KARATE – MARTIAL ART OR SPORT?

February 24, 2022 0 Comments

空手は武道ですか、それともスポーツですか? An instructor’s consideration. This essay has been submitted by Paul Simpson, Yondan of Gima-Ha UK (Shisei Kai Branch). It is thought provoking, and written from his personal perspective. IS KARATE A SPORT? For  the purpose of this submission I have discussed traditional and sports karate.   The definition of a sport by the Oxford English …

着眼点 Chakugan Ten of Kata – Point of Focus

February 24, 2022 0 Comments

An instructor’s submission for consideration. This essay has been submitted by Carl Gigg, Yondan, of the Gima-Ha UK (Shisei Kai Branch). Please give it careful consideration. Chakugan Ten of Kata Essay by Carl Gigg For this essay, we are looking at the ten elements of kata, highlighting five or six points in detail for discussion. …

Ramblings on Kata 

February 6, 2022 0 Comments

Formalised karate ‘kata’ are normally practised within the Shoto-Ryu/Shoto-Kan/Shoto-Kai systems (and in fact most Okinawa and Japanese Budo systems, not just karate-do/), as a solitary ‘enbu’ (performance); therefore, the ‘Kata No Ju Taiyoso’ (ten elements of kata) appropriately apply to the person practising or demonstrating the kata (read ‘performing’), and not the ‘imaginary’ opponent being ‘contested’ …