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#289681 - 09/29/06 02:14 AM Types of Karate
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Types of Karate. I wonder how many there are. I figured to make a list and see if anyone can add anything to it. I am not talking styles of Karate here, just types of Karate.

Classical Karate Karate done in the old way like Itosu and Miyagi style. Usually a pretty hard work out, with forms a focus.

Traditional Karate Old style Karate that uses new training methods as well as old. They are willing to add what works in the training.

Sport Karate Karate done for trophies or fun. This is a style that is done more by the younger crowd.

Made up Karate Karate that is done by a person who decided he had more knowledge than the other styles and founded his own. Usually this style comes from people who cannot go the distance and learn the style they started in. Unfortunately they teach others so the style continues.

China Hand Karate Karate done by those who study and practice pre Itosu Karate. Usually you can tell these systems because they use the old Kanji for Karate, which means China or Tang Hand.

Can any add to this?
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#289682 - 09/29/06 05:32 AM Re: Types of Karate [Re: PaulHart]
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I wouldn't know where the style I practice/teach would fall into which category AS Ashihara is not a 'sport karate' I wouldn't consider it as traditional karate so where would it fit.
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#289683 - 09/29/06 05:55 AM Re: Types of Karate [Re: Dobbersky]
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It seems they call it Fighting Karate, but since it came from Kyokushin, which to me is a Hard Sport Style, I would probably put it in that Catagory. IMHO, Kyokushin is the best Sport Karate out there.

Maybe I should add Modern Karate?
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#289684 - 09/29/06 09:14 AM Re: Types of Karate [Re: PaulHart]
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I think mine is a mix of classical,tradiional,and made up.
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#289685 - 09/29/06 11:16 AM Re: Types of Karate [Re: PaulHart]
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Yes, add modern karate. Labeling Ashihara Karate as Sport Karate is a bit of a tough pill for me to swallow .

I'd say that to be labeled as Sports Karate your curriculum should be geared specifically towards tournaments or sparring. IMO this is far from the case for Ashihara karate.
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#289686 - 09/29/06 11:50 AM Re: Types of Karate [Re: PaulHart]
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Quote:

Types of Karate. I wonder how many there are. I figured to make a list and see if anyone can add anything to it. I am not talking styles of Karate here, just types of Karate.

Classical Karate Karate done in the old way like Itosu and Miyagi style. Usually a pretty hard work out, with forms a focus.

Traditional Karate Old style Karate that uses new training methods as well as old. They are willing to add what works in the training.

Sport Karate Karate done for trophies or fun. This is a style that is done more by the younger crowd.

Made up Karate Karate that is done by a person who decided he had more knowledge than the other styles and founded his own. Usually this style comes from people who cannot go the distance and learn the style they started in. Unfortunately they teach others so the style continues.

China Hand Karate Karate done by those who study and practice pre Itosu Karate. Usually you can tell these systems because they use the old Kanji for Karate, which means China or Tang Hand.

Can any add to this?




My system in this frame of thinking would be Traditional and Chinese Te. And USA/made up My main Goju-ryu Instructor became Soke of his Heta-ryu (Named after his wife, she was a then Sandan) system but kept its Goju base. I was already Sandan then and didn't study his Heta-ryu system, he moved to Kansas. Was it an improvment, venture of love or Ego, it still looked like weapon base Goju to me.

Initally I was shocked that you place Miyagi's direction the same Itosu's high school/college or school base system. Until I pondered, Miyagi did create the Gai-sai kata series to make it easier for the young or new students to learn Goju. You may have a point.

Wouldn't Kyoshin-kia and Ashihara just be Traditonal based made up Japanese systems, I mean just because an Asian made them up don't make them Classical or mordern.

Where would the Eceltic systems fit? No katas, bunkias or bowing, mostly self defense based. Some use the name Karate because its better known, but really its something else.


Edited by Neko456 (09/29/06 11:58 AM)
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#289687 - 09/29/06 07:53 PM Re: Types of Karate [Re: PaulHart]
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OK...Ashihara & Enshin can be Fighting Karate

Let's not forget exercise krotty (Tai Bo & aerobic kick boking), XMA or performance krotty.

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#289688 - 09/30/06 12:23 AM Re: Types of Karate [Re: hedkikr]
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#289689 - 09/30/06 02:52 AM Re: Types of Karate [Re: hedkikr]
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I think I would term them Modern Karate. If a man invents his own system after less than 30 years of training, I would refer to that as Made up Karate, more than 30 years and he uses the style he trained in as the base, I would term it Modern Karate. Fighting Karate should apply to all styles. There are those that think Karate is about building a better person, however, IMHO Karate is about life protection. Be it your own, or the Kings or whomever. If they want to change Karate to be a "Do" system then let them do Aikido, Iaido or Kendo.

The exercise stuff I do not consider Karate at all, it is just dance, but then again most Karate today is just dance.
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#289690 - 09/30/06 03:19 AM Re: Types of Karate [Re: PaulHart]
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We do a lot of everything. Our style has its roots in Suri-estu with a bit of judo, Muay Thai and some Sambo.

We do alot of Kata but we also have students the compeat in sport karate, kickboxing, and MMA

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To this day, Shudo-Kan maintains the high integrity of traditional Martial Arts, yet applies the realistic and modern aspects for its self-defense system



out of our hand book

I guess we are traditional
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