Kata for Self Defense

Intro by David Gimberline

Shotoryu Goshinjutsu is a system of self defense based on the kata of Shotokan.
Basic Premises:

  • Traditional Karate is an art of self defense
  • Historically karate was taught primarily through kata
  • Therefore kata should teach self defense
  • To be of practical value, the primary defenses should be against the most likely attacks. Evaluating Applications

Traditional Training Tips

Here are a few changes we should make to traditional training in the Shotokan style. Honoring and respecting tradition does not mean to follow it blindly.