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Iain Abernethy's picture

Introduce Yourself!

Welcome to members new and old! Please post a few lines to introduce yourself to all other members!

It would be great if people would make their first post their introduction. It’s only polite, after all :-)

All the best,

Iain

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Antonio G's picture

What is the very best style of karate?

Hello, here are my thoughts about this question : what is the best karate style ? 

http://www.karatecolombes.fr/en/what-is-the-very-best-style-of-karate/

Please read, it's not what you think : comments are appreciated :)

Regards,

Antonio 

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Iain Abernethy's picture

What are your golden rules?

Hi All,

I thought it would be fun and beneficial to share combative and kata / bunkai based “golden rules” that we have in our teaching, or that we were taught ourselves.

What I mean by “golden rules” are brief encapsulations of important combative principles – or principles of understanding kata – that are expressed in a sentence or two at most. These are the kind of things I mean (in no particular order):

Don’t be in front of your enemy, but have the enemy in front of you.

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Finlay's picture

Knife hand and forearm variations

Hello Tried to start this post a few times and couldn't get a nice intro so I am going to just jump in with the question...

Do all movements have both knife hand and forearm variations?

I studied the ITF taekwondo patterns which are based, albeit loosely, on shotokan karate kata. As you work through the forms eventually you are introduced to both forearm/closed hand and knife hand/open hand variations of each movement. I was wondering if this also happens in the karate kata.

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Credentials to be a credible dojo owner?

Hi all,

I asked this in another thread and someone expressed interest, so I'll post it as its own topic that might get a different viewing audience.

What martial arts credentials do you all think are necessary and/or nice to have to run or open a dojo? I'm not talking about business skills or things like that (which are obviously beneficial). And I'm assuming that one works on being a good teacher. I'm just talking about evidence that one is effective at a martial art or as a martial art instructor.

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Iain Abernethy's picture

The Okinawan Language (Uchinaaguchi)

Tim Smith (of Kung-Fu Podcasts) has put out a great interview with Dr. Samantha May on the history of the language of the Okinawan People and Martial Arts:

http://www.kungfupodcasts.com/index.php?route=news/article&news_id=87

It’s very interesting and looks at the varied reason why the language (Uchinaaguchi) is endangered and the attempts to preserve and promote it through the practise of martial arts.

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Classic book/reading list

good day!

Trying to come up with a list of must read classical books. Things like Funakoshi Sensei books, Morio Higionna and the like.

Taking suggestions. Thanks!

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Cataphract's picture

Kojo Ryu

Anybody interested in the history of karate will know the name Kojo.

Could this be the real thing? Looks great to me. It would shed some light on how karate came into existence. Does somebody know more about the recent history of Kojo ryu?

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Teaching and Class Management Question

I have a relatively small club, and all the students are beginners (some have achieved the first two ranks, but that is still very much beginner stage). I'm finding that we are hitting a bit of content saturation and progress is slowing down significantly. I strive to train kihon, applications of kihon on pads, practical combination pad drills, kata, bunkai partner drills, bunkai pad drills, and kata based sparring. Some students are starting the fourth kata in our system, and they are becoming overwhelmed.

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Tau's picture

Kyokushin

I'm creating this thread seeking education rather than to express any point. It occurs to me that through this forum, through seminars and through training with like-minded people that we are all very good at bring our respective Karate together through mutual concepts and goals. Under the one roof, be it conceptual such as this forum or literal as in a seminar, we see Shotokan, Wado Ryu, Shito Ryu and even Taekwondo and Tang Soo Do coming together due to shared kata. Even Goju Ryu with their different kata are welcome cousins.

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