Thursday, January 7, 2016

Returning to Embusen in Kata

Returning to Embusen in Kata is important.

Master Nakayama

What are the important parts of Shotokan Kata?

When we perform Kata, is it important that we finish in the exact spot where we started?  I believe the answer is “Yes". Nakayama sensei said so in Best Karate # 01 Comprehensive Page 94 He listed important points for Kata in that famous book:

#01) Correct Number of Movements and the "must" be performed in the Correct Order.
#02) You must start and finish at the same spot and follow the correct line(Embusen).
#03) Learn Kata and Optional Kata
#04)Correct use of Power
       Correct Speed (fast of slow)
       Expansion and Contraction
#05 All Kata Begin and Finish with a Bow.

For item 2 above, he clearly stated that “Kata must begin and end at the same spot on the embusen.  This requires practice.”

Why is it so important to finish in the correct spot?

Asking this question is like asking why punch Jodan or Chudan, why not pick your own target. Kata is precise. There is no variance. Techniques, targets, rhythm, speed power....All of these are a requirements need to be included in each Kata.

Karate in Chandler Arizona

If you are looking for a great traditional Karate Program, please contact me directly or check out the BOYS and GIRLS CLUB in CHANDLER. We have 3 instructors with over 25 years experience in Shotokan Karate and members of the ISKF.

Best Regards

Dave Bracklow

Saturday, January 2, 2016

ISKF Chandler Karate January 2 2016 (a bit of history)

Karate in Chandler Az

Karate in Chandler Az "KATANA"

We will be starting our newest class at the the BOYS and GIRLS CLUB in Chandler

You can contact the Club or ISKF CHANDLER with questions.

Here is a bit of History on Karate and Busido

Karate began as a common fighting system known as te (Okinawan: ti) among the Pechin class of the Ryukyuans.  Is thought to have it's roots in India and China and eventually making it's way to Okinawa. After trades were established with of China in 1372,some forms of Chinese martial arts were introduced to Okinawa from China's visitors, particularly Fujian Province. A large group of Chinese families moved to Okinawa by 1392 for cultural exchange, and they established a wide variety of Chinese arts and sciences, including the Chinese martial arts. The political atmosphere of Okinawa in 1477 lead to the policy of banning weapons. 

Many people think that Karate is a Japanese art, but it wasn't brought to Japan until 1922 by Master Gichin Funakoshi.

CONTACT US today to start training and learn more History of Karate.