable mind’ or ‘unshakable heart’. By Thomas D. McKinnon The True Meaning […]


Devastating: Sen No Sen Mae Geri

Sen no sen has a devastating effect – when it works. The reason is that the forward momentum of the attacker adds to the forward movement of the defender. Both movements combined create a level […]


Shotokan Karate as Royal Education

By Nicholas Kurian and Dr. Christian Tribowski A “Royal Education” has ancient origins. However, it has modern applications; it can generate exceptional leaders. Shotokan karate can be a royal education. We describe in this article […]


Shoshin?! The State of Mind for Studying Anything

By Thomas D. McKinnon ‘Shoshin’, (初心), translates to ‘Beginner’s mind’.  To quote the Zen master, Shunryu Suzuki: ‘In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.  A true […]


What is Fighting Spirit? And how to train it!

By Michael Ehrenreich We can see if somebody possesses fighting spirit or not. Fighting spirit seems to be ubiquitous. We all know what fighting spirit is. Until we are being asked for an explanation. Fighting […]

Advisory Board

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 […]


Mikio Yahara: Unsu is my Life! Interview

There have been many very dynamic Shotokan karatekas. Today, we would like to introduce you to Mikio Yahara, chief instructor of the KWF. Like most karateka he has a signature kata. For Mikio Yahara it […]


What is Mushin? And How to Achieve It?

By Thomas D. McKinnon What is Mushin? Mushin: the term is a shortened form of, ‘Mushin no shin’ (無心の心). This Zen expression means, basically, ‘mind without mind’. It refers to the state of ‘no-mindness’. Or […]