Japanese Arts

Karate – From NHK Samurai Spirit

January 6, 20130 Comments

In this video on Karate by NHK World program “Samurai Spirit” hosted by renowned Kyokushin Karate-ka and former European Knock-Down Karate Champion Nicholas Pettas, you will discover not only his style of Karate but also Karate in Okinawa. First he stops by the dojo of the famous Kyokushinkai knockdown fighter, Hajime Kazumi sensei. He is […]

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A Brief Introduction to Okinawan Martial Arts

December 28, 20120 Comments

One could say that Okinawan Martial Arts, and Okinawan Karate styles in particular, are the progenitor of most later systems of Karate. The first recorded history of Karate or Tode is in the late 18th or early 19th century by a Chinese named Kusanku. Kusanku was an ambassador of the Qing (dynasty) sent to Okinawa […]

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Old School Body Conditioning for Martial Arts

December 23, 20120 Comments

Body hardening training has been a mainstay of many traditional martial arts hailing from China and Okinawa. And these days you see this type of training more commonly in Okinawan systems of Karate and Southern Chinese systems. The video above by Morio Higaonna sensei features conditioning techniques called Kote Kitae, which means “forging of the […]

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Keiko Fukuda – A Judo Pioneer

December 22, 20120 Comments

On July 28th, 2011, Keiko Fukuda sensei attained something that most people only dream of… 10th Dan in Judo (by USA Judo). She is the first woman, and only the 4th person in the world to have been bestowed this honor in the art of Judo. Fukuda sensei’s grandfather, Fukuda Hachinosuke who was a teacher […]

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