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Welcome to the March 2014 Edition of THE SHOTOKAN WAYThe Online Shotokan Karate Magazine.


In this edition, we bring to you an Interview with Matt Price. British Karate has a long list of internationally renown karateka who have stood the test of time, worked tirelessly to develop their own understanding and to influence the ability of those that surround them. The K.U.G.B (Karate Union of Great Britain) was unquestionably a driving force behind a great number of the UK’s talent, producing an illustrious number of inspirational karateka. To suggest that Matt Price is from a younger generation of that movement would seem perhaps derogatory, in light of the decades of commitment he has made, but it undoubtedly true that he is a member of a current generation of instructors that are making waves in the UK karate community. This interview was in many ways conducted in two parts. The original draft was complete, but in between the completion and this publishing, a considerable amount of time passed, meaning many comments made may not be completely current to March 2014.  In this new interview with Matt Price, I question him on a broad range of topics. He speaks openly about his decision to part company with the K.U.G.B, about his coaching career, his DVD work and the new experiences he has had in the last few years. Matt also offers his opinions about coaching, MMA, and the influence of WKF karate. I hope you enjoy


In the article in this feature, Henning Wittwer discusses the many different variations of Zenkutsu-dachi in his article ‘Zenkutsu-dachi and its Variants in Shotokan-ryu’.


The final instalment in this edition comes in the form of my review of Scott Langley’s ‘Karate Stupid’, an autobiographical account of his time living and training in Japan.

Shaun Banfield & Emma Robins