SOME THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF KARATE

March 7, 2022 0 Comments

I wrote this missive back in 2009. Having re-read it, I still feel that it has validity. Perhaps more so now than previously. The future of karate-do? There can be little doubt that Karate-do has drastically changed over the past five decades. It has gone from the traditional one-to-one (sensei to student, or very few …

YOYOGI DOJO – THE LITTLE KNOWN CONNECTION BETWEEN SHOTO-RYU (GIMA-HA SHOTOKAN-RYU) AND GOJU-RYU

March 6, 2022 0 Comments

As stated in a post from January 2022, I recall a weekend that I once spent with Chinen Teruo Sensei of Judokan Goju-Ryu. Due to the fact that he knew (my at that time previous instructor) Sensei Narumi Hidetada, I had a unique opportunity to have deep conversations with him. I learned that they had …

KYO, JITSU, MA-AI, SUKI – TOOLS OF KUMITE.

March 5, 2022 0 Comments

空手の組手 From the get-go I need to state that I was never a great ‘Kumite’ exponent, and for that very reason, plus participating in instructor training sessions I learned the theories and tools that assisted me along my journey. I grew up in the ‘blood and guts’ era of karate where pads were forbidden (other than a …

KARATEDO KATA AND ITS NECESSITY

March 3, 2022 0 Comments

Here, I include an essay written by one of our Nidan Instructors Paul Jefferies. It is a thoughtful article on Kata and its necessity. Gima-Ha students are required to submit an essay on this subject to Japan for consideration of Nidan before, or immediately after, their physical grading. 空手道の型 In this essay I intend to …

THE ENEMY WITHIN (THE NEED FOR VISUALISATION IN KATA) – SHIKAKU-KA 型の視覚化

March 3, 2022 0 Comments

After a Myocardial Infarction and suffering from severe arthritis I took up another Japanese Budo to augment the Shōtōkan-Ryu that I have practiced since childhood. As I have now been involved with Karate-Do for some 54 years, and the Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido that I have studied for the past 13 years I can …

MENTAL ATTITUDE AND TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE AS A KARATE INSTRUCTOR.

March 3, 2022 0 Comments

Essay on the subject of mental attitude and technical knowledge as a karate instructor , by Carl Gigg, Yondan. As an instructor, you need to have a positive attitude. You have to have a passion for the art and a willingness and determination to understand and pass on the knowledge. You have to be strong …

ASPIRATIONS AND IMPRESSIONS OF A SHODAN

March 3, 2022 0 Comments

I have chosen another essay written by Chandra Mohan Murugaiah. This was submitted for his Shodan essay some years ago. It has been reproduced with his permission. Reasons for karate-do: Aspiration and impressions Apart from being an ancient art form, karate must also be considered a way of life if one is to fully understand …

A DIFFERENT TAKE ON KIAI

March 2, 2022 0 Comments

気合 This submission is by our Norwegian member, Chandra Mohan Murughaia. He is a Medical Doctor in Trondheim Hospital. He holds Shodan rank (for several years); his essay is thought provoking. The significance of Kiai The first time a beginner in martial arts comes across the word Kiai is through the learning of the kata. …