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The Origins of the “Dan/Kyu” Degree and the Meaning of the Belts

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The creation of the dan/kyu system as it is known today belongs to Jigoro Kano, founder of Judo, who had a dans system in his school divided into five grades. In 1883 he gave the first danes to two of his most outstanding students (Saigo and Tomita) and in 1920 advised to apply this system […]

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Some Considerations Before Signing up to a Dojo

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Let’s learn a few new words that will be omnipresent on this blog: First, Dojo (道場) that literally means “place where the Way is practiced” or “place of awakening”, it’s a training room for martial arts or meditation (zen). Traditionally it is ruled by a Sensei (先生) or teacher (this word in Japanese means “more […]

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The Most Common Injuries in Karate

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Karate is a sports discipline that can entail some risks and the injuries derived from its practice can be diverse both in variety and importance. Regardless of whether you have just started or if you have been practicing Karate for a while, you have to consider that injuries are a possibility. Basically, the order of […]

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Is There an Age Limit for Learning Karate?

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Usually, when someone approaches the dojo and asks if they can start practicing despite their age, the sensei automatically repeats that there is no age limit to start learning. It’s not uncommon to hear stories about some practitioners who started on this path after their 40th birthday, for example, and who managed to master the […]

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