News & Announcements

August 21 tournament recap

Silicon Valley Karate had a total of 10 competitors in the Shinkyu Shotokan tournament on August 21. This annual tournament is for adults and teens only. Kids’ tournaments take place at other times during the year (normally October & April). We were represented by a total of three kata teams, with almost all also competing […]

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Instructors’ Class July 10, 2016

The goal: To raise the level of instructional quality among those teaching traditional karate (particularly JKA-style Shotokan, but not exclusively) in the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay area. The focus on this set will be “Arm Techniques.” Instructor list to be finalized late June. See the event listing on July 10 on our calendar for registration information: […]

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Tekkisandan

Next kata for Saturday classes: Tekki Sandan

We are now studying Tekki Sandan (鉄騎三段) 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 […]

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TekkiNidan

Current Kata for Saturday Kata classes: Tekki Nidan

We are now studying Tekki Nidan (鉄騎二段) 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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