Category: JKA

Yuki Mimura

Following on from greats Suzuko Okamura and Mie Nakayama, Yuki Mimura was the next great female Japanese kata champion. Like her predecessor, Nakayama she was the winner of three consecutive World titles, not to mention World Games and World Cup titles. Yuki Mimura was born on 5 April 1970 in Ashimura, a small village in the mountains near …

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Hideo Ochi

Kime means that the technique is performed at maximum speed and that the entire musculature in the final moment is contracted. If the technique is performed quickly but without kime in the final phase, it can lead to damage to the joint and, for lack of control, to injury to the opponent. This means: without kime, i.e. …

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Keigo Abe

Technically train to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Train to be a good honest and trustworthy human being. Train to perfect your character. This is the spirit of Karate-Do. Keigo Abe One of the most technically gifted Masters to come out of the hotbed of JKA Karate, Keigo Abe described his Karate as “Real-Fight Karate“. …

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Satoshi Miyazaki

An enormous discipline was required and our exercises were always based on the kihon. Satoshi Miyazaki Many people outside of the JKA may not have heard of Satoshi Miyazaki. A contemporary of JKA legends such as Keinosuke Enoeda, Hideo Ochi and Maasaki Ueki, he was known for his strong Karate, especially for his murderous kicks. As head of …

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Hideki Okamoto

Today sports Karate has developed, it is a mistake! Sport kills the spirit and the technique of Karate; we must return to the practice of Traditional Karate. Hideki Okamoto There are many unsung Karate instructors who have been responsible for the growth and spread of Karate around the world. Hideki Okamoto was one such instructor. …

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Masahiko Tanaka

You must learn not only how to make Karate natural to you but also how to strengthen your body without stressing it more than necessary. Masahiko Tanaka Nicknamed ‘Hasha’, meaning champion, Masahiko Tanaka is one of the most technically gifted and dynamic kumite masters to come out of the JKA. He was blessed with speed …

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Dave Hazard

A good Shotokan karateka doesn’t make Shotokan good or a bad karateka make Shotokan bad. Dave Hazard Dave Hazard has earned legendary status in British Karate. He has trained under some of the true legends of Shotokan Karate. Keinosuke Enoeda was his long time instructor. He also trained in Japan under Masatoshi Nakayama in the …

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Tetsuhiko Asai

In the past not everybody could do Karate in the standard way, particularly after the war, there was a closed-off mentality, a physical hardness in karate, aiming primarily to build spirit, rather than effective martial arts technique. Many people in Shotokan had, and still have, closed minds thinking this is the only way to do …

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Keinosuke Enoeda

Now we have ‘Sport Karate‘ which I understand is to help maintain the interest in Karate. Traditional Karate-do is a ‘martial art’ which requires both physical and mental training for the whole mind and body. There are many benefits which can be gained with practice, by both young and old throughout your whole life. If …

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Moments in history: The JKA tour of 1965

For many people around the world, the Japan Karate Association (JKA) are synonymous with Shotokan Karate. The technical excellence of their instructors are well respected, regardless of the style of Karate practised. Masters like Nakayama, Nishiyama, Okazaki, Kanazawa and Enoeda, to name a few, are held as the pinnacle of Shotokan Karate. Gichin Funakoshi introduced …

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