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#436392 - 04/03/15 09:14 PM Shotokan vs Shito Ryu
John78 Offline

Registered: 06/22/11
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I have trained in Shotokan (JKA) for the past several years and reached brown belt (3rd kyu). I'm not interested in sports karate, but this is the trend of many dojos today and only increases at brown belt level, so I have been thinking about making a switch in order to maintain my interest and to reduce chances of injury as I have had my share during the course of training.

I have come across two local dojos that do not have this sports interest but i don't know which direction to head.

One is an SKA dojo. I have looked at it, and the Shotokan is quite different from JKA as it is essentially pre-JKA Shotokan as Funakoshi taught it. Does anyone have experience with this organization's form of Shotokan? The movements seem lighter and less robust, but katas have a different "look" than JkA-style katas. Also, it seems like a rather strict organization because "special trainings" are considered mandatory (at least a certain number of them) and if someone leaves early they are actually kicked out of the SKA (this is on the SKA website). I wondered why the strictness.

As a second option, I found a Seito Shito Ryu dojo that focuses more on bunkai though it still includes kumite, but emphasis is on kata and related bunkai. Does anyone have experience with this form of karate? Also, how easy is the switch from Shotokan to Shito Ryu? Is bunkai more difficult to study than the focus on free sparring that occurs in the sports karate schools?

Any feedback would be appreciated.

#436435 - 09/10/15 02:01 PM Re: Shotokan vs Shito Ryu [Re: John78]
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Registered: 10/10/03
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Loc: Maine, USA
It may be late to post this, but if you get a chance look into the SKA group. It is definitely a throw-back to older style Shotokan. My concern with schools that go too far down the bunkai road is that they sometimes forget that applications must actually be applicable. In Shotokan terms, sometimes jodan-tsuki is the answer smile
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#436438 - 09/17/15 11:48 AM Re: Shotokan vs Shito Ryu [Re: John78]
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I agree with Bassaiguy
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.


#436574 - 04/02/17 05:56 PM Re: Shotokan vs Shito Ryu [Re: bassaiguy]
John78 Offline

Registered: 06/22/11
Posts: 7
My apologies for my delayed reply. It's two years in coming but I didn't see your replies until now as I haven't been active on the site.

I ended up doing some Shito Ryu but missing aspects of Shotokan. I feel I'm "too old" for JkA Shotokan as I won't go near sport karate at my age and feel it's for karateka under age 35. The sports side just isn't relevant to me.

But, regarding the SKA, why is there such an emphasis on "special trainings"? I did inquire and they are compulsory, and if someone leaves early the policy is expulsion from the SKA. I wondered why the strictness. I have a family. I work. I can't be pinned down to being compelled to attend week-long camps or even weekend camps or not being allowed to leave them early if I have to. This, if nothing else, has kept me away from the SKA. Could anyone help me understand this?

Any advice would be helpful as I would like to earn my shodan in karate but I remain a brown belt in both Shotokan and Shito Ryu because I want to ensure I've picked the right organization for me as once a yudansha, there are additional responsibilities in every organization. I don't want to select the wrong one and only end up leaving it due to politics.


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