Following my last article regarding the snap of karate, I wanted to continue the crusade against stiff karate. However, this time I wish to turn our attention to hip vibration. Throughout Shotokan kata there are plenty of examples of double techniques. As early on as Heian Yondan, we see the mae geri, nihon tsuki, but this is simply the start of double hand techniques. Continue reading
DCU Karate Club is organising a Christmas Shotokan Karate Course in aid of the St Vincent de Paul Giving Tree Campaign on Saturday 14th December 2013 at DCU Karate Club, DCU Sports Centre. Continue reading
Munster Shotokan Group has great pleasure in letting you know that they have arranged for Rafael Aghayev to come to Ireland next year to conduct a kumite seminar. This should be a fabulous opportunity to train with one of the best Kumite competitor in the world. Continue reading
White Tiger Martial Arts are hosting an Open Kata Contest in Castlebar, Co. Mayo for students aged 15 and under onSunday 26th of January, 2014. Continue reading
Moynalty Karate Club is organising a Kata competition on Saturday 14th December 2013 at In Muintir Na Tire Hall in Moynalty, Co Meath, Ireland.
Closing date for entries is Saturday 6th of december Continue reading
The Irish Karate Federation Commission (IKFC) is bringing Junior Lefevre, World and European champion to Dublin on Saturday & Sunday 22nd & 23rd of February 2014. This spring camp is open to all regardless of association. Continue reading
Munster Shotokan Group (MSG) is organising a Shotokan Giants Seminar with Sensei John Johnson, 7th Dan in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford on Saturday 5th April 2014. Train with a true GIANT in Shotokan Karate. Kihon-Kata-kumite. Realistic Bunkai- Adaptive Karate. Continue reading
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ray Payne Sensei will be unable to take part in the MSG Shotokan Giants Seminar due to his very busy schedule and SKIF International calendar, he has sent his best wishes for the seminar and regrets he is unable to attend with Sensei Johnston. Continue reading
Ireland welcomes a new association. Asai Shotokan Organisation International (ASAI) who was created last year by Shihan Yokota, revealed that they now have a new affiliate member in Ireland. Continue reading
For all our readers interested in Karate in years gone by, a new open Facebook group about Karate in the UK and Ireland in the 70s and 80s has recently been set up. It contains photos and videos of our favourite martial arts during that period. Continue reading
I remember years ago watching Bruce Lee films. Like many, he was my idol and although he died the same year I was born, I grew up watching his movies over and over again.
When I was twelve I started karate and shortly after my first lesson I remember watching a documentary of Bruce Lee where he talked about Kung Fu and Karate. He said Karate was like being hit by an iron bar… “WHACK” as he mimed using an iron bar to hit someone. Continue reading
Congratulations to Sensei Roy Fitzpatrick and Andy Candon from St. Paul’s Karate Club who recently travelled to Cork for three days for their 4th Dan black belt grading with Sensei Soke Kanazawa 10th Dan and Nobuaki Kanazawa Kancho 6th Dan, SKIF Ireland. Continue reading