I've been a keen karate student for 16 years, Shukokai and Shotokan, but there still seems to be no shortage of things to learn and explore. I'm hoping this blog will allow me to share my experiences and hear other martial artists thoughts.

Following the footsteps of masters

I came across the Sir Isaac Newton quote ‘If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.’ and it got me thinking about the masters of Karate who shaped the karate I study.

Robin L. Reilly’s Complete Shotokan Karate has some geneological tables for the main karate styles so you start to see who different masters studied under. Having identified Shigeru Kimura as a key figure in Shukokai I’ve found he was taught by Chōjirō Tani who in turn was taught by Miyagi Chōjun & Kenwa Mabuni.

For Shotokan I was a member of the KUGB for whom Keinosuke Enoeda acted as Chief Instructor, he was taught by Masatoshi Nakayama who was taught by Gichin & his son Yoshitaka Funakoshi. Gichin Funakoshi was taught by Yasutsune Azato & Anko Itosu. As a curious student straight away that gives me a great many masters to look into further and I’ve already picked up a number of Gichin Funakoshi’s books.

Newton’s quote isn’t really appropriate to my case as I will never attain the level of skill these masters developed but I find the opportunities to try and learn from them just one of the exciting aspects of Karate.



  info@dojotalk.com wrote @

I have recently been having similar thoughts and, having just read Karate-do, my way of life, I was inspired to consider the path to mastery. I shared my simple thoughts on the matter in one of my posts, http://dojotalk.com/how-to-become-a-martial-arts-master/.

Currently, I believe it comes down to understanding that the only limits that are in place, are those you allow.


  nwukshukokai wrote @

Thanks for the comment and I really enjoyed your post and will check out the rest of your blog. I hadn’t experienced a real sense of disatisfaction with any of the three clubs I’ve been a member of but I have experienced very different approaches. I would absolutely agree about your limits being those that you allow. As I mentioned in another post last year I attended a seminar with Iain Abernethy and again enjoyed having my eyes opened to further aspects. Being in my thirties I hope I’ve got many years of study ahead of me and a chance to widen and deepen my learning further.

Cheers again for the comment, really interesting to hear your thoughts.

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