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Okinawan Karate vs. Taekwondo

Are you trying to decide between Karate and Taekwondo?  There are so may differences, but many similarities as well!   When considering Karate or Taekwondo, here are some things to keep in mind: Taekwondo is generally geared for sport – in that competition sparring is its primary focus. Karate, although also for sport, tends to be more ’rounded’ in that Karate, is perhaps more thought of as a lifestyle – and there is perhaps more focus on not only the fighting…

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Pennell Sensei: Wanshū Kata

Wanshū Kata is perhaps one of my favourite Kata.  There are several Kata under various styles of both Okinawan and Chinese martial arts that hold the name “Wanshū.” There are several different meaning as well, each appropriate for either the style in which the kata is demonstrated; for example in Mandarin, “Wanshū” means, “Excellent Wrist” due to the nature of several of the techniques that exist within a Chinese version of the Kata.  Additionally, the term “Wanshū” is also meant…

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Eihachi Ota – Core Strength

Eihachi Ota demonstrates a powerful Bo Kata. Sensei Ota’s use of core strength to generate velocity is perhaps his greatest trait.  You can see how his stances (which are generally low and wide), help him to control his balance, etc., while he delivers effective strikes – and it’s safe to say that he leverages “winding up”.  Here is another video of a ‘Shiru Taro No Kon’ Bo Kata that he performed for a small audience at Phillip’s Karate Dojo in…

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