Karate resources by the Traditional Japanese Karate Network covering

Shito-ryu, Shotokan, Goju & Okinawan Arts


A brief on the Traditional Japanese Karate Network

We are made up of like minded sensei upholding the traditional karate environment. We include a range of styles and we are not one badged organization, but rather a collection of karate dojo ensuring excellence in karate's traditions. The website brings together associated clubs in Japan, Australia and the USA and provides an online traditional karate resource repository. Over the years our online members have exceeded 50,000 and include most countries in the world.

Some 2024 Karate Events:

May 18th: Annual Fig Tree Pocket Karate Championship, Australia.  Details & entries...

April 26th: Australian Open Karate Championship (Sports Karate), Sydney

April 14th: Australian Traditional Karate Championship, Adelaide

April 9th: Australian black belts visit to Chip "Hunter" Armstrong Sensei's Spartan military training dojo in Sedona Arizona.

April 8th: Australian black belts visit to Young Sensei dojo in Prescott  Arizona.

April 1st-4th: Australian black belts visit to Nick Sensei dojo in Irvine California.

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Article of the Month:  Unshu  or Unsu in Shotokan...

Like most karate kata, Unshu's origins are likely traceable back to China, and in particular for this kata, White Crane martial arts (Sells, Unante; ISBN 0910704961). The most common of today's Unshu versions are often stated to be derived from Aragaki (Arakaki) Seisho who lived in Okinawa from the mid-1800s, to the early 1800s . Interestingly, beyond the Shotokan and Shito-ryu versions, there is radically different kata under the same name. This version is....

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This website forms a linking backbone for the "Traditional Japanese Karate Network" and the networking activities began in 1997 and consists of:

Street Fighting Stats, Medical Injuries & Bunkai

Very few karate-ka or instructors have looked at the  medical facts related to 

people’s fighting injuries and why they present at a hospital after street fighting or violent assault. 

 Martial artists can take a lesson from the medical practice acronym “EBP” which stands for evidence-based practice. Medical practitioners use “evidence-based practice” as a practice pathway that involves a doctor analyzing data to establish a path of treatment, or future practice.  

 Practicing the art of self defense should involve training with an understanding of the data related to what violence damages people in the streets. It should not simply follow what martial arts teaches for sports environments based on either “points” or “tap outs” in rule limited systems. 

To ensure one is studying the correct techniques for self defense, we should be looking at what is potentially damaging and combining that with a balance of the probability that such an injury will actually occur. This is opposed to blindly practicing techniques year after year that according to the data rarely cause an injury in a street fight.    

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Video & Text Article: What standard is a Karate Black belt Test - 1st dan to 3rd Dan?

This page shows examples of a number of brown belts testing from different dojos/styles for Shodan (1st degree black belt) via the Traditional Japanese Karate Network. It discusses standards, curricula, expectations and hopefully serves as a reference point for students and sensei. Depicted dojo(s) include the USA, Australia and Japan. Below that is written recommendations around the 3rd Dan (sandan) rank.

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Content assembled from:

Seienchin - the Book  

This text is not concerned with minor style differences (comments are of course given with regard to different styles & approaches) as one must remember that as little as 100 years ago the modern karate styles did not exist. Therefore, the focus of this text is on a core embusen (pattern) of the kata Seienchin and its applications - which are style universal & is applicable to Goju, Shito-ryu, Kyokushin & Okinawan styles that work this classic karate kata.

The "Traditional Japanese Karate Network" was formerly the website of DownloadKarate.com

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