Category Archives: Basic Membership

Jion – Commentary

This video demonstrates and explains the moves of the kata Jion. Each move is presented in detail while giving a verbal explanation of the key points while doing the various moves.

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Enpi – Commentary

The kata Enpi is usually studied at the brown belt level and has a couple of variations depending on the particular Shotokan school. This version shows the SKIF version of the kata with a step-by-step explanation of the different moves.

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Jiyu ippon kumite – Maegeri

This video shows the main defenses against a maegeri attack in the SKIF jiyu ippon kumite system of Master Kanazawa.

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Jiyu ippon kumite – Chudan

This video clip demonstrates the four chudan defenses used in the SKIF jiyu ippon kumite system.

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Jiyu ippon kumite – Jodan

This sequence of defenses shows different ways of dealing with a head punch (jodan) in the free one-step sparring system of Master Kanazawa’s SKIF.

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Kanku-dai – Commentary

Kanku-dai is one of the most important Shotokan katas, if not the most important. This video demonstrates and explains each move of the kata step-by-step in detail.

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Bassai-dai – Commentary

An explanation of the different moves in the kata Bassai-dai with a step-by-step demonstration of the kata.

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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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The Benefits of Failure

To use the words “benefit” and “failure” in the same sentence probably qualifies as an oxymoron. Like any good lesson in life, however, the things that we are afraid of the most often give us the best insights. I have … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between a Martial Art and a Sport?

This article focuses on an issue that is often written about in martial arts circles and will no doubt continue to be debated for years to come. It is the basic question about whether karate is a martial art or … Continue reading

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