SHIN-KYU SHOTOKAN KARATE-DO
Shotokan is a traditional Japanese "hard" style of karate,
emphasizing the development and control of power, smoothness and balance
in punching, kicking, blocking/parrying and body shifting. Advanced training
includes both force deflection and opponent control techniques (throws,
joint locks, etc.). The emphasis is on gaining physical resilience,
balance, flexibility, bodily awareness, coordination and power by learning the
combative techniques of a traditional Japanese empty-hand martial art.
The Shin-kyu ("new-old") name is used with Mr.
Leroy Rodrigues' permission, and is as well the name of his dojo in South San
Francisco; I consider myself to be teaching an affiliate, if not a branch dojo of
I am now living near Research Triangle Park, North
Carolina. I am currently teaching adult classes in shotokan karate-do evenings at the
Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays when I am in town (schedule).
Shin-kyu Shotokan as I teach it is not primarily tournament
oriented, nor is board breaking required. While not primarily a
self-defense class, aspects of self-defense techniques will be explored in the
intermediate and advanced classes. Self defense is derived from
techniques and uses aiki-jujitsu principles; sparring is taught as application of more basic techniques and is based on a
kendo foundation. Okinawan weapons (staff, nunchaku, sai, etc.) are not taught routinely.
Additionally, techniques of the Japanese sword, based on the suburi of Gomogawa
Kaishin Ryu, the 10 kendo kata and on
Soshoryu Iaido, are taught by appointment only.
Schmeisser ET. Advanced Karate-Do.
The second edition is now available (ISBN 0-911921-35-4)
directly from the author, as the publisher has returned all rights and
remainders to the author. International purchasers should contact the
author directly by email for
shipping costs, etc. A reviews of the first edition can be found here
and here. This book lays out an
analysis of the fundamentals of karate from the shotokan perspective, and
provides both a structure with which to organize the techniques, as well as
methods for expanding one's karate.
Schmeisser ET. Bunkai: Secrets
of Karate Kata Vol 1: The Tekki Series.
This book published in 2000 (ISBN 0-911921-36-2) is also available directly from the
International purchasers should contact the author directly by email
for shipping costs, etc. A review by Mr. Taniguchi
(5-dan JKA, Japan) can be read here; another review
is here. This book can act as a
introduction to application analysis for those whose training has previously
concentrated on formal and/or tournament klarate.
Schmeisser ET. Channan - The Heart of the Heians. This
book (ISBN 1-4120-1357-7) has been published by Trafford and is available here.
DVDs of a seminar I
taught on these kata is available at the Bushido-kai
and is reviewed here.
In the beginning was ENIAC.pdf
(Originally published in JSRSI Vol. 1 #6 Aug 2002,)
Reification of Process and Confusion of Levels.pdf
a weaponless weapon kata?
Dr. Elmar T. Schmeisser is currently
ranked Nanadan (7th-degree black belt) and has been granted the title Kyoshi
the International Society of Okinawan/Japanese
Karate-Do. He is also licensed as a Master Instructor by the American
Teacher's Association of the Martial Arts. The karate substyle taught
is Shotokan karate (lineages from Hidetaka
Nishiyama/JKA and Richard
Kim/Shorinjiryu). My current research emphasis is in the analysis
and practice of the historical kata
(training sequences or forms) and there is an interview here. An introductory example can be found in this link to the analysis of Heian
This page was last updated on 23 October 2015.
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