Article & Video of the month: Unshu (also known as Unsu)
(Sells, Unante; ISBN 0910704961). The most common of today's Unshu versions are often stated to be derived from Aragaki (Arakaki) Seisho who lived in Okinawa from the mid-1800s, to the early 1800s . Interestingly, beyond the Shotokan and Shito-ryu versions, there is radically different kata under the same name.....
Over the past couple of years we have been working on a new karate research study of a sensitive nature for karate-ka. It has been a great project full of learnings. This is the 2nd in a trilogy of evidence-based studies analysing karate’s shingitai (mind/spirit/body-technique). Our first was the street fighting statistics and bunkai book. Both that book and this second one look at 2 differing aspects of 'tai’ in shingitai. Of course also cross into ‘shin’ and ‘gi’. Hopefully, the hypotheses and data as to why lifespan is reduced in karate-ka, style effects, the role of technique, life habits tied to karate and diagnostics may provide some answers to allow for better outcomes in the decades to come.
Some Recent & Upcoming Events:
Jul 31st: Shito-Ryu International Taikai, San Francisco.
Jun 27th: California Camarillo Championships.
Apr 24th: Adelaide Karate Camp, South Australia.
Mar 7th: JKA/WF Queensland Regional Championships.
Feb 22nd: Sunshine Coast Karate Championships. Peregian Springs, Queensland.
Jan 24th: Shihan Jason Armstrong, 7th dan - Sunshine Coast seminar.
Bassai Dai Article & Video
- Kata & Bunkai
Very few karate-ka or instructors have looked at the medical facts related to
people’s fighting injuries and why they present at a hospital after street fighting or violent assault.
Martial artists can take a
lesson from the medical
practice acronym “EBP” which
stands for evidence-based
practice. Medical practitioners
use “evidence-based practice”
as a practice pathway that
involves a doctor analyzing
data to establish a path of
treatment, or future practice.
Practicing the art of self
defense should involve training
with an understanding of the
data related to what violence
damages people in the streets.
It should not simply follow what
martial arts teaches for sports
environments based on either “points” or “tap outs” in rule limited systems.
To ensure one is studying the correct techniques for self defense, we should be looking at what is potentially damaging and combining that with a balance of the probability that such an injury will actually occur. This is opposed to blindly practicing techniques year after year that according to the data rarely cause an injury in a street fight. Download PDF or Print edition...
Some older photos of some "Network" instructors...
1995: Sensei Jason Armstrong
Amgen Karate Shito-ryu dojo,
2010: Garry Edwards sensei with Chinen
sensei of Goju - Jundokan
1996: Sotokawa sensei 8th Dan
& Jason Armstrong in Himeji Japan
(Renbukan a parallel Shito-ryu style to Tani Shukokai)
Hanshi Sells, 8th dan Mabuni line shito-ryu,
in Japan demonstrating Sai kata.
2009: Dinner in Okinawa with Goju's Taira sensei and family - Jason Armstrong
1999: A young 16 yr old Nick Lukich
in Himeji Japan with Iba sensei
(8th dan Renbukan). Renbukan
a parallel Shito-ryu style to
both Tani Shukokai & Kimura
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This month's poll: Junior versus Adult Dan ranks
A young 16 yr old Nick Lukich in Japan with Iba sensei (8th dan Renbukan) in 1999. Renbukan is a parallel Shito-ryu style to both Tani Shukokai & Kimura Shukokai.
On this trip, even at the age of 16, Nick was able to dominate in kumite over adult Japanese Dan ranks of higher grades than he was.
Does this validate him being considered an adult ShoDan rank (assuming he also has correct etiquette, broader knowledge etc)? Could you ever consider a teenager to be an adult Dan rank if they could not go "toe-to-toe" with adults of the same rank i.e. if adults "held back" because their sparring partner was younger? Jump in to our below poll to comment.
Also so our related article on Dan rank minimum ages & experience levels based on past Sensei & traditions.
"The Traditional Japanese Karate Network"
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1977: Sensei Nakayama and Sensei Young of Shotokan
1987: Sensei Greg Story at a Tokyo Seienchin seminar. Sensei Greg gained 5th Dan in shito-ryu in 1985 while living in Japan.
2006: 8th Dan Uetake sensei with a background in Shorinji Kenpo
and Shito-ryu placing kansetsu waza on Sensei Jason Armstrong
in Himeji Japan.
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