What Is | Kata

What Is | Kata

“A kata is not fixed or immovable. Like water, it is ever changing and fits itself to the shape of the vessel containing it. However, kata are not some kind of beautiful, competitive dance, but a grand martial art of self-defense – which determines life and...
What Is | Dojo Etiquette

What Is | Dojo Etiquette

A dojo is a sacred place and as such demands a high standard of behaviour from students. Each dojo has rules, most of which are modeled on traditional Japanese procedures. Many rules are common sense, and others just plain good manners. Strive to learn these rules and...
51+1 Japanese words that will help your karate

51+1 Japanese words that will help your karate

Whether you’re new to karate or still secretly confused by some of the terms, here’s a cheat sheet to give you a warm inner knowing in your next karate class. ENGLISH JAPANESE 1 BASIC KIHON 2 training hall dojo 3 teacher sensei 4 bow rei 5 kneel seiza 6 meditate...
The Lone Samurai | Book Review

The Lone Samurai | Book Review

The Lone Samurai is the story of Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the greatest swordsman ever lived. Sensei Bruce and I have been reading his story during our training; it has many anecdotes of Musashi’s life. The central theme is his unwavering commitment to his martial...