HISTORY

These articles were created so that you may have a better insight/understanding of the various topics we go over in class

Art vs Sport

It seems karate is practiced in many schools as a sport. Many people would like to see karate as an event in the Olympics. Unfortunately, the Olympic Committee’s interest is in sport competition....

The Belt

One of the most discussed topics in the world is the belt. Why is it important, if it is important at all, why bother with the rank, why so many colors, why do we care about it? These...

Osu

The phonetic pronunciation is oooss. The "u" is silent. It's like saying the word "loose" without the "L." "Osu is a word with many interpretations and purposes" It can mean, “Yes, I...

Role of the Uke

What is a uke? A uke is the person you are performing the technique on. Your uke can make or break you, in the sense that, he/she can make you look good or look sloppy. It is like a...

The Gi and Obi

The uniform worn by  karateka ( one who practices karate) is called a karate gi and the belt is called an obi.  The gi is relatively a new idea, having only been in use since the...

Why Do Kata?

Kata (型) (literally: "form") is a Japanese word describing detailed patterns of defense-and-attack movements practiced either solo or in pairs. Kata are used by most traditional Japanese and...

Teacher Impact

It has been said that a Teacher does not choose the student, but rather the Student chooses the teacher. Here is what one young man, Earl Generato, had to say about his teachers. Sensei...

Strength

"Many times I overhear comments about why we constantly go over the same move in class. I thought this story from our old Dojo newsletter might shed some light on why does Sensei make us...

Practicing Patience

Today’s world is about speed. We have turned into a society of Speed: instant mash potatoes, meals ready to eat in fewer than sixty seconds, instant coffee and even waiting for the water...

Cherry Blossoms

This past month, a very exciting and most memorable event occurred at the Cooper City Dojo. The festive event was the release of the much anticipated new book of Master Joseph...

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