The JKA

The JKA

The JKABy Tracy Warrener Van KruistumThe Japan Karate Association was founded in 1949 by a group of Gichin Funakoshi’s senior students; Isao Obata, Masatoshi Nakayama,and Hidetoka Nishiyama who served…
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Health Benefits of Practicing Tai Chi Chuan

Health Benefits of Practicing Tai Chi Chuan

We’ve all seen this majestic martial art. Whether it be in a park, martial arts school,community centre or on the big screen. Usually its a group of people moving in perfect sync of slow motion mo…
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History of the ‘Gi’

History of the ‘Gi’

I’ve often noticed a huge difference when training in regular clothes versus a Gi. Something happens to all of us when we put on the Gi and train. Its like our bodies know we have on our superhero c…
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SECRETS OF OKINAWA KARATE

SECRETS OF OKINAWA KARATE

Okinawan school teacher and Karate Master, Kanken Toyama was born in 1888. His dedication to the art of Karate Do was a life long journey. He started his Karate training under Anko Itosu and later…
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Full Contact Kickboxing

Full Contact fighting has been around for many,many years. Its roots actually can be traced back to traditional martial arts such as Thailand’s Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Japanese Boxing and Karate.…
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Gichin Funakoshi

Gichin Funakoshi

Known as the ‘father of modern day Karate’, Gichin Funakoshi is one of the most well known of the Karate Masters. His influence on the art of Karate Do knows no boundaries within specific styles. This…
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Jong Soo Park

Jong Soo Park

Grandmaster Jong Soo Park was born in 1941 in Chung- Nam Korea. He is known as one of Canada’s leading Grandmasters of TaeKwonDo. His training began under the instruction of Tae Kwon Do’s founder, Gen…
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Teruo Chinen

Teruo Chinen

One of the modern day martial arts masters was Okinawan Goju Ryu’s Teruo Chinen. He was born in 1941, in Japan, to a family with deep martial arts roots. Both his parents, grandfather and uncles were…
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