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 his.
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 kata
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 author.
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
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.
beginning was ENIAC.pdf (Originally
published in JSRSI Vol. 1 #6 Aug 2002,)
Reification of Process and
Confusion of Levels.pdf
JUTTE: a weaponless weapon kata?
Karate in the Book of 5 Rings
Dr. Elmar T. Schmeisser is
currently ranked Nanadan (7th-degree black belt) and has been granted the
title Kyoshi by the International
Society of Okinawan/Japanese Karate-Do and by the International Shotokan-ryu Karate-do Shihankai. 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 Nidan.
This page was last updated on 08 AUGUST 2018. All
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