A collection of empty-handed martial arts originating in Okinawa, Japan.

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How do I improve my attack speed?

This question is a little different than a previous question on speed and footwork. Recently my sensei critiqued my sparring, saying my block and counter techniques are pretty strong, but I'm lacking ...
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Is there a written, authoritative source I can reference for interpretations (Bunkai) of Karate (Shotokan) katas?

I'd like to learn more about the various applications and interpretations of Karate katas. Is there a written source I can use?
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What are ways to increase flexibility for karate kicks?

What are the most effective ways to increase flexibility for karate kicks?
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How likely is serious injury in martial arts practice?

What and how big negative consequences might martial arts lead to? I was very interested in martial arts when I was younger, and I am still interested. However, I have chosen not to train any martial ...
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Do martial arts encourage bad posture habits?

Do martial arts encourage bad posture habits? After years of practicing and sparring, my wife and I noticed that my posture when walking has changed drastically in a bad way. I constantly slouch when ...
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Why are traditional karate gis white?

I was reading about some of the history of Karate recently, and this question came to me. I can understand, in modern times, different coloured gis with sport martial arts, but can anyone tell me, or ...
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What are good questions to ask for a black belt testing?

I am a 4th Degree in American Karate. The dojo I have recently become a part of has a number of Black Belt candidates, and I will be serving on the panel. I don't have much experience attending black ...
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To retract or not to retract when doing kicks?

In Karate, when we performed a kick, we were always stressed the important of retracting after performing the kick (also in punches). So pulling back after executing kick/punch was important. But ...
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Should I join the dojo?

I am considering joining a certain dojo but have some doubts. I practised before shito-ryu for a year, and I am starting again. I am about to join a dojo, and the following are the pros and cons: ...
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Isshinryu karate - seisan kata - opening move bunkai

As of 1989, there were 336 Branches of Isshin-ryu Karate (a style only named as of January 15, 1956). Given this fragmentation, I have chosen a fairly recognized figure in the Isshinryu world, the ...
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Will training in boxing affect my karate skills?

Alright, so to start, I'm not highly knowledgeable in martial arts and fighting styles... I practice shotokan karate, and I am at 5th kyu. Not sure how much that detail will matter, but I will put ...
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Moving from Karate Style

I have been practicing Karate-do Shotokan for 2 years now and I am moving to a town where there is no Shotokan Dojo. I want to keep training Karate-do but there are only Gojo-ryu and Kyokushinkai ...
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Do I have a bad Wing Chun teacher and is Wing Chun worth it?

I am a new student and only female in my Wing Chun class. The teacher who is well over six foot something, strong as an ox and has a black belt in karate, uses full force when showing me techniques. ...
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Did Karate really originate in the Okinawa region of Japan?

Several Karate instructors I've spoken to indicate that Karate originated in the Okinawa region of Japan. However, when visiting the region and speaking to some of the local Karate students, they ...
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Pursuing Tae Kwon Do and Karate at same time

This question is about asking views on mentioned objective i.e Pursuing Tae Kwon Do and Kyokushin Karate at same time, hence no research is done prior to asking this question. I wish to pursue Tae ...
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How to improve speed, strength and condition for Kyokushin karate?

I'm practicing Kyokushin karate, however I want to develop some muscle (weight training), speed and conditioning (punching tree, training shins too). And then there are the katas, very important. ...
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How to defeat a much stronger and bigger opponent?

I'm going to be undertaking a karate competition and one of my fellow club members is also attending. They are much larger, stronger and powerful. Is there any way I have the slightest chance in ...
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Mawashi Gheri Vs Dollyo Chagi

Over the last 20 years or so I have been trying to incorporate several styles into one that is suited for my needs. My stance is now pretty much a Karate’s one, but my kicks have elements of Karate, ...
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Karate Kata for those recently given birth

I have a friend who last month gave birth, and is keen to do some gentle exercise to begin getting fitness back. She has been thinking about some of the karate kata she used to do, but obviously much ...
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Should I learn karate if I had a slip disc problem in past?

I am 20 years old. I had a disc herniation two years ago, before that it was more than 1.5 years. I have been feeling good for the past six months. I do regular exercises and gymming, swimming, little ...
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How to properly initiate or use karate( any style that uses the beginning blocks since they're actually grappling techniques)grappling techniques

Not a lot of people know the truth about karate but it is actually a grappling martial art. If you study the beginning blocks you will realise this and you can see it on karate by jessies website. ...
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How do I make sure students refer to me by my title during class

At the last grading, I was promoted, and given the title Dai Sempai by the Shihan. He told all of us who had been promoted to make sure all of the students refered to each other using the correct ...
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Child with attention difficulties in my karate class

I have been going to karate for many years and have had a bit of experience teaching our students, mostly in a 1-on-1 setting (I'm not the teacher, I just help out here and there when required). ...
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Taekwondo training to help Karate-do kicks

I have been training Karate-do for few years and I have realized that my kicks are not as good as they should be, even more, I can't give a proper high kick. I was thinking about training some ...
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Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?

I am a 61 year old black belt and have been in and out of the martial arts. I have searched many styles looking for a style geared to Karate for people like me. Over the years I became disgusted with ...
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Is it okay to spar without gloves?

I've been practicing Shotokan Karate for about 6 months. Yesterday during practice my sensei had us practice free sparing with no protective gear, not even gloves, and I got punched in the mouth and ...
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Is the Olympic sport of Tae Kwon Do uniquely Tae Kwon Do like?

The Olympic sport of Tae Kwon Do is conducted under a particular set of rules that were (in my understanding) developed relatively recently. The actual conduct of an Olympic Tae Kwon Do fight doesn't ...
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Is it okay to dye hair?

Is it okay to dye your hair while in martial arts? I want to dip dye it a different color. I'm pretty high up and a few of the younger students see me as a role-model, and I don't want to dissapoint ...
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What are the physical problems for a hard practitioner when he/she suddenly stop his Martial Arts workouts?

My friend was a hard practitioner of Karate, now he is not practicing it for the last one year. His muscles are quickly becoming tighter when doing regular works like carrying little weighted bags, ...
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Diagram of Tensho kata?

I'd like to locate a diagram or other documentation of the Tensho kata. There are some videos available (many of which are very helpful) but I'd like to obtain a printed description of the form if ...
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Leg conditioning advice

I've just gotten back into karate about a month ago after a long long break, and I'm finding it hard to cope with kicks to the legs (with or without pads), especially the quads. Being a cyclist I have ...
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Is aikido a good addition to Karate? Or shoud I go for jiu-jitsu? [closed]

First a little background here, I've done Karate for 7 years and quit some years back because of reasons I won't discuss here. In either case I have all this experience build up and recently met ...
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To what extent does height give an advantage in any type of fight?

Last month Sylvester Stallone posted this picture in Twitter with the caption: Just in case you forgot how tall Ivan Drago is. The man was a walking eclipse. So I was thinking to what extent does ...
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If I'm worried about concussions, should I train tae kwon do, or karate, or neither?

I am 16 years old, and I am interested in martial arts. The most popular schools in India teach Tae Kwon Do and Karate. I wish to avoid something that may cause severe brain damage or concussion. I ...
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Adapting karate to stage combat

When doing stage combat, safety is a large part of it. All strikes do not hit or are exaggerated, and many of the more intense moves are controlled by the victim. What would be a good approach to ...
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How do I coach her mindset to better suit karate competitions?

My fiancé is practicing Karate in the style of Kanzen Ruy. She has a very good technique and strength, and was seen early as a promising practitioner. I have Kyokushin experience and support her in ...
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What is the best way to determine board-breaking ability?

Suppose you have a room full of people. You have access to all their biometrics: the mass of their arms, their body, and so on. You can also make them punch in open air and measure their punching ...
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If Karate is supposed to be way of the empty-handed, then why does Gosoku-ryū use weapon katas?

I searched up different styles, and I say this style called Gosoku-ryū that has 46 katas including weapon katas. Why would there be katas involving weapons for a style of karate which is an art of the ...
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Need help with sanchin kata

I'm confused as to how this kata is to be preformed. I understand it is a slow and muscle building kata, paired with the hard breathing. Which foot slides into sanchin dachi first? I was confused ...
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The (hidden?) meaning of “Karate is life”

Sensei Morio Higaonna and Sensei Gichin Funakoshi said in somewhat terse terms "Karate is my life" or, Karate is a way of life. What did they mean by this? Did they mean it in a Zen of ...
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Was Goju-ryu developed specifically for use by the Japanese navy?

I need to know the real and original history of goju-ryu karate. In other words, I need to find why this style of karate was introduced. I am a goju player, this is what I know: Goju is specially ...
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Okinawan karate (or other style?) more suited for Karate-ka with injuries?

My background is Shotokan karate, with lower stances and nowadays more stylised than traditional karate (forgive my over-generalisation). I have recently been looking at other styles of karate, and ...
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What is the best bo staff for an 8-year-old for competitions?

What would be the best bo staff for an 8-year-old child to use in competitions. The bamboo toothpick is much too heavy for him. Would anyone recommend the fiberglass bo staff?
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Between Kyokushin and Shotokan, which focuses more on hard sparring and less on kata?

I like full contact hard body sparring. I'm not much of a fan of a lot of katas, since I've been through enough of that in TKD. However, I wouldn't mind some kata. I'm also not a fan of karate joint ...
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Should I sign up for my school if I notice inexperience black belts?

In my dojo for karate I can seperate the black belts in to two individual groups. One group knows what they're doing, and one other group doesn't. I was able to tell this from various occasions. One ...
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What is the most effective method for the roundhouse kick?

In martial arts there are different ways to execute the roundhouse kick. Some kicks are felt like a whip and some are like a huge blow. For example, in karate a roundhouse kick uses the ball of the ...
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Where can I find Seido Resources?

I am an advanced blue belt in the Seido Karate system, it has been very difficult to find any resource pertaining to katas, and kumite I would love to have video or written instructions for these ...
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Can I start martial arts after a minor disc herniation?

I used to practice karate earlier. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with minor disc herniation at L4 and L5. I haven't undergone any surgery and pretty much cured just by physiotherapy and can do all my ...
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How is kiwase Uke done?

I would like to know how kiwase uke is done in Seido Karate? I know its a type of block but I would like preferably a video example.
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Can Karate/Hand Chops be lethal?

I always see on movies people using Hand Chops. I know that this can be lethal to the neck, but does it serve any other purposes?