On 19 Jun, 2015By Jordan GiarratanoWith 7 Comments
I teach a combination of kickboxing (Muay Thai with a lot of clinching) and karate. In the karate class we practice the kata and spent at least as much time working on throws, trips, grabs, from the bunkai. We also put some time in on practical self-defense. My students have never worn a gi. I have, my original training was in Tang Soo Do, but when I opened my school, it didn't make sense to wear gis. When I started adding more applications from the kata (inspired by Iain's work) I realized our t-shirts and shorts weren't ideal training attire.
I'm trying to find other people like myself that practice a single kata.
I've come to realize that the way I practice karate has very different challenges than those who frequent a dojo. I've found it sometimes difficult to speak to other practioners, because our experiences are so different.
I can't be the only one to practice in this manner, so I'd like some help trying to find them.
I noticed today that there is a new dojo opening in my area in the UK which is connected to Karate Jutsu Kai. I popped in and spoke to the Sensei while he was getting it all ready before opening the dojo in a few weeks and it seems to be a derivative of Kyokushin Kai. I know that this association have clubs in Europe and are connected to Kancho Bernard Creton who formed this particular branch.
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I have a problem with an instructor that has caused some severe problems with my family. I restart back into karate 2 1/2 years ago. I was able to find an instructor that had a background in military self defense as well as Okinawa style karate and kobudo. Since i wanted to get back into martial arts for self defense he seemed like the right guy. Now I am a green belt, one stipe away from my brown belt. My son and wife are now brown belts. We are all award winning karate-ka in sport kumita, weapons and open hand kata. But we do no bunkai or self defence to speak of. "We do not have