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Kumite Gata No.4

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  • This section contains further reading on subjects related to karate
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The Heart Of Karate by Shigeru Egami


This extract is from Shigeru Egami and discusses various aspects of karate and the developent of a person as they train. It deals with the mental and the physical


He who would follow the way of karate must be courteous, not only in training but in daily life. While humble and gentle, he should never be servile. His performance of the kata should reflect boldness and confidence. This seemingly paradoxical combination of boldness and gentleness leads ultimately to harmony. It is true, as Master ......

The Heart Of Karate by Shigeru Egami, Kodansha Int. Ltd 1976

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The whole person by Tony Heap


This article is written by WKU's own Chief Instructor Tony Heap. It discusses the aspect of a Holistic approach to Karate.


Part of the holistic development of the martial arts is indeed always striving to move forward, knowing that usually the practitioner can get by on what they have done before, but to be able to develop and learn it is necessary to become vulnerable once more. This becomes a way of pushing one's ego to one side, It could be said, that any......

Developmental Aspects Of Martial Arts by Tony Heap 1995

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Focus in Karate, 'Kime' by A. Kanazawa


This article by A. Kanazawa discusses the technicality of 'Kime'. It is a good explanation of what we call focus in English. All Karateka should strive to develop good focus in their karate.


Focus refers to the concentration of all the energy of the body in the instant a particular technique makes contact with its target. This concentration of energy is derived from the tension and relaxation of certain muscles at the correct time in conjunction with the exhalation of air from the lungs as the technique is completed. Kime will not be released if the tension of the......

Kanazawa's Karate by A. Kanazawa, Dragon Books 1981

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Kumite Gata Misc

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The whole person by Tony Heap

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