Fellow Shotokan Karateka!

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  1. chrissyp

    chrissyp Green Belt

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    So I love Shotokan! I've train many marital arts, including Muay Thai, boxing, kung fu, among others.

    The reason I feel in love with this style, is for me at least, it was a different atmosphere than you'd get in a full contact gym, and the teachings were very much out of the box from my previous training, most of which I found very useful.

    As for my story, my first kickboxing coach was an old school kickboxer and shotokan guy. I had became good friends with him and his wife over the years. When they divorced, and he moved away, she started her own school and let me train for free, in exchange for teaching my thai boxing knowledge and help co instruct childrens classes.

    So how did you get into Shotokan? Why do you personally love the art?
     
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  2. _Simon_

    _Simon_ Master Black Belt

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    I don't train Shotokan and come from Kyokushin (which has Shotokan kata/background), but would love to hear from others what they like about Shotokan and also what they feel it's about as a style (what it emphasises). One of my favourite instructors is Sensei Rick Hotton, he is from Shotokan but incorporates aiki stuff in there and his own insights into his teaching.

    Always loved the Shotokan kata too :) (and have trained in quite a few of them, Pinan Yon, Enpi to perform, and Kanku Dai to watch being of my favourites)
     
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  3. Christopher Adamchek

    Christopher Adamchek Orange Belt

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    likewise i do not train Shotokan but Goju, however we have/use many shotokan elements and katas that our teacher blended into the school.
     
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    When I started, I just went to a dojo. At the time I wasn't aware of the different styles and it just happend to be Shotokan. But that was many years ago. Now I love Shotokan. Tried Goju for a few months out of curiousity, but got confused by the katas. So now I'm back in Shotokan.
     
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    I got into Shotokan because I didn't want to take Taekwondo. I eventually received my second-degree black belt in the system, and then moved on to more contact-heavy martial arts. I currently practice Bjj. Never a huge fan of the kata system, and I greatly prefer Bjj over my old Shotokan training. However, I appreciate the striking background I received from my karate practice.
     
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    DaveB Master Black Belt

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    Was it a non contact dojo?
     
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    DaveB Master Black Belt

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    I started learning Shotokan from a bookshop owner I met in my 18th summer.

    Mostly just hitting pads then sparring behind the shop. Eventually I went to the school he trained at.

    I enjoyed it from the start, the big whole body movements felt powerful and enjoyable to do. And I was lucky enough to learn about more subtle uses for those movements from the start, which put me on a long term path of deep study of the art.

    It's still on going as we speak.
     
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    Actually no. We had full contact sparring (though it wasn't hard sparring), but I simply desired more contact.
     
  9. Papageno

    Papageno White Belt

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    [QUOTE="...It's still on going as we speak.[/QUOTE]

    I studied Shotokan for 3,5 years when I was at the university. Then I quit for various reasons, graduated, got a job, met a girl etc.
    Four years ago my daughter wanted to try it out. Waching her made me want to start again. Now we both have been at it for four years. And counting...
     
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    I studied Shotokan for 3,5 years when I was at the university. Then I quit for various reasons, graduated, got a job, met a girl etc.
    Four years ago my daughter wanted to try it out. Waching her made me want to start again. Now we both have been at it for four years. And counting...[/QUOTE]Awesome, love it :)
     
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    Shotokan was my first art when I started my MA journey back in the 90's. To be honest, it was a choice of Shotokan or Wado and at the time due to work and studying, Shotokan fit in with my schedule. 6 years later I left shotokan (after gaining my 2nd Dan - changed associations after I gained my 1st Dan) due to moving... Why do I love it? Because it was a very good fit for me and it introduced me to the martial arts... I don't train in it now as I have found another art that suits me better (as I grew as a person and as a martial artist, what I wanted out of a martial art changed as well), but that doesn't diminish my respect or love for the art... I now do Tang Soo Do which has part of it's roots in Shotokan, but the association that I'm with now is more self-defence orientated rather than sports orientated which all of the Shotokan associations that I have tried in my area are...
     

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