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Karate Martial Arts in Blairgowrie & Coupar Angus. Students from all over Tayside, Perth, Perthshire, Dundee, Angus & East Scotland.

Practical Karate with the focus on Self Defence, Self Protection. Discover Self Motivation, Self Discipline, Self Confidence, Fitness, Health & Welbeing.

History

Karate means “Empty Hand.  

 

It is a complete defensive martial art system that has evolved over the last 500 years, originating within the Okinawan Islands or the former Ryu Kyu Kingdom, a group of islands in east Asia. These islands are situated south west of Japan and south east of China and were for many generations, the crossroads of trade and cultural exchange between these two larger neighbours.

 

The cultural exchange included the martial arts. The Ryu Kyu citizens, familiar with their own weapon and unarmed combat methods, became aware of Chinese techniques and integrated them to supplement their native methods, hence progenerating a self defence system that was colloquially referred to as Toudi Jutsu or Chinese Hand Methods.

 

During the later 19th century, the beginnings of Japanese imperial regional ambitions, bolstered by a robust and aggressively expansionist military, led to Japan annexing the Ryu Kyu Islands.  The culture of Ryu Kyu began to the assimilated into the Japanese culture and Japanification of Ryu Kyu began at all levels within their society.

 

One important area of such annexation was the education system and the curriculum itself was modified to suit that of the annexing power, influencing the next generations with Japanese culture, language and ambitions. Coincidently, several Toudi Jutsu teachers were involved in the Ryu Kyu education system either as teachers or as former government bureaucrats and were well placed to cooperate with the annexing power whilst manoeuvring to retain parts of their own culture.

 

In this way, several key Toudi Jutsu teachers ensured that Toudi Jutsu became part of the education curriculum, preserving a part of Ryu Kyu culture whilst cooperating with the Japanese by instilling discipline, fitness & strength into the younger generations, ready for military service within the greater Japanese Imperial military.

 

From a martial arts perspective, the central figure, during this period of transition, was Toudi Jutsu teacher, Anko Itosu (b1831 d1915).  Itosu formulated the curriculum, enshrined by the five Heian Kata (forms) and used his letter of October 1908 to the Ministry of Education and Ministry of War, to expound the many benefits of Toudi Justu and implored the inclusion of Toudi Jutsu within the curriculum.

 

It is not surprising that it was several of Itosu’s students who would eventually travel to Japan to propagate Toudi Jutsu into Karate and define the fundamentals for contemporary Karate that we experience today. Looking ahead, without Itosu, the global popularity of contemporary Karate would be somewhat lessened.

 

Practical Karate

 

The depth of karate can be realised by exploring and analysing kata (bunkai as researched by Iain Abernethy 7th Dan) and exploring habitual acts of physical violence (HAPV) through two person flow drills (a concept researched and re-introduced into karate by Patrick McCarthy 9th Dan Hanshi).

 

 

Club

 

The club is administered by Karen Whytock (owner) and instructed by Ally Whytock, in Blairgowrie since June 2009.