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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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    My next step in my MA journey, From Shotokan to Matsubayashi Ryu

    Major red flag for me, unless they do a lot of near sparring, (semi free) exercises. To spar or not is always a choice of the teacher never the style (to my knowledge) especially in Karate. That being said, I benefited greatly from sparring in other places to work out how to apply things in my...
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    Tensho kata (internal form?)

    It is a fujianese method. Fujian white crane plus fujian Tai Chor apparently.
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    Tensho kata (internal form?)

    I studied tiger-crane combination. In trying to learn more about it i wound up looking into white crane a lot. Its classified as half internal half external. My understanding of pure internal ma is training to conserve momentum which white crane doesn't do. But it does have many soft fluid...
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    Application of Chi Sau and Ipon Kumite guard in MMA

    Thoughts?
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    Kukki-TKD sparring style

    Undoubtedly, but i still think that making the styles competitions more brutal and knockdown heavy would have limited it's appeal.
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    Kukki-TKD sparring style

    All that would've happened is TKD would be smaller and less accessible, like kyokushin.
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    Aikido in an Mma gym

    Yup, cant trust those mma coaches can you.
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    Aikido in an Mma gym

    Or if you get to feel superior.
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    Aikido in an Mma gym

    I already did. I posted it ages ago in a vid by someone explaining how you could adjust the training to employ Aikido. There's another one floating around the net of a guy in a street fight using a different Aikido technique. And I'd rather hold to my beliefs based in experience and logic...
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    Aikido in an Mma gym

    Ok, so now it's not just TMA junkies we disregard it's MMA coaches too.
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    Aikido in an Mma gym

    I don't follow. What does individual realization have to do with the system?
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    Aikido in an Mma gym

    Training is key.
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    If BJJ is so effective, why isn't everybody doing it?

    Is it just me or does everyone else hear the opening of that 80's song chorus "So Macho, he's gotta be, So Macho.." whenever reading db's posts.
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    If BJJ is so effective, why isn't everybody doing it?

    Because the ground is where my opponent should be and i dont like being that close to other sweaty guys.
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    What do you call an art that integrates striking and grappling?

    Trapping is both reactive and proactive.
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