Tsuku Kihon: Advanced Fighting Techniques of Shotokan Karate

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AuthorHouse, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 127 pages
Tsuku Kihon refers to advanced combat techniques used and taught by some shotokan karate instructors. The idea behind tsuku kihon is that power and closing distance are greatly enhanced by propelling the body forward using basic karate principles. A basic group of approximately 25 tsuku kihon combinations was developed by the Japan Karate Association as part of the advanced Instructor Training curriculum, which only top-level instructors were invited to study at the Tokyo Honbu Dojo. Sensei Luis Bernardo Mercado decided to expand and categorize tsuku kihon in order to increase its applications and to create a formal structure for teaching them. Many years of trial and error by the author of this book resulted in an additional 41 combinations and three methods by which tsuku kihon can be systematically taught to intermediate and advanced karate students. This book is a result of that effort.

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Luis Bernardo Mercado has studied Shotokan Karate since 1981. While enrolled in the engineering program at San Francisco State University, he began training with sensei Mayer Parry who was a direct student of kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa. In 1983, sensei Bernardo started with sensei Leroy Rodrigues, who is founder and chief instructor of the Shinkyu Shotokan Karate dojo, at the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department. Sensei Bernardo was awarded a first degree black belt in shotokan and shoriji ryu karate-do in 1986. Upon moving to Fremont California, sensei Bernardo continued studying martial arts with sensei Al McGaughey of Pine Waves Karate Academy. In 2009 sensei Bernardo partnered with sensei Al and sensei Harry Imamura to found the Fremont Shotokan Karate dojo, where all three currently teach and train. Sensei Leroy Rodrigues awarded sensei Bernardo a sixth degree black in Shotokan belt in 2007. Concurrent with studying, training and competing in karate, sensei Bernardo partnered with his younger brother Ernesto to found Core Power Services in 1992, where they both work with a great team of field engineers and office staff. Sensei Bernardo is grateful to his family and friends for their encouragement and support throughout the years.

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