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Manuals -n- Handbooks (Training -n- Practice, oh my)

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Recently I posted about another set of terms, training and practice, that I felt due to a professionals book who explained the differences that really do enlighten how one should view, feel and apply both their training and practice. Show More Summary

Compliance Profession (Hypnosis)

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Giving full kudos to Scott Adams for directing me toward the hypnosis studies. Don’t get me wrong, don’t assume as I know your thinking that I am taking classes to learn how to hypnotize folks like they do on stage. Show More Summary

Training -n- Practice

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) How often have you heard or read about how one “trains, practices and applies” there martial discipline, i.e., principled-based methodologies? I know if you are a regular reader here that you have read those three terms in almost all my stuff. Show More Summary

About the "Dojo Kun [???]"

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Dojo Kun, each dojo regardless of its origins as culturally manifested; no matter of any major organizations that may govern the dojo; no matter who the Sensei is; no matter...Show More Summary

Legacy of Isshinryu

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) A recent posting spoke of the legacy of Isshinryu as it regards to things like kata practice. Things like this lead to a huge conversation that often does not provide a real, relevant, answer - a bit frustrating. Show More Summary

Wholehearted Help

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In a recent post to Facebook a martial artists asks a question, “Aging and Arthritis,” as it pertains to training in the are of karate. As with most things, many karate-ka spoke up with advice, after all advice was asked for and gotten but one issue about that advice kept cropping up. Show More Summary

Karate Explained

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Often the question is asked, “What is Karate?” The answers are many with most making a philosophical comment while the other side makes a more physical response. The more direct...Show More Summary

The Purpose of Kata

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Kata are these wonderful concepts that provide a vehicle that drive a good many things for kata, fundamentally, exist in a myriad of forms for a myriad of disciplines that far surpass that which most see as martial disciplines. Show More Summary

Culture Appropriation of Martial Arts

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Over the weekend while driving I listed to NPR, NPR has some great stories and news items of interest so when they began broadcasting a story of cultural appropriation as it is tied to costumes of the Halloween celebration it triggered a thought. Show More Summary

Group Dynamics and Metaphors

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Metaphors are simply a figure of speech in which word(s) or phrase(s) are applied to an object, action or situation to which is is not literally applicable making is representative or symbolic of that something else, especially something abstract. Show More Summary

It’s Not About the Teacher

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) It’s not about the teacher, instructor or sensei, it is about the individual. Yes, teachers, etc., have an influence with the students but in the end the students proficiency, knowledge, understanding and expertise comes from within the student themselves, not from their teachers, etc. Show More Summary

Defense-Protection - Motive vs. Behaviors vs. People

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In my recent studies from a new book by Rory Miller on Principled Teaching he made a statement that stuck out to me so I wanted to quote it here: “Motive of the threat is absolutely unimportant in a self-defense situation. Show More Summary

Strong Caution Advised

You are all adults and you all take responsibility for your actions in life regardless of whether sport oriented or what ever even when you jump off the curb while texting to cross the street. As adults you should not need to be told that everything you do in this life has consequences and those consequences depend solely and exclusively on you. Show More Summary

Quality over Quantity

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) You hear it time and again that quality trumps quantity yet why does quantity still hold sway over martial arts? Everything within the modern martial communities is about how much you know, earned and have such as a plethora of trophies or black belts or different styles, etc. Show More Summary

Isshinryu Pioneers - NOT

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Today, the 16th of September 2017, Andy Sloane called me from Okinawa... wait for it... through Facebook! Now, that is cool simply because until the FB-Phone rang I didn't realize it was possible. Show More Summary

Less Emphasis on Memorizing

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In a recent posting on FB a question was asked about a principle based approach on a particular style to which Mr. Rory Miller commented, “IMO, it's closer to how the first...Show More Summary

Social Conditions

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Modern social conditions and that resulting conditioning of our species is reaching critical mass. Our modern society is being driven toward two conditions that if not restrained or even reversed will spell the doom of said society. Show More Summary

KSD: Human Rituals

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In the martial disciplines, that include karate, it is easy to see, perceive and distinguish a ritualistic practice that literally controls the system/style. It has that connective...Show More Summary

Branches of Martial Disciplines

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) I think of this as, "Sport, Combative's, Philosophical, and SelfDefense." Sport is the dominant branch that is both obvious and obfuscated to those who practice this branch. Show More Summary

Dojo Effects

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In a more or less traditional sense the dojo has certain aspects that tend to unconsciously bleed over into certain area’s, like into self-defense. I came to this conclusion...Show More Summary

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