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Shiai of Champions III

Orofino, Idaho, June 20h 2015:  When-to-fight Martial Arts is pleased to report the successful conclusion of its Shiai of Champions III karate tournament that occurred Saturday June 20th in the gymnasium of Orofino’s old Jr. High School building. Sixty-six young martial artists from Orofino, Grangeville and Lewiston/Clarkston gathered to test their skills in sparring, grappling, […]

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Sanchin: The Jewel of Goju-ryu

Sanchin: The Jewel of Goju-ryu

This article taken from the International Okinawan Goju-ryu website. Some say the meaning of sanchin (“three battles”) relates to the three journeys of life: Developing body, mind and spirit. Through proper martial arts training, one properly learns to develop her or his body through exercise and practise of kata/forms. Later, one begins to understand the true […]

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Information from: THE MEANING OF OSSU The Spirit of Ossu Ossu is the one word that you’ll hear the most in a Senshi Do dojo. When you enter or leave the dojo, you bow and say “Ossu”. When you greet a fellow Senshi Do karateka, you say “Ossu” instead of “hello”. When you respond to an instruction or […]

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Trust your instincts

I recently saw this graphic on Facebook and posted it to our page. I did so because it reminded me of a passage from renowned violence expert Rory Miller and his excellent book Scaling Force. The point of the passage is that most people tend to have very good instincts about situations and potential dangers. For the […]

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Kenpo Hakku

Thought to contain the 8 basic concepts of Goju Ryu: Jinshin wa tenchi ni onaji – The mind is one with heaven and earth Ketsumyaku wa nichigetsu ni nitari – The circulatory rhythm of the body is similar to the cycle of the sun and the moon Ho wa goju wo tondo su – The […]

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Randori No Waza (Bunkai)

Randori (乱取り) is a term used in Japanese martial arts to describe free-style practice. The term literally means “chaos taking” or “grasping freedom,” implying a freedom from the structured practice of kata. Randori may be contrasted with kata, as two potentially complementary types of training. Although in karate the word kumite is usually reserved for […]

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This content is from The art of Naha-te, founded by Kanryo Higaonna Sensei, forms the basis of Goju Ryu Karate. Kanryo Higaonna Sensei was born in 1853 and was part of the lower gentry. He longed to study in China the art of Chinese Kempo, however, was lacking in financial means until he was […]

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When-to-fight students practice along with their parents during “Parents Day 2014”

Small Town Dojo Article

Here is an article about our dojo that appeared in the December 18, 2014 edition of The Clearwater Tribune: Small Town Karate School Keeps Growing! Three years ago when a pair of Orofino entrepreneurs decided to open a martial arts studio they were not certain they would find enough of a market to keep the […]

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Kata – Structural Integrity

In an article I recently read at the following passage does an excellent job of describing why kata is an essential element to the study of traditional martial arts. I’ve emphasised (bold) the passages that I feel best describes the way I view kata. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching acrobatic, energetic kata displays as much as […]

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Renzoku Bunkai with Sensei Higaonna

Renzoku Bunkai

Gekisai Dai Ichi. This kata is taken very seriously by black belts even though it is the first kata you learn as a white belt. Renzoku Bunkai is linear and reverse bunkai performed simultaneously with a partner building up the speed and power. See 7th Dan Ernie Molyneux execute it at both slow and full speed. […]

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