Masters Of Karate Anko Itosu

Masters Of Karate Anko Itosu
Master Anko Itosu, after being one of the driving forces behind the push to get karate into Okinawan schools, he is also considered by many, to be the main reason karate spread to mainland Japan and then the rest of the world! Anko Itosu was born in 1831 and died in 1915. He was small in stature and shy as a child. He was raised in a strict h [...]

Master Anko Itosu – Ten Precept...

In October 1908, Master Anko Itosu wrote a letter, “Ten Precepts (Tode Jukun) of Karate,” to impress upon the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of War in Japan, on the benefits of karate practice. Ten Precepts of Karate Karate did not develop from Buddhism or Confucianism. In the past the Shorin-ryu school and the Shorei-ryu [...]

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 p [...]

Simultaneous Block and Counter Shotok...

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 and s [...]

Shotokan Karate Heian Kata 1-5

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 masters [...]

Shotokan Karate Kata Tutorial Taikyok...

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 entire kata consists of just one Shotokan stance a [...]
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