Recently, while I was talking about the aspect of karate competitions, I had a person say “In the old days they always ran or backed off when someone attacked. Had it been me I would have just charged in and plowed them over”. This person has never competed without sparring gear nor in the older […]Read more "Old Karate Kumite is boring?"
Years ago when I first began getting interested in martial arts I heard the phrase “The ART of Karate”. Like many people who have never taken a class or those who only trained briefly I had no concept what all this “Art” stuff was about but I was intrigued so off to a dojo I […]Read more "What is all this “Art” stuff…"
Yesterday I traveled to Indianapolis to attend Herb Johnson Karate’s black belt promotions. This was a bit somber of a trip for me because Herb Johnson Hanshi passed away recently but I promised I would attend this event the last time we spoke a week before his untimely passing. I wasn’t really sure what to […]Read more "A Black Belt Extravaganza"
Many people have these awesome ideas about what martial arts training will be like. Hitting a straw padded board with loud kiyas until your knuckles bleed, hours of fighting to hone one’s skills and more. Many of those ideas are found in Karate training but Kihon is the fundamental base that most people miss out […]Read more "Kihon is in everything…"
Everywhere I go people learn that I study Karate and always ask me questions about it. To many it is a fascination based on movies or TV. To others it is something they have always wanted to study but just never took the first step into a dojo to try it. For some others they […]Read more "The Beauty of Karate…it is awesome!"
I get up everyday thinking about how to teach my students better. Not just their Karate but how to make the lessons inside the dojo impact their lives in a positive manner outside of the dojo. Each morning there are at least 100 processes going on in my mind which include thinking of students who […]Read more "Let me explain what my job, Karate Sensei, actually entails…"