Shotokan Karate

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Bo Class I

Bo Class II

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Formal Classes on Saturdays From 10am-12pm
Starting this Saturday, March 22, 2014
Starting this Saturday, Barry Poitras will be teaching formal classes from 10am-12pm.  These classes will replace the previous informal classes.  The formal classes will be at the same time every week, unlike the previous informal classes.
We will post an announcement here if a Saturday class is ever canceled.
Thanks to Barry for offering to teach these classes.  We look forward to seeing you at the Saturday classes.

Kids Classes
Wednesdays and Fridays
6:45 PM to 8:00 PM
Beginners Welcome

Shotokan Kata Apps for the Android, iPhone and iPad

Shotokan kata "Heian Shodan" performed by Frank Paolino.

Heian Shodan Shotokan karate kata shows the kata move by move by swiping a finger. It also lets you look at the kata from all four sides to see the moves from different directions.

With your Android device, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad in your hand, you can review the moves of the kata in slow motion, then practice at full speed.

There are buttons to repeat a move, go backwards and start over.

The benefit over a YouTube video (and we have these, too, posted at is the ability to easily stop and go back just one move, or work on 2-3 moves over and over again.

This approach offers students a way to learn the movements of a kata at their own pace, or the ability to review a kata outside the dojo, then be able to practice it in class without worrying about the moves or the sequence, thus allowing more attention in the class to correct performance of the techniques.

Lost in Translation
by Sensei Nago Matsuyama
Sensei Nagao HeadshotModern Karate has become very different from the Karate that had been trained over the centuries in Okinawa, or after it was brought to the Japanese main island, for that matter. You may say that it is progress or that it is retrogression. It depends on how you look at it.
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DoShiKai Bo Clinic IV: Applications of Kata Jite

Focus on Kihon Kumite I (Nidan Kaeshi) and Kihon Kumite II (Omote & Ura) as well as the applications for Jite. By understanding each movement in Jite, you will find it more practical to defend yourself against Bo attacks.

This video shows Sensei Matsuyama demonstrating some Jite techniques, then their application against a Bo attack. There are 10 different segments and their application:

What is Doshi-Kai?
DoShiKai is a traditional Japanese Shotokan dojo.
Doshi-Kai (meaning “the group pursuing the way”) was founded by Master Nagao Matsuyama, in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1984.

The atmosphere at Doshi-Kai is unique—serious and focused, but friendly and not militaristic. In this setting, you can really feel the difference between “commercial” martial arts and the rare traditional non-profit groups where the “art” is more important than the promotion, the technique more valued than the belt, and the individual progress is not measured by how much you’ve paid out, but by how hard you work on yourself.

Body Shifting - Tai Sabaki
Sensei Matsuyama demonstrates using block and attack and body shifting at the same time:

Visit a Typical Class online

Take a YouTube Video tour of basic techniques, kihon kumite and kata filmed during a regular class run by Sensei Matsuyama.

<- Sensei Matsuyama demonstrating a technique with George Noone

These classes will challenge you to excel, much like the way they were taught in Japan to promote mental and physical discipline. Master Matsuyama’s advanced take on Shotokan combines the flexibility and fluidity of Taisabaki (shifting) with the speed, power and forward focus of traditional Shotokan.

Every class with Master Matsuyama is like a special seminar—he has been mentored by Master Watanabe, who himself is the oldest living student of the founder of Shotokan Karate, Grandmaster Funakoshi. Advanced students come from a long way off, just to have a chance to work out with Master Matsuyama at his level.

Special Open Seminar

The Special Open Seminar was a success. With approximately 32 attendees, Sensei Nago Matsuyama spent time reviewing the fine points of four blocks: Down block (gedan-barai), rising block (age-uke), outside arm block (soto uke) and inside arm block (uchi uke).

Doshi-Kai Dojo

DoShi-Kai is located in Acton, Masachusetts, near Boston.

Doshi-Kai Budo
Karate, Kendo and Iaido

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Ever Wonder what a Black Belt Exam is like?
John O'Gara writes down his own personal experience about his Black Belt test. His first person account is interesting for those who have not taken the test, and also for others who have taken the test and want to remember the nerves and sweat.
Class Schedule
Adult Classes
Tuesday and Thursdays
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Doshi-Kai Karate Dojo
New Exchange Place
138 Main Street (Route 27)
Top Floor
Acton, MA 01720
Tel. 617-738-6244

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