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The philosophy of karate

Karate Do (Do=way)

Yoshukai International KarateA way to physical and mental self-control. Among other Japanese Budo-arts karate was influenced by Zen-Buddhism. Them momentary, present "being focused" and the mental examination of the self are essential aims of Zen -  corresponding to martial arts. To go a violence-free, self-confident, transcendent and educative way by learning how to fight might seem paradox to Europeans, but is not to Asians. In Japan martial arts are taught at schools because its positive impact is acknowledged.

Fighting strategies are taught at management schools to cope with the daily occupational demands. Due to the physical and mental struggle, the self-control and the canalization of one's aggressions - as it is taught in our academy - karate gains its extraordinary value.

Karate History

Yoshukai International KarateKarate-Do as a traditional art of self-defense looks back on a history of around 2000 years. Today Okinawa, a group of islands in between Japan and China, is regarded as the cradle of this martial art. Okinawa has been influenced culturally in many different ways. A history of occupation, repression and war made Karate a means of survival. In times of occupation the local people of Okinawa were forbidden by death to carry weapons e.g. swords. Because of that Karate, the art of empty hand fighting, and Kobujutsu (traditional weapons) were practiced secretly. Kobujutsu involves training with tools of daily or agricultural use like the Bo (a long stick), the Sai (metal fork), the Tonfa (short, thick stick with handle) ot the Nunchaku (flail) etc. Karate and Kobujutsu were practiced and applied together. However quite often an unarmed fighter had to face an armed attacker and he was forced to use his trained body as a weapon. Physical ability, knowledge and control of the own skills as well as a calm state of mind and a high level of concentration are prerequisites in such a life threatening situation.

The three traditional pillars of Karate are:
• self-defense (Goshin)
• health / traditional medicine (Qi Gong)
• spiritual guidance (Do = path)

Karate was practiced as wholistic system of self-defense.

In the course of Karate´s growing popularity a lot of schools have discarded this wholistic approach in favor of a karate for sports. This leads to a neglect of the basic pillars of this art.

i-defense, Essen practice a Karate-Do according to the traditional understanding taking into account modern insights in the field of education and exercise theory.

Handycapped people

Erich, born 1921, fights disease and handicap with karate and Asia Gymnastics.

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40+ Karate and Self-Defense for people aged 40 and above at


Mental and physical fitness through age appropriate training


At i-defense Essen the idea of karate is not, unlike in a lot of other institutions, being focused on the mere physical level or the performance for tournaments but is grounded according to its traditional roots on the three pillars of Karate-Do: self-defense, health and philosophy. Yoshukai Karate is a wholistic system, which is also suited for the aged. At the Martial Arts Academy i-defense a respectful, age sensitive training is offered according to the individual physical condition. The appreciation of age is deeply rooted in Asian culture and is being lived in our dojo.


Our experiences have shown that training leads to a physical as well as mental flexibility. Special exercises from QiGong or Shiatsu enhance and vitalise the flow of energy in the body. Our concept of Karate 40+ is thought by experienced and educated instructors and has already been realised in cooperation with the Sportbund Essen, the coverning organization for all sports diciplines in Essen.
Realistic self-defense and health at i-defense Essen for a vital life!


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Karate for children and adolescents - self defense

Children and adolescents at i-defense Essen e.V.

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i-defense is a modern association, the training of which focuses on progressive insights into fundamental aspects of the sciences of sports and education. Especially when working with children a well-directed and progressive training that is suitable for children is indispensable.

I-defense Essen is a member of the Yoshukai Karate International Association which is rooted in Japan and the USA. Due to a close collaboration and a constant exchange of ideas its training always considers the latest state of the art in sports education.

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I-defense Essen concentrates on age-specific and differentiated practicing rather than on "mass processing" - thus we aim for a balanced and self-confident development of the adolescents.

Surplus energies are channeled and the ability to concentrate is improved. Self-confidence, respect, discipline, fairness and courtesy are developed.

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No matter whether frightened or hyperactive, martial arts' training contributes to a balanced and healthy development of your child.

Self-defense and self-assertion are central approaches at i-defense Essen.

Techniques and tactics, behavioral practice and role-play, including simulated dangers, sharpen the intellect and natural reactions. This adds to a natural security which is necessary to adequately respond in everyday conflicts (i.e. on the way to school).

Functional self-protection of your child: an i-defense concept

Chanbarra - a sport from Japan

ImageIn addition to its rich offer of courses for children, such as self-defense, self-assertion and Karate, the martial arts academy i-defense Essen also offers sport-chanbarra, which was developed in Japan. Chanbarra can be roughly translated as ‘sword combat' and is practiced with soft, inflated, foam-padded "swords", thus avoiding injuries. Master Tetsundo Tanabe is the inventor of this discipline, which already has filled Japan's adolescents with enthusiasm. Nevertheless, grown-ups have also found a steadily growing interest in this quick sport, which - not at least due to a special gear made especially for chanbarra - guarantees a very enjoyable training in the best possible way for children and adolescents. It trains students' reflexes and strength. Apart from this the students experience a mental education deriving from respect and concentration which play a significant role in Japanese martial arts. The little Samurais soon notice an improvement in their coordination and concentration as a result of this creative exercise. Sensei Alfons Pinders of the martial arts academy i-defense Essen was enthusiastic about the training he observed in Japan and added it as an option in his association. For quite a long time, therapists working with children and adolescents have been using the so called ‘Batakas' (clubs made of foam) as an approach to playfully solve conflicts. Chanbarra offers the opportunity to argue physically but with intelligence.

Chanbarra furthers students' youthful kinetic energy and guides it in the right direction.

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Kobudo - Traditional Weapons

Yoshukai International KarateKobujutsu is traditionally practiced using karate techniques. The old weapons (agricultural tools or tools for daily use) were used to defend against swords, lances etc. (compare Karate History).

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Kobujutsu - traditional and modern

Tonfa - the use of this traditional weapon has prevailed in modern times. In it´s modern form (e.g. Madanok) it is used today by the American police forces or the German SEK (similar to SWAT).

Tanbo (short stick) - one of the oldest weapons. It´s used by different institutions e.g. security agencies etc.

Weapons training enables the practitioners even today to use the different objects efficiently and to defend themselves with objects of daily life.

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Cross-defense (MMA)

Modern, realistic self-defense training, not focused on style but across styles.


Different techniques from Boxing, Karate, Jujutsu-Brasil, Muay-Thai, Grappling etc. are used to cover the different distances. The training focuses on the potential of the individual fighter. Knowing how to help yourself without blacking out. Sensitivity exercises, reaction training and the knowledge of different distances are practiced in order to be applicable in a self-defense situation. Tactics like "How do I get in this particular distance" are trained just as the creativity necessary to be able to controll even unfavorable attacks. This all means to not stick to one´s well known patterns, but to built up the ability to act flexible.
Cross-defense - the modern self-defense of Martial Arts Academy i-defense, Essen.


Weapons training is covered as well in order to built up true self-defense potential.

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Kickboxing - Shin Kakuto Jitsu

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Kickboxing is a modern contact sport and developed during the 1970s out of elements of western boxing and Karate techniques. This dynamic and flexible sport requires safty equipment similar to Boxing to prevent injuries. There are 3 different varieties: full-contact, light-contact and point fighting. Shin Kakuto Jitsu (Japanese Kickboxing) has been initiated by Sensei Kenji Kurosaki, who originally came from Karate. It consists of elements from Muay-Thai (Thaiboxing). His best known student is Toshiro Fujiwara who within a period of 15 years and 150 fights has lost only 12 times and thus deposed thai champion.
Shin Kakuto Jitsu takes up the ideology of japanese martial arts. Shin means spirit, Kakuto is a coverning term for all japanese fighting arts and Jitsu means art or technique.
The i-defense fighting team have scored first and second places in different disciplines at county and national championships.


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Karate-Do at i-defense:

Karate at i-defense is a traditional martial art with modern aspects.

Unlike in a lot of other schools the Karate at i-defense is practiced according to the three traditional pillars of Karate-Do: self-defense, health and philosophy.

At i-defense the conditions and needs of each individual are taken into account. The training developes true self-defense capability based on real life situations in order to take a potential assailant out as quickly as possible.


i-defense practice Yoshukai Karate, one of the most efficient and flexible Karate systems worldwide.


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Martial Arts

Martial Arts are based on the natural and rightful wish for self protection in order to not be exposed to acts of arbitrariness and violence by others. At the same time Martial arts are a way of life and a key to physical and mental fitness.











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