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Adam Korn in California http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/korn_in_california_201707 by Adam Korn

Greetings, Takahashi Dojo family! I’m writing this West Coast dispatch before I’ve made a June trip to New York—during which we’ll have trained together and done some catching... More


Meet Your Fellow Karateka - John Magrini http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/meet_karateka_john_magrini by Nancy Beckerman

“WE ARE THE DOJO!” How long have you been studying karate, and did you start at Sensei Takahashi’s dojo (or a different one)? For the past 25 plus I have been a student of... More


Doryoku No Seishin O Yashinau http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/doryoku_no_seishin_o_yashinau by Shoujiki Sho

Shojikisho is a senior student at the amity dojo. He has written stories for each of the dojo kun principles, and has written the below story about Endeavor.   Megumi hana was... More


Warrior Spirit http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/warrior_spirit by Don Uhrie

I'd like to open by expressing my appreciation to all the men and woman, past and present, who strive to preserve our human birthright, freedom. Since I have never served in the... More


Korn in California http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/korn_in_california

Friends…Countrymen…KARATEKA! It is I, your humble west coast representative for Mt. Kisco (Tom L. covers West Amity), reporting from sunny Cali-fOr-nI-A. June 3rd marked two... More


Searching for the DNA of Karatedo http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/searching_for_the_dna by Shoujiki Sho

This is part one of a serial of stories related to the dojo kun and may give us a better understanding of to “Seek Perfection of Character”. JINKAKU KANSEJ-Nl-TSUTOMURU Many... More


Strengths and Weaknesses http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/strengths_and_weaknesses by Michael Paladino

I own and operate a scaffolding company. If asked how karate fits into my everyday life as the CEO of the company, I would have to say that studying Shotokan under Sensei... More


Meet Your Fellow Karateka - Kihara Family http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/meet_karateka_kihara_family by Nancy Beckerman

Since the Kihara family is the only family at our dojo in which all members study karate together, I thought it would be interesting to interview them for the... More


Olympic Karate – A Good Fit? http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/olympic_karate-a_good_fit by Jim Rielly

Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics and their Olympic Committee has proposed adding five new sports to the Summer games - skateboarding, sports climbing, surfing,... More


An Introduction to Martial Arts Podcasts http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/intro_to_podcasts by Barry Choate

As a student of martial arts, I am always interested in listening to, and learning from, the insights and advice of others who have travelled the same path. While nothing can... More


The Way From Techniques http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/the_way_from_techniques

An excerpt recommended by Matt Levito from Funakoshi's Karate-Do Kyohan The tremendous offensive and defensive power of Karate-do is well known. Karate-do is an art with which... More


Kata Corner - Bassai Dai http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/kata_corner_bassai_dai

This content is taken from "Kata: The Folk Dances of Shotokan" by Rob Redmond Bassai probably means something like "Extract from a Fortress." In short, "Rescue." The first... More


My Life’s Honor http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/my_lifes_honor by Dr. Greg Buzzell

It has been my experience that there is maybe one or two times in life when we really get what we desire, when all things just come together and the fantasy you were playing in... More


Infection Prevention in the Dojo http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/infection_prevention_in_the_dojo by Jeannine Sesack

What is MRSA? MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and... More


Thoughts from Our 2016 Captain http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/thoughts_from_our_2016_captain by Michael Heffner

Back from the Dojo's second trip to Japan (the first was in 2013). We had 17 on this "adventure" vs. 13 – numbers slightly favored the members of the Mount Kisco Dojo. The group... More


Film Review - The Hidden Fortress http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/film_review_hidden_fortress by Nancy Beckerman

Directed by Akira Kurosawa The Hidden Fortress is a classic – an amazing, adult film, which pairs up the legendary Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa, and one of his favorite... More


Adam Korn in California http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/adam_korn_in_california by Adam Korn

Dear dojo family, I took a crack at writing a proper article for all of you—one that peels back the secrets of martial arts, Shotokan karate, Sensei's sidekick—but every time,... More


Meet Your Fellow Karateka - Maria Vlock http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/meet_karateka_maria_vlock by Nancy Beckerman

An Interview with Maria Vlock, Our 2016 Co-Captain Q. How old were you when you started with karate at our dojo, and what got you interested in the first place? A. I was between... More


Karate-Do Philosophy http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/karate-do_philosophy

Excerpt from an article recommended by Matt Levito at http://www.mykarateclub.co.uk/history-more/ Understanding the principles and philosophy of traditional Karate-Do is... More


Kata Corner - The Purpose of Kata http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/kata_corner_the_purpose

This content is taken from Kata: The Folk Dances of Shotokan by Rob Redmond Kata were imported originally from China where they were called quan and were practiced each as an... More


Meet Your Fellow Karateka - Jim Rielly http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/meet_karateka_jim_rielly by Nancy Beckerman

Below is an interview with our student, Jim Rielly (M.D.). He's fairly new to our dojo, and has studied at several other places in the past. His answers to the questions are... More


My Adventure ... http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/my_adventure by Rick King

My Adventure with Sensei Takahashi, Shotokan Karate and the Takahashi Dojo Part 1: My Shotokan story begins in January of 1980. I was in the middle of working towards getting my... More


Book Review - Karate-Do, My Way of Life http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/book_review_karate-do by Nancy Beckerman

Book Review - Karate-Do, My Way of Life by Gichin Funakoshi "It was nearly four decades ago that I embarked upon what I now realize was a highly ambitious program: the... More


Using Strategy in Free Style Sparring http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/using_strategy

Using Strategy in Free Style Sparring – Fundamentals An article recommended by Matt Levito, written by By Stef Socratous, http://cambridgekarateclub.org... More


Kata Corner - Ten No Kata http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/kata_corner_ten_no_kata

This content is taken from http://shotokankaratecsl.com It is generally accepted that Ten no Kata was created by Gigo Funakoshi as a simple training tool for beginners.... More


Gichin Funakoshi's 20 Precepts of Karate-Do http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/20_precepts

Gichin Funakoshi's 20 Precepts of Karate-Do The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.- Gichin... More


Meet Your Fellow Karateka - Michael Begley http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/meet_karateka_michael_begley by Nancy Beckerman

Michael, you have been a student at the dojo now for so long and have been so successful; you are an inspiration not only to the kids there, but to the adults as well! You're a... More


Movie Review - Samurai Banners http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/movie_review_samurai_banners by Nancy Beckerman

Samurai Banners Starring and produced by Toshiro Mifune Toshiro Mifune may be the most famous Japanese actor of his time, having made innumerable movies, most of which are about... More


Kata Corner - Tekki http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/kata_corner_tekki

This content is taken from the book, Kata, The Folk Dances of Shotokan by Rob Redmond The Tekki kata are three unusual kata in the Shotokan system. Originally Tekki were... More


The Four Stages Of Kata Practice http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/four_stages

An article recommended by Matt Levito, written by Iain Abernethy, http://www.usadojo.com/ Practically all karateka practice kata; however, most only practice the initial stage... More


Phrase of the Month Oct, 2014 http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/phrase_of_the_month_201410

Once a kata has been learned,it must be practiced repeatedly until it can be applied in an emergency,for knowledge of just the sequence of a form in Karate is useless. – Gichin... More


Dojo Trip to Japan, July 2013 http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/trip_to_japan by Nancy Beckerman

Ten students, two family members, and Sensei Takahashi made their way to Tokyo, Japan, this summer for an adventure. The trip was spectacular, and included visits to many... More


Karate Compared to Jiu-Jitsu http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/karate_compared_to_jiu-jitsu by Matt Levito

Shotokan and Striking Martial Arts Compared to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Ground Based Systems There is often discussion about which is the most "effective" martial arts style.... More


A "Hidden" Benefit to Karate: Helping High Blood Pressure http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/hidden_benefit_to_karate by Hitomi Kihara

Another health benefit of practicing Karate…it may lower your blood pressure! The American Heart Association published a review last year in the journal Hypertension concluding... More


Meet Your Fellow Karateka - Robin Wilson http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/meet_karateka_robin_wilson by Nancy Beckerman

An Interview with Veteran Robin Wilson Robin, since you are one of the very few of us who practiced at the dojo as a child and then again as an adult, you are in a unique... More


Finding Your "One Thing" http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/finding_your_one_thing by Adam Korn

"Fresh cup of coffee, Mr. Marty?" asks a waiter, as my neighbor Marty grandly pulls up to the Manhattan Diner bar like he's Norm from "Cheers." "Actually, Miguel, I'd much... More


Kata Corner - Heian http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/kata_corner_heian

Heian Have you ever considered the historical background, perhaps even significance, of a particular kata? In this issue we take a look at the meaning of "Heian." This content... More


Book Review - The Way of the Warrior http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/way_of_the_warrior by Nancy Beckerman

The Way of the Warrior. The Paradox of the Martial Arts; by Howard Reid and Michael Croucher, 1991, Overtook Press "When a master...faces an opponent he brings to the... More


Phrase of the Month May, 2014 http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/phrase_of_the_month_201405

Everything flows on like a river, without pause, day and night. -- Confucius 551-479 BC Water in the natural environment is flowing and adaptive as in a river or ocean. For... More


The Wisdom of the Crane http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/wisdom_of_the_crane by Terry Bryan

Calm, balanced and disciplined, what better attributes could you want in a fighter? The crane is a master of angles. She has learned to wait until the last second and then by... More


Phrase of the Month May, 2013 http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/phrase_of_the_month_201305

Even after many years, kata practice is never finished, for there is always something new to be learned about executing a movement. - Shoshin Nagamine More


Phrase of the Month Nov, 2012 http://www.takahashidojo.com/permalink/phrase_of_the_month_201211

The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants. ― Gichin Funakoshi More