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Clarification: In this post I am NOT suggesting people should do as I do. They should not. I am simply giving examples of how I have made our karate more culturally appropriate for the corner of the world in which my dojo is based. Respect remains. Discipline remains. All that has changed is how those things are expressed.I want to know how others have done that. I am NOT making an argument that karateka all over the world should drop titles and formal bows!
Over the past few months I’ve been doing some re-reading of essential karate books and whatnot. I developed a theory that Kusanku/Kushanku/Kanku-dai is the most essential kata in karate as a whole. I have two main reasons for thinking this. Firstly, the etymology of both karatedo and Kusanku/Kushanku/Kanku-dai. And secondly, the clear influence of Kusanku/Kushanku/Kanku-dai on the Pinan/Heian series of kata.
I have been taking Okinawa Kenpo for 3 years. To the level of brown belt. In both open hand and weapons. During this time our training in open hand karate has been 95% kata training in a dance type scenario. 4% bag work for kicking. 1% self defense training with military style, LE restraining methods.
I hope I am in the right forum to ask this question. I believe that I had seen this saying in one of Iain's articles, but I can’t be sure. Could someone tell me who coined the phrase, "Karate belongs to everyone."
This week's Waza Wednesday takes a look at defending against the Guillotine choke, or a front headlock. While this isn't strictly a kata application, there are many concepts of movement found in kata at play, here.