Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all from the NKF.

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Well done to all the dedicated Karateka who turned out for the special Christmas training course and a well-deserved congratulations goes to those passing their recent Dan grading's. All participants were surprised to receive a small gift from Sensei Ronnie Watt.

The course focused on the advanced kata Empi. (燕飛)

 This is an amazing and beautiful kata with a long history.


Empi or Enpi is a difficult and well-known Shotokan Kata which translates as “Flying Swallow”.  The original Okinawan name for this kata was ‘Wansu’.

It is believed to have first appeared in Okinawa in 1683 and it is credited to a Chinese martial artist, Wang Ji.  It is thought that 36 Chinese families had moved to Okinawa during this period and took their fighting arts and culture with them. Legend has that Wang Ji had the habit of throwing and jumping on his adversaries. Because of this dynamic form of combat, this kata resembles a swallow in flight.

Others credit the kata to a samurai swordsman called Sasaki Kojiro who’s attack techniques were also said to resemble a swallow.


What we know for sure is that Funakoshi took this kata to mainland Japan in the 1920’s and changed the name to Enpi to make it more relevant to the Japanese culture when he began to popularise Karate with all of Japan.


It’s quite amazing to think that centuries later we karateka in Aberdeen are learning a kata from our Sensei that has its roots steeped in history.  A kata he learned from his Japanese master’s decades ago. A kata he passes on to us.  Karate is a living thing and only we can keep it alive, by training and choosing not to give up. You won’t learn this kata from a book or a YouTube video. You must practice it with good guidance. 

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 Ronnie Watt presents Chris Davidson with his 4th Dan, alongside Connor (2nd dan) and Neve Davidson (1st Kyu).

Without our history we learn nothing. Which is why it is important we keep the club alive and healthy and growing in 2018.  Please be sure to encourage others to join the club and benefit from the great training you receive and remember that today’s student is tomorrow’s master.

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"He who is taught only by himself has a fool for a master."
~ Ben Jonson



“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ” 
- Michael Crichton


"The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking by cowards."
~ William Francis Butler


"Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought."
~ Matsu Basho

Nissasa Cloe 4th dan

 Nissara Kirk (4th dan) Chloe Calder (4th Dan)

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