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Gosei Yamaguchi – The Constant Innovator Part 1

Sensei Gogen YamaguchiIt was near the end of the interview when we realized it. I asked when his father had passes away, and he gave me the date, May 20, 1989. “Come to think of it, what a coincidence!” said Gosei Yamaguchi. “In Japan they are a day ahead.” The date in San Francisco, where we spoke, was May 19, 1995.
Yet the conversation, while beginning with Mr. Yamaguchi’s famous father Gogen Yamaguchi and his life in Japan, had also traveled across the ocean, to the large, sunlit Goju-Kai dojo where we sat. For Gosei Yamaguchi has not merely carried on his father’s ways, but has continued them. Think of it” To follow the ways of an innovator, you, too, must innovate, and this Mr. Yamaguchi has done.

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How to control your opponant by O’Sensei Kim Hanshi

To control opponents you must know kyo (open) off guard. ‘The worst off guard is mental off guard. This happens if there is a mental kyo: Emotion becomes unstable . Ki is lost . Attention is fixed only in one

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The Big Three: Expansion, Contraction, Snap!

Here is an article by O’Sensei Kim on the importance of basics, and in particular, expansion and contraction. Please read the article in full at the link below. Click here to read or download the full pdf.

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O’Sensei Kim on How to Control Your Opponent

To control opponents you must know kyo (open) off guard. ‘The worst off guard is mental off guard. This happens if there is a mental kyo: 1. Emotion becomes unstable . 2. Ki is lost . 3. Attention is fixed

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O’Sensei Kim – Do the Hitting and Don’t Get Hit

O’Sensei Kim on kumite: Do the hitting and don’t get hit. Radar Line your front fist up with your opponent’s nose and jab. You must not let his nose get away. If you are alone use a mirror. Follow your

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O’Sensei Kim Article from Black Belt Magazine

This article from Black Belt Magazine looks at O’Sensei Kim’s training methods, style, and more. Read the whole article here.

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Training with the Cat

This pdf details the brutal workouts of Sensei Gogen Yamaguchi, as recalled by an American student who studied under Sensei Yamaguchi during the American occupation of Japan shortly after the end of World War 2. Read the full pdf here.

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O’Sensei Kim on Tradition, Standards, and Discipline

In this Martial Arts Mini Guide, O’Sensei Kim discusses the history and true core of the martial arts, the meaning of the ranks, the purpose and uses of discipline, and much more. Click here to read the full article or

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The Power of Penmanship

Many progressive educators believe that handwriting is obsolete in the 21st century. It isn’t hard to see how they came to this conclusion. Computers are everywhere and an increasing number of schools expect students, even those in Grade 1, to

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Memoirs of a Karate Man

Sensei Chojun MiaygiMemoirs of a Karate Man: Miyagi provides a firsthand account of the development of karate in the early 20th century and in this sense his book is invaluable.

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