Category: General

Product Review � Free standing punch/kick bags

The club has recently bought a free standing punch/kick bag to supplement the periodic training sessions with shields and pads. With a special sale price of approximately �100 compared to a RRP of in excess of �220 I couldn’t resist the temptation. Such purchases require a big commitment and risk from clubs so I thought…

By Alan Fister August 8, 2013 Off

Dragon Hill: Christmas, 2004

On Wednesday 29th December, 2004, the Wantage Karate club made its annual (well, this is the second year) pilgrimage to a rather scenic part of the Ridgeway for some post Christmas / pre New Year�s training. This year the venue was Dragon Hill, close to White Horse Hill, where St George was supposed to kill…

By Alan Fister August 8, 2013 Off

Technical overview and analysis of Yakusoku Kumite

Abstract This report describes in detail the various forms of pre-arranged sparring (yakusoku kumite) that exist within traditional karate-do, in particular within the Shotokan Syllabus. Etiquette, protocol and objectives of both the attacker (Tsuki-te) and defender (Uke-te) involved in the training forms of Gohon, Sambon and Kihon Ippon Kumite are discussed. Adequate proficiency in such…

By Alan Fister August 8, 2013 Off

Elvis has left the dojo

Much has been made in the media of Elvis Presley�s musical career and about his sad demise. However, what does not get much attention is his involvement with the martial arts, except for his custom made $1000 karate gis. Elvis� interest in the martial arts began in 1958, when he witnessed a judo/jujitsu demonstration, shortly…

By Alan Fister August 8, 2013 Off