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Eye of the Tiger
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2002 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I'm a kickboxer and I really want to know the difference between Shotokan karate and normal karate. I know theres all this kenpo and other styles but just normal karate and shotokan karate.

Thanks in return
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2002 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hiya

Essentially, karate is a term that specifically refers to those, primarily unarmed, defensive traditions of Okinawa and Japan. Kenpo (aka Ed Parker) actually traces its roots to Hawaii. Shotokan, is one of many Japanese karate styles, like Wado Ryu, ****o Ryu, Gensei Ryu, etc. The term, Karate, has been co-opted over time, to refer to just about every unarmed defensive methodology, in much the way that "Xeroxing" no longer refers specifically to using a photocopier made by the Xerox corporation, or that "Jelly" has come to refer to any flavored gelatin dessert.

Hope that helps

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2002 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok no one seems to be awnsering so I'll be more pecific.

Difference between Shotokan karate and NORMAL karate. What I mean is the karate where you look in the sports directory, you find martial arts and find a club that sais 'karate'. Not kenpo or some of the other millions of styles just the average karate. If this doesn't help then I guess you can say the most popular type of karate there is.and compare that to shotokan karate.

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2002 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shotokan and any other style of karate with a name and a heiritage differ from generic karate because of the heiritage. They have traceable roots and a "founder".

Shotokan traces itself to Gichon Funakoshi a student of Itosu. The style stesses equal use of hands and feet, deep stances, use of koshi (hips for power) and reciprocal action.

Not really sure what you are looking for though. Does this help?
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G95champ
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2002 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shotokan is to Karate

as Mustang is to car

its just s specific type.

I knew those SAT's would pay off LOL....
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Eye of the Tiger
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2002 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK I understand. The reasen I wanted to know was because I do kickboxing at the SAMA Organisation and I was thinking of doing karate there to, coz its just before my kickboxing. It doesn't say shotokan karate so I wondered what was the difference between them.
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2002 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't Kickboxing AKA full contact Karate.That's what I read in a book the otherday,so I guess that Kickboxing is generic Karate .
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2002 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did the board asterisk out ****o Ryu or were you being funny? Made me laugh either way! LOL

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Tobias_Reece
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2002 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Listen to G95Champ

To my knowledge, Kickboxing was developed by the karate-ka who wanted to practice full-contact point sparring, and do away with tradition.



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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2002 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought kickboxing was devoloped in America. When American GI's returned from Japan after ww2 and brought with them Karate and they made it into their own style. Kickboxing.
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