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Shotokan, Shito-ryu, Goju & Okinawan arts

Article for the month: 

  The hakama in karate

shotokan funakoshi hakama karate

karate-ka make the mistake that the wearing of hakama Japanese attire has its origins in aikido or other particular martial arts styles. Hakama are typically used for non-martial art & martial art formal occasions in Japan and were originally part of society class/rank distinction. Hence the Samurai wore them for this reason as well as some functional attributes of the martial arts...

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.

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Some Recent & Upcoming Events:

Oct 9th-11th: Annual Australian Karate Camp at
Sunshine Coast

Sep 18–20th: Commonwealth Karate Championships (WKF). Delhi, India.

Aug 18th: Shihan Jason Armstrong - teaching at the Adelaide Magill dojo

Jul 31st:  Shito-Ryu International Taikai, San Francisco.

Jun 27th: California Camarillo Championships.

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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.    
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Some older photos of some "Network" instructors...

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 Sensei Jason Armstrong
         Amgen Karate Shito-ryu dojo, 

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). 
          a parallel Shito-ryu style to
          both Tani Shukokai & Kimura 


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This month's poll:
The hakama in karate

tani hakama shito-ryu

Tani sensei (shukokai founder & senior student of Mabuni) wearing a hakam formal attire of Japan (often mistakenly thought to only be martial arts related/derived).


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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...

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  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