Women of Karate


Kellan Lyman during training in the Philippines.

Wisdom does not emerge with age. It emerges with experience. Although, Kellan Lyman is only 28 years old, she has practiced Shotokan now for more then 20 years. The training has had a huge effect on her as she says: “Shotokan is spirit training that’s enabled me to follow my convictions working in environmental advocacy, facing hardships of life in a rural, developing nation, or any life challenge with excitement and determination.” In this very open interview Kellan describes for us what Do means for her and how it has formed and changed......

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Ayano Nakamura is the new queen of Kata and a amazing Karateka

Ayano Nakamura belongs to the most gifted karateka of her generation. She has won the All Japan Championship kata title several times. But not her athletic achievements make her the “queen of kata”. For her, karate is a means for self-cultivation and -development. Therefore, karate is more for her then a martial art. It is budo. By Dr. Christian Tribowski Karate starts and ends with courtesy. It´s important to observe courtesy and compassion in your heart. Ayano Nakamura Ayano Nakamura: The Kata Prodigy On the first glimpse, Ayano Nakamura appears to be an......

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The picture shows Miki Nakamachi in a bamboo forrest.

Miki Nakamachi has both: An strong sense of budo and a splendid posture. She also teaches both in an admirable way. Although she has suffered one of the greatest losses, a human being can experience, she did not give up and fought her way back. Today, she is a mother of two, runs her own stretching studio, promotes Karate for women and children, and strives to become the next JKA World Champion. Karate has been giving her the strength to stand the downs and to set course for new ups in life. Read......

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Women of Shotokan: Ildikó Rédai

To get yourself up and back to competitions after a torn ACL is a huge challenge and requires endurance, persistence, and a strong will. Ildikó Rédai, our today´s Woman of Shotokan, mastered the challenge and fought her way back to the Tatami. She is not just a very successful competitor but also national Kata coach of Hungary. This summer, she will face the next great challenge: She will lead her team to the SKIF World Championship in Czech Republic. Our guess: She will prevail. Read this inspiring and highly motivational interview with Ildikó......

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Women of Shotokan: Valentina Zucchetto

In our today portrait we are going to introduce you Valentina Zucchetto from Italy. Valentina started Karate at the age of 7. Most of her life has been coined by the art of Shotokan. In our interview she reveals that her passion has not faded. The opposite is the case. She constantly discovers new aspects about Do and still seeks new challenges in Karate. Valentina is on a journey to a deeper understanding of the beautiful art of Shotokan Karate. Join her journey for a bit of time and enjoy this fantastic portrait.......

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Women of Shotokan: Holly Rye

Today, we are going to portrait Holly Rye in the Women of Shotokan section. Holly Rye is 33 years old and lives currently in Glasgow, Scotland. Originally from Kent, England, she has been doing Karate since 1994 and holds a 5th Dan. Let yourself become inspired by Holly´s incredible Karate biography. By Dr. Christian Tribowski Portrait of Holly Rye Dojo: Hokushin Martial Arts Academy Additional information: Assistant Chief Instructor of JSKA Scotland Chairperson of JSKA Scotland Instructor at Hokushin Martial Arts Academy JSKA Scotland Team Member JSKA World Champion 2014 (kata), 2016 (kata......

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Women of Shotokan: Claudia Rösner

Claudia Rösner is a power house and shows a great deal of spirit. In our first Women of Shotokan portrait we will give you a closer look about the femal perspective of karate. Let yourself become inspired by Claudia Rösner. By Dr. Christian Tribowski Today, we are going to portrait Claudia Rösner as our first woman of Shotokan. Claudia is 48 years old and was born in southern Germany. Now, she lives in Greven, in the north-west of Germany, where she also trains in the Shimazu Dojo. She has practiced Karate from 1986......

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