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Money in Shotokan Karate: Insights into a Difficult Relationship

Money and Shotokan Karate have always been a difficult relationship. But they do not have to be, if money is treated right. By Dr. Christian Tribowski Money in Shotokan karate has been causing many discussions. Observers have accused associations, instructors, and dojos of exploiting the art of Shotokan to become rich. They also associated the foundation of more and more Shotokan organization in the last 50 years with greed. The assumption: Famous instructors set up their own association as cash machines. While in some cases this might be true, one can plausible doubt......

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The picture shows karateka in full zanshin expecting the next attack or counter.

Zanshin belongs to the central concepts of budo and Shotokan karate. In this article give you a detailed account about the fighting state of mind. By Thomas D. McKinnon What does Zanshin mean? Literally translated, zanshin means ‘left over or remaining heart /spirit/mind’. However, for the dedicated karateka, it means the state of total awareness. Being still within, while aware of one’s surroundings, and being totally prepared for anything. It also conveys the fighting spirit of the individual after the fight. If victorious, the fighter needs a forward-looking awareness and should not lose......

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Girl doing Oi-Zuki

Karate Do means for some being constant in a war. For others, however, it means peace. By Marco Sanna The Origin of Karate Do as Martial Art Back in the days, martial arts prepared warriors for hand-to-hand combat. Self-protection was paramount. In such a system was little room for art, spiritualism, moral, ethical formalism, and the pursuit of mental and physical perfection. Martial arts were perceived as “arts of war” that were based on the logic of “kill or be killed”. Karate Do: A Martial Art? Karate Do is also a martial art.......

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The Oss-Controversy: A Reply by Michael Ehrenreich

The Starting Point of the Oss-Controversy Last weekend, we published the excellent article by Andreas Quast “To “Oss”, or Not to “Oss”? The Difficult History of Oss!“. It caused the Oss-Controversy. Andreas historically reconstructed in an impressive way the emergence of the term Oss. Due to his research he came to the conclusion that term has a ultra-nationalistic history and for him it is not question to use it. Michael Ehrenreich wrote a likewise excellent and a little bit provocative comment about Andreas article and allowed us to share it with you. We......

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To “Oss”, or Not to “Oss”? The Difficult History of Oss!

Should we use the term “oss”? Although Shotokan karateka take it for granted a look back in its history suggest that one should rethink whether it is appropriate to use it. By Andreas Quast Especially in Shotokan, the term “oss” is omnipresent. But most of the Shotokan Karateka do not know where and why it emerged. In fact, it has a difficult history that dates back to the 19th century and the foundation of the Dai Nippon Butokukai. A brief look into the history of “oss” suggest to think twice about whether we......

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