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In general, Shotokan will have longer, lower stances, while Goju will have higher, more upright stances. Shotokan stylists have a reputation for focusing on Kihon (the basics). Expect to do the same kick or punch over and over, working on the details. The amount of sparring done in a school is pretty much up to the teacher, based on the way he was taught, ...


Just because a karate style may include weapon katas does not mean that the name "karate" is invalidated. You can think of Kobudo as an extension, or sister art(s) to Karate. Okinawan weapon arts are supposed to have been based on farming tools that the practitioners would have had readily available. Additionally, as has been noted elsewhere, Kara in the ...

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