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Gichin Funakoshi 20 Guiding Principles Of Karatedo Niju Kun

Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan karate, laid out the Twenty Precepts of Karate (Niju kun), which are there as a guide for all karateka to follow and adhere to. These principles form the foundations Shotokan karate. These twenty principles were based heavily on Bushido and Zen. The principles allude to notions of respect, […]


Are You A Karate Super Sensei?

Are you a ‘Super Sensei’, or do you train with one? If you are one, I’m probably going to upset you now, if you train with one, you’re probably going to be one, sooner or later. If you’re not a Super Sensei, or training with one, then I hope you enjoy this article. There is […]


Master Anko Itosu and His Ten Precepts of Karate

Master Anko Itosu was a very important person in the development of Shotokan karate, he was probably the first person to practice a karate that resembles the type of Shotokan karate that is practiced today. He was responsible for taking the martial art from being a secretive, behind closed doors art, to being practiced by […]


Self Defence And Looking Into The Future Be Aware!

An important part of karate practice and especially self defence, is awareness! Wherever you are, you need to ba aware of the people around you, the people moving towards you, away from you, the people who are looking at you. While at the same time you are aware of people, you need to also be […]


Are Karate Competitions Good Or Bad?

My short answer is a definate yes, they are good. As karate competitions can bring out the best in people. But that can quickly turn to a definate no, they are bad for many karateka who compete. As karate competitions can also bring out the worst in people. As many Sensei reading this will agree, […]


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! So for me, spirit always […]