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Traditional vs Sports Karate

What is the difference between sports karate and traditional karate? Before you select a karate school, you need to make sure you know and understand which form of karate you’re enrolling in. Basically, there are two different types of karate classes. I am not talking about all the different styles of karate and I am not including other martial arts in this grouping. I am talking about...

Shu-Ha-Ri: My Life in Japanese Karate

Shihan Woon-A-Tai's memoirs will captivate the reader. From his humble beginnings as an impoverished youth growing up in Guyana, he would find karate after seeing Karate-Do: Hands of Death, during the film, one scene takes place in Japanese Karate dojo. The demonstration of karate techniques intrigued Frank Woon-A-Tai and little did he know that he was about to set out on a...

Why Should Kids Learn Karate?

Why should kids learn karate? In today's society, we are seeing a major shift. Children are more aggressive and less respectful. They are showing more anger and getting into more trouble then in the past. Why? Some people will say it is how they are being raised but not all parents want to see their children being aggressive with people or causing problems for others. Karate, is a...

Who created Shotokan Karate? It may not be who you think.

Who created Shotokan Karate? Well, it is obvious, who created Shotokan Karate, right?  Gichin Funakoshi did, right?  Gichin Funakoshi did not create Shotokan Karate! What? Yes, Gichin Funakoshi is the Father of Modern Karate and Shotokan Karate comes from his teachings. Shoto was Master Funakoshi's pen name when he wrote poetry. Okay, so, There his nickname was Shoto. The style is...

Honour the Principles of Etiquette!

The 4th Dojo Kun, is “Hitotsu! Reigo o omonzuru koto!” This translates to “Honour the Principles of Etiquette!” We short form it even more to simply, “Respect Others!” Respect is a very important thing in the martial arts. We are supposed to respect our Sensei, respect our seniors and respect our juniors. Sometimes this is overlooked and people forget to show respect. It...