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I have taught you the secrets of Shotokan Karate, and you have become adequate warriors. You are now carriers of the kiving art of Shotokan Karate - for all martial arts are living arts they grow and change and conform to the needs of each generation of Sensei and disciple. As with all living things, some generations can be stronger or weaker than their ancestors. You must ensure that the living art of Shotokan never becomesweak. For our style to live on, you must one day share its secrets with others as I have shared them with you. First, however, you must prove yourselves fit to carry on my name and the style of Shotokan. Go into the world to test your knowledge by fire and blood. Should you survive long enough for your own beards to gray with age, then you will know that your Shotokan Karate is strong then you will know that you are worthy to teach the art. But if you should fall from the path, do not disgrace me by teaching your weak version of the art. Better that the style of...
There are as many different schools of karate today as there were of judo and kendo in the old days of 'ju-jitsu' and 'ken-jitsu'. Generally speaking, the various schools or subsidiary schools are named after the pioneers or experts who founded them. Not only in karate, but in all the martial arts, each individual has his own idea of what is essential and his style will conform to it. It doesn't of course follow that each individual is qualified to found a 'school'. To make a rough classification of the different schools, which are too numerous to treat in detail, we may distinguish two main categories. These are the 'shorei' and the 'shorinji'. Schools of the former category chiefly emphasise power through severe muscular exercise while those of the later have as their chief aim lightning fast movement. The katas associated with 'Shorei' karate are therefore 'tekki', 'jutte' and 'hangetsu' while 'bassai', 'kanku' and 'eubi' belong to the 'Shorinji' schools. The 'heian' katas (see the...
The origins of karate are somewhat obscure. The most popular tradition traces them to the arrival in China of the fierce Indian monk Bodhidharma, or Daruma taishi, to give him his Japanese name. He is said to have arrived in Canton in AD 520 and he was also the First patriarch of Zen Buddhism in China. Thus modern karate is the outcome of centuries of interchange between China, the Ryukyus and Japan. It only recently came to be openly taught to the public first in Okinawa and later in Japan. During 1917 and 1922 the late Gichin Funakoshi, President of the Okinawa Bushokwai, demonstrated his powers in Tokyo. Funakoshi was to become Supreme Instructor of the new Japan Karate Association and by 1935 karate clubs were established at most of the leading universities in Japan. The contact with intellectual life at university was invigorating for karate. New techniques were developed, old ones improved, and elements which had always been regarded as mysterious and supernatural were regarded...
If mental development is the real end of karate, the beginning is undoubtedly physical development. A sound body is always the basis of a sound mind. But can anyone have a sound body With a few obvious exceptions, the answer is yes. Karate training is particularly adaptable for persons of either sex or any age. The training, although hard, is never excessive. You need no apparatus, no partner, but only enough space in which to exercise. Later, of course, when you are ready to begin sparring, you will need a partner. By this time your health should be so improved that you will all be but unrecognizable In fact, the benefits are too numerous to be dealt with fully here. No wonder so many 'karate-ka' live to a great age Side-kicks stimulate the thyroid glands, ensuring a normal emission of hormones. Certain postures, particularly the 'iron horse' posture, strengthen the abdominal and hip muscles and also tone the sexual nerves which stem from the pelvic region. Breath control accompanies...
9) How long does it take to get a black belt It may take around six years. However, it really depends on how often you practice, how athletic you are, and whether you are ready to deeply examine your movements. Everyone should practice at their own pace, and the black belt will come when it does. 8) Can I use Aikido to defend myself Aikido is a very powerful and effective self-defense art. However, this question is essentially unanswerable. Whether you can defend yourself depends on who will be attacking you and how long you will have been studying. If you have practiced Aikido for three years and you are attacked by someone who has practiced Karate for twenty-five years, you will probably not be successful in defending yourself. Or you may surprise yourself and succeed.
The use of 'kiai' (or a shout) in Karate is one aspect of a wide application of breath-control. In order to shout one must breathe out. The obvious point is that sharp exhalation tends to contract the muscles, and particularly the abdominal muscles the use of which is essential for any really solid technique. Another point is that by emphasizing the out-breath (by the same token as that by which one emphasizes the out-breath while laughing) one tends to increase one's confidence, and if this is communicated with the 'kiai' to your opponent his confidence will tend to be correspondingly undermined. A further point is that one's vision is clearer (look at a page of print and breathe out sharply) and reactions quicker during exhalation. It follows from all these points, not only that one should breathe out at the moment of attack, but also that the moment of attack should come when your opponent has just emptied his lungs and can therefore only breathe in. Don't imagine that a loud shout...
If this is your Primary Martial Art Form, then the following other forms can be learned in a shorter time Jujutsu (4 years), Isshin-Ryu Karate (4 years), Zanji Shinjinken-Ryu (5 years). Special Notes Unless noted above, any Martial Art that teaches a Philisophical Skill will take 1 more year to learn. This is due to the Duelist's pragmatic outlook and its effect on the philosophy ofthe fighter. Should the game be run in its correct historical time period, or in a fantasy setting, drop the Research skill above and add an extra +1 to strike and parry.
Shotokan Karate stylists practice the basics of the style over and over again. The katas of Shotokan can be intricate, but the followers of this style tend to rely on simple moves rather than flashy ones. This reliance on the basics does not make them less dangerous, but more, as they react with well practised speed. Costume Standard Karate Gi
Special Attacks Body Block Tackle, Crush Squeeze, Pin Incapacitate, Knee, Elbow, Forearm, Choke, Death Blow, Combination Parry Attack, Power Block Parry, Combination Grab Kick, Drop Kick, Combination Grab Head Bash (2D6 damage, see T'ang-Su Karate), Scottish Defense (Special ) The Scottish Defense, named so because of its popularity among the Picts, simply means leaping onto one's opponent's weapon in such a way that one will take a non-lethal hit. This results in the Barbarian Scotsman being able to use their own weapon with impunity. Like a Simultaneous Attack, neither side can dodge or parry the blows. The Barbarian, though, takes only half damage from the other side's attack. Holds Locks Body Hold, Neck Hold Choke
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We have a boy here who is only 10 doing karate. I can show how his right shoulder is damaged already. Anything that destroys the soul of a person-pride, vanity and anger-are no good. The same applies on the physical level. Nobody needs a sick person, but it is much easier to control a sick person. Kicks in karate that twist the joint, and put the joint out, damage the joint greatly. The bone just comes out of the joint and causes micro-tears in the joint socket. That destroys body coordination and produces pain in the joints. Why should one practice that way What you should do instead is to strengthen the joints. The striking techniques we learned in the seminar involved a lot of strengthening of the joints, warmups and stretching, and then proceeding to striking. Take the matter of breaking hard objects like bricks and boards. Imagine that someone actually created these objects someone made the bricks and boards in a factory. So why should one destroy them What for Why should we...
Aikido is a combination of many martial arts including ju-jitsu, Kendo and Karate. Most Budo (military arts) originated from a kind of physical fitness programme, developed into self-defence arts and then on to refined Budo. After many years of study I was graded to 1st Dan. At the time I received my black belt for Aikido, there were only eight pupils practising in this country. These pupils are now the teachers of the art in this country. The art received stimulus by the visit to this country of Mr Tadashi Abbe (7th Dan). In 1963, Mr M. Nakazono (7th Dan) came to England and was asked to supervise Aikido in this country. At the same time I was appointed National Coach. It is therefore only comparatively recently that Aikido has spread in this country and it is now being taught in schools for the Education Authorities.
Without training, it is really more difficult than one might suppose to damage an opponent by kicking him - unless, of course, he's already lying on the ground. However, in karate the feet are so thoroughly trained that their use about doubles the scope and effectiveness of one's fighting repertoire.
Although a wide variety of striking surfaces is used in karate, the basic weapon is the fist. For our purposes, however, this must be capable of striking surfaces of high resistance with great power and speed without injury to oneself. It is therefore most important that the fist be correctly formed.
As in the attacking techniques, many of the parries used in karate are 'focused'. That is to say, one's entire strength is concentrated at the point and the moment of impact, after which the muscles are immediately relaxed. As a result, pain or even injury may be inflicted with the parry alone, and the opponent sufficiently discouraged from attempting any further attack.
Your partner catches the back of your collar with his left hand. Attack his face with your right hand - usually the side as in the Karate shuto techniques. He will defend against this attack with his right arm. As you hit his arm, step into his right side with your left foot deflecting his right arm down. Now catch his neck. Step back with your right foot making a ninety degree turn, bringing him with you. At the end of the movement, bring your arm over his face throwing him backwards. He should escape by a backward roll, so as not to injure himself.
It is often very difficult, perhaps impossible, to know which instructor or school of karate is right for you until your training is under way. When choosing fruit, you may want an apple to help if you have indigestion a banana because it's good for stamina or perhaps an orange if you have a cold, because it contains vitamin C. Concerning tastes, however, all we can say is that there's no accounting for them - and the same might be said of instructors or schools of karate. What really is important is that, having chosen an instructor, you should trust and respect him wholeheartedly and unselfconsciously. Your aim should be his own high level of attainment. The moment you begin to doubt his attainment you will cease to make progress under him and would do better to give up karate or change to another school. Your original purpose was to master karate. To accomplish this you must persevere to overcome every obstacle. Some students become so absorbed that they dream of little else but...
Basically there are three postures widely used in karate. The front-facing posture is mainly used in attack and the shoulders are at ninety degrees to the line of attack. The half-front-facing posture is mainly used in defence and the shoulders are at forty-five degrees to the opponent's line of attack. The side-facing posture, in which the shoulders are in line with or parallel with the line of attack, is used both in attack and defence.
However, the more my mother took care of me well, the more I got sick. If some kind of sickness was to appear, I was the first one to catch the sickness in my family. My father changed my weak mind and body. He made me wear light clothing even in the winter. Also, he taught me Judo. Thanks to Judo which my father taught, I got strong and healthy. When I entered the Judo club in Junior high school, I was awarded a black belt in Judo at 14 years of age.
I have a friend in the south, a 6th Dan in karate, who rang me up to ask me to help him out with a dilemma. He regularly visited a local pub and every time he did there was a particular chap in there who stared him out in a challenging manner. You know the type, knuckles dragging along the floor, IQ of a plant.
In 1922, having mastered two major styles in Okinawa, Master Gichin Funakoshi, then President of the Okinawa association of the Spirit of Martial Arts, was chosen to demonstrate karate at the first National Athletic Exhibition in Tokyo. This led to the introduction of the ancient martial art to the rest of Japan. At the urging of friends and officials, he remained in Tokyo to teach. Tsutomu Ohshima was one of Master Funakoshi's last direct pupils (1948 - 1953) studying under him while attending Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. In 1955, Mr. Ohshima came to the United States and was the first man to teach Karate in this country. That same year he organized the Southern California Karate Association, which has grown over the years to become a nationwide organization, Shotokan Karate of America. Skill Cost 10 Years (7 Years as a Secondary Martial Art Form) Costume Standard Karate outfit
To assess the student's ability in Aikido, he or she has to take an examination before a Dan Grade (Black Belt). In this examination, the students with their partners go through the techniques that have been taught. These techniques have been laid down in the grading syllabus. This applies for all the Kyu grades up to 1st Kyu. If a pupil is trying for a Black Belt then he can only be graded by a 4th Dan or above. This method has been laid down by the Aikikai, the world centre of Aikido. All Black Belts who have been graded by Aikikai teachers receive a diploma from Japan. It is a great honour to receive one of these as there are only fifteen British students who hold them. Do not forget that there is a lot of hard work before one reaches this standard. The usual time is three years based on two practices a week. I believe that ninety per cent of people who practise Aikido could arrive at the Black Belt stage if they had the strength of mind and determination to keep up their practice.
The two most important aspects of karate for contest are timing and distance. You must react the moment you see an opening and be close enough, given the maximum speed of which you are capable, to get the attack in before the gap is closed or the opponent can move out of distance. Confidence and skill - these are probably of equal importance in karate contest. Most of the foregoing matter has been concerned with methods of acquiring the latter, which is more easily explained. About the former, I can say this much in addition to what has been said about breath-control confidence must become as much a habit as the correct way to stop a kick.
All the combat arts are deficient in one way or another. A boxer is vulnerable to attacks at a low level or in close quarters. The karate man is weak on the ground or perhaps due to the continuous pulling of his opponents' punches and kicks is not able to take punishment in the way a boxer does. A judoman is vulnerable to kicks and punches. It takes a combination of all the combat arts to acquire a complete defence. The ideal would be a judoman who boxes and does karate for the kicking techniques. However, a practitioner of any one of these combat arts will be fit, will have good reflexes, will be strong and without dithering will be able to attack instantly with his particular techniques. This puts such men at a huge advantage over the average untrained man.
Basic sparring (kihon kumite) was first introduced into karate in the 1920s by Gichin Funakoshi. It was made possible by the contact of karate with the ethics of Japanese martial arts, which stress mutual trust between opponents. Gradually, basic sparring was developed until free style sparring and finally contest became possible. The modern student, in his own personal development, follows the same path from five- and one-step basic sparring to competition. All forms of sparring begin and end with a standing bow to one's partner. Of course, at this stage there would be danger of serious injury if a vital point were struck with a focused attack. But the ability to focus even powerful techniques a fraction of an inch short of contact is one of the measures of proficiency in karate. The rules forbid any actual contact being made by an attack, and also any such auxiliary action as stamping the instep strongly enough to cause injury.
Peggy Berger is a body movement awareness educator and Aikidoist. She began her practice of Aikido in 1978 and holds a fourth degree black belt in Aikido, has her MS in Dance Movement Therapy, and is certified as a Laban Movement Analyst, a Feldenkrais instructor and a Being In Movement instructor. She uses Aikido defense techniques as experiential metaphors for examining reactions to life situations, opening to a larger sense of self, and creating new possibilities for emotional, physical and spiritual ways of being. Paul Linden is a body movement awareness educator and martial artist. He has his BA in Philosophy, his PhD in Physical Education, is a certified Feldenkrais instructor, and is the originator of Being In Movement training. He began his practice of Aikido in 1969 and holds a fifth degree black belt in Aikido as well as a first degree black belt in Isshin Ryu Karate. Paul uses Aikido defense techniques as vehicles for developing awareness of and correcting imbalances in...
The best way to learn judo is at a reputable club. If you have difficulty in finding a local club the British Judo Association will advise of your nearest one. It is also advisable to check with the BJA about your instructor. There are many charlatans professing to be judo experts who will tell you they are such and such a black belt. Grades in judo are awarded for ability and progress through various coloured belts and then through Dan grades. They are Sixth Dans and above may wear black belts if they wish and generally do so except for formal demonstrations. The top international competition men are usually 4th Dan and they acquire higher grades as they grow older through knowledge and service to the sport. The club you join should have a proper judo mat and will provide a judo kit. If these are not available some surface soft enough to absorb a heavy throw is necessary with some loose strong clothing tough enough to take a lot of pulling. You will then be ready for your first...
There are something like fifty different katas or formal exercises in karate, but all are based on elements contained within the five basic 'heian' katas and three 'tekki' katas. In the early days of karate, when sparring with partners was considered dangerous because no one had thought of focusing attacks short of contact, katas afforded the most realistic training possible. It is still an advantage that they enable one to practise alone. Another great advantage is that they force one to use, and co-ordinate, a wide variety of techniques and manoeuvres. If one practised only sparring, there would be a tendency to narrow one's repertoire down to a few favourite 'tricks'.
In my own experience with high ranking teachers nothing will happen until the student decides to attack. But as the thought arises it is suddenly too late, since the teacher has just stepped forward and struck. As with most Kendo the observer will note nothing other than one side has struck. But to those concerned a very definite and skilful technique has been employed. Whilst the lower Dan grade students may catch this timing occasionally it is a permanent factor with skilled teachers and is again a question of sense and intuition. There are said to be such techniques as Sen-Sen-Senno Waza but I must confess this is beyond me at present
Shortly after I won my black belt 1st Dan, I injured my ankle rather badly and was unable to do any standing judo for six weeks. I used this time to do nothing but groundwork. When my ankle had got better I found that I had gained a considerable edge on the ground over my fellow 1st Dans. This helped me to win many contents and got me a reputation as a 'groundwork man . Since that time I have paid a lot of attention to groundwork technique and have won many contests on the ground. One interesting effect of having such a reputation is that it restricts your opponents' throws considerably. He won't attack with anything that can be easily countered or blocked for fear of being taken down. This means that you can open up with your own attacks. As in the throwing section, there is a huge range of techniques on the ground and here are some of them.
The primary aim of practising meditation in karate is not to turn the fighting art or the sport into a religion. It serves a practical purpose. Ultimately, karate should consist in the mental control of an opponent or opponents. If you're challenged to fight, you will be prepared to avoid any attack and at the same time you will observe your opponent's weakness. You will take for granted a successful outcome for yourself and will concentrate completely. Without thought you will be aware of every slightest change or
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