Monthly Archives: March 2011

Tekki Shodan – Commentary

This video shows the kata Tekki Shodan step by step with a verbal commentary of the moves and head movement as the kata is being performed.

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Heian Godan – Commentary

Heian Godan is the final of the basic Heian kata. It has some interesting moves including a wrist trap and twisting motion, in addition to an impressive jump. The kata also introduces a couple of new moves such as mikazuki-geri … Continue reading

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Heian Yondan – Commentary

Heian Yondan is the fourth in the Heian Kata series and introduces a series of new moves that are not found in the first three kata. Heian Yondan is a very interesting kata with a lot of useful application. This … Continue reading

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Basic Kicks: Mawashigeri – Roundhouse kick

The roundhouse kick (mawashigeri) is one of the basic kicks that all karate practitioners learn early on in their training. This video breaks down how to perform the roundhouse kick step-by-step.

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Books: Karate – The Complete Kata by Hirokazu Kanazawa

If you only ever buy one book on the technical aspect of Shotokan karate then this book must be it! Karate: The Complete Kata is written by one of the world’s leading karate masters, and arguably the most famous Shotokan … Continue reading

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The Trip of a Lifetime

I was born and raised in England for 22 years, lived in Germany for 1 year, Japan for 3 years and now the United States for over 10 years. I have traveled throughout Europe and also South-East Asia. As you … Continue reading

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Why is Basic Training (Kihon) so Important?

“Do I have to practice this again? I know how to do it already. Why can’t I learn the next punch and the next kata? Do I still have to do the things that WHITE BELTS do?!?” Have you ever … Continue reading

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Behavioral Congruency

The idea of Behavioral Congruency is not a new one but it is one that is based on sound logical principles. In mathematics the word congruent means something that is exactly the same size and shape. Therefore in terms of … Continue reading

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Piecing Together the Karate Jigsaw Puzzle

As a young kid I used to enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles. Like any other person who has put together a jigsaw puzzle, I soon figured out that I had to create a system to understand the mass of jumbled and … Continue reading

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Discipline

A short talk on discipline. What is it and how does it relate to your karate practice?

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