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Iain Abernethy's picture

Introduce Yourself!

Welcome to members new and old! Please post a few lines to introduce yourself to all other members!

It would be great if people would make their first post their introduction. It’s only polite, after all :-)

All the best,


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Paul_L's picture

Information / Thoughts on Hand and Forearm Strikes

Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on, or can point in in the direction of any information regarding Karate hand and forearm strikes, with regards to my points below.

The punch is often seen as the primary hand strike but I am wondering if this was actually the case with Karate in its formative years. I have seen threads on here where it has been discussed that punches to the face and head do present a high risk of injury to the hand, and I guess that this was something that was understood at the time Karate was being developed.

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JD's picture


Hi all,

Quick question, I'm looking at decking out the full dojo floor we have with interlocking mats.

Apparently karate folk use a thickness of 20mm mats coloured red and blue, however, you can get the same mats in different colours but that are 40mm thick, the advice from the mat supplier is 40mm tends to be more for jiu jitsu, judo and not so much impact arts like taekwondo and karate.

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Anf's picture

Attending seminars outside your style/association

Hi all.

What is the etiquette when attending a seminar outside of your own association?

For example, let's say the only suit you own is branded up with your club's logos etc. Do you still wear it, other do you how in a t shirt and bottoms instead? Or do you buy an unbranded gi just for such purposes?

Do you wear your normal belt? Mine means nothing outside of my association. I presume that's the same for everyone.

And for those of us more familiar with Korean terminology and etiquette, will we be left a bit stuck in a Japanese style event?

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Paul_D's picture

What can MMA learn from TMA?

I would guess that most of us have some sort of rule in our licence which states that if we do anything to bring our club or our art into disrepute our membership will be cancelled.

MMA doesn’t seem to have anything like the same level of accountability though.  And I’m not just talking about the professional’s that generate millions for their organisations, I’m talking local amateurs too, although I’m not going to go into detail there.  Suffice to say if a TMA student did the same thing, they would be kicked out.

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Azato's picture

Naihanchi opening sequence


This is my first attempt in awhile to put a video together. Looking for some constructive criticism. The editing is a bit rough, unfortunately an Iphone is all I have to work with. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!

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Les Bubka's picture

Funakoshi's Anxiety?

Hi all

I was going through Funakoshi's book “The Essence of Karate”. One sentence really caught my eye,

“As a child, I suffered from a very weak stomach until I started training in Karate…”

In the article I explore the possibility of Master Funakoshi suffering from anxiety.

What do you think? Is there more info about his illness?

Kind regards 


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Graziano's picture

Kata in MMA Matches

Hello to everyone, I have got a question for you. I know the karate is a civilian martial arts for self defense, but I was wondering if Is possibile in your opinion using kata techiniches like takedown, grapping etc take for example gedan badai no like block ecc, on Mma match o similitaries, eventually adapting them on different context?

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JD's picture

Old original footage of karate 'self defense'


Hope everyone's well and good.

I've posted a link below showing Enoeda sensei, Asai sensei, kanazawa sensei and Nakayama sensei (Shotokan) demonstrating what they thought was usuable and practical self defense back in the day.

They made this film/footage to show other's the benefits of being able to defend against possible real life attackers and encourage more to take up karate.

The only reasons I'm posting this, is simply for enjoyment of watching and to highlight how karate and it's practitioners have advanced and progressed since then. 

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PASmith's picture

Bunkai concepts in action

I watch a lot of martial arts technical breakdown videos and was struck by some things in the following video, breaking down some facets of Conor McGregor's game, that chime with some of the kata and bunkai concepts Iain (and others) have brought to the fore in recent years. I love seeing these sorts of linked martial arts themes and commonalities.

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