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The article Karate is Not A Science has generated quite a bit of feedback. Some are not convinced Karate is not a science, and some are willing to concede it isn’t exactly a science, but they are still clinging to the idea that somehow there was drive-by science involved in its development. I wanted to revisit this topic and explain why it is so important that we understand our Karate is not based in Science but instead in belief.

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One of the more outstanding things that anyone observing a typical Shotokan performer will notice is the particular way in which body dynamics are employed. Most people who practice Shotokan Karate try their best to move fluidly throughout their motions, and then suddenly tense not only their extending limbs, but also other parts of their bodies as well. Some enthusiasts even go so far as to choke their breathing so as to create internal isometric tension to help with the timing of muscle tensing so that all of the contractions take place at the same time. This practice is referred to by many as -kime- using Japanese terminology. In English, the common jargon used is the word -focus.-

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Pressure is the result of two surfaces in contact with one another where they exert force against each other. If you stand on your feet, your feet with exert force against the floor equal to the mass of your body in Earth’s gravity. When that force is calculated against the surface area involved, the amount of pressure, pounds per square inch, can be derived.

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One of the most common questions I get asked is how do you know when to use force and how do you know how much force to use. These are perfectly good questions in our civil and litigious society. Most people in our society are so removed from violence they know it is something to be avoided but they also don't know when it is appropriate to engage in it.

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