Karate resources by the Traditional Japanese Karate Network covering
Shito-ryu, Shotokan, Goju & Okinawan arts
Article of the Month:
Kobudo Training in the Karate dojo - to do or not to do?
I write this article as in all my years of karate training I deliberately took a route of not diluting my karate with regular kobudo. However, I am now acting on my students requests to provide my club the opportunity to gain an elementary exposure to weapons. This comes from both my junior higher rank students (and I will outline while I feel this could be important), but I am also being encouraged by some adult students who are eager to at least dabble in weapons in ways that will re-enforce their karate. Why do this when karate-do is an empty handed art? Why not focus on the Way through just one focused art as the Japanese do so well i.e. be master of one art and not a Jack of All trades i.e. Judo, Karate-do, Kyu-do (archery), Iai-do (sword), Kendo (sword with shinai), Shodo (calligraphy) etc....
See full article at the below link & a recent two months ago video filmed in Himeji Japan.
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 Recent & Upcoming Karate Events:
April 18th: Australian Traditional Karate Championships - Adelaide, Australia.
Mar 1st: Australian Martial Arts Championship (AMAC) - Brisbane, Australia.
Mar 1st: Seattle Shito-ryu Traditional Karate Seminar.
Feb 11th: Annual Hayashi-ha Cup International Karate Championship - Seattle, USA.
This website forms a linking backbone for the "Traditional Japanese Karate Network" and the networking activities began in 1997 and consists of:
- networked dojos from Shito-ryu, Shotokan, Kenpo, Goju and Okinawan arts best practising their arts thorough cross-exposure to kata bunkai, tournaments and the philosophies of Japanese karate
- an online traditional karate resource repository
- belt tests, rank certification and cross-training occurs in Japan, Australia and North America
- belt test panels with sensei from different styles come together to standardize knowledge content and rank abilities
- Involved dojos realize that the basis of karate technique across styles are more similar than different as all derived from the closely related sources. After all, the founders of each of the major styles (Funakoshi, Mabuni, Miyagi etc.) all trained together rather than separated themselves. This keeps in perspective hard-soft, linear-round, kata bunkai etc...
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.
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.
Content assembled from:
- 2 research trips to Okinawa
- presented by an instructor who lived in Japan
- A complete study of any kata should involve its history, philosophy, medical physiology & application.
- Kata pattern with style comparisons
- done slow & fast bunkai for all moves (with some style variants)
- Chinese moves and origins
- kanji, history, philosophy
- kata pattern (style comparisons)
- bunkai for all moves (and variants)
- chinese moves and origins
- kanji, history, philosophy
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.