Karate (空手?) is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It developed from the indigenous martial arts of Ryukyu Islands (called te (手?), literally “hand”, in Okinawan) under the influence of Chinese martial arts, particularly Fujian White Crane. Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes. In some styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital point strikes are also taught. A karate practitioner is called a karateka (空手家?).

Black belt minds

It has come to my attention that there seems to be a question from our wider public, or at least those that I have spoken to, that seem to wonder what training Bujutsu would be good for. I use the term “Bujutsu” loosely to refer to all martial arts in general terms, there is after […]

Lejeune youngsters get kick out of Okinawan Karate

Lejeune youngsters get kick out of Okinawan Karate In unison, children as young as five years old transition from movement to movement, practicing the skills taught to them by Sensei Keith James. Students, ages 5 and up, attend the Okinawan Seidokan Karate Kobudo class Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Midway […]

My Thoughts on Karate Jutsu vs Karate Do

An essay written by Francis Richards for her Godan grading. In simple terms Jutsu means martial arts and Do means martial way, they are completely different in purpose, nature and technique. Karate Jutsu training readied the warrior for battlefield combat where as Karate Do training places a greater emphasis on individual self perfection, you could […]

ISKA Tournaments in NZ

Back in the mid 1990’s there were a number of ISKA tournaments held in Auckland, but these ceased around ’96 with those who wished to compete after that date needing to travel to Australia. These tournaments are open to all styles of martial art and have a multitude of categories to enter, such as traditional […]

Sugihara Cup International Karate Championships

28th, 29th & 30th August 2009 We would like to invite you to The 3rd Sugihara Cup Open Karate Championships. This tournament is run and organised by Fushin Ryu Karate New Zealand Inc. (www.fushinryukarate.org.nz) in cooperation with KNZ. We wish all participants the very best of luck in this tournament and hope that visitors to […]

What is the meaning of Karate-Do

Karate-do can have many meanings, just as there are may people practicing this art. For me is started as a means of getting fit and to give me a good reason to be disciplined in my life. As I got more into Karate I realized the more there was to learn and discover. I realized […]

WAKO National Team

The WORLD ASSOCIATION of KICKBOXING ORGANISATIONS National team will be heading off to Hungary for the world Championships on November 27th. The Competition held in Szeged, Hungary will host approximately 2500 competitors. WAKO world Championships are so large they are actually split into two competitions. The Muay Thai and Low Kick along with Musical Forms […]