Monthly Archives: September 2014

Origins of SHINKUKAI in Japan

SHINKUKAI HISTORY - Okinawa Traditional Karate   The SHINKUKAI is an official approval association by Shinjuku-city and Setagaya-city education boards, Shinjuku foundation for creation of future, and has provided to practice of Okinawa Traditional Karate, Okinawa Shorinji-ryu and Okinawa Goju-ryu. Okinawa Shorinji-ryu:  Shorinji-ryu was established in 1954 by Jyoen Nakazato (1922- ), who performed ascetic practices under Chotoku Kyan…
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Karate Terms for Black Belt Grades

Karate Titles for Black Belt Grades Senpai (sehn-pie)先輩= Senior Student (highest grade in dojo line-up) Shodan (show-dahn) 初段 = First degree black Belt. Nidan (nee-dahn) 二段 = Second Degree Black Belt. Sandan (san-dahn) 三段= Third Degree Black Belt. Yondan (yohn-dahn) 四段 = Fourth Degree Black Belt Godan (go-dahn) 五段 = Fifth Degree Black Belt. Rokudan…
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Shinkukai Karate Kata 極真型

The word Kata means "shape" or "form".  The kanji for Kata 型 is composed of the following characters:- 形Katachi meaning "Shape" 刈Kai meaning "Cut"土 Tsuchi meaning "Earth" or "Soil" Literally translated, kata means "shape which cuts the ground". A kata is a sequence of blocks, kicks and punches from one or more stances, involving movement…
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The OSU word!

The word OSU is considered by many karateka, both Japanese and non-Japanese to be a crude word, not acceptable for use in the dojo. This is because it is interpreted as a contraction of “Ohayo gozaimasu” (a greeting), and through its use in the docks, barracks, bars and city back streets it is therefore the…
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