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"A sign of character." Thomas Prediger about Competitions and Sport Karate

Sports karate exaggerates with its focus on tournaments. However, competitions can have an educative effect. But only when they are conducted in the right way. We talked with Thomas Prediger, chair of our advisory board, about the value of competitions for karateka and how karate tournaments will evolve after the dismissal of the WKF from the Olympics 2024. By Dr. Christian Tribowski The Competitions Against Oneself Christian: I would like to go a little bit deeper into the educative role of competition. Do I understand your argument right: While in Sport Karate the......

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"Shobu Ippon is not a game like Sport Karate." Thomas Prediger about Kumite

Shobu ippon and sport karate could not be more different. Thomas Prediger, however, knows both because he won the Shoto-Cup and was kumite head coach of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. In this interview he illuminates the difference between both systems and why he thinks that sport karate is a game. By Dr. Christian Tribowski Kumite Boot Camp is the regular column of Thomas Prediger in which he will discuss crucial topics for Shotokan Karate. This time, he spoke with Dr. Christian Tribowski about Shobu Ippon and Sport Karate. What are......

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The Kumite Carousel

Have you ever used the kumite carousel for your kumite training? If not then it is time to integrate it in your training regime. Because a fight comprises 3 aspects of behavior: Waiting Reaction Action All 3 must be trained at the same time – if possible. Moreover, they should be trained under pressure. Then all three aspects become routinized and automatically executed by the body. Kumite Carousel The Kumite Carousel is a efficient method to train all 3 aspects at the same time and still put pressure on the Karateka. Thomas Prediger,......

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The picture shows Thomas Prediger who says that Sport Karate is a "perverted system". He also sees a great potential for kumite in violence prevention.

Kumite Boot Camp is the regular column of Thomas Prediger in which he will discuss crucial topics for Shotokan Karate. This time, he spoke with Dr. Christian Tribowski about Karate Do vs. Sport Karate. By Dr. Christian Tribowski Christian: Hello Thomas, I am very glad that you found the time for the interview. We want to talk about Karate Do vs. Sports Karate today. But before we start, I would like to ask why this is an important topic? Why is it relevant for you and the Shotokan community in general? Thomas: Hello......

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