Karate Basics - Fundamental Concepts and Foundations of Wado

The following are the fundamental concepts & foundations of Wado-ryu Karate-do.

    • Inasu - Block and counter in same motion.
    • Irimi - Entering techniques.
    • Ma Ai - Distancing.
    • Nagasu - Side shifting to avoid an attack.
    • Noru - Riding, absorption and supression of the attack whilst countering.
    • Nage Waza - Throwing techniques from Shindo Yoshin-ryu Jujitsu.
    • Ni (Wa) Sentenashi - No first strike.
    • Go No Sen - Block then counter after attack.
    • Sen No Sen - Block and counter at the same time after attack.
    • Sen Sen No Sen - Counter before the opponent can initiate his attack.
    • Yasume - Being relaxed at all times, except for the instant prior to delivering a technique.
    • Tai Sabaki - Body shifting/moving.
    • Zanshin - Constant awareness of your surroundings.
    • Mudana no Chikara - Do not use unnecessary strength and power.
    • Mudana no Iroki - Do not use unnecessary movement.
    • Mudana no Waza - Do not use unnecessary technique.
    • Karate ni (wa) sentenashi - Never attack first, mentally or physically. If you attack never be angry if you are angry never attack.
    • Karate-do wa rei ni hajimara, rei ni owaru koto wo wasuruna - Karate begins and ends with courtesy.

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