“Since karate is a fighting art each technique and movement has its own meaning. The karateka must consider their meaning, how and why they are effective, and practise accordingly.”

(Approx 1 minute 50 second read) “The techniques should not be practised simply so they can be performed in the kata. Since karate is a fighting art each technique and movement has its own meaning. The karateka must consider their meaning, how and why they are effective, and practise accordingly.” Shigeru Egami – ‘The Heart…

“The Goju-Ryu of Kanryo Higaonna and Chojun Miyagi was a genuine and ancient martial art, and that its history had now been correctly delineated as a budo and not a sport.”

(Approx 2 minute read) “What style do you practice?” I get asked this question when anyone learns that I practice karate. It’s also one of the first questions asked when anyone calls or messages about joining us. . While the question is understandable, it can sometimes be frustrating. It can feel like the focus is…

Many envision self-defense as a “street fight”, like an MMA bout…

(Approx 2 minute 50 second read) I have nothing against combat sports – I used to compete myself. They’re entertaining, and I respect many of these accomplished athletes. But no matter how brutal your sport is, it’s still a sport. There are certain realities which must not be ignored. . Context. . What’s important is…

The Digital Dojo: From Screen to Mat.

(Approx 1 minute 55 second read) In today’s digital age, YouTube offers a wealth of information, including numerous martial arts tutorials. While these videos can be a valuable resource, they cannot replace the guidance of a qualified instructor. . Many practitioners turn to YouTube for instant knowledge, which can be helpful for remembering specific techniques…

From Dojo to Reality: Why Context Matters.

(Approx 2 minute 26 second read) We all know some extraordinary kickers who would undoubtedly advocate for using their kicks in many self-defense scenarios. However, the reality is that most people do not possess such exceptional kicking abilities. . Recently, I observed an instructor teaching ‘ura mawashi geri’ (reverse roundhouse kick) as a self-defense technique…

The Myth of the Original Kata: Understanding Kata Variations.

(Approx 1 minute 55 second read) For many karate-ka, the allure of practicing an ‘original’ kata, untouched by time, is undeniable. But what if ‘original’ itself is a moving target? . Today, many instructors claim their kata are pure, unchanged, and passed down from a legendary master. Yet, what exactly constitutes ‘original’? . The truth…

“Compared to Jiu-Jitsu, karate is more destructive.”

(Approx 1 minute 55 second read) There is a significant difference between consensual fights and non-consensual criminal violence. Yabu sensei, a karate pioneer, lived in a time when karate was geared towards real-world self-defense, not consensual sport fighting. . If your interest and practice is pragmatic karate for self-defense, then your primary goal should be…

Learning to Learn from Kata: Beyond Basics, Unlocking the Message Within.

(Approx 2 minute 20 second read) Kata, often seen as the bane of many karate-ka worldwide, is frequently derided, especially on social media by those who have no real understanding of its purpose. So, what is kata really all about? . Many students perform kata without truly understanding its purpose. They focus on making it…