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Posted by texperkin on 16 September, 2018 at 20:15 Comments comments (0)

Thinking about kumite - for most of my karate career previous to my current iteration, kumite consisted of "mitts and pads on" followed by "hajime". There really wasn't much in the way of preparation or training for this and I think the idea was that through repetitious punching and "blocking" in the air you would become a good bout fighter. This is NOT the case.

At the AKA we train for specific circumstances and with kumite there are specific things we need to train for. Fo...

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Funakoshi's Precepts #5

Posted by texperkin on 7 June, 2018 at 1:05 Comments comments (1)

Returning to Funakoshi's 20 precepts....

5: Spirit First, technique second

We have talked about this in the dojo in the guise of ‘attitude’. The correct mind-set is key to karate and if this is right, then good technique will follow. This is not to say that technique is not important of course, but one will lead to the other.

This can be illustrated through the example of kata.

As unbelievable as it, many mart...

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Funakoshi's Precepts #4

Posted by texperkin on 28 February, 2018 at 22:35 Comments comments (0)

Continuing our investigation into Funakoshi's 20 precepts, here's my take on the fourth. Any comments more than welcome!

4: First know yourself before attempting to know others

When engaging in any challenge, it is a really good idea to understand what that challenge actually entails. Not knowing who your enemy is in any context means that you’re going in blind. You would likely not take a driving test without a thorough understanding of the road rule...

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First Class of 2018

Posted by texperkin on 4 February, 2018 at 23:05 Comments comments (0)

A great day today for our first class of 2018. Lots of new students ranging from eight through to seventy(undisclosed) - still room for a few more though!


We worked on our basic technique and built that into some kata practice. We also focused right in on one wrist lock from Rohai kata and learnt one way to deal with someone grabbing our arm. Finally, we talked about when those techniques we looked at today might be useful in self defence vs in a tournament situation.

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Funakoshi's Precepts #3

Posted by texperkin on 4 February, 2018 at 23:05 Comments comments (0)

Continuing our investigation into Funakoshi's 20 precepts, here's my take on the third. Any comments more than welcome!

3: Karate is an aide to justice

If you contextualise Funakoshi’s 20 precepts, you’ll realise that he laid them down at a time and place where society as he knew it was crossing over from the Feudal system to that of modern, European-style Japan. The Meiji Restoration of the late 19th century brought about many changes and a pro...

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Funakoshi's Precepts #2

Posted by texperkin on 30 January, 2018 at 22:40 Comments comments (0)

It's been a couple of weeks so I'm getting back to Funakoshi's 20 precepts. Here is my take on the second one.

2: There is no first attack in karate (Karate ni sente nashi)

While not actually original to Funakoshi, this is perhaps the most controversial of his 20 precepts and is, perhaps not surprisingly, the most famous. I believe it is also the most misunderstood. This misunderstanding revolves around whether the instruction is moral or tactical.

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Funakoshi's Precepts #1

Posted by texperkin on 15 January, 2018 at 1:35 Comments comments (0)

Gichin Funakoshi is often referenced as the father of modern karate since he was the main force that drove karate into the Japanese school system and was the founder of Shotokan, one of the 4 main styles of karate. As I write that there are a number of points we could investigate there and I'm happy to discuss however one of the great things Funakoshi did was write prolifically. Amongst these writings, Funakoshi laid down 20 precepts for karate and it is these that I would like to explore.

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Original Traditional Karate

Posted by texperkin on 5 January, 2018 at 1:30 Comments comments (0)

What does 'traditional mean'? Cheyne made the point in the original Facebook post that we teach "ORIGINAL traditional karate" as opposed to what most refer to as "traditional karate."

The basic difference is that what many still believe is traditional karate was an innovation in the early 20th century. It was the vision of Anko Itosu first and then his student Gichin Funakoshi to expand and protect the legacy of karate by bringing it into the PE curriculum of the school syst...

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Posted by texperkin on 15 December, 2017 at 1:25 Comments comments (0)

A bit about me, or at least my karate experience for those of you who are interested (and you should be if someone is putting themselves out there as your teacher).

The first time I stepped into the martial arts world was when I was 14. From that distant memory (well over 30 years ago) that was on the second floor in York Lane in Burwood under the ultimate guidance of Shihan George Barounis, Myagi Kan Go Ju. I had no idea what I was getting myself into - just that I wanted t...

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Posted by texperkin on 12 December, 2017 at 1:25 Comments comments (0)

Welcome to the Australian Karate Academy, Sydney. We teach karate under the auspices of the Australian Karate Academy.

We focus on traditional karate and it's application as a system for self protection as distinct from the sport aspect. This is not to say that this is not an extremely valuable pursuit and we also do not avoid this part of the art however our main interest in the martial arts is as a tool to protect oneself and those we love who are unable to do so.

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