The Traditional Japanese Karate Network & Download Karate resources

          a Karate specific download resource center and social network covering Shotokan, Shito-ryu, Goju & Okinawan arts




Article of the month: 

bunbu ryodo

 “Bunbu Ryodo” - an educated & sophisticated warrior

One so often reads and hears from past and modern day living karate masters that, “karate’s first and foremost objective is character development”. The “proof is always in the pudding” with regards to how something can really benefit one’s life. 

A noted sensei who is Western and has lived most of his life in Japan while also achieving high standards in martial arts, academics and corporate activity is Dr. Greg Story (who achieved his 5th dan in Japan in 1985). Given his success in budo and life applications of its practice, he has contributed the below article. 



lifespan karate sanchin kata longevity
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.

                          click to go to the full article & video...
                                



Some Recent & Upcoming Events:

Sep 12-14th: The Oceania Karate Championships 

Aug 31st: JKA Queensland Chmpionships. Brackenridge.

Aug 25th: Seminar South Australia by Shihan Jason Armstrong, 7th Dan. 

Aug 23-34th: Karate 1 Premier League - Okinawa.

Aug 10th: Nikkei Games in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

More details & other karate events...



      Seienchin - the Book                         Belt Rank Certificate Templates

  karate Book Cover 2 Seienchin Kata japan okinawa seienshin
                      
                
                       Bassai Dai Article & Video
                            - Kata & Bunkai

                          bassai dai 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. 
karate kata bunkai medical street fight book
 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...


tani shito ryu renbukan karate
1995:
 Sensei Jason Armstrong
         Amgen Karate Shito-ryu dojo, 
         California






2010: Garry Edwards sensei with Chinen
         sensei of Goju - Jundokan

chinen sensei garry edwards karate shito-ryu goju


















1996: Sotokawa sensei 8th Dan
& Jason Armstrong in Himeji Japan
(Renbukan a parallel 
Shito-ryu style to Tani Shukokai)
1996 Sotokawa sensei & Jason Armstrong


hanshi sells sai kata

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
dinner and















 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 

          Shukokai.



















Business Plan Template for Karate & Martial Arts Dojo 
 
karate business dojo plan martial arts
 Learn how to strategically plan your dojo from  
 people who are experts in martial arts and  
 business finance. The primary author of the
 template is a corporate CEO who also is an 
 internationally recognized Karate Instructor.

  - learn new ways to improve your current  
    martial arts income 
  - save yourself 1-2 weeks of time, it takes
    that long to write a business plan correctly
 - our template saves you most of that time     

  - better understand strategies behind the martial arts business 

  - reality check yourself that you are ready to start your own dojo 
    and make profit 

  - write a business plan to help secure a bank loan



This month's poll:
bag work and kumite


 

facebook traditional karate "The Traditional Japanese Karate Network"          
     see more BLOG dialog at our Facebook Group page...






1977: Sensei Nakayama and Sensei Young of Shotokan

sensei Nakayama and young


1987: Sensei Greg Story at a Tokyo Seienchin seminar. Sensei Greg gained 5th Dan in shito-ryu in 1985 while living in Japan.

greg story 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.
kenpo karate shito-ryu joint manipulation

We are deliberately made up of sensei from differing styles and network not as one badged organization, but rather as karate dojo ensuring excellence in karate's traditions. The website brings together associated dojos in Japan, Australia and the USA and provides an online traditional karate resource repository. Our online members exceed 50,000 and include most countires in the world.


This website forms a linking backbone for the "Traditional Japanese Karate Network" which consists of dojos or instructors with a common lineage of Okinawa and Japan. The networking activities began in 1997 and consists of:

  • networked dojos from Shito-ryu, Shotokan, Kenpo, Goju and Okinawan arts  best practising their arts by thorough cross-exposure to kata bunkai, tournaments and the philosophies of Japanese karate
  • an online traditional karate resource repository
  • belt tests, rank certification and cross-training occurs in Japan, Australia and North America
  • belt test panels with sensei from different styles come together to standardize knowledge content and rank abilities 
  • Involved dojos realize that the basis of karate technique across styles are more similar than different as all derived from the same sources. After all the founders of each of the major styles (Funakoshi, Mabuni, Miyagi etc.) all trained together rather than separated themselves. This keeps in perspective hard-soft, linear-round, kata bunkai etc...






                                         Seipai - 1hr DVD or Download video

seipai karate kata dvd video
  Content assembled from:

   - 2 research trips to Okinawa 

   - presented by an instructor who lived in Japan 


  A complete study of any kata should involve its history,
  philosophy, medical physiology & application. 

    - Kata pattern with style comparisons 



- done slow & fast bunkai for all moves (with some style variants)

- Chinese moves and origins

- kanji, history, philosophy