Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Christian Allard on Unsplash

In Japan, many English words are converted into Japanese. However, the definitions of the converted and original words tend to differ slightly.

For example, Japan adopted the word “revenge” and whilst pronouncing it similarly to how you would in English, but in Japan, it is used how you would use the phrase “try again”. So a Japanese person may say, “I will definitely revenge again!” with the intention of saying “I will definitely try again!”. This can cause misunderstandings.

The Japanese language has adopted many words from languages other than English. Each of them with slightly different meanings to the…


Image for post
Image for post
Illustration by Mas Kikuchi

One of the representative karate styles is called “kata”. In almost every dojo (a hall where people practice karate), trainees of all levels learn different kata. Kata is a mandatory subject of grading tests in all karate schools, and you can watch great kata performances at tournaments done by groups and individuals.

“Kata” is such a popular part of karate, but why do we need to practice it?

What is kata?

Kata” is a word that describes the training method in which techniques such as attack and defense are packed in a series of fixed consecutive movements and it is believed that practitioners…


In 2020, karate will finally be recognised as an Olympic event.

The karate adopted in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will use a competitive sports style which is commonly called “traditional karate”. There are two main types of competition and here I would like to focus on the one called “Kumite”, which is a one-to-one fighting match measured by points using either offence or defence techniques.

In order to include karate as an Olympic sport, many organisations including the Japan Karate Federation have been expanding the population of sports karate competitors and revising the rules from the last decades. …


Image for post
Image for post

Maintaining a correct stance is the fundamental and most basic aspect for any martial art or sport, as well as areas besides exercise such as singing or writing.

The basic stance can be maintained through many forms. When you alternate your steps whilst keeping this stance, the movement you are performing can be defined as “walking” or “running”. When the stance is executed whilst bending your knees, this movement can be defined as “bending” or “sitting down”. …

Mas Kikuchi

UK-based Japan-born karateka with 38 years of practice across Japan, USA, and UK. Founder of Jokukai karate. All opinions are my own.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store