Azato Ankoh: A Short
Story About My Teacher
fascinating translation of a 1934 article
by Gichen Funakoshi portraying his own
teacher Azato, the much talked about
early 20th century karate master about
whom, until now, there has been little
information translated into English.
applied properly, the Eagle's Claw enables
the practitioner to seize and control
an opponent through pain and/or structural
Inside the Eagle's Claw
you have ever felt the grasp of an Eagle
Claw master, the pain is intense. No
ordinary grip, the fingers close like
white hot talons of steel piercing into
you. It can be agonizing. More.
It's All in the Timing
same principles of timing found in historical
Italian swordsmanship also apply to
your martial art. More.
Early Cornish Wrestling
indigenous wrestling of England's West
Country and of the Cornish people themselves
has a history that extends before Medieval
times and possibly back into ancient
times as well. More.
on karate-do and its principles by Gogen
Yamaguchi, the flamboyant Japanese karate
legend known as "The Cat."
This is a three part translated excerpt
from this master's classic book "Goju
Ryu Karate Do Kyohan: The History and
Fundamentals of Goju-Ryu Karate,"
now in reprint.
of karate-do and Goju-Ryu
Significance of kata
Teacher As Facilitator
Miyagi's teaching methods in the movie
"The Karate Kid" are actually
very effective. While very old and respected
they also reflect modern concepts of
may be the head of one of the world's
superpowers, but to his fellow judo
club members, Russian President Vladimir
Putin is best known for his wicked sweeping
leg throw (Haraigoshi) More.
fighting dates as far back as ancient
Greece where contestants in this full-contact
art used a lethal combination of what
we would recognize today as boxing,
wresting and judo. They also often broke
planks and stones to demonstrate their
Weight Training for Women
and Older Martial Artists
An Interview with Charles
second part of a three part series.
The Fear Of Falling
to fall is a basic element in many martial
arts. Here are some
simple ways to overcome the fear.
Dealing With Bone Bruises
understand muscle bruises, but bone
bruises are different. Here is a common
sense guide to dealing with them. More.
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This eye opening incident taught me never
to presume. To keep my mind open and not think
that I have all the answers. MORE
A column for
By Eddy Schimacher
" ... There is no substitute for
facing one's self through hard won sweat and seriously
focused training." More
Karatedo Tanpenshu: Funakoshi Short Stories
Compiled & Translated by Patrick & Yuriko
"This is an eclectic book about Gichen
Funakoshi, who many consider to be the father
of Japanese karate. But this is not a book of
commentary about this master. Instead, the man,
his background and early karate history are
intimately portrayed through his own early writings,
his portraits, many photos and other related
by Rick Reichert
Do you have a good application for this kata move
seen in Pinan (Heian) two
and several other forms?
Most teachers think if they are teaching a martial art, such as karate, kung
fu, aikido or judo, their students are learning self-defense. But are they?