“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…

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…

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…

“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…

Skill Over Size: The Right Mindset For The Right Context Matters Most.

(Approx 1 minute 50 second read) This week, a potential student expressed concern about his low weight and its impact on the effectiveness of karate for him. . Does size give someone an advantage in a fight? . Height, reach, and weight play significant roles in combat sports, and most tournaments have weight categories to…

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…

Don’t Get Duped! Are You Learning the Real Thing?

(Approx 1 minute 40 second read) The martial arts industry is largely unregulated, and even when there are background checks for instructors, there are some that slip through the net, meaning anyone can open a martial arts school. This lack of regulation can sometimes have serious consequences. . While some training is undoubtedly better than…