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Kizami-Zuki And Gyaku-Zuki Basic Combination

Video at the bottom of this page where we look at shomen hanmi and the use of the legs, whilst punching kizami-zuki and gyaku-zuki. Kizami-zuki and gyaku-zuki from front stance. Shomen and hanmi are an essential part of shotokan karate, but sometimes it takes a little while to understand. There are different explanations of shomen […]

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Which of These Unsu Kata Video Do You Like?

​We would love to know what you think. Please leave a comment at the bottom of these videos. Oss!Unsu! Probably the most difficult Shotokan kata, both physically and technically. A very dynamic kata, tr​ansferring from slow karate moves into extremely explosive karate techniques and combinations. There are twists, turns, spins, a jump up and a […]

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Do You Hit Things?

As karate is primarily a striking art, I have always believed in punch bag, focus pads, kick shield and makiwara, training.You may disagree, but one of my primary objectives with new and experienced karateka, is to encourage them to hit fast and hard. Not only is this an essential part of a striking art, such […]

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The ‘Shock Hit’ In And Out Of The Karate Dojo

One of our Karate club’s, Brown Belt’s, was kicked in the head recently with a beautifully timed and controlled mawashigeri (roundhouse kick). He was stunned, shocked and bewildered, but he was ok. The karate kick was well controlled, no lost teeth, no knockout, no broken jaw, no broken nose, in fact, no broken anything. So […]

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Continuous Attack Against Amashi Waza

Amashi-waza (body shift and switch) is a form of Go-no-sen (response after opponent’s attack). Amashi-Waza Video Tutorial below this article In its basic form it uses stretching the distance in order to avoid the attack and switch in direction to execute counter attack. The longer the distance involved the easier for initiating side to adjust […]

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Dynamic Distance Control – Stretching Distance

In the video below we will look at using dynamic distance control. This is excellent drill for working on balance between commitment and control and getting good at it proves that one does not exclude the other. The basic question it asks is if you are able to adapt during those 0.2 second needed for […]

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Direct Attack As A Means To Engage The Opponent

In the video below we will look at using direct attack to engage the opponent. In general the defender facing the attack has two different options: staying engaged while moving forward, backward, sideways, remaining in place or – disengage by moving away from the attacker in any direction. While the first group of options allows […]

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Shotokan Karate – Which Is More Important – Spirit or Technique?

I believe Seishin (spirit) to be one of the most important aspects of karate practice. Technique is also important, but if someone has no spirit, their karate is just like a dance, it does not matter how good the technique is, if there is no spirit, there is no karate! Sometimes your spirit is all […]

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Blocking Too Early

Being too eager to respond to opponent’s action, whether it means the attack or block that is too early, gives the other side strategic advantage. ​Video below this articleWhat it means is that initiating (attacking) side can invest less energy in order to receive more energy from blocking side in return. In other words the […]

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