Another Wado-ryu Grand Master has passed away. Hideho Takagi Sensei, Chairman of the Japan Karatedo Federation Wado-kai Technical Committee, died after having struggled for a long time against a bad disease. He had just turned seventy-six. Hideho Takagi, along with Toru Arakawa (who died in 2015), has been the maximum technical reference instructor for JKF Wadokai, in Japan and in the whole world, in the last thirty years. Always showing himself smiling and available, ready Leggi tutto
When it was time to leave and we started the farewell, I surprised myself giving kisses, hugs and speaking words of affection to the people with whom, for the whole week, I had exchanged (maybe) a fleeting glance or a nod of the head. I found them in front of me, these people, and I felt them damn family, even though I barely knew their nationality. I felt that between them and me there was Leggi tutto
Contrary to the thought of many, it is not the pupil who owes loyalty to the master, but the master to the pupil. As Taisen Deshimaru explains in his book The Zen Way to the Martial Arts, the original bujutsu (art of war) became budo (way of martial arts) after meeting Zen philosophy. With the transition from bujutsu to budo the martial arts ceased to be just fighting methods to become a path of physical, Leggi tutto
I have already told you about Roberto Danubio and his Summer Camp, but I have never told you anything about the Wado Spirit, the seminar held every year in December in his Dojo in Weinfelden, Switzerland, a stone’s throw from Lake Constance. And I did not tell you anything because I never had the chance to go there, before December 2nd of this year. Weinfelden is a small town in the north of Switzerland, capital Leggi tutto
Teaching and training are not the same things. Nevertheless, usually karate seminars are indiscriminately addressed to both practitioners and instructors. Nothing’s wrong with them, let’s make it clear. Mixing up people with different skills and roles gives them the chance to compare each other and share certainties and doubts, favoring a faster growth in those who are usually students and a greater awareness of who usually teaches. But just let’s think of a seminar devoted Leggi tutto
Some say that the first man to introduce Karate to the West was a hero of the Sino-Japanese War, master Kentsu Yabu, who began teaching Japanese immigrants first in Los Angeles and then in Hawaii since the 1920s. “During the Twenties and Thirties,” as stated by John Stevens in his book Three Budo Masters, “Japanese immigrants, increasingly subject to unjustified racist attacks, were eager to learn judo and karate”. Thus, a former soldier of the Leggi tutto
Karate practice is therapeutic for hyperactive children and for the ones who have behavioral disorders. This is the evidence from a research published on “International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology” conducted with 16 children, aged eight to ten years, with diagnosis of opposing-provocative disorders (persistent tendency to be irritable, angry, miserable, or vindictive and to challenge and provoke adults). The children were divided into two groups of eight: one group received no treatment at Leggi tutto
We usually think of a path or of a way as something useful to bring us from one place to another. When you have to go somewhere you just start walking the way to reach for it, and when you are there you just stop walking. Very simple. Very logical. But I’ve learned that when we talk about the way of karate, about the Japanese “Do”, our common idea of a way is really in Leggi tutto
Some Karate styles
In the 90s suddenly came, and winds still with us, a strange desire. To reset the styles and unify Karate. Why should we go on with this incessant and foolish fragmentation of our discipline, with the styles rivaling each other, with techniques and katas differing up till making the same form, except for its name, almost unrecognizable when performed by a karateka from a different school? Would not it be better to give it a Leggi tutto
It happens more often, nowadays, to meet Karate practitioners, including high-grade ones, who have no familiarity with the art of fighting. I am not referring to the curious phenomenon of the “separation of careers” among those who, while still calling himself a karateka, choose to specialize only in kata or kumite. Sometimes even those who practice exclusively kumite, put in front of a real conflict situation, show to have not the necessary skill to handle Leggi tutto