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shotokanman70
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Shodan Test Breakdown

I think you're going to like this!

In this video I share footage of my student's recent shodan test. My curriculum is registered with the WCA. As you can see in the video, the curriculum is both broad and deep. This particular test was physically demanding and lasted 4 hours (including a few barf breaks). In addition to the physical skills assessed, shodan candidates are required to submit written works on various topics including the Canadian criminal code and how it pertains to self protection.

If you are interested in looking at the drills in greater detail, some links are provided in the YouTube video description. Some of the drills are of my own creation. Others have been borrowed from Iain and others.

cheers,

Andy

Iain Abernethy
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Brilliant video Andy! I hope it inspires a few of the 3K types to return to a more holistic version of the art. Karate is awesome when people “unwrap it and open the gift” … as opposed to fixating on how pretty the wrapping paper is :-)

All the best,

Iain

shotokanman70
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Iain Abernethy wrote:

I hope it inspires a few of the 3K types to return to a more holistic version of the art.

I hope it does. I had a couple people inform me that it wasn't Shotokan. Thank-you Captain Obvious ;)

Iain Abernethy
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shotokanman70 wrote:
I had a couple people inform me that it wasn't Shotokan. Thank-you Captain Obvious ;)

“I have heard myself and my students referred to as the ‘Shotokan School’, but I strongly object to this attempt at classification” – Gichin Funakoshi

You’re in good company it seems :-)

All the best,

Iain