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TaiChi Mark
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Hi everyone

I am 40 now and live in Birmingham (England) but originally from London. Started karate 1990 achieving 2kyu in a couple of different styles but became put off as every time I moved basically had to start again with different clubs / styles and 2 I read Iain's KGM and it opened my mind to new ways of looking at things ( I.e. There was more than kick punch karate).

I now regard my base style as (practical) Ta Chi Chuan under Dan  Docherty (no grades in TCC) but also train  in JKD, have dabbled in Thai and grappling and am 1st Dan in Britsh Free Fighting ( v similar to Krav Maga). I have followed Iains work since though and never totally lost karate roots, especially power generation from the Shukokai and the work ethic, directness from the kyokushinkai. 

My main interest is making my traditional arts practical and relevant, relating to modern ideas of conditioning and self protection as expounded in this forum. Iain's approach and methods continue to motivate me and have a lot in common with how I train. Whilst nowhere near a master I have had enough  experience to judge what is useful, have been in quite a number sticky situations through work (I teach teenagers with severe learning difficulties and challenging behaviour)'and am definitely a big picture person, seeing common elements and principles between many martial arts.

Have followed the forum and podcasts for ages - there is a massive amount of collective expereince here! And will try to chip in with a few pennies worth I when have time.

Happy training- Mark

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Hello all,

My name is David Hogsette, and I'm currently in western Pennsylvania. I have yudansha rank in Matsubayashi Ryu and Shotokan. I run a small club through my local YMCA and have a handful of beginners training with me. The organization I belong to, Shorin Ryu Karatedo International, has a basic curriculum but also allows us great flexibility to develop our own elements into our curriculum. I'm focusing primarily on practical bunkai and self-protection, and I'm interested in joining WCA when the time is right. Looking forward to learning from each other. 



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Hi all

I'm Adam i practice Shotokan Karate,previously i was practicing judo and i am happy been around martial artists. I am black belt 1st dan under the instructions of Sensei Tetsuo Ootake and  i want to explore Karate as a fighting tactic.

Generally i like music,bikes,trips,meditation and peace...


Lionel Froidure
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I am french and practicing karate for 30 years. Former international fighter. Now, I am more on practical application, bio-mecanics and understanding principles. 

Also doing Arnis Kali, traditional style of Filipino martial art with sticks, knife and bare hands. 

Teaching Karate for 20 years now and still learning everyday. That's why I'm here, to learn and to share. 


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Hello everyone, my name is Patricia and I'm from Wisconsin, USA. I practice Shotokan and Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu, teaching primarily Shotokan. I got my start about 20 years ago in kyuki-do. My focus is primarily self-protection, although sport is fun and I am enjoying learning weapons. Teaching is my full time job now and I love it. My goal is to learn as much as possible so I can share it with my students.

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Jeremy here, born and raised in South Texas, now living in Ohio.  I studied TKD for a brief stint in my youth, and dabbled off and on, mostly trying to remember what little I had learned until I joined the Marine Corps at 19, when "martial arts" took on a totally different meaning.  Fast forward another 10 years, and I started studying Matsubayashi Ryu for another brief stint, after which I moved to Goju Ryu, and there I've stayed.  For me, the greatest joy is in teaching, and I've been a personal fitness instructor and taught "Spinning" classes (now THAT will take the weight off!)  My dojo is primarily focused on community outreach, especially for low income and at-risk teenagers and children, which makes for a very rewarding (though trying) teaching experience.  Learning is my passion, and the wider range your knowledge covers, the more likely you are to find the right way to interact with a student.  I was only recently promoted to black belt, which is both exhilarating, and terrifying.  Now, now is when the hard part starts.

Stuart Akers
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Hello everyone (glad to be here, not just the forum, generally).

I'm 68, a 9th Dan Soke in Jujitsu, I started back in 1964/5 with Roy Stanhope in Bradford, then switched to Jujitsu under Charlles Mack and I've been training ever since, so you can do the maths.

Currently got an ongoing battle on my hands, I've had about 6 cancers (i've lost count) in the past 9 years and, shock horror,  the bladder cancer has returned, so more chemo to enliven my existance.

I must admit I'm becoming something of a reluctant expert on training while undergoing treatment, if anyone want to chat about cancer or has symptoms they're not sure about feel free to pm me.

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Hello all,

Just recently restarted Karate after a 20 year pause for university, marriage, mortgage, children, etc. etc. etc. Had a health scare this last winter and realized that if I did not restart I would be instead starting a slow decline.

Anyway, I made it to Shodan before I left for college. I studied an American derivative of Shotokan, heavily sporting based. Great people but the love of Kata that I have always had was viewed as an oddity. I have restarted in the same school as an assistant instructor (the free tution was hard to pass on) and have started the long process of convincing the senior instructor that bunkai is good. 

Interested in meeting anyone that is in the central Ohio area, please drop me a private message.  

Thanks, Mike

Barry O'Sullivan
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Hi all I'm Barry O'Sullivan, 29 from NW London/Hertfordshire. Been a lurker on this forum for a little while but finally thought I'd buck my ideas up and start contributing! Love all martial arts with my main art being Shotokan Karate but I have also dabbled in Muay Thai and Boxing. I thought MT and boxing were great for competing and fitness but not for lifelong study like Karate-Do is. I took a 6 year break from Karate whilst I served in the 2nd Battalion the Royal Green Jackets although I still did my own training when I could. I left the army in 2009 and been interested in practical karate ever since. Got all Iains books and a lot of his DVD's. Also like the work of VInce Morris, John Titchen, Andi Kidd and even Master Wong! Look forward to having a great chat with you all and continuing to learn. Thanks for reading, all the best :)

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Hey everyone,

My name is Daniel Marino and I own a school in Southeastern Pennsylvania. I have been practicing Tang Soo Do for 16 years and have recently taken an active interest in practical bunkai. Whenever sensei Abernethy is on the East coast I try to make it out to his seminars. Been to 4 of them so far. I will do my best to contribute to discussions here but as I still consider myself a beginner I will most likely be just observing. Thanks!

Jeremy McLean
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New guy here! Been lurking for awhile and just attended Iain's seminar in Franklin, NC. Been a martial artist for going on 23 years now. With my current focus being shotokan and its practical roots. I have shodan in "American" karate and 5th kyu in shotokan. Exposed to lots of other stuff over the years....BJJ, ww2 combatives, escrima, kickboxing, etc. Glad to be part of the forum!

Alex Morris
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Hello everyone,

I have been training in karate, with a couple of breaks, since I was 9 years old ( I'm now 30). The core style I train in is wado ryu, I have also trained in kyokushin and more recently shotokan. Most of the training I have done has been sport karate but, after having a two to three year break from regular training, I've spent the last year focusing on practical karate.

I have always loved kata and always felt there was more to it than the occasional run through in lessons with one or two applications. When I started training again last year I discovered Iain Abernethy work and decided that's what I wanted to focus on. I am in the process of building a library of books and dvds to improve my knowledge and training.

I'm sure I will learn a lot from everyone on here.

Les Bubka
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Hi to all members

My name is Les i'm training nearly 20 years Shin ai do karate, got experense in Olimpc Wrestling, since 2007 resident in Unitede Kingdom  and running small dojo in Guildford. 

Kind regards Les Bubka

Evening artist
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Hi All,

My name is Omar.

I have trained in various Martial Arts since the age of 12 or so. I started off with Jujitsu, then changed to Karate (Shotokan) and, more recently, Taekwondo (ITF). I've also delved into a couple of other arts, such as Aikido and kickboxing. It's only recently that I have discovered the practical side of training and am interested in the Patterns/kata and how they can be interpreted. I am a member of the NWTKD association, based in Preston, England and have been since 2012.

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Hi Everyone My name's Paul from Chester, UK. Ive practised Shotokan with Bukonkai Karate International since 1996. I had a break for a few years whilst at uni (where i studied Goju ryu) and came back to Shotokan in 2012. Currently Nidan and i assist with the teaching at two local clubs. I find the application of kata fascinating hence how i ended up on this forum. It's a great source of info.

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Hi all, names Matt from Auckland, New Zealand. Been practicing Goju for about 2 and a half years, managed to work my way to 4th kyu. Currently 2 years into learning Japanese and I'm quite interested in kata application and karate/Japanese history. Occassionally dabble in weapons (had a bo, nunchuku and a pair of sai handed down to me).

Antonio G
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Hello, I'm Antonio, karate instructor in France, near Paris : http://www.karatecolombes.fr (some articles are translated in english)

I practice shotokan since 5 years old, I'm 5th dan.

You can follow me on twitter : http://twitter.com/AntonioGkarate

Chris R
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Hi everyone, I'm Chris. In terms of Karate I have trained in Shotokan, currently 1st dan (shodan) black belt. I am especially interested in the practical applications of Karate. Aside from Karate, I have trained and fought in Muay Thai (this was a very good learning experience), and I'm going to keep expanding my abilities. Got lots of goals and training to do for the future.

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Hi All:

First off, glad to be here! I'm looking forward to learning from all of you and excited to be a part of this community. 

I began training at the age of 5 (30 now) in a school that was predominantly jiujitsu but they brought in a mash-up of karate (shotokan and shito-ryu mostly). Point fighting was a very big thing for me and that school. I recieved my nidan there before heading to college and training/teaching Shotokan (ISKF). Also took up Wing Chun, Kickboxing (Bokator) and Kyokushin at that time.

During college was when I started shifting to practical and applied martial arts, engaging in lots of full contact and exploring every style I could find. Now I'm living the dream teaching a few dedicated students and being Mr. Mom to my girls. 


Matteo Marmugi
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Hello everyone my name's Matteo Marmugi.

I'm from Italy, I'm 26 and I've been training karate since I was 5, now I am instructor 3rd dan.

Nice to meet all of you!

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Hello everyone,

i started training Shotokan Karate in 1989 and have been practising ever since with varying intensity. I now do Koshinkan which basically is Shotokan Karate with an emphasis on non-linear footwork. I have also cross-trained in other martial arts, of which judo, jiujitsu and modern arnis were the most important. As i was unlucky with the applications of the kata that were shown to me, i eventually found the work of Iain. My focus in Karate now is Bunkai/Oyo, especially for Kanku-Dai(Kushanku), Nijushiho(Niseishi) and Tekki(Naihanchi).

I have followed this forum for years and therefore i would like to thank all those whose application or information i put to use.