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KSL - Karate Study List

Karate Study List (Discussion Forum)


The KSL (Karate Study List) is a private conduit serving the members of the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society. The principal focus of the Society is to study the origins, ethos & technical theories of karate & kobudo in an effort to better understand the confusion and ambiguity surrounding these traditions, and to understand its original application & value. Candidates MUST BE active members in good standing with the Society to subscribe. 


Catering specifically to Okinawan/Japanese-based traditional karate/kobudo traditions, the Society is a multi-style organization made up of like-minded teachers & learners from all over the world who gather to discuss historical, philosophical & technical issues at the forefront of this art. Unlike so many other e-mail lists in cyber space, the KSL enjoys a wonderfully refreshing environment where dialogue is nurtured with mutual respect without regard to rank or position, and no one is threatened because their opinion doesn't fit someone else's mould.



  IRKRS - Member's Only


IRKRS Resource Gateway


The IRKRS Member’s Only Site is a versatile research tool and resource gateway, providing access to a wide range of research material on karate’s History; Development; Pedagogy; Techniques; Culture; Principles; and Kata. It also includes a Media Section featuring an extensive array of historical photographs, drawings, calligraphy and video clips.


Contributions of articles and research are welcome.


Terms of Use - Please Read

As a trusted member, the IRKRS has granted you access to its materials for research purposes only. Access to this section extends only to you individually and may not be transferred to, or extended to, others.

All rights in materials in this section or their partial content, including abstracts are reserved to their respective owners. You may use brief quotations from the text of Articles, with the customary acknowledgment of the source, subject to the restrictions, if any, set forth in the Article or research abstract.


Unauthorized use of the member's User ID and password to access this section and its content, with or without the Subscriber's knowledge, will be cause for immediate revocation of access.