Sunday, January 17, 2010

The best karate

Masatoshi Nakayama sensei 9th dan master of JKA shotokan karate-do

Masatoshi Nakayama sensei (April 13, 1913 – April 15, 1987) was an internationally-renowned Japanese shotokan karate-do master of the Japan Karate Association (JKA).

JKA Honbu website

Nakayama sensei helped to establish the JKA in 1949 and is largely responsible for the style of JKA shotokan karate-do we have today, the JKA is renowned as the source of shotokan style karate.

He along with many other senior instructors who where university professors and students refined and improved this style of shotokan which has come to be known as the JKA style of shotokan karate-do and is practiced by many organisations through out the world.

Nakayama sensei along with other senior instructors restructured and developed the JKA style of shotokan karate-do training program in accordance with modern sports sciences which include physics and mechanics.

Nakayama sensei is the author of many martial arts books including "Dynamic Karate" and "The Best Karate series", he has also produced many videos.

Nakayama sensei is also responsible for spreading shotokan karate-do all over the world and he is also credited with creating the shobu ippon style of kumite and kata competition we see in karate tournaments today.

Nakayama sensei created the JKA instructors program which would later become known as the infamous hornets nest, this name was coined by tough and burly South African karateka Stan Schmidt sensei  who at the time was the highest ranking westerner training at the JKA, this program produced some of the finest, strongest and toughest karateka to walk the planet, including.

Eneoda sensei, Kanazawa sensei, Yahara sensei, Stan Schmidt sensei and many many others.

In 1972, Nakayama Sensei set up a personal dojo in the basement of his apartment building. He named the dojo "Hoitsugan." There were small dormitory rooms and karate enthusiasts from overseas lived and trained in this dojo from the early 1970s.

Trained correctly and with the right attitude in mind the JKA style of shotokan karate-do is in my opinion one of the superior forms of unarmed self defence and has not had to borrow, steal or cut and paste techniques or methods from other martial arts into its syllabus.

JKA style shotokan karate-do trains and applies all of the strikes and kicks found in most other martial arts including western and asian, it uses most parts of the body as a weapon and with the evolution of kata with its bunkai, oyo and henka applications contains many grappling and throwing  methods and techniques.

JKA style shotokan karate has withstood the test of time and has remained largely unchanged for decades with small amounts of fine tuning, evolution and advancement to its scientifically based syllabus.

While some other martial arts have had to modify, adopt and incorporate methods and techniques from outside their system, JKA style shotokan karate-do has not.

JKA style shotokan karate-do has also been used successfully in mma and K1 kickboxing for its stand up striking methods by Lyoto Machida, Chinzo Machida and Leon Walters respectively.

It is my belief that with the advancements made from the deep study of shotokan karate-do kata by senior karateka around the world, and the evolution of bunkai, oyo and henka, the JKA style of shotokan karate-do will evolve into a complete system of striking and grappling for unarmed civilian self defence.

1987 JKA All Japan's kumite

KUGB is based on the JKA style of shotokan karate

Shotokan the Art of War (KUGB)