Category Archives: Ideas and Concepts

The Problem Today with Bunkai

So the arguments and discussions continue on the web about “bunkai”. Is it any surprise that no consensus has been reached? We have a misinterpreted word with bad translations and a general misunderstanding about its purpose and suddenly everyone has … Continue reading

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The Imbalance of Traditional Kihon Training

At the risk of sounding a little controversial, I have a gripe about the way we karate instructors and students practice our kihon (basics).  Let me set the scene… The class lines up and everyone bows in.  A warm up … Continue reading

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Enter form, exit form

There is a saying in Japanese martial arts that translates as “Enter form, exit form”. When you first see these words they don’t really make much sense as there is no context in which to place them. However the meaning … Continue reading

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The Blocking Myth

I have always been fascinated by languages, so much so that I majored in German and minored in Japanese for my Bachelor’s Degree. During my studies, I had to learn translation and was given passages in the foreign language that … Continue reading

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Harmonizing with your Opponent

The process of learning kumite (sparring or partner work) in Shotokan karate can be a long and arduous path. Usually a practitioner begins by learning the introductory kihon of our style such as punches, blocks and kicks and then basic … 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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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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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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