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Joecooke007
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2002 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I practice Goju Ryu karate which is all about hard soft. What is shotokan's main focus?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2002 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's all about.....

Life

Thats the best I can put it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2002 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shotokan=Hard
Goju=Hard and Soft
Shi-to=Fluid and hard and soft
Wado=Fluid

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2002 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have been told Shotokan is about using the hands and feet equally, having deep rooted stances, reciprocal action and hip use to generate power.

When we punch with one hand we pull the other back because the reciprocal action makes the punch stronger. Same as in a block. We use hip action to add force to kicks and punches.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2002 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know it is posted elsewhere in this forum but here are the 20 precepts again.

The Twenty Precepts
by Gichin Funakoshi

1. Karate begins with courtesy and ends with courtesy.

2. There is no first attack in karate.

3. Karate is an aid to Justice.

4. First control yourself before attempting to control others.

5. Spirit first, technique second.

6. Always be ready to release your mind.

7. Accidents arise from neglect.

8. Do not think that Karate training is only in the dojo.

9. It will take your entire life to learn Karate; there is no limit.

10. Put your everyday living into Karate and you will find Myo (The subtle secrets!).

11. Karate is like boiling water. If you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.

12. Do not think that you have to win, think rather that you do not have to lose.

13. Victory depends on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerable ones.

14. The battle is according to how you move guarded and unguarded (move according to your opponent!).

15. Think of your hands and feet as swords.

16. When you leave home, think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you.

17. It is your behavior that invites trouble from them.

18. Beginners must master low stance and posture; natural body positions are for the advanced.

19. Practicing a Kata is one thing, engaging in a real fight is another.

20. Do not forget to correctly apply: strength and weakness of power, stretching
and contraction of the body and slowness and speed of techniques

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Joecooke007
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2002 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all very much for your input. Even though I only practice karate as of now but I do not want to be in the dark on other martial arts based subjects.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2002 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe as you learn you will find more and more similarities. And there is more information available about karate everyday on the internet.
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