JKA Kata Video

A brilliant shotokan karate kata video compilation. This is full of JKA champions! My favourite kata can be seen at 25.28, where Sensei Tomoyuki Aihara, performs Unsu (cloud hands) at the 3rd Shoto World Cup in Sunderland, England, where he came 1st, beating the incredible Sensei Frank Brennan. I really like Sensei Aihara’s Unsu, so I put another clearer video of him underneath, performing Shotokan kata Unsu. BTW, This is the video below where Aihara Sensei apparantly loses his dentures on the last kiaii, watch closely :) Oss! Linden

Simultaneous Block and Counter Shotokan Karate Kumite Exercise

This kumite exercise consists of three gyaku zuki (reverse punch) attacks, with 3 simultaneous block/reverse punch counters. This is a great shotokan exercise for timing. Start slowly, then gradually pick up the speed, until the attacker can add in dummy and feigns before the attacks are launched (see video below). It takes great timing andContinue Reading

Shotokan Karate Heian Kata 1-5

The History Of The Heian (Pinan) katas One of the stories surrounding the history of the Heian (Pinan) katas claims that Master Shishu, Anko (Yasutsune Itosu) learned a Kata from a Chinese living in Okinawa. This Kata was called “Chiang Nan” by the Chinese man. The form became known as “Channan” to the Okinawan mastersContinue Reading

Shotokan Karate Kata Tutorial Taikyoku Shodan or Kihon Kata

Taikyoku Shodan or Kihon Kata is the first kata in the Shotokan karate system and the first kata in the Taikyoku series, of which there are six. It is the most basic of all Shotokan kata and has only 20 moves, which comprise of downward block (gedan barai) and stepping punch (oi zuki). The entireContinue Reading

Karate And The Fujian Quan (boxing) or White Crane Connection

Below is a facsinating video, looking at the connection between karate and White Crane Kung Fu. One of the founders of  karate, Master Kanryo Higaonna, travelled from Okinawa to fujian province in China, to study martial arts. He studied under a kung fu master by the name of Ryu Ryu Ko, although there is noContinue Reading

Karate Classes – 8 Tips to Help Your Kumite (Sparring)

When first starting karate, many people are worried about the kumite (sparring), but then again, some people go to the karate dojo, ONLY for the kumite! But whether you enjoy the sparring, or are petrified, there are certain basic principles that can ease the pain for the people who find the sparring difficult and dramaticallyContinue Reading

Learning Karate – Relax! 5 Top Tips On How To Relax During Karate Training

Karateka need to relax during training, but unfortunately many karateka move around like Robbie Robots! Peoples natural demeaner is sometimes maginfied in the karate dojo. If someone is naturally quite tense, they will sometimes become even more tense because that’s how they have lived their life for many years and at the opposite end ofContinue Reading

Karate Practice – How Often Should I Train?

Normally, someone new to Karate will attend one session per week in the beginning, as the student progresses this will obviously increase. I personally recommend training at least two sessions per week, as soon as possible, but once per week is ok for the first three to six months, after this, a minimum of twoContinue Reading

What’s the Strongest kick in karate?

Well, for me, it most certainly isn’t, ushiro mawashi geri (reverse roundhouse kick), off the front leg. That’s one of the great aspects about karate and martial arts in general, there’s something for everyone. Every karateka will differ, what works for one, doesn’t necessarily work for another. The strongest kick for one karateka may beContinue Reading

Learning Martial Arts – Karate Benefits For All the Family

Our lives are getting crazy fast and nobody seems to have time for anything, but work, school and paying the bills! Life should be better, but people are more stressed today than they ever have been. Fast cars, fast food, fast computers, remote controls, email, video games, council tax, car tax, electric bills, gas bills,Continue Reading