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Kata of the Month: Gankaku

We are now studying Gankaku for the advanced kata in our Saturday classes. (back to Heian Shodan for the basic kata) Gankaku is another old kata that, like Empi (our last kata-of-the-month), is meant to conjure an image of a bird. In contrast to Empi’s darting in and out and jumping up like a swallow, […]

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Kata of the Month: Empi

We are now studying Empi for the advanced kata in our Saturday classes. (Heian Godan for the basic kata) Empi means “flight of the swallow” and contains movements that resemble a small bird darting in & out, up & down. This kata is derived from a very old kata, Wanshu, which may have been brought […]

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Kata-of-the-Month: Kanku-sho

We are now studying Kanku-sho in our Saturday classes. The predecessor kata on which Kanku-sho was derived, Kanku-dai, is very old and versions of it are practiced by people in various styles of Karate. Older versions may go by the name ‘Kushanko” and the -dai suffix was added when a secondary version (-sho) was created […]

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Remembering Mori Sensei

As some of our older members know, our dojo was affiliated with Shotokan Karate-Do International for many years.  Our dojo’s Chief Instructor, Sensei Jon Keeling, started his Karate training in this organization in 1982 and spent several years training with the organization’s Chief Instructor, Sensei Masataka Mori in the 1980s. Upon the formation of our […]

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