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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The Source of Shotokan Karate

This is an excellent video which showcases many historical elements of Shotokan along with some very old footage. As an old karate guy myself I can watch this kind of thing all day long. A lot of little snippets here which should give you a flavor of what karate is about, and martial arts in …

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 …