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Takeshi Oishi

Everything, in my opinion, is in the training, so there are no tips to give, only quantity of training, in order to automate the techniques, so as not to think, when it will be time for the fight. Takeshi Oishi One of the longest was serving instructors at the JKA, Takeshi Oishi was a formidable …

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Norihiko Iida

Masatoshi Nakayama, the former Chief Instructor of the JKA, once said of Norihiko Iida: Iida’s changing techniques are admirable. They bring to mind the mysterious technique of twirling one’s fingers as if to hypnotise a dragonfly. One never thinks he will fall for the trick, but in the end, he succumbs A powerfully built man, …

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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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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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Terry O’Neill

I don’t think that tradition should be kept alive for it’s own sake. If you can prove that something is better, that it’s a better training method, then you should use it. Terry O’Neill Terry O’Neill is a true legend of British martial arts and Shotokan Karate. As a competitor and instructor, he is one …

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Stan Schmidt

I learned that you can achieve more by remaining calm, and keeping your emotions stable, than by trying too hard to overpower an opponent. I found that correct utilisation of energy was very necessary. Stan Schmidt Stan Schmidt can be considered a trailblazer when it comes to Karate. With over fifty years of training in …

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Moments in history: The 1990 World Shotokan Championships

In 1972 at the WUKO world Championships, the Japanese team, containing many members of the JKA walked out of the tournament. They were unhappy at some of the officiating against their competitors. As a result of the walkout Japanese officials and competitors were sanctioned by the World Union of Karatedo Organisations (WUKO) and the Federation …

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