Gima-Ha Eikoku Karate-Do Renmei
FOOTWORK ‘Unsoku’ or ‘Footwork’ is an essential element to all ‘Fighting Arts’, and within ‘Japanese Budo’ it becomes part of the ‘Kihon’ structure. We see it within all the ‘Kata’, and it goes without saying that without it, ‘Kumite’ become ‘limp’ and most likely ineffective. ‘Unsoku’ is essential for being able to fight with ‘skill’ …
Modern ‘Sports Karate Kata’ performances are often ‘dramatic’ and at times the ‘movements’, timings, and the ‘ferocious glare’ exaggerated! It is probably great for the spectator, and those unfamiliar with Japanese ‘Budo’, but is it real. Does it have relevance? Doubtless there are those who will state that the ‘power in the eyes’ or “Me-Jikara …
Gima-Ha Karate (formerly called Shōtō-Ryu) is a fusion between mainline Shotokan and the original style from Okinawa.
We encompass both the standardised Shōtō-Kan as seen in Japan Karate Association, Shōtōkan Karate International, All Japan Karate-Do Shōtō-Kan etc.
Our karate differs in our Koryu (old School kata) and the ‘Funakoshi Nage-waza’ (throwing techniques) which augment the standard curriculum.