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Next Kata for Saturday Class: Tekki Shodan

We are now studying Tekki Shodan (鉄騎初段) in our Saturday classes. As with the Heian kata, the Tekki kata came to Japan from Okinawa, based on the Naihanchi kata. Tekki means “iron horse,” referring to the characteristic kibadachi (literally “horse-riding stance”). There are three Tekki kata, which may have all been one kata at one time. The Tekki kata focus on […]

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More Tournament Success!

We had a couple of our brown belts compete in today’s fairly large tournament in South San Francisco. Akiko was in the 35-year-old+ women’s division for kata, which was half black belts. She placed first. Kostas was in the 35-year-old+ men’s division for kumite, which was mostly black belts. He placed second. Congratulations!

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Next Kata for Saturday Kata Class: Heian Yondan

This Saturday we will start Heian Yondan (平安四段), the fourth kata in our regular syllabus. The Heian kata came to Japan from Okinawa, where Funakoshi Sensei gave them their Japanese name. Heian means “peace and safety.” These kata were developed from the advanced kata to play the same role we use them for today: as a gateway into […]

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Kitagawa Sensei Seminars March 22-23

We are pleased to announce that Princeton Shotokan’s Kitagawa Sensei will be teaching here in March. Kitagawa (Takeshi) Sensei has been teaching karate for over thirty years in both Japan and the United States. In Japan, he worked alongside Nagaki (Mitsuru) Sensei (father of WKF World Champion, Nagaki Shinji) in Ehime Prefecture and was a […]

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Next Kata for Saturday Kata Class: Heian Sandan

This Saturday we start Heian Sandan (平安三段), the third kata in our regular syllabus. The Heian kata came to Japan from Okinawa, where Funakoshi Sensei gave them their Japanese name. Heian means “peace and safety.” These kata were developed from the advanced kata to play the same role we use them for today: as a gateway into karate training for beginners. Heian Sandan introduces […]

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Next Kata for Saturday Kata Class: Heian Nidan

On December 12th, we began practicing the kata Heian Nidan (平安二段), the second kata in our regular syllabus. The Heian kata came to Japan from Okinawa, where Funakoshi Sensei gave them their Japanese name. Heian means “peace and safety.” These kata were developed from the advanced kata to play the same role we use them for today: as a gateway into karate training for beginners. […]

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