“Excessive slapping, kicking, punching may only constitute 1% of good testing of Sanchin. It looks great – too childish eyes.”

(1 minute and 52 second read) Sanchin kata, with its robust stances and focused breathing, embodies the essence of karate’s core principles. . Its testing, however, often veers away from this philosophical foundation, resorting to methods that clash with the true purpose of ‘shime’. . “Shime,” (締め) derived from the verb “shimeru,” implies “to lock,”…

“We must be careful not to overlook the fact that kata, and the body positions that comprises them, are just templates of sort; it is their application in combat which needs to be mastered.”

(2 minute and 14 second read) Kata, the cornerstone of traditional martial arts, are intricate archives of combative movements, much more than just a physical solo exercise. They are a living legacy, passed down from teacher to student, generation after generation. . Each kata embodies the accumulated wisdom of past masters, a codified library of…

“In my life I do a lot of things but I never forget my training.”

It‘s that time of year again. Substantial snowfall, temperatures plummeting below freezing, and a polar wind that leaves you breathless. . The icy wind whips across your face, your fingers and toes numb from the cold, and your breath hangs heavy in the air. But you stand there, muscles burning, sweat freezing in your keiko-gi,…

Within the dojo’s walls, the ticking of the clock fades to a distant echo. Minutes melt away, replaced by the steady burn of dedication.

Around the corner from the modern fitness center, lies a realm where discipline, respect, and self-discovery converge – the dojo. . Within this modest area, laden with tradition and resonating with the echoes of disciplined footsteps, reverberating to the sound of punches meeting the ‘makiwara’, is not merely a training ground for martial arts; it…