See, I have always used these weird analogies, similes and metaphors for better understanding Karate. You might have come across them judo techniques video lessons for children some of my previous posts. Anyway, for the sake of this post, I’d like to reintroduce one such analogy right now, very quickly.
So, the base of the tree is Okinawa then, because that’s where the roots converge. From here on, the tree grows like crazy. Eventually, as the tree matures, branches even start appearing. There’s more to be said about this, but let’s stop here.
Just keep this image of an apple tree in your head and I’m satisfied, mmkay? You need to take care of it. Just as with any regular ol’ apple tree, of course. If you have an apple tree, you simply can’t afford to ignore one of the most fruitful branches of the tree, can you? Visit basically any country in the world, no matter how tiny or weird, and the chances are of epic proportions that you will find a local Shotokan dojo around the corner. And the greatest part of it all?
Japanese terms, stances, basic techniques, basic kata and sparring is pretty easy to tag along with everywhere. And all of this thanks to a bunch of Japanese youngsters who were sent like missionaries around the world during the last decades to spread the word of Shotokan! A Shotokan style reverse punch is a Shotokan style reverse punch no matter where in the world you go. It can’t be denied that the movements of Shotokan are exaggerated. Make that extra deep, with some deep-sauce on top!
Long punches, big steps, deep stances, high kicks and loud yells is what Shotokan is all about. If you want to become good at Shotokan, you can never, never, cheat. Shotokan because they are so used to small and narrow movements! Easy peasy, compared to expanding everything. So what’s so good about big techniques? Well, you get more actual training for the same bucks, and it looks way nicer in tournaments and demos.