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First Kyudokan dojo in Ireland

The first Kyudokan dojo has been operating in Ireland since May 2017 in Killorglin Co. Kerry. Kyudokan is a traditional Okinawan Shorin-ryu group with headquarters in Naha, Okinawa. Kyudokan Kerry follows the teaching of Okinawa Shorin-ryu karate Master Minoru Higa 10th dan soke of Kyudokan Okinawa. 

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A Guide to the History of Karate

Karate is a martial art executed for the most part in an upright stance. It originated on the Japanese island of Okinawa, part of the Ryukyu Islands chain, as a mixture of local Okinawan and Chinese fighting styles.

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Tube Training – Making Karate Harder

It’s my first day on the instructors’ Course. I have no idea what I am going to face. Nerves and fear seem to be the order of the day. I have only ever seen these guys at the front of the class; now I am

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Shu-Ha-Ri

Shu Ha Ri is a phrase used in Japanese to describe the three stages of one’s development. Shu (to protect or to obey), the first phase, describes the first steps; the acquisition of knowledge. Ha (to frustrate) describes the internalisation of that knowledge, making the

Good Vibrations

Following my last article regarding the snap of karate, I wanted to continue the crusade against stiff karate. However, this time I wish to turn our attention to hip vibration. Throughout Shotokan kata there are plenty of examples of double techniques. As early on as

The Snap of Karate

I remember years ago watching Bruce Lee films. Like many, he was my idol and although he died the same year I was born, I grew up watching his movies over and over again. When I was twelve I started karate and shortly after my

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Karate Student verses Peer Pressure

The following article was kindly submitted by Elaine Johnston and was initially published in Shotokan Magazine. KARATE STUDENT verses PEER PRESSURE By Elaine Johnston Karate has become immensely popular and taught in a genuine manner from a reputable teacher, a student will learn very important

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Should the K be on the way to the Olympics

As you will all now by now, the WKF has started a campaign to bring Karate to the Olympics. The K is on the way campaign is an effort to promote the Karate bid to become an Olympic sport at the 2020 Olympics. The campaign took

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The Control of Karate

My instructor once said to me that the moment I walked through the dojo door I was his. To turn up for karate was to give oneself to the sensei for the duration of the class.

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New-Fangled Kata

In the Shotokan syllabus we have the 26 pillars of our art: The 26 kata that were set down by Nakayama sensei when the JKA was established. From these forms, we have drawn all our techniques which represent classic Shotokan karate and through these kata

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Shu-Ha-Ri

Shu Ha Ri is a phrase used in Japanese to describe the three stages of one’s development. Shu (to protect or to obey), the first phase, describes the first steps; the acquisition of knowledge. Ha (to frustrate) describes the internalisation of that knowledge, making the

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IWKR Europeans Contenders

With the 40th European Wado-Kai Championships only round the corner, David O’Donnell and sisters Catherine and Clara O’Reilly are training at every opportunity under the watchful eye of their Sensei Tommy Marrett 4th Dan.

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