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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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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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Vertical Slingshot

Technically speaking vertical slingshot is an essence of karate technique. It is a movement pattern which combines its internal and external aspects and does so in optimal proportion – in the way which “extracts” maximum energy out of the movement. That translates into unique quality and another level of performance, especially when speed, power and […]

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Choku-zuki Straight Punch Like A Whip Not A Thud!

​The below article and video are from our FREE 7 Day Video Home Study Course, which you can access by clicking the button below, you will also get access to our bronze membership level for FREE!! CLICK HERE For Our FREE 7 Day Video Home Study Course Shotokan Sensei teach many variations of this punch. […]

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Shotokan Karate Kumite Simultaneous Block Strike Exercise

Here is a kumite exercise working on simultaneous block and counter strikes with a fast strike immediately after the block and a take down on the fourth combination. The attacker punches with a left kizami zuki (jab punch), the defender blocks and strikes simultaneously, soto uke (outsideblock) and gyaku zuki (reverse punch). The blocking hand […]

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Basic Shotokan Karate Techniques From Shizentai

Here is a good shotokan karate training combination, comprising of basic strikes from shizentai or yoi dachi (natural stance). In this exercise Marcus is using the basic shotokan karate moves, chokuu zuki (straight punch), teisho uchi (palm heel strike), heito uchi (ridge hand strike), shuto uchi (knife hand strike), tettsui uchi (bottom fist strike) and […]

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Single Strikes On The Pads Put Into A Combination

Here’s a good focus pads exercise, using single strikes and some basic footwork. Video at the bottom of this page. My Sensei always used to say to me, hit hard, fast and accurately! We practice a striking art, so karateka should be good at striking. I always try and encourage karateka to hit things with […]

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Shotokan Karate Techniques Brown Belt Kicking Combination 2

Four kicks on the spot. A really good exercise for balance and strengthening the supporting leg. Within our Dojo, this shotokan kicking combination is first practiced at brown belt and is then used at every examination, up to black belt. Starting from a left side fighting stance and kicking with the right leg. 1. Front […]

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Target Exercise Using Oi Zuki Technique

Shotokan Karate Training Videos Target Exercise Using Oi Zuki Technique The sooner a karateka understands distance (ma-ai), the better. This is a very simple but effective distance and target exercise. From kamae step and attack oi zuki in zenkutsudachi. The basic principles apply, keep low, use the driving leg, keep the back straight, shoulders down, […]

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