Articles & Interviews

Learning karate the Japanese way (whether you like it or not)

Learning karate the Japanese way (whether you like it or not)

In the words of the man all Shotokan karateka, regardless of affiliation, look to as their founding father, there is no mention of (true) karate being competitive. Nor do his words point to the need to be better than anyone else. His words offer advice to the individual, because karate can only exist in the heart and mind of the individual. Irrespective of how large the group, or how legendary the leader, karate itself remains unconstrained by group ego and tribal thinking. Regardless of the cognitive duality some are happy to accommodate, you simply can’t have ‘alternative’ truths. Why? Because a variety of truths lead to friction, and eventually to hell. Here’s a basic truth that’s often ignored, Funakoshi Gichin sensei never practiced, or taught, Shotokan, his karate was Okinawan Shorin-ryu.

Paul Godshaw Shihan 8th Dan, Japan Karate-Do Federation

Paul Godshaw Shihan 8th Dan, Japan Karate-Do Federation

It was 1965 when Beatlemania had reached its pinnacle with a US tour that included sellout concerts at New York’s Shea Stadium, and the Hollywood Bowl. Before Christmas, The Beatles would release their 6th album, “Rubber Soul.” But in Orange County, California, Paul Godshaw would begin training under one of the most significant icons in American martial arts, Dan Ivan.

The English Shotokan Academy – 30 Years On

The English Shotokan Academy – 30 Years On

The Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Newport, Shropshire is one of the UK’s premier venues, a centre of excellence used by the countries’ elite sporting groups. The venue has hosted the English Shotokan Academy’s annual residential course since 2000, along with two international courses for the Shotokan Ryu Kase Ha. 2020 was a difficult year for everyone within the Karate world and the ESA residential was, like many other things, unable to run. However, 2021 sees the ESA celebrate 30 years and as such it was important to both run the course and to mark the milestone.

Shihan Daniel Lautier, 7th dan JKA and FFK

Shihan Daniel Lautier, 7th dan JKA and FFK

Sensei, can you introduce yourself to the readers of Shotokan Karate Magazine?

Sensei Bernhard Milner 9th Dan

Sensei Bernhard Milner 9th Dan

Bernhard Milner, born January 6, 1949 started Shotokan Karate in 1965.

Training under Hiroyoshi Okazaki Shihan (9th Dan) A Great Karate Experience

Training under Hiroyoshi Okazaki Shihan (9th Dan) A Great Karate Experience

The Israeli Shotokan Association, Shotokan Ryu Israel, has been in existence for more than three decades, starting in 1986, with annual 3-4 days seminars.

Navigating Ethics and Compromise in Martial Arts

Navigating Ethics and Compromise in Martial Arts

The normalized commercialization of martial arts (Budo) may oblige an ambitious instructor to navigate ethical challenges and the dynamics of compromise. This applies particularly to anyone seeking financial gain from competitive martial arts; the most prolific facet of Budo. Contrary to widespread perceptions; public martial arts instruction is a fairly recent phenomenon.

Developing Hitting Power

Developing Hitting Power

There are two very important, practical, yet extremely underused and misunderstood concepts when training to develop punching and kicking power: the force/velocity curve and the force/power curve. Both curves are extremely important for improving explosive strength and power, and they are far from being the same.

Martial Arts in the 21st Century

Martial Arts in the 21st Century

Between The Traditional and The Modern

By David Stainko 8th Dan

We are all aware of various forms of tradition, but when this phase needs to be defined, it can become confusing. Namely, a rule that repeats itself from generation to generation is called tradition. Tradition is something that doesn’t bend the rules, something that repeats itself for many years, from generation to generation, in a continuum, without any changes.

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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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