Shotokai Karate Do

Shotokai Karate Do 松濤會 空手道

Shotokai Karate adskiller sig fra andre stilarter, idet teknikkerne i Kihon og Kata udføres i en harmonisk og mere afslappet tilstand, end det man som regel ser i forbindelse med sportskarate.

I Shotokai Karate er kroppen i en afslappet tilstand og ikke præget af ekstreme muskelkontraktioner og spændinger, som ofte kendetegner sportskarate. I kontakt øjeblikket laves ligeledes ikke en ekstrem muskelsammentrækning for at stoppe angrebet, målet er at lade angrebet fortsætte, opnås ikke kontakt, vil kroppen ganske naturlig lave den nødvendige muskelkontraktion. Teknikkerne er bl.a. baseret på hofterotation, som kræver en fast, men eftergivende holdning i den grundlæggende teknik.

Jiyu Kumite i Shotokai Karate er fuld kontakt, og der er ingen områder på kroppen, som ikke må angribes. - Når dette nu er sagt, er vi nødsaget til at træne Jiyu Keiko Kumite for ikke at slide medlemmer op. I Jiyu Keiko Kumite er der fravalgt farlige teknikker, ligeledes er der områder på kroppen som ikke må angribes. En fyldestgørende liste finder du i artiklen Kumite i Shotokai. Jiyu Keiko Kumite udføres som let- eller fuld kontakt.

Shotokai er direkte målrettet mod kamp og selvforsvar, derfor indeholder vores Karate foruden slag, stød og spark også fald-, kaste- og låseteknikker.

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When Master Funakoshi arrived in Japan (from Okinawa) he was more than 50 years old and his students thought he executed his movements in a relaxed way due to his age. This relaxation is, in fact, fundamental. It is only nowadays that all is done with strength and this is actually a true contradiction.

Furthermore the evolution of competition in Karate is opposed to Karate-do ettiquette. Competition has resulted in the loss of many things in Karate-do.... but possibly, we may not have the right to criticize considering that we practiced it and now we have abandoned it! [Murakami Sensei originally trained in sports karate]. Competition, today, is not the result of practice, rather the result of practice for competition... and this is very different. A specific preparation is not pure practice!

Anyway, I believe that comparing Shotokai with other styles is not possible, because it truly is something completely different. It does not have competition as the objective, rather the liberation of body and spirit.

Tetsuji Murakami (1927 - 1987).

"In our physical movements, there are those that are natural and others that are not. Through the practice of Karate-do, we can learn to differentiate between the two and also learn to acquire natural movements. We also learn of the power that nature endowed us with and how to use it, for a man has a great deal of hidden power of which he is not aware."

Shigeru Egami (1912 - 1981).

Udklip af: Foreword of Karate-Do Nyumon (Bog: Karate-Do Nyumon af Gichin Funakoshi, Dec. 1943)

Often in practicing the advanced kata, students concentrate too much on the order and continuity of the movements, without considering the effectiveness of each technique. In extreme cases, they may have the illusion that they have mastered the kata by simply memorizing the order of the movements. It should be clear that, in reality, one must practice both basic techniques and advanced kata, and that the study of basics takes on a new and deeper meaning after one experiences more complex practice.

In traditional kata such as Bassai, the difference between simply executing the movements in the correct order and performing the kata while taking maai into account is immediately apparent. If one imagines a real opponent and performs the kata while thinking of maai, a blending of hard and soft, quick and slow elements appear quite naturally. Then each movement of the hands and feet takes the shortest possible route.

Genshin [Motonobu] Hironishi (1913 – 1999)

Gichin Funakoshi

Karate-Dõ er Karatens rigtige brug, udført med den rette forståelse. Den der oprigtigt træner i denne Dõ og virkelig forstår Karate-Dõ bliver aldrig nemt trukket ind i en kamp.

Studerende af enhver kunstart, som klart indbefatter karate-dõ, må aldrig glemme at forædle sind og krop.

At vinde et hundrede sejre i et hundrede slag er ikke den største færdighed. At besejre fjenden, uden at kæmpe, er den største færdighed.

Gichin Funakoshi (1868 - 1957).

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