Community
Spirit

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 […]

Shinji Akita in Malta
Keiko

Shinji Akita in Malta: A Seminar Report

By Luke Rocco Between October 18 and 20, 2019, Shotokan Karate-do Association Malta hosted world-renowned Shinji Akita Sensei, 6th Dan, to lead a training seminar for the first time in Malta. Amongst the 100 Maltese […]

Articles

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 […]

Articles
Articles

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 […]

Women of Shotokan

Women of Shotokan: Mirjam Widmer

Mirjam Widmer knows only too well that with passion also comes – sometimes – pain. Karate is her passion and she pursues it with willpower and commitment. For her karate means: “a combat against myself […]

Articles

What is Zanshin? – The State of A Fighting Mind

By Thomas D. McKinnon What does Zanshin mean? Literally translated, zanshin means ‘left over or remaining heart /spirit/mind’. However, for the dedicated karateka, it means the state of total awareness. Being still within, while aware […]

Articles