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Accept Your Fear or Nervousness to Improve Your Karate Performance It is your big day for karate promotion. You have trained long and hard for this and are really nervous. You have done your kata hundreds of times, you practiced kumite and bunkai. Your knees are shaking, your teeth are chattering, Your heart is racing Read More

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Doing Karate Kata on Your Own Improves Application Understanding Here are Ways to Improve Your Kata Performance & Understanding Doing Karate Kata over and over trying to improve it each time quickly gets boring as performance improvement dramatically falls off.  Here are some general ways to do kata once you understand the basic embusen (form). Read More

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Injuries and Karate Training Eventually, we get injured. Usually, from working in the garden, falling off a chair or ladder at home, falling on the trampoline, twisting an ankle while ice skating, lifting something, etc. Now and then we pull a muscle, or hit the makiwara too hard for too long. Generally, your injury is Read More

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Cold, Flu & Coronavirus Prevention in the Dojo While at the Doctor’s office last week, the reception area was packed with people with cold and flu symptoms. I have never seen it so bad.  According to news reports, the Coronavirus will spread.    We all need to take measures to reduce contagion possibilities in the Read More

Virginia Dojo Pinan Defense

Okinawan Karate Alexandria: Pinan Karate Katas Anko Itosu reportedly developed the five Pinan Katas (called Heinan in Shotokan and other Japanese styles) prevalent in Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate to teach appropriate Karate techniques to school children. Many claim these katas derived from a now lost Channan kata. Yet others think many of the moves were Read More