Category: Shotokan

Michael Randall

You will only get out of Karate what you put into it and that is the most important lesson. There are no secrets in Karate, you have to live it and experience it to discover all it has to offer. Michael Randall Known for his technical ability and his attention to detail, Michael Randall was …

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Greer Golden

One of the first non-Japanese Shotokan instructors in the United States, Greer Golden was a great communicator. He was well respected by his students and peers alike. Greer Golden was born on 12 March 1937, in Washington, DC. He and his family moved to southwestern Florida, where he grew up playing in the great outdoors. …

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Shiro Asano

Technique comes to some students quickly and to others slowly. But, with more training, everything grows. Students must ‘nichi nichi no keko’ – train harder, over and over again. Shiro Asano A no-nonsense karateka and a man of few words, hard training has been a way of life for Shiro Asano. He has always been …

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Yukichi Tabata

Nicknamed the ‘Happy Giant’ because of his easy-going demeanour, Yukichi Tabata stood over 6 ft, which was tall for a Japanese man. A member of the Japanese National Team for many years, he had a reputation for being a very tough fighter. Yukichi Tabata was born in Japan in 1943. After graduating from university in …

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Yuichi Sato

I have to admit, when I felt my strength starting to diminish, I hated it and it was also a motivation for me. I don’t want to show weakness. The difference today is that I am no longer looking for an immediate result. I look for technical progress, hip, mobility, shoulder placement, what location, what …

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Yoshikazu Sumi

Training with action and reaction, mostly good kihon too. Jiyu ippon kumite (semi freestyle) teaches good kumite. Also do not forget kata. We must practice everything equally, then kumite will improve for sure. Yoshikazu Sumi Known for his great spirit and sense of humour, Yoshikazu Sumi’s movement has been described as being strong and fluid. …

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Hitoshi Kasuya

It is important to practice kata in the correct way. First, learn the correct steps and movements. Second, learn to apply the correct rhythm to the kata. Third, and most important, is one’s mental control and concentration. Kata is a kind of meditation, to teach oneself to develop absolute self-control. The combination of timing, distance, …

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Avi Rokah

Our Karate is about more than efficient use, it is about self-mastery, or an endless journey toward mastery that we will never reach. We are never going to be perfect, but we can always get better. Avi Rokah Carrying on the Legacy of Karate as taught to him by Hidetaka Nishiyama, Avi Rokah has been …

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Tatsuhiko Hattori

Karate is for everyone, young, old, children, etc, it doesn’t matter whether you are male or female. The phase of sports Karate is too short; the most important thing is being constant. “DO” can and must be found by each one through practice. I think “DO” is not something that can be taught, but something …

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Carlo Fugazza

What time man has received he must immediately return, only in this way. Will he be able to receive more. Carlo Fugazza One of Hiroshi Shirai’s, most senior students, Carlo Fugazza, has been practising Shotokan Karate for over 50 years. He is widely regarded as one of the top teachers of Shotokan kata. He has …

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