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"What does Kata mean to you?"

 (Feb 2012)  Issue # 46

What is the meaning of Kata? What’s it all about? What’s the point of it? I have gone into print and been asked this question many times over the years by many people, members of the general public who don’t train, novice students, advanced students, teachers of the subject, Kumite specialist, Kata specialists, sport only karate-ka, self defence enthusiasts, petty politicians in Karate, pundits who are deliberately trying to be controversial, heads of other associations, practitioners of other style of Martial Arts, mean spirited individuals who are just looking for loop holes who have an axe to grind, candidates for a promotional exam, Japanese cultural enthusiasts, Karate historians, traditionalists and modernisers ....

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Interview


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Part 1 Interview with D Kirkham, 
SKU Director of Coaching.

(Aug 2010)  Issue # 40

There is a palpable under current of hidden resentment that is bubbling up through the inscrutable public Zen face, between some rival organisations today as they try to bolster their membership, to the point that some groups don’t in practice encourage inter organisational cooperation...

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Dan Grading Courses                                                         

(May 2012)  Issue # 47

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Have you registered your students for the next Dan grading and pre grading training course yet?  If not then please remember to check that their licences are upto date, that their forms are correctly filled in and signed, then as their coach you are to countersign and submit their application to the grading office, no later than 2 weeks before the day of the grading course, as on the day applications are not accepted...


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Rei & Yoi.

(May 2001) Issue # 3  Reprinted (Aug 2012) Issue # 48

Just as with all forms of Japanese etiquette, bowing is a complex subject and it seems to alter from person to person dependant upon their status, your status, and from situation to situation, however the following rules for bowing whilst practicing karate, have been accepted as a standard by both the dojos and the international organisation and are observed worldwide...

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Oitsuki the mechanics.

(May 2001)  Issue # 3

The first areas for consideration are of how one must overcome the effects of gravitational pull on your body weight, and what is your weight distribution?, especially if you are launching oitsuki from a standing at rest posture, a posture where you have allowed any forward momentum to terminate....

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Shotokan in the street.

(May 2001)  Issue # 3

Shotokan in the streets is the title of a series of two videos that were produced by the Shotokan Karate Union in the 1980s that featured its director of coaching. Stills from the videos were successfully reproduced and serialised in "Traditional Karate and Combat" magazines. The original purpose of the videos was not to be a mini course in self defence but was to raise the interest levels in the study of traditional kata bunkei & oyo; by highlighting that there are many little hidden gems that are nestled inside the traditional kata of karate, and how that they can be utilised for the purpose of self defence, if they are slightly adapted to suit a street situation...

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Interview

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Part 2 Interview  with D Kirkham,      

SKU Director of Coaching.

(Feb 2013)  Issue # 50

I think everyday of the first 45 years of my study were possibly the hardest period; but after that 45 year teething period it just seemed to get real easy after that ! But seriously, yes it was a difficult period for me on a personal level as the loss of two loved ones affected more than I ever imagined. I feel that if it wasn't for the ever constant in my life, my personal karate training regime, then I think that I may not have got through what was a very tough period.... Those classes were run by instructors who were operating on high octane raw enthusiasm, and they displayed their dedication and love of the art with a passion every time they put on their gi's....

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Karate Rankings & Titles

(Feb 1985), (Feb 2013) Issue # 50

A translation and guide to the rankings & titles used in Karate.


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Student Grants 2011 -2012

(Feb 2011) Issue # 42

Have you as club coach put forward the names of any interested students of 3rd kyu and above who wish to be considered for entry to the coaching award scheme? The new intake must be able to start the scheme in October 2011. This intake there are 4 full grants and 10 partially assisted grants available to eligible students. The grants are to be used to cover the students tuition fees and course expenses. All applications are to be submitted prior to the cut off date of 6th April 2011.

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Dojo Etiquette


Your Training position in the Dojo

(Feb 1985)

The   Highest   Ranking   Karate-Ka   assumes  the  front  row position at the far right of the Dojo (Joeseki), as he looks towards the front of the Dojo (Shomen) and the Instructor, (which will be the front row far left position as the Instructor looks towards the students). All other Karate-Ka will stand inline and in descending rank order to the left of theirseniors, as shown in the diagram above. If there are several Karate-Ka in the class who are of the same grade status, then seniority based upon when that grade was achieved will take priority and if there are many Karate-Ka who are of the same grade and seniority then the elder of those Karate-Ka within that graded group will be deemed to take the more senior rank.

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Analysing Basic Technique 

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The psychology of going “Back to the Future”. 

(Nov 2011)  Issue # 45

“older mature adult Karate-ka should rethink their training regimes, by revisiting the basics again, that is, if they desire to extend the length of time that they will be able to perform wide ranging and meaningful practice”...

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Avoid misunderstandings over initial goal setting!

(May 2001) Issue # 3

These measures will also assist in the avoidance of coaching disappointment, which occurs when emotional commitment and maximum coaching effort has been invested by the coach into an athlete who quits or loses focus, long before reaching the misunderstood and unsubstantiated goal...

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Traditions do matter!

(Aug 2010)  Issue # 40

On a personal note and merely for clarification, I am not a traditionalist because I enjoy studying and practicing kata, but I enjoy kata more because I am a traditionalist...

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Data Safety

(Nov 2012)  Issue # 49

Is the information that  they supply to us when they enquire, treated with confidentiality? The answer is an absolute yes, as it is not only covered by the data protection act, but ....

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Mokuso Yame

(May 2010)  Issue # 39


Wake up to the many myths of karate, as they are a serious distraction to your progress!


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Coaching Women in pursuit of excellence.

(Feb 1992) Revised (May 2012)  Issue # 47

During the 1950s and 60s there was a gender blindness as far as sports coaching was concerned across all sports and unfortunately karate as a whole seems to have lagged behind the rest of the sporting world for almost 40 years in this area; of course there are exemptions to this, where female karate-ka have stood head and shoulders above the rest of the competition as exceptional athletes, but generally speaking female athletes have excelled in karate, in spite of and not as a result of the coaching methods of the day....

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SKU England  in Osaka Japan.

(Feb 2013) Issue # 50

Congratulations to all of the members of the SKU England squad upon their success last month in Osaka Japan.  A 5 man and 3 women squad who were managed by Mr R Mason, represented the SKU organisation  with honours in a friendly international match between the  SKU Japan  v  SKU England.  The home team were great hosts as usual and we look forward to their visit in the spring of 2014.

Male 5 man team Kumite
Japan 3 - England 2
Female 3 woman team Kumite
Japan 1 - England 2
Male 3 man team Kata
Japan 40.8
England 40.0
Female 3 woman team Kata
Japan 41.7
England 41.3
Male individual Kumite
1st P. Davies England
2nd K. Nakamura Japan
3rd H. Nakamura Japan
Female individual Kumite
1st Y. Ichihara Japan
2nd K. Murray  England 
3rd  R. Murakami England
Female Individual Kata
1st R. Murakami England 40.7
2nd H. Sato Japan  40.6
3rd Y. Ichihara Japan 40.1
Male Individual Kata
1st H. Nakamura Japan 40.8
2nd K. Nakamura Japan 40.3
3rd L. Watkin England  40.1



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Preparatory Positions

(May 2012) Issue # 47

These are the Shizen-tai (natural position) stances used in the following examples;  

1: Musubi-dachi (informal attention stance toes out).
2: Heisoku-dachi (informal attention stance feet together).
3: Heiko-dachi (parallel stance).

Don’t rush as it takes a 5 count to complete. 1: Standing in Musubi Dachi with your heels together, your feet should point slightly outward making a "V". Keep your knees straight, the elbows straight and with open relaxed, hands rest them along the seams of your Gi  pants, on  the  outside  of  your  legs, keep  your  fingers together. 2: Slowly bend forward at the waist to a 45 degree angle (Saikeirei), then 3: Slowly unbend to the upright position again. The whole bowing procedure should take around 4 seconds but no longer than 5 seconds and is performed with a silent outward breath.


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News, views, opinions 

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Additional Coaching Award Scheme material 

now available

(Feb 2010)  Issue #  38

To accompany the new and extended syllabus of the level 3 coaching award scheme module, we have placed on the official Shotokan Karate Union  website, two new downloads, both of which are free of charge for all course members ....

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Visitors from SKU Turkey

(Nov 2008)  Issue # 33

It's planned for early February 2009, that  we will be hosting a group of 4 adult male and 2 adult female Karate-ka who are  all members of the Shotokan Karate Union of Turkey...

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Pressure points, Ki, Kime.

(May 2012)  Issue # 47

There are a couple of methods in the fighting arts to induce a state of unconsciousness. Method 1 is to starve the brain of oxygen (hypoxia), which can be done by occluding the major vessels of the head and neck, the jugular veins and carotid arteries, whilst closing down the airway. Method 2 is to introduce rapid torsion (spinning of the head) to the brain stem or allowing the brain mass to move and collide with the skull, both methods results in a temporary state of unconsciousness...

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The Elements of Karate Kata.

(Feb 1982) Revised (Aug 2000)  Issue # 4

Element 1. YOI NO KISIN - Refers to the process of the preparation of the mind and spirit in readiness to perform Kata, using
modern sporting vanacular, "Getting in the Zone". Concentration throughout the performance is required to perform Kata well, so the performer needs to combine his technique and movement with the focusing of the mind by blanking out any distractions. As Karate Kata is performed without an opponent, the viewer of the Kata should be able to sense the purpose of the performance, if the performer has prepared their mind and spirit prior to their performance. This is the preliminary stage that happens before any of the movements of the Kata begin, often before one reaches the performance area
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Interview

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Interview  with  SKU Grand Champion   

Rachael Reiko Murakami      

(May 2013)  Issue # 51

In my opinion he is the best instructor that I could have ever had, he understands my needs and the Japanese training methods, that and his  enthusiasm which  is infectious has definately got the best from me... 

There is a difference between the the way that the Japanese and the majority of European traditional karate-ka look at and perform their art, although the gap is shortening all the time...

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Okuri-tsuki Deadly technique?              

or does it even exist?

(May 2012)  Issue # 47

While the overall technique is somewhat Kamakaze looking in appearance, the underlying tactics employed are of equal importance to its success as the mechanics of the technique itself.... Ikken hisatsu “to kill with one blow”, this mind set concept is yet another area that is misunderstood and overplayed due to the nature of and the delusional wholesale acceptance of its alluring translation....

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Study of the values of Sambon Kumite

(Feb 2012)  Issue # 46

During a 6 month period of study two separate test groups were observed, both groups were made up of 25 adult males, of 9th kyu grade, all students were in the age group 18 to 25 years old. The 50 students that took part were taken from two separate dojos'.....

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