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S.K.M. a magazine dedicated to Traditional Karate-Do
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http://bit.ly/1QN6go6 Shotokan Karate Magazine Issue 133 Now Available online
Features SCHLATT 6th Dan JKA. Interview By Dr Anton Sàlat.
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As you may know from the last edition, Mike Clarke has now retired from his writing career, therefore I have featured this interview as a tribute to Mike and his brilliant work for SKM over the past 25 years. We received dozens of letters from SKM readers expressing their sadness at hearing this news. Mike’s philosophical writing has had a profound effect on many karateka of all ages over the years. He leaves a huge gap regarding such contributions. He will be sadly missed by many SKM readers and myself included. EDITOR, this article is now available online
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I’ve written an article in the up coming issue of SKM (due out 24th August) which I think will be very interesting for most karateka. I’ve thought about this for years and we regularly have a laugh about it at our dojo because everyone does this, except the two ladies in our club. It’s a technical point (a strange habit) which I have never seen mentioned in 45 years of karate training either in books or magazines (until I’ve brought it up now that is), and yet it really does exist and 99% of male karateka do this strange habit without realising it and this includes senior instructors as well! I’ve included several photos with the article to demonstrate the point. I bet ‘you' do it too, without knowing it! I know I do and I can’t seem to stop either. This strange habit occurs in one of the most common, basic techniques in karate. Interestingly female karateka don’t seem to do this, or not so exaggerated as male karateka, which is quite a debatable point. So, what is this ‘strange habit’ and which technique does it occur in? Check it out in the latest magazine. Editor.

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http://bit.ly/1QN6go6 Shotokan Karate Magazine Issue 132 June 2017 Now available Featuring KOJI ARIMOTO 3rd JKS Interview By Alan Campbell.
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http://bit.ly/2qMeVUi THE ART OF JUDGING KATA An insight into a Traditionalist’s method of evaluating form competition. By Martin B. Katz. Article available online now

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More sad news for the British Shotokan fraternity.
Birmingham Instructor sensei Cyril Cummins 8th Dan passed away this morning at 7am.
Sensei Cummins was featured several times in early editions of SKM and I had the pleasure of doing courses in Blackpool with Cyril in the early 1990’s.
Condolences to his partner Dorian and all his students past and present. Editor.
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http://bit.ly/2pzwoeq We Have Some great historical content online take a look at JUMPING' IN KARATE By Bill Burgar. from August 1994
#Jumping can be a very useful skill in the martial arts. There are many instances where leaving the ground for a few moments can be the deciding factor in an engagement or at least enough to give you a few moments to regain your composure. YAHARA Sensei, for example, is renowned for somersaulting backwards over a corner judge to get out of a nasty situation.
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THE BUNKAI BARRIER: Contemporary Myth and Misunderstanding in Kata Interpretation. By Josh Stewart.
Article from SKM 130 now available to read. Enjoy.

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Shotokan Karate Magazine Issue 131 March 2017 Now available it features:
SENSEI MIKIO YAHARA 8th Dan KWF Grand Master. Interview By Marc Feldis.
A conversation with SENSEI STAN SCHMIDT 8th Dan. By Mike Clarke.
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(Editor’s Tribute to a good friend...)
I heard some very sad news this morning (29th December 2016). My very good friend Sensei Frank Cope 8th Dan passed away after being ill for some time. Frank was in his 80’s and was one of the very first people in England to start practising karate, in 1960. Frank’s dojo is based in Birkenhead on the other side of the river Mersey from Liverpool and the standard of his students speaks volumes.

Frank Cope in my opinion was, in karate terms, far ahead of his time. He often came to my dojo in Altrincham to teach us and these were real learning experiences. I have trained with all the major world famous Shotokan instructors over the years and I have judged them all on their teaching/instructional ability, not how wonderful their particular technique may be. Sensei Frank Cope was a superb instructor and one of those rare people who could spot one’s weaknesses straight away and most importantly be able to tell you exactly how to fix them.

We did an interview with Frank in Issue 38 of SKM and I re-read it recently; it was typical Frank, full of brilliant insight karate-wise plus his infectious humour. Frank had figured out many subtle technical points long before the masses of Shotokan karateka in this country had even thought about them. His sons Frank and Ian still teach at the dojo but the main man will be sadly missed by all his students. Frank Cope was truly a Unsung Hero of Karate and a true Gentleman.

Sensei Frank Cope 8th Dan Shotokan. RIP.
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