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Anatomy Terminology

Head & Neck Ago Chin Atama Head Gammen Face Hana Nose Kao Face Kome kami Temple Kubi Neck Kuchi Mouth Me Eyes Mimi Ears Nodo Throat Torso Abara – bone Ribs Hara Abdomen Hiza Spleen Johanshin Upper Body Kata Sholder

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Sanchin No Kata

Sanchin is known as the oldest kata in Karate-do. Literally means “three battles” or “three conflicts”, and it can also be translated as “three points” or “three phases”. Certain legends attribute the creation of Sanchin to Bodhidharma in the early

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Tournament Terminology

Aka Red Aka no kachi Red victory Awasete ippon Points totalling full point Chui Warning Churyo-kyu Middle weight division Encho-sen Extention bout Fukushin Corner judge Ganman kogeki Attack to the face Genten Penalty point Hajime Start Hansoku chui Official warning

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Seven Tenants of Bushido

Bushidō 武士道 — literally meaning “the way of the warrior”, is a Japanese word for the way of the samurai life. Yuki (Valor) – synonyms – courage, bravery, spirit – Possessing the bravery/courage to face all of life’s challenges squarely

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Pinan Katas

Pinan is the Okinawan pronunciation of the kanji characters for peace and relaxation (pronounced Heian in Japanese). Though the physical moves of kata involve techniques used for fighting, the purpose of kata is to develop a calm, peaceful mind and

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50 years in Canada

Celebrating 50 years in Canada the IKO first Dojo opening in 1966

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Katas in Kyokushin

There are approximately 70 Kata or formal exercise in Japanese & Okinawan karate. Kyokushin uses 37 in its grading syllabus: Kata Description Kyu Kihon kata sono ichi 1st basic kata for kids junior Kihon kata sono ni 1nd basic kata

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Taikyoku Sokugi sono ichi, ni, san

Taikyoku is literally translated as “grand ultimate”, and in Chinese, the kanji characters are pronounced Tai Chi. The word Taikyoku can also mean overview or the whole point – seeing the whole rather than focusing on the individual parts, and

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Taikyoku sono ichi, ni, san

Taikyoku is literally translated as “grand ultimate”, and in Chinese, the kanji characters are pronounced Tai Chi. The word Taikyoku can also mean overview or the whole point – seeing the whole rather than focusing on the individual parts, and

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Dojo Etiquette

Dojo etiquette is the way in which we conduct ourselves in the dojo. proper behavior and respect each other. Students will bow and say “OSU” upon entering the dojo. Proper respect will be shown to all senior belts and elders.

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Spirit of OSU

押忍の精神 OSU is the one word that you’ll hear the most in a Kyokushin dojo or at a Kyokushin tournament. When you enter or leave the dojo, you bow and say “Osu”. When you greet a fellow Kyokushin karateka, you

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Masutatsu Oyama

An early start Masutatsu (Mas) Oyama was born Yong I-Choi on the 27th of July, 1923, in a village not far from Gunsan in Southern Korea. At a relatively young age he was sent to Manchuria, in Southern China, to

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What is Kata

The word kata means “shape” or “form”. The kanji for kata  is composed of the following characters: Katachi Katachi meaning “Shape”, Kai Kai meaning “Cut”, and Tsuchi Tsuchi meaning “Earth” or “Soil”. Literally translated, kata means “shape which cuts the

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Masoyama’s Mottoes

1. The Martial Way begins and ends with courtesy. Therefore, be properly and genuinely courteous at all times. 2. Following the Martial Way is like scaling a cliff – continue upwards without rest. It demands absolute and unfaltering devotion to

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DOJO KUN

We will train our hearts and bodies, – for a firm unshaking spirit. We will pursue the true meaning of the Martial Way, – so that in time our senses may be alert. With true vigour, – we will seek

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Masutatsu Oyama

An early start Masutatsu (Mas) Oyama was born Yong I-Choi on the 27th of July, 1923, in a village not far from Gunsan in Southern Korea. At a relatively young age he was sent to Manchuria, in Southern China, to

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