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Karate Grappling: Did It Really Exist?

Karate grappling, does it really exist? In this article I’d like to ask does karate grappling really exist? This is a potentially controversial subject as...

The Pinan / Heian Kata Series as a Fighting System: Part...

Welcome to part four of this Pinan / Heian Series of articles on the Pinan and Heian katas as a fighting system. In the...

How to Spar for the Street: Part 3

In this series of articles we are discussing how to make your sparring relevant to real situations. As we've discussed in previous articles, the...

How to Spar for the Street: Part 2

In this How to Spar for the Street series of articles we are discussing how to make your sparring relevant to real situations. The...

How to Spar for the Street: Part 1

Almost all martial artists include sparring in their training. However, there are many different types of sparring and there is some debate as to...

The Pinan / Heian Kata Series as a Fighting System: Part...

Welcome to part three of this series of articles. In the first part of this series we looked at the background of the Pinan...

The Pinan / Heian Kata Series as a Fighting System: Part...

In the first part of this series we examined how the Pinan / Heian katas represents a complete fighting system that contains techniques for...

The Pinan / Heian Series as a Fighting System: Part 1

The Pinan / Heian series are often the first katas taught in the majority of modern dojos. This can lead to the Pinan /...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 8

Welcome to the final part of The Basic of Bunkai - Part 8. In this series of articles we've been exploring the basics of...

The Basics of Bunkai Part 7

This series of articles explores the basics of "bunkai" (kata application). Over the last six parts we've been discussing the fundamentals of this vitally...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 6

In this series of articles we've been looking at the basics of "bunkai" (kata application). The purpose of these articles is to introduce the...

The Basics of Bunkai: Part 5

In this series of articles we've been looking at the basics of "bunkai" (kata application). The purpose of these articles is to introduce the...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 4

Welcome to the fourth part of the basics of bunkai series. "Bunkai" refers to the analysis and the practical application of the techniques of...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 3

In this series of articles we are exploring the basics of bunkai or kata application. The aim of these articles is to open up...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 2

In this second article, we'll be looking at the basic application (bunkai) for the knife-hand block or "shuto-uke". As we established in The Basics...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 1

Kata (formal forms) were regarded as the cornerstone of martial arts training by the past masters. However, many modern karate practitioners question the value...

Kata Naihanchi – Karate’s Most Deadly Kata?

The kata Naihanchi (Tekki) is practiced within the majority of karate styles. The word 'Naihanchi' is said to mean 'sideways fighting' due to the kata's...

There is Nothing Peaceful About the Pinan Kata Series!

In this article I want to challenge some of the commonly held beliefs about the Pinan kata series or the Heian series of kata....

Katas: Closing the Skill Gap

Although they are often derided by the uninitiated for their perceived lack of practicality, the katas are the key to ensuring karate remains a...

Kata: Lock or a Key

In this article I'd like to briefly discuss some of the ways in which we can view kata, and how, if we adopt a...