The term kyohan, means instruction manual. It was originally translated into English in and published in Though out of print for almost years it was reprinted in and is now available through Amazon. The authors are Sakujiro Yokoyama and Eisuke Oshima.
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The kata consists of kicks, punches, sweeps, strikes and blocks. Body movement in various kata includes stepping, twisting, turning, dropping to the ground, and jumping. In Shotokan, kata is a performance or a demonstration, with every technique potentially a killing blow ikken hisatsu —while paying particular attention to form and timing rhythm.
As the karateka grows older, more emphasis is placed on the health benefits of practicing kata, promoting fitness while keeping the body soft, supple, and agile. Several Shotokan groups have introduced "kata" form from other styles into their training. Dai Nihon Karate-do Shotokai is the official representative of Shotokan karate.
Even today, thousands of Shotokan dojo only practice 26 of these 27 kata. Meeting of hands , is the practical application of kihon and kata to real opponents. The formalities of kumite in Shotokan karate were first instituted by Masatoshi Nakayama wherein basic, intermediate, and advanced sparring techniques and rules were formalised.
Kata bunkai then matures into controlled kumite. Kumite is taught in ever increasing complexity from beginner through low grade blackbelt 1st — 2nd to intermediate 3rd — 4th and advanced 5th onwards level practitioners. Beginners first learn kumite through basic drills, of one, three or five attacks to the head jodan or body chudan with the defender stepping backwards whilst blocking and only countering on the last defence.
These drills use basic kihon techniques and develop a sense of timing and distance in defence against a known attack. At around purple belt level karateka learn one-step sparring ippon kumite. Though there is only one step involved, rather than three or five, this exercise is more advanced because it involves a greater variety of attacks and blocks usually the defenders own choice.
Counter-attacks may be almost anything, including strikes, grapples, and take-down manoeuvres. The next level of kumite is freestyle one-step sparring jiyu ippon kumite. This type of kumite, and its successor—free sparring, have been documented extensively by Nakayama    and are expanded upon by the JKA instructor trainee program, for those clubs under the JKA. Freestyle one-step sparring is similar to one-step sparring but requires the karateka to be in motion.
Practicing one-step sparring improves free sparring jiyu kumite skills, and also provides an opportunity for practicing major counter-attacks as opposed to minor counter-attacks. In this exercise, two training partners are free to use any karate technique or combination of attacks, and the defender at any given moment is free to avoid, block, counter, or attack with any karate technique.
Training partners are encouraged to make controlled and focused contact with their opponent, but to withdraw their attack as soon as surface contact has been made.
Kaishu ippon kumite is an additional sparring exercise that is usually introduced for higher grades. This exercise is often considered more difficult than either freestyle one-step sparring or free sparring, as the defender typically cannot escape to a safe distance in time to avoid the counter to the counter-attack.
In dojo kumite any and all techniques, within reason, are valid; punches, knife hand strikes, headbutt, locks, takedowns, kicks, etc. In competition certain regulations apply, certain techniques are valid, and certain target areas, such as the joints or throat, are forbidden. The purpose of competition is to score points through the application of kumite principles while creating an exciting and competitive atmosphere, whereas the purpose of training kumite in the dojo is to be prepared to kill or cripple an opponent in a realistic situation.
After years of study in both styles, Funakoshi created a simpler system that combined the ideals of the two. Originally, karate had only three belt colors: white, brown, and black with ranks within each. Major Shotokan organizations[ edit ].
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In addition to being a karate master, Funakoshi was an avid poet and philosopher who would reportedly go for long walks in the forest where he would meditate and write his poetry. Continuing his effort to garner widespread interest in Okinawan karate, Funakoshi ventured to mainland Japan in , and again in Karate had borrowed many aspects from Chinese boxing. Funakoshi also argued in his autobiography that a philosophical evaluation of the use of "empty" seemed to fit as it implied a way which was not tethered to any other physical object. However, in practise this organization was led by Masatoshi Nakayama. Illness and death[ edit ] Legacy[ edit ] Funakoshi published several books on karate including his autobiography, Karate-Do: My Way of Life. His legacy, however, rests in a document containing his philosophies of karate training now referred to as the niju kun , or "twenty principles".
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The kata consists of kicks, punches, sweeps, strikes and blocks. Body movement in various kata includes stepping, twisting, turning, dropping to the ground, and jumping. In Shotokan, kata is a performance or a demonstration, with every technique potentially a killing blow ikken hisatsu —while paying particular attention to form and timing rhythm. As the karateka grows older, more emphasis is placed on the health benefits of practicing kata, promoting fitness while keeping the body soft, supple, and agile. Several Shotokan groups have introduced "kata" form from other styles into their training. Dai Nihon Karate-do Shotokai is the official representative of Shotokan karate. Even today, thousands of Shotokan dojo only practice 26 of these 27 kata.