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Seamus O'Dowd

Seamus O'Dowd

Seamus O’Dowd (6th Dan SKIF) has been a student of Martial Arts for thirty years, and has trained with many of the top instructors of Shotokan Karate in the world. He is an occasional contributor to a number of Martial Arts magazines, and produced a number of DVDs, including one entitled “Kanazawa No Bo” with the legendary Kanazawa Hirokazu Sensei. He also regularly travels to many countries to teach karate, tai chi and bo-jutsu.

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I have heard it said by some that Kanazawa Sensei’s karate is considered to be soft in comparison to that of other Shotokan instructors. If by “soft” they mean that it is not necessary to go home black & blue, or with broken noses after each training session, then I am grateful for it. I train so that I WON’T get beaten up – there is no point in getting beaten up regularly just so that I won’t get beaten up...

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Have you ever been travelling "in convoy" with another car, only for them to make a wrong turn and you automatically followed them? It happens all the time. We assume that the other person knows what they are doing, even though we know the right way ourselves, so we follow them and both end up going the wrong way.

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I have been very fortunate over the years to meet and train with a many great karate instructors. Yet although they have all had undoubtedly brilliant karate, I do not consider them all to be Masters.

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