1. D

    Practical real-world shotokan self-defense

    I have been reading about Shotokan Karate which appeals to me. In terms of real world scenarios e.g. ; An attacker.. grabs your collars he throws a punch to your stomach he throws a punch to your face he knees your crotch he throws a backfist to your face he kicks your crotch he's in your...
  2. T

    Karate in Los Angeles

    Best Karate Classes Los Angeles What it says on the tin. I am looking for good, quality Karate in Los Angeles, no McDojos! I am asking on here because oftentimes when it comes to traditional arts there are some amazing teachers and classes that arent on yelp or google. But if they are, thats...
  3. M

    Can i do multiple martial arts at the same time???? Please help

    Hello there, i know this question is asked a lot, but i feel like i have a more specific version... kind of.... Basically, i have been doing karate for a while now, only a year or so, and im just over half way to black belt. I love kicking as well, so thought taekwondo might be a good option...
  4. E

    Looking for a Place to Buy a Competition Bo

    (For context, I'm using my bo for tricking, and I'm not worried about contact.) I've had a pretty nice graphite bo from Century for a while, but now that I'm getting better and I'll be going into bigger tournaments soon, I would like to find a genuine competition bo. The biggest thing for...
  5. Kenpo Training Session

    Kenpo Training Session

    PanciPanci/Redmon Kenpo with Tae Kwon Do and Muay Thai influence. 48 years of daily practice.
  6. T

    Research on martial artists

    Hi everyone! I don't know many martial artists, so that's why I'm reaching out to you guys on here. Anyways, I've been doing Wing Chun for the past 2 years and am doing an important psychology research project looking at the relationship between different types of martial arts and self-esteem. I...
  7. Q

    I am physically unable to relax my upper body during kata. Should I give up Karate altogether?

    I have been doing Karate for 7 years (currently in WKF Shotokan, 1st kyu brown belt, training in Canada). My sensei keeps telling me to relax my upper body and use my legs/hips for power. However, no matter how much I consciously try to do this, he keeps telling me I am too tense. I have been...
  8. Ivan

    Are forms emotional?

    I've always considered katas and forms an exercise used not only to improve technique but to focus. That is, not to concentrate on what you feel, but to concentrate on your breathing, technique, and relax at the same time. Like a form of meditation. Whenever I practice a form, I either...
  9. I

    Try to Win, or Just Not Lose?

    Here is a strategic philosophical question - A. Funakoshi Gichin said, "Do not think of winning - think of not losing." B. One of the maxims of the Jigenryu sword school (several Okinawan karate masters were trained in this) is, "The sword is a tool to defeat the enemy, not a tool to...
  10. WhiteBeltNoStripe

    Jacksonville, FL

    I'm being relocated to Jacksonville, FL and am looking for a new school to train. After an hour or so of internet searching, I'm really no closer at finding a school I'm interested in. This surprises me as Jacksonville is a huge city and there are hundreds of schools, but nothing is standing...
  11. E

    Super glue for blisters?

    I always get blisters on the ball of my foot if I practice for a while without any kind of protection for my foot. I am a beginner, so I know it will be this way for a while and I am also exploring ways to toughen my feet up over time. But since I am getting blisters all the time now and I don't...
  12. E

    Unsure of the art taught at my dojo

    I've been practicing at this dojo for sometime over half a year now, but I'm still not sure what art is being taught. I know it is either karate or taekwondo, especially since I have heard those two terms being used in the dojo. We do practice many kicking techniques including spin kicks and...
  13. R

    Rishinjuku karate

    Rishinjuku karate is a full-contact karate style which allows all strikes. This includes: bare knuckle face punches, head butts, knees, elbows, kicks and attacks to the groin in its Tatsujin competition format. It is trained in such a manner that men, women and children can train it safely...
  14. Ivan

    Fundamental differences between Karate and Kung Fu

    Hey guys, I am writing a dissertation on Chinese influences on the origins of Karate in Okinawa. I have began comparing Kung Fu to Karate and come to the conclusion that due to the large amount of substyles in each martial art, I can't compare techniques. Instead, I must compare movements...
  15. F

    The value of forms

    i am wanting to know peoples opinion on forms and what the value is, i train forms and teach them at my dojang cause it is a part of the MA but i dont like them that much cause the moves dont work if you do them the way you do in the form. In order to do those moves in a sparring round or for...
  16. J

    Reading material on ashihara karate?

    Hi there I recently took up Ashihara karate and while I enjoy the lessons I also would like to understand some of these things and practice them at home. I find the lessons to be a torrent of new information and I'd love to be able to do a bit more homework both in terms of understanding the...
  17. Ivan

    Any information on the Shimazu Clan Weapons Ban

    Any sort of information would be appreciated, with sources too. I am mainly looking into how it impacted the origins of Karate in Okinawa. Thanks :)
  18. adamr01

    Great video discussing the poineers of Hapkido in the US

    These guys have a pretty good discussion on Hapkido, and those responsible for popularizing Hapkido here in the US. Having trained Hapkido on both coasts, I have noticed that while Choi Yong Sool is always part of the conversation, not all Hapkido masters trace their history back to the same...
  19. K

    Teaching a Different Style of Karate

    Teaching Karate without traditional Katas, but replacing them with modern/revised techniques, restructuring the belt ranking system and requirements. I am assuming, like previous masters before us, that I can create a different form of Karate. For example: Takeshi Azuma, the founder of Kudo...
  20. P

    Recovery Time for MMA after inguinal Hernia surgery

    Hi to all, I'm a newcome in that forum, i've choosen it because the number or participants. I'm a 5TH degreee Karate black belt ad i train myself every day. Actually I'm 44 and started when i was 6. I've ever loved kumite so i dedicated all my life to combat. Three months ago i've had a knee...
  21. Grimlon332

    How to breath properly in Karate?

    One of my always pending question about practicing karate, is how do you breath properly in different circumstances (striking, blocking, evading...). Most people and senseis, tend to reply that you block the air when you are punching, and at the last moment, you let it go, so it can do a...
  22. Ivan

    Introduction on my dissertation on Karate

    So I recently made a post asking for help on writing a dissertation. I have chosen to specifically write about how Kung Fu and relations between China and Okinawa impacted the origins of Karate in Okinawa. Here is my introduction. Please, leave some constructive criticism below. I would love to...
  23. Grimlon332

    Bone and tendon training, nervous system training, skin training in karate?

    I was searching on the Internet about exercices to strengthen my bones or tendon, adapt my nervous system to reduce the pain of hits, and to strengthen my skin, like the iron palms exercice, in okinawan karate, japanese karate or in fitness in general, but I didn't find very relevant...
  24. Ivan

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

    I am doing an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) in the UK, and I have chosen to write a dissertation on the origins of Okinawan Karate, and I was hoping that different history experts could assist me in doing so. For starters, I need to find some good sources, that can be cross-referenced to...
  25. D

    Information About Shorin Ru

    Can anyone explain the rules of Shorin Ryu sparring? I cannot seem to find this information online. I get the gist, but I know some forms of Karate do not allow punches to the face. Does Shorin Ryu sparring allow punches to the face? Thank you.
  26. G

    Finding local students/instructors

    Hi All, I saw there was a section for this, but no one has posted in it in years. I'm not sure if that's because people look elsewhere, but I've been having a hard time finding any listings for instructors or receiving any applications on any of the employment sites and CL. I'm wondering if...
  27. J. Casey Pendleton

    ISSHINRYU TOURNAMENTS: Katas and Sparring

    In watching some tournament point fighting on youtube, it appears that some folks are competing in the traditional gi for katas, and then changing into a sparring style uniform for the kumite, is this the case? I would think that the sparring uniform would provide a less restrictive movement...
  28. P

    Self Defence Research Project

    Hi Everyone, As part of my final university project I am researching into why people like yourselves decide to join a self defence class. It would be greatly appreciated if you could fill out the below questionnaire it will only take two minutes of your time. Thanks in advance! Please find the...
  29. O

    I've an idea that I'll like to bounce around we should do o

    The tittle was I've an idea that I'll like to bounce around we should do more. This is for every style, system, school, etc. I believe that it could be of benefit to everyone. I'll like to talk about the lack of aesthetics in all MA which are very noticeable during sparring or competitions...
  30. S

    Breaking/Tameshiwari's source & history before Karate started Breaking as a culture/curriculum

    I'm a bit hostile to Japan, but I'm not a troll. I'm not doing this for the fun of causing anxiety. I'm just spreading the truth and the facts. I feel obligation to it. I don't want my country Korea to lose nor share any of its traditional wealth, which is why it's important to clearly...