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 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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Jump Spinning Reverse Punch

Last night we started out black belt class with a typical reverse punch routine. But that quickly evolved into something different. Our Sensei asked us to do a “jump spinning ¬†reverse punch“. We’ve all seen the glorious hollywood style jump kicks such as the hurricane kick and the butterfly kick. But this was a move

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