It really isn’t a question of why but more of a matter of necessity. One of my students asked me why I go to Okinawa to train a few weeks ago at one my dojo. It was a valid question because the majority of people out there really don’t understand the why, the who, the […]Read more "Sensei, why do you go to Okinawa?"
Just as a heads up this blog post is not aimed at anyone else as Sensei, aka teacher of Karate, but rather just an introspective look at what it feels like, and means, to me. When I first began training in Karate I would have never imagined that, 40+ years later, I would still be […]Read more "What does it mean to be a Sensei…"
Recently Jesse Enkamp, aka the self proclaimed “Karate Nerd”, published a video with a misleading title, well sort of. His video called “Why Karate Doesn’t Work” was more of a breakdown of separation in variations of Karate. He speaks about Sport Karate, Modern Karate and “Budo” Karate in this video but does have some decent […]Read more "3 “types” of Karate? Really?"
Recently I had a student drop out from classes…nothing new as it does happen, but this bothered me (as do all the others) because the parents just simply failed the child. How can I say this? Because the kid, when he was at the dojo, loved training. During his first year he was a hard […]Read more "How not to fail…consistency is the key!"
The bus stop was abridged with people rushing to get everywhere. We all stood in line as if waiting to be transported to a new space in time. Climbing on the bus I realized there was an old man near the back where I normally sat so I approached him and politely asked to sit […]Read more "Old man’s hands…"
Recently a question was posted in a Facebook group that I belong to asking if anyone had to ever throw a person out their dojo. Sadly, I had to answer this with a yes but it was done very reluctantly. Many people today like to believe that because they are “paying” for martial arts lessons […]Read more "Throwing them out of the dojo…"
Social media can be a great thing but it also can cause a lot of stress, drama and gives a platform for pretty much everyone to act differently than they would if you were face to face with them. Over the past couple of years I have noticed a trend in many of the martial […]Read more "I’m offended so I’ll block you…"