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Nijushiho

Next Kata for Saturday Morning Kata Class: Nijushiho

Saturday, May 23rd will be the first of four weeks studying the kata Nijushiho or Nijuushiho (二十四歩). This kata’s name is less poetic than some others. It means “Twenty-four Steps.” In Nijushiho we practice a wide variety of techniques and applications of power. It features most of the basic Shotokan stances and some less common stances, and slow application of power as well as quick movements. […]

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Kim Sensei Seminars May 16

Sensei Kim began his Shotokan Karate training in 1977. He currently serves as official Instructor, Examiner and Judge for the World Traditional Karate Organization (WTKO) in the Mid-America Region. His passion is to share his love of karate with his students through personalized, motivating and insightful instruction. His focus is on conveying the importance of […]

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Shodan!

Announcing our dojo’s newest black belt, Ananya!  She passed on May 2, in our Redwood City dojo.  Administering the exam were WTKO Chief Instructor Richard Amos Sensei and senior dojo instructors Jon Keeling Sensei and Fred Borda Sensei. This is not a “youth black belt.”  The requirements were the same as for adults, and no re-exam […]

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New Classes in Palo Alto

We’re adding even more classes! Two new classes have begun spring sessions through the City of Palo Alto: Teens’ Karate Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, April 1 – June 3 At the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto Women’s Self-Defense Fridays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, April 3 – May 29 In the ballroom at […]

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Meikyo

Next Kata for Saturday Morning Kata Class: Meikyo

Starting Saturday, April 4th we will study the kata Meikyo (明鏡) for four weeks. The name of the kata literally means “Polished Mirror” or “Bright Mirror,” prompting us to think about how our training is like the work of polishing something that ultimately reflects who we are. Meikyo was created by combining the three Rohai kata. Meikyo gives […]

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Hangetsu

Next Kata for Saturday Morning Kata Class: Hangetsu

We begin our next kata, Hangetsu (半月), on Saturday, February 28th and go for four weeks. The kata name means “Half Moon,” which refers to the way we step in the kata’s signature stance, hangetsu-dachi. In contrast to fudo-dachi we used in Sochin, with Hangetsu we practice gripping the floor and connecting with an inward squeeze in hangetsu-dachi and neko-ashi-dachi. Hangetsu also emphasizes breathing from the […]

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