Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sequence of Learning Kata

This video explains the different steps of learning kata, for example: direction, technique, sequence of moves, speed, power, etc.

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Basic Kicks – Maegeri

In karate, the front kick (maegeri) is probably the most important and most used of any kick. In this video, the mechanics of the front kick are demonstrated, and several methods of practice are suggested.

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The Benefits of Keeping a Training Diary

Most Shotokan practitioners would probably agree that one of the hardest things to do in karate is to get to class consistently and to train regularly.  Despite all of the trials and tribulations of learning the mechanics and execution of … Continue reading

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Five Simple Tips for Making Each Lesson Different

Often one of the biggest challenges for a martial arts instructor is coming up with different ways to present the same material and create varied lessons each week.  Finding a good balance between teaching the required content and making your … Continue reading

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The Importance of Having a Beginner’s Mind

As a karate instructor or high-level practitioner of the martial arts it is often useful to remember where we came from and how we got to where we are.  Our journeys were not always easy and our students deserve to … Continue reading

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The Three Ks of Karate

The education system often talks about the ‘Three Rs’ of Reading Writing and Arithmetic. To a casual observer, one might say that the education system was flawed from the very beginning by the fact that it can’t spell! In Karate, … Continue reading

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Effective Lesson Planning for Karate Instructors

This article deals with the very important aspect of lesson planning. Just as school teachers need to plan their lessons, I feel that karate instructors should also plan their lessons. After several years of teaching experience the planning process naturally … Continue reading

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What is Karate really all about?

This question seems like a very innocent and fun type of question to try and answer but the truth is that it is not an easy question to answer at all. “What is karate really all about?” Is it about … Continue reading

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Heian Sandan – Commentary

Heian Sandan is the third of the Heian katas and introduces the horse stance (kiba-dachi). The path of the kata only goes forward and sideways, there are no diagonals in this kata. This video shows the kata step by step … Continue reading

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Basic Blocks – Part 2

In Part 2 of Basic Blocks, the five main blocks of Shotokan karate are demonstrated moving forwards step by step.

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