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I have a loaded question for you. Hopefully we can keep the thread on track long enough for me to get an answer.
Could some of our more educated Karatekas on here give me a run down on some of the differences between the various styles of Karatedo?
It is my understanding that many of these styles derived from the common root of Shorin-Ryu but I could be mistaken on that. If so, how have they been modified in order to make them into a completely new style?
I may be opening up a huge can of worms and am probably crazy for doing this considering the way some of these thread go but I am curious enough to take the chance...
Thanks in advance!
Check out Rob Redmond's post about Karate: http://www.24fightingchickens.com/122 About halfway down, under the heading "Karate Ryu".
Thanks Kurt, that is a good start...
Thanks Tony! Hello search function!!! Nice job Jason... :rolleyes:
Sensei Paul Hart
The question of what is different is a difficult one. Every teacher has his own take on what he learns. Even two students in the same class percieve things differently. The original art of Karate from Shuri, Tomari and Naha were the root of basically every form of Karate today. To find the history of these will take some reading. Some teachers took stuff out that they didn't understand or thought was not useful. Others added stuff in that they thought was useful. Karate in Old Okinawa was something that was shared by most. Knowledge for the most part was given if you had a proper heart.
To find the difference between two arts just study both or get a video and compare. If you are looking for an art to study do some research on the teacher and above all trust your instinct about the teacher. Never be afraid to question.
Some karate styles focus on more kicking then punching and some more punching then kicking. You can got to USAdojo.com or martial-arts-info.com
There is some real long history on every fighting style.
Yang Wei Xin
most people go with shorin ryu and goju ryu as the two easiest to distinguish variations of the okinawan branches.
however karate has a very long, complicated, and not entirely agreed upon history. so its hard to be concrete with any of it.
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