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Articles

Sensei Keeling began publishing articles on Karate in 1998 and wrote them monthly for many years. Here are many (presently over 100) of his old articles – most of them updated to various degrees – with new ones being added. Please note that this section of the website is set up such that when you […]

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Tournament Judging

Tournament Judging   Acting as judge or referee at tournaments is a function some consider a chore while others welcome the opportunity to be involved in competition while not as a competitor.

Personally, I would rather be competing than judging. But for a variety of reasons, I have not competed for over 10 years and have […]

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What’s Wrong with Kata?

What’s Wrong with Kata?   According to most traditional karate practitioners, kata is a major conerstone of karate training. Along with kihon (basics) and kumite (sparring), many instructors make a point of including kata practice in almost every training session they lead. Kata can be a good workout, expand on our basics and offer some […]

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Training Self-Tests

Training Self-Tests   (This article originally appeared in the August 2006 issue of Shoto-Mag.) Some of us, particularly those who are teaching others, often do not have enough time to train with other people, as much of our time is dedicated to helping others improve. And even when we do get a chance to work […]

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The “Standard” 45 Degrees

The “Standard” 45 Degrees I am generally very supportive of the idea of setting and maintaining standards. I am also known for my ideas on experimenting with variations. This article is meant not as an exploration into variations. But rather offers an opinion as to when to consider a “standard” something that should not always […]

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Ageuke

Ageuke One of the first techniques taught to beginners and one of the most common techniques practiced in kihon (basic repetition training) and kihon kumite (basic sparring) in most Shotokan dojo, ageuke is obviously considered important to a lot of people. But is this “rising block” really worth all the effort? Is there more to […]

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Big Muscles

Big Muscles   Do you work out a lot? Do you look like our (prior) California governor* in his prime, with gigantic pectorals and biceps? Unless your body is abnormally proportioned, no matter how much you are working out, the muscles of the arms and chest are probably not all that big, relatively speaking. The […]

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ESP

ESP   We have probably all seen it before. Some of us have experienced it first-hand. The old instructor spars with the much more athletic young tournament champion. The old instructor seems to be able to read the mind of the young athlete. The younger guy seems to be able to get in a few […]

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Good Enough

Good Enough   “Good,” I told my students, after calling a pause in their repetitions. “That’s good enough,” I tell them. “But is ‘good enough’ really all that good?” When you have the cable guy come out to hook up your TV and he shows up 2 hours late and takes another hour for what […]

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“Look and Feel” Part 3

“Look and Feel” in Karate Training – Part 3 Kumite (Sparring) In the previous two articles of July 2005 and August 2005, I presented different ways of exploring “look and feel” when working on kihon (basics) and kata (forms). In this article, the last of a 3-part series, I will address the subject of kumite. […]

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