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Shoto’s 20 Principles: Keep your karate boiling
Shoto’s 20 Principles: Keep your karate boiling

This is the first in an occasional series of short posts on Gichin Funakoshi’s “twenty principles of karate,” a set of concise axioms describing the Master’s philosophy of applying one’s study of karate to one’s everyday life, and vice versa. The 20 principles were first published in 1938, when Funakoshi (“Shoto”) was 70 years old. The English translation I am…

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The legal elements of self-defense: Conclusion
The legal elements of self-defense: Conclusion

This is the final post in an eight-part series on the necessary components of a successful plea of “self-defense” in the case where a person has had to employ lethal force to protect himself or others* from harm. This “self-defense” type of legal defense normally comes up in cases when a person uses a weapon, particularly a firearm, to kill…

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The legal elements of self-defense: Reasonableness
The legal elements of self-defense: Reasonableness

This series has covered the elements that constitute a legally justifiable act of self-defense. This topic is usually presented for cases in which a person uses a firearm to defend himself, but we have been applying it to hypothetical cases in which a person trained in martial arts used their “empty hand” techniques to inflict lethal force against an attacker.…

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The legal elements of self-defense: Avoidance
The legal elements of self-defense: Avoidance

This is the 6th post in the series covering the legal elements required for a successful plea of self-defense. Today we will look at the fourth of the five elements, as described in Andrew F. Branca’s book “The Law of Self Defense.” We have already looked at Innocence, Imminence, and Proportionality. We have learned that a legally justifiable self-defense requires…

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Summer Camp 2019
Summer Camp 2019

We ran our first Summer Camp at the Sellersville location last week, during the first full week of summer. This was Shuto Karate’s first camp since 2015, which was two dojo locations ago, back at “Candyland” (actually a candy distribution warehouse) in Hatfield. Surprising probably no one, I would rate our first Sellersville camp to have been a big success.…

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