Articles & Interviews

The Basics of Teaching Methodology in Martial Arts

The Basics of Teaching Methodology in Martial Arts

By David Stainko

The phenomenon of expansion of various martial arts and sports across the world is of such intensity which is hard to explain even to psychologists, sociologists, different sports journalists and other professionals.

Origins and Thoughts about Blocking in Shotokan

Origins and Thoughts about Blocking in Shotokan

By Scott Watson

The question “What is Karate and how did it come into existence?” has been asked and examined several times over the years. It is generally understood that the origins of Karate come from many different fighting systems with kata being the mechanism to record these and pass on the knowledge. Subsequently, kihon and consensual kumite were added to create the framework of modern-day Karate.

Master Yutaka Yaguchi

Master Yutaka Yaguchi

In Memory of Yaguchi Sensei Nov. 14, 1932 to October 26, 2023

Yutaka Yaguchi was born on November 14, 1932, in Kure, Hiroshima area, Japan, to a farming family.

By Bruce Green*

Muscle stretching in shotokan karate training

Muscle stretching in shotokan karate training

By Jerzy Łabiński

Karate training is associated by many laymen with the ability to perform splits, high jumping kicks, breaking boards, etc. Although all these elements have their place in martial arts training, every trainee knows that they are not as important in training as it might seem. In this article, I would like to focus on muscle stretching exercises. “Someone who trains martial arts must be able to do the splits.” 

Soon Pretorius 8th Dan JSKA: Kata is Kumite

Soon Pretorius 8th Dan JSKA: Kata is Kumite

Interview By Michelle du Plessis & Janine Engelbrecht.

SP: My karate career started in 1966 at the tender age of 8 years old when Norman Robinson sensei (JKS 9th Dan) demonstrated the weird art of Unarmed Combat at our Primary School. The next 56 years of my life was jam-packed with Karate training, teaching, camps, tournaments, tours – and I loved every minute of it.

Britain’s Oldest 7th Dan, R.I.P.

Britain’s Oldest 7th Dan, R.I.P.

EDITOR’S COMMENT:

We don’t often include an Obituary in the magazine, however, I’m publishing this one for two reasons. One, I knew sensei Ron Bellwood personally, he was a dedicated karateka and a wonderful human being. Secondly, as I’ve stated many times previously, it’s equally as important to mention the rank and file karateka who devote their whole lives to the art without being a famous name.

Moving From Zero To Maximum

SKM Editor, John Cheetham 5th Dan stresses the importance, especially for older karateka, of maintaining speed, impact-power and target accuracy moving from A to B with a lunging or stepping action. Here are 3 examples, all Jodan: Shuto uchi – Gyaku zuki and using the footwork step back and forward (kirikaeshi) for Oie zuki.

LIVE YOUR KARATE: An introduction to the author Fiore Tartaglia

LIVE YOUR KARATE: An introduction to the author Fiore Tartaglia

Every Karate-ka decides what Karate is and means for themselves. Their own limits, as well as their own potential, set in their own thoughts.

Kenkojuku Shotokan 努力の精心を養う事

Kenkojuku Shotokan 努力の精心を養う事

The train from NYC runs past Rockefeller mansion and Sleepy Hollow an hour north to small town Mt. Kisco. It’s a ride many karate-ka are familiar with; they’ve traveled here for over forty years to train with Takahashi Masakazu Sensei, 8th dan Kenkojuku Shotokan (Photo above). This traditional dojo still thrives and many of his original students still train, now with their children, or grandchildren. This is the honbu dojo for the American Kenkojuku Karate Association and part of the International Kenkojuku Karate Association. Takahashi Sensei continues to train and teach, personally instructing usually twenty classes a week here and at his Amityville, NY dojo.

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The magazine has been published since November 1984. Because it is a very specialised and Traditional magazine we only publish each quarter (March - June - September - December) . We do pride ourselves on featuring the most senior and famous Shotokan Senseis in the world in the magazine and it is totally non-political, we feature everyone from all the various organisations.

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