Recently a post was made in a forum on Facebook by a young, definitely experienced, black belt about a video coming out with him and the self proclaimed “Karate Nerd” Jesse Enkamp. This young man, and I will quote him, stated the following in his post sharing his soon to be released Bunkai Expert video: […]Read more "The problem is the word “expert”…"
For many years I have been training martial arts. For about 26 of them I have been teaching now. One of the first lessons I ever learned about respect and discipline in the dojo happened when I shrugged off the advice of another student who was one belt higher than I was. I’ll never forget […]Read more "Senpai / Kohai…it is needed"
Recently I saw a guy post (from Texas) blaming his martial arts school closing on the local town. He was very paranoid in this post going so far as to attack the integrity of people that live in said town. I have had some run ins in forums on Facebook with the said individual too, […]Read more "Don’t blame your school closing on others…"
In the late 1980’s a sudden explosion of things martial arts schools began to do to increase revue happened. It progressed through the 1990’s and into the late 2000’s through groups like NAPMA and MAIA among others. The entire purpose of these “plans” was to build revenue generating income for dojos. Even if you have […]Read more "In my dojo we just do Karate…read this…"
Recently I posted asking how many people in certain group on Facebook that talk about Okinawan Karate have actually been to Okinawa, trained there and how often. The primary reason I asked is because it seems that forum is full of a lot of experts who like to talk about Okinawan and the Karate that […]Read more "Do I do it right…"
Anyone who studies any form of martial arts is definitely a member of at least one, or many, group pages on Facebook. In one of the group pages I am a member of there was a post by an instructor that was a video of one of his students involved in an altercation at a […]Read more "Self Defense? Really?"
Anyone who has been teaching martial arts since way back when has come across this question many times. What most people don’t realize is that many martial artists work in fields where they carry guns such as body guards, law enforcement or homeland security. Many of us that teach Karate also are licensed gun owners […]Read more "Why do I need Karate if I own a gun?"