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    I need help writing a dissertation on the origins of Okinawan Karate

    True, but it's history is pretty good from what I remember.
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    I need help writing a dissertation on the origins of Okinawan Karate

    Scouting out the historical course of Karate, by Henning Wittwer (i think he has others too). Weaponless Warriors by Richard Kim (less history more folk tales) Shotokan's Secret, cant remember who by... There are a million other good books, but the information is scattered in a line here or a...
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    Journey to a new style...

    Sounds a little cultish to me.
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    Fellow Shotokan Karateka!

    If by daytime you mean during working hours, you won't find one. Classes are nearly always evenings to catch a wider audience.
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    Fellow Shotokan Karateka!

    Do you mean frustrated with teaching kata for performance art, or with teaching karate based on kata coded principles? I'd be very surprised if it's the latter. Perhaps you can get him to clarify his views for us to discuss?
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    Fellow Shotokan Karateka!

    Hi Carlos, I train at a good little class in Marylebone that comes with some great perks in the training. If that's too far west I may know one or two other good places. Private message me and we can discuss.
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    Fellow Shotokan Karateka!

    There's no such thing. It's a common misconception, but the founders of the various shorin ryu styles were all juniors of Funakoshi with the one exception of (i think) Chosin Chibana, who was his contemporary. What Funakoshi taught in Japan was an Itosu-fication of the karate passed down from...
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    Fellow Shotokan Karateka!

    The founder of Kyokushin also said that Funakoshi, Shotokan's founder, taught him the most. Some of the kata were Shotokan, some Goju ryu, but the point was more that these are examples of how kata movement translates to fighting. The limit is only how you choose to train and develop. The...
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    Fellow Shotokan Karateka!

    Y'know I've been spelling that wrong for years. Just realized it yesterday.
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    Fellow Shotokan Karateka!

    Lol, thanks, but I have a fairly comprehensive understanding of Shotokan kata application, that developed in parallel to Abernathy's work, not from it. I agree with much of his reasoning, but we differ on a few points. I lean more towards Vince Morris's technique. I think you may have misread...
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    Fellow Shotokan Karateka!

    In fairness to Leviathan, many of the older Shotokan orgs use kata as a selling tool without ever exploring their application. I had hoped that after near 2 decades of work on yhe subject being available, most schools would have evolved. But in the olden days kata were a talking point, not a...
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    New guy from South East England

    It's not bias so much as an evaluation based on his requirements and my experience of different arts and the cultures that seem to come with them. For example Ive never trained karate with a competitive focus. That side of things was mostly TKD for me. Weighing up the benefits of...
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    New guy from South East England

    Hello Pete, For your list of requirements i would have to recommend a karate school, preferably one that has an active competition presence. 1. Kata is a great meditative exercise, helpful for developing self discipline and a structured practice tool for outside class. 2. Exercise generally...
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