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Relearning Basics

Every time we get a new batch of students in our dojo, I am given the opportunity to relearn my basics. And guess what? I learn something each and every time I teach, and sometimes the points are so fundamental that my basic way of moving is changed.

Of course, I enjoy working on advanced kata with advanced students. But I think that I learn more by teaching basics to beginners.

Last night I was teaching chudan shuto uke. I realized that one of the keys is immediately tucking the back arm as you move forward into the next shuto. It is such a basic thing, but so important. You have to tuck the arm smoothly and with no slack. Then the shuto will be clean, fast, and powerful.

Even after many years, we learn little by little.


Charles C. Goodin

Five Videos -- Karate in the Ryukyu Kingdom

Here are Links to the five videos:

Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx9RMDIqs4Q&feature=plcp&context=C3100a4bUDOEgsToPDskJ-esbsA2mYuSyA7aZ9NYL-)

Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI6A8Bxld7o&feature=plcp&context=C3fd7390UDOEgsToPDskJu8PKtIb9PRl6F-c10YtH_)

Part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NC-YHIM6eE&feature=plcp&context=C373156dUDOEgsToPDskLT49i1F0aeRwDdD5S16q3k)

Part 4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcy3ooegQoc&feature=plcp&context=C3d8814cUDOEgsToPDskLWFptIr8V5MGchseLpZsoL)

Part 5 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySGsFmHKEsc&feature=plcp&context=C39f625aUDOEgsToPDskJAGdwtVBp4Elo734QSJkmG)


Charles C. Goodin

Lecture Video is Online!


Thanks to the hard work of Sensei Angel Lemus, please see:

Our lecture (Karate in the Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa Prefecture, and Hawaii. How is Okinawan Culture Spread through Karate?) was broken into five parts.

I will create a page at the Hawaii Karate Museum website to more fully describe the lecture, but I wanted to let you see the videos as the last part was just uploaded tonight (Hawaii time).

Please let all your friends and contacts know about this online lecture. You are welcome to link to the page or videos. It is possible that a single online video might be available at a later date (but it would be about 95 minute long).

It was a true honor for me to be involved in this lecture with my good friend and senior, Sensei Pat Nakata. We both are very grateful to Lemus Sensei for his expertise and hard work. As you will see, he seamlessly blended our Powerpoint slides with the lecture, so that you can see and hear exactly what the audience saw and heard that day.

Nakata Sensei and I hope that this lecture might encourage more people to practice Karate and to explore the rich history and culture of the Ryukyu Kingdom and Okinawa. All Karate students share this legacy... and the responsibility to preserve and pass it on.