Kumite Kid Back Online and Training

Greetings All, To anyone reading, my website has been down for several months now. This site was very graciously hosted on a dedicated sever by a work contact. During a server migration, my site went down and remained down for several months due to a DNS error and I didn’t have time to mess with

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Heian Godan Kata, One Kiai or Two?

One of the biggest issues with traditional martial arts today is consistency from school to school or instructor to instructor. When teaching or taking karate, you will start to encounter problem areas in kata and other basics/drills. What do I mean by “problem areas”? Lets take a basic example. For 20+ years, you may train with

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The Three Lost Shotokan Kata

In tonight’s Monday Night Black Belt class we had a long, interesting discussion over Bassai Dai (which I posted a different blog post about previous to this one). But I wanted to write a quick blog about another topic we talked about briefly. Shihan talked about the three lost kata. Something I never really thought

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The History and Bunkai of Bassai Sho

In last weeks Monday night black belt class, we given a homework assignment. Shihan Viola asked us to research the application behind Bassai Sho. The week passed by quickly and today was our day to break down this kata. We spent the entire class discussing the bunkai (application) behind the kata. Take a look at

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The proper timing for kata Hangetsu

This past several month’s we have been practicing the kata Hangetsu in our Monday black belt class, translated to “Half Moon” in Japanese. Gichin Funakoshi felt the need to introduce tension-style training into the Shotokan repertoire as this was not only a great training and conditioning element, but also something very common in other styles

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Four Step Punching Drill

In our Saturday Morning black belt class, we have a four step punching drill we do. I was reminded of this drill because we did it in our Oct. 2 2012 Monday Night Black Belt class. This is a pretty simple drill for intermediate to advanced practitioners. Stepping Punch, Stepping Reverse Punch, Stepping Reverse Punch,

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