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

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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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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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How does the Karate Styles Shotokan and Gōjū-ryū compare to each other?

I am specifically asking this in the sense of how Katas are executed. I heard somewhere that Shotokan is more stiff, and strong, but I'm not really sure. I'd also like to know if there are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Shotokan Karate front stance - weight is over the front knee? Or centre?

I had previously been taught by my sensei that in front stance the weight is over the knee in front stance. This is to allow for quickly kicking mae geri (since there is no shifting of weight forward ...
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Hangetsu dachi, Seisan dachi, goat-clamping stance - the same?

My background is primarily Shotokan karate so I am familiar with Hangetsu-dachi. I then saw that Seisan-dachi is very similar if not the same. Today I have been watching a program about Wing Chun. ...
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How is karate different to boxing or other martial arts technique wise [closed]

I used to do karate and have recently started boxing. Now obviously the techniques all look very different and the stances etc. However I wonder if karate punches may have more power to them or stuff ...
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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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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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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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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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Improving my back stance

I am currently training for my Black Belt in a shotokan like style of Karate and I have been told many times by my teacher that I need to improve my back stance Kōkutsu-dachi as my bum sticks out and ...
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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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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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What is the best type of diet for serious competition training? [closed]

I am looking at competing seriously in kata. I been training for over 10 years but its not gotten as serious as training for a goal to compete for England. I am finding it hard to maintain my energy, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Check my form - 8 point block [closed]

I'm a new Karateka, practicing Chinese Goju Ryu and I'm working on my 8 point blocking system. I'm hoping that someone can give me an opinion of my form. (Constructive answers and comments only ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What sort of questions drive karate forward? [closed]

I've seen all sorts of stuff on the more philosophical side of karate, such as: 1) karate is not about aggression it is about self defense 2) there's no such thing as a first strike in karate 3) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What style to do? [closed]

I am between 15 and 16 years of age, currently training in Shūkōkai karate, and am close to achieving my 1st Dan black belt. I was debating whether to try another style alongside my current training. ...
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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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What is the best point-scoring technique? [closed]

What is the best technique or strategy for wining a point scoring fight.
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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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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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Kyokushin in India?

I have been looking for some trusted Masters of Kyokushin in India, but so far I have found only a few dojo in India with different versions of Kyokushin. Recently I learned about splitting of ...
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Boxing vs karate for self-defense? [closed]

Boxing vs karate for self-defense , Which suits well for self defence in real life situation ( such as blocked by a robber in night at empty street).
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Best karate book [closed]

Is there any book advices for learning karate. Previously I have trained in kickbox , muay-tai.I want to start learning karate.What are the best books for learning karate ? Thanks in advance.
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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?
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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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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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Karate - Hangetsu (Seisan) - can one damage one's muscles through slow movements?

I was practicing Hangestu this morning with a lot of focus and tension. Throughout the final move I kept the tension, with my muscles working against each other, and felt a definite pain within my ...
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What is the main technical focus of Bushin Ryu?

What is the main technical focus of Bushin Ryu? I have met others who have studied this style from time to time over the years at various seminars and workshops. All seemed very skillful. This is ...