Just like any other Sensei, when my students compete in a tournament I truly want them to do well and win if possible. That being said I will not cheat to get a win at any cost, and never have. When I was coming up through the colored belt ranks and competing back in the […]Read more "Winning is NOT the goal in Karate…"
When I first began training it was in Goju Ryu, or to be more specific USA Goju, which was part of a Karate system under Peter Urban. One of the first things I remember my Sensei doing was handing me a copy of “The Karate Dojo: Traditions and Tales of Martial Arts” which was written […]Read more "It all began with Peter Urban…"
As I sit here writing this blog post it has been 43 years training in Martial Arts for me and I am entering my 30th year of running my own dojo too. One of the things we do as we age, be in our training or in life, is sit down and begin to reflect […]Read more "Urban legends and more…UGH"
A few months back I had two situations that occurred within weeks of each other where I was asked for my “expert” opinion on some martial arts matters. One was from a parent about their child’s training and the other was from an instructor who wanted my comments on a video they posted. Neither of […]Read more "Why’d you ask if you wouldn’t listen…"
Many people grew up with the fandom that began with the Karate Kid series of films and they are all ecstatic about the new Cobra Kai series that picks up 30 years after KKI was released. Both series deal with real world issues when it comes to training, learning and finding a good martial arts […]Read more "Balance is the truth to Karate…"
Let’s face it, teaching martial arts has changed A LOT since I opened my dojo in 1991. Over the years I have witnessed everything from old school hard training being popular all the way to people just being given black belts because they showed up and paid their tuition. I will be the first to […]Read more "I am your SENSEI…read on…"
Recently I had a student, who is an avid fan of the new Cobra Kai series like I am, ask me about the interaction between Chozen and Daniel in Okinawa. He was asking about the part where Chozen paralyzed Daniel’s limbs by striking “secret pressure points”. We had a bit of a discussion on this […]Read more "Cobra Kai Season 3 & the Secret to Miyagi “Pressure Points”…let’s talk…"
Recently I was reading a post from a friend and he had translated a rank certificate in a photo from Japan. In his translation the certificate read “12th Kyu” and he seemed a little perplexed by this, which most traditional Karate people would be since there are typically only 10 Kyu (lower than black belt […]Read more "The Kyu Rank Dilemma…"
First let’s examine the use of the word Mcdojo. The term Mcdojo was not something I heard until the early 1990’s soon after opening my own martial arts school. Back then it had an entirely different meaning than it does today. In the old days a Mcdojo was someone who self promoted their rank, claimed […]Read more "Money and contracts are NOT a Mcdojo…so what is? Read on…"
Over the past several years I have noticed a trend in people to downplay, or down right belittle, traditional Karate as in effective for self defense. Sadly the mass populace believes all this hype based on a sport (more on this in a bit) and the ones talking smack never studied traditional Karate for any […]Read more "What you see isn’t always what we do…"