Monthly Archives: February 2016

January 1st, 2013: Japanese Karate is complete

Since January 1, 2013, the new syllabus of recognized WKF Kata is in effect. It can be said that this is the result of a new approach, one that actually started already in the late 1950s. The syllabus was originally based … Continue reading

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The Charter of Karate-dō

On 23 April, 1987, the Japanese Budō Association (Nippon Budō Kyōgikai) established the so-called Budō Charter. It was meant to serve as a modern interpretation and guideline of Japanese Budō. Although it is not an official government decree and therefore not legally effective, it … Continue reading

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Paipuren – A modern karate-ized form

There is a phase in one’s karate-life when you get extremely confused about kata and their origin. Naturally, you want to believe your karate is very authentic and old. However, without special skills and experience, even for world champions or … Continue reading

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The royal government office called “Takajo”

While researching a family lineage I came across the following entry for a person: “1757/12/01: He becomes hissha of the Takajo.” Such are the entries in genealogies. That is, basically every second word is an obsolete term the meaning of … Continue reading

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Mabuni Kenwa and the establishment of Shitō-ryū 糸東流

When looking for the origin of Shitō-ryū one will first run into its founder Mabuni Kenwa (1889 – 1952). Kenwa was born in Shuri in 1889. An ancestor of the House of Mabuni during the Ryūkyū Kingdom era was Oni … Continue reading

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The Conception of Kata – Attempt of a Neutral Approach

The term “kata” is found in classical martial arts as well as performing arts (geidō 芸道) of Japan. The conception is not different. In the world of arts, crafts, and craftsmanship there has been a huge controversy about which character … Continue reading

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