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    Minghe Quan / Ershiba Bu (Nipaipo)

    As a Karate practitioner who takes interest in learning the Chinese origins of my style, I have recently come across an extremely interesting link between Kung Fu and Karate: a routine known as 28 Steps (Ershiba Bu in Mandarin, Nipaipo in Japanese). For those who are unaware, Karate kata are...
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    Clashing limbs during sparring

    I have a huge problem when it comes to sparring. You see, I am not afraid to get hit, whether it's in the face, body, legs, etc. What I am afraid of is throwing a technique and my knee/hand/etc clashes against my opponent's. I notice that this problem is especially evident in point-based...
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    Crescent kick = useful?

    I notice that the crescent kick (outside-to-inside) is a much more easy technique to throw than a roundhouse kick and requires a lot less hip flexibility. I also find myself able to generate a lot more power with it a lot more easily than with a roundhouse kick, especially to a higher target...
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    "The Taikyoku Problem"

    (This is a TMA issue which primarily concerns Karate and Taekwondo). I have been doing Karate for 6 years and teaching for almost half a year. I have also done some Taekwondo and similar Korean arts. One common theme between all of these arts is that beginner students learn a very simple...
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    Gojushiho - Shorei or Shorin?

    Some source list Gojushiho/Useishi as a Shorei-ryu kata, the basis of Goju-ryu and Uechi-ryu. Other sources list it as a Shorin-ryu kata. On one hand, it does stand out as a very Shorei-looking kata, with plenty of open-hand strikes to pressure points and slow techniques, as well as not much...
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    Does kicking itself improve flexibility?

    So, it goes without saying that in order to get more flexible, you need to stretch. Dynamic stretching before workout, static stretching after. But does the act of kicking itself help one get closer to a full split? In other words, if I stretch every time I work out for a year without doing any...
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    Critique MORE of my katas

    A few things to keep in mind: -My left knee has had multiple dislocations, making it dangerous for me to move it in certain ways. -At some points, I need to shuffle backward due to space limitations. -I acknowledge that the crossblock+backfist combination in my Jion looks kind of strange. :dead...
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    Being told to "relax" during kata even when I am relaxed

    On one hand, I am putting forth almost a daily effort to training kata, not just through training the katas themselves but through improving my physical fitness. Not only that but I am specifically working on improving my relaxation during kata. On the other hand, I keep being told to "relax"...
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    Teaching assertiveness from a young age.

    Prepare for a long rant but this is an important issue in martial arts that I think deserves some attention. Growing up, I was always taught to sit silent when confronted or to not attempt to defend myself or de-escalate a violent situation if I was attacked. I was raised with the idea that...
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    Lower belts keep kicking me in the groin. Need advice.

    (Karate practitioner here) Just like the title says: whenever I spar with a higher belt, I get nicely nailed in the face or stomach or some other above-the-belt target as intended, but whenever I spar a lower belt, they aim roundhouse kicks at my abdomen but end up kicking my crotch because of...
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    Need help choosing Shotokan kata for tournament (WKF)

    In a few months, I am going to compete for the first time in kata as a black belt. I have a rough idea of appropriate kata to choose but I still would like to hear people's thoughts. As it is right now, the following kata are being taught to me for competition: -Enpi. -Gankaku. -Gojushiho...
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    How do I train kime?

    I'm often told that kime can be better practiced by a.) relaxing, and b.) finding that "sweet spot" of tension at the end of a technique. From my understanding, kime is enhanced when the distance between the point of relaxation and the point of tension is shortened (in other words, instead of...
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    Promoted to Shodan and offered a teaching opportunity. Any tips?

    Got a temporary black belt the other day (the embroidered one is gonna take a while) and my instructor offered me an opportunity to help teach, with the idea that I am interested in eventually becoming an instructor. First of all, how do I best go about learning how to teach Karate? Of course...
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    Critique my kata! (Chinte)

    Not my best kata but it's very much my favorite. Tear it apart. :D (video password is "chinte")
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    Dear kata competitors: what goes through your mind when you do kata?

    When you compete with kata, what are your emotions like? Are you relaxed/stable? Do you put yourself into a state of anger to augment your techniques? Do you envision yourself being attacked by someone? Do you envision yourself attacking someone that you want to hurt? Is there any emotional...
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    The "Tony Sirico" technique and its relation to Karate kata.

    (I don't know how to resize the image so my apologies for the enormous size.) Tony Sirico (the actor who played Paulie Walnuts on The Sopranos) is a convicted felon who always keeps his hands up and in front of him. He does this so that he is always prepared to defend himself if need be. His...
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    Critique my basics! (Shotokan WKF)

    Hello! I'm a Shotokan brown belt and I need some serious critique on my kihon. I have compiled myself doing the bare basic hand techniques into a short video: https://www. dailymotion .com/video/x81tj60 (remove spaces) Password is "kihon" (no quotes). What am I doing right and what am I...
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    Questions about Hangetsu breathing

    (My apologies if this thread double-posted. There was a glitch on my end). Hi, everyone! Recently I learned the kata Hangetsu. Previously I was only familiar with Seishan, the Tang Soo Do version of the kata, which has a very heavy emphasis on kime as well as stance transitions. However, I am...
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    "Wun Shu" hyung(?)

    Wun Shu is the Korean version of Unsu. It is mentioned in the WTSDA syllabus, yet I have found no videos or photographs depicting the WTSDA interpretation of this pattern. I found one mention in a blog post a few months ago, but that's it. I have found non-WTSDA videos of the form, but nothing...
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    Salam!

    Hello! I am a Syrian dude and Shotokan brown belt (1st Kyu). I used to do various Korean arts (both classic and modern Taekwondo styles) but now my priorities lie in Shotokan. I do, however, enjoy reading about all kinds of martial arts (mainly striking arts) and have a very big interest in...
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    Can Tai Chi benefit a Karate practitioner?

    Hello everyone! This is my first thread here and I know absolutely nothing about Tai Chi so my apologies if I sound highly uneducated. :) I am a practitioner of Shotokan Karate who has been interested in Chinese martial arts for a very long time. The circular nature of Chinese styles in...
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