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The 10 Precepts of Anko Itosu

What we refer to as "traditional" in the martial arts often isn't traditional at all. Mention traditional karate today and people immediately think of white gis, coloured belts and marching up and down the hall in lines. All of which are modern practises and none of which would be recognisable to founders of the art.

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Kris Wilder Interview

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Iain Abernethy Traditional Karate Interview May 2006 Issue

Iain Abernethy is a leading exponent of applied karate and kata application (bunkai). He has written five books and produced numerous DVDs on his unique approach to kata and traditional karate. Iain is also a member of the Combat Hall of Fame.

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Awareness: The Key to Karate for Self-Protection

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Kata: Why Bother?

There are many differing views on the value of kata. Kata is regarded by some to be the very 'soul' of the martial arts. By others, it's regarded as a complete waste of time. To my mind, both views have merit depending upon what is meant by 'kata' and how it is approached.

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The use of the 'Karate Guard' in Kata and Combat

The term 'guard' refers to the position in which the hands are held when fighting. There are many differing opinions on which is the 'correct' or 'best' guard position. So where should we hold our hands in order to effectively fight and defend ourselves? Should the hands be held high, as in boxing? Or should they be held lower, as in modern karate? Why all the variations? In this article I'd like to explore these questions, and in particular look at the use and evolution of the guard in karate.

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Karate: The Next Big Thing?

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Karate: A Complete Fighting System? (The first article I ever wrote)

Introduction:

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Mental Strength

In his book 'Wado-Ryu' karate, Hironori Otsuka tells us that there are three kinds of strength - Physical Strength, Technical Strength and Mental Strength - and if any of those is deficient it will be " the downfall of the individual ". It's a common misconception throughout the martial arts that 'technique' is the key; if we have good technique then we will be effective in combat.

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Kata: a Lock or a Key?

In this article I'd like to briefly discuss some of the ways in which we can view kata, and how, if we adopt a restrictive view, this can severely limit our progress in the martial arts.

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