Category: Karate

National Team selection

Whilst I was strolling around in the sunshine, the best students from my dojo were taking part in the selection trials for the Japanese Wado Kai National Team. The World Cup...

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Shorinji kempo break-up

Long-term readers will remember that I trained in Shorinji Kempo for three months when I was in Tokyo. It’s a very interesting art and I feel really lucky to have spent...

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Empty handed

“Empty hand” is one of the translations for the Japanese word karate or 空手. Kara (空) actually has a number of meanings – sky, void, heavens, vacuum – but “empty” is...

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Introducing: Richard

Richard Mosdell runs the internship at Shiramizu and, although I only met him for the first time in August, we e-mailed originally last year when I was trying to find dojos...

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Testing times

It turns out there’s a karate grading on Friday. My first reaction was not to do it, but of course this is a silly thing to think and I’ll definitely take...

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Dojo madness

Last night was a particularly crazy night at the dojo. I arrived early so I could get an extra hour and a half’s practise in, so did my warm up and...

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Results: follow-up

Well, I asked Sensei about his nanadan grading, and the answer was… not entirely clear. I don’t think he’s got it yet, but rather is attending a number of sessions related...

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Results

Results are what comes from effort, and recently my instructor, my dojo and myself have all been putting a lot of effort into our practise. Here is a summary of our...

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