Shotokan Self-Defense Demonstration by Hirokazu Kanazawa (Man, he is good!)

Absolutely wanted to share this video of a self-defense demonstration by Sensei Kanazawa. Of course, this is only a demonstration of Shotokan Karate, and therefore choreographed. But, yes, the moves are genuine and it gives you an insight into the spirit and control of martial arts. I love this video and how it showcases Kanazawa's …

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Shotokan Karate in the Old Takudai Dojo – 1946 Part II

Here is Part II of Kanazawa, Nakayama, Enoeda and many other karateka practicing in a rebuilt dojo after the original was destroyed in an Allied bombing raid. Great historical stuff here. Part I was posted yesterday if you are interested in seeing that. http://youtu.be/jKdmTonRwJ8          

Shotokan Karate in the Old Takudai Dojo – 1946 Part I

Old, historical footage of Nakayama, Kanazawa, Enoeda and others practicing Shotokan in the old Japanese dojo and training outside. This is not the original Shotokan Dojo. The original was destroyed during the war in a bombing raid. But it gives you a definite flavor of what the training was like along with the intensity. This …

My Search for a Martial Art Might have Narrowed to…Shaolin Kung Fu?

Today I put on my gi and worked out. After some careful stretching I did all the basic Shotokan stances, strikes, kicks, and blocks. I ended up doing the first kata. I joked on Twitter I was about to die, but I have to say I got through it pretty well. It was a good …

My Life as a Karateka

Came across old footage of Masters Nakayama, Nishiyama,  and Kanazawa practicing Shotokan self-defense. I love this kind of thing, and love the historicity of it all. We are watching men who helped shaped Shotokan into the martial art it is today. I've always been a big fan of Kanazawa. He's the man defending himself at …