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Do What I Say, Not What I Do

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Although not the best quote I could use here, it still tells a story such as the karate-ka of thirty plus years who professes adamantly that belts, ranks and tests are an obstacle to true study of karate-jutsu-do. Show More Summary

Kime [??] - Addendum

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Kime (focus or power) is the ultimate purpose of the kihon-kata-kumite trinity in our Karate. Kihon, Kumite and Kata are useless without use of KIME - Myint Kywe January 16...Show More Summary

Mokuso in the Dojo

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Mokuso, often thought of as the moment before and after training in the dojo. A time to clear the mind for the training and a time to reflect on that training is completed in the dojo. Show More Summary

Kakie (Okinawan Sticky Hands)

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) IN my recent studies through Rory Miller’s latest book about drills he talks about the use of our tactile system, i.e., he talks about more than mere sticky hands as oftenShow More Summary

A New Term

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Caveat: This article is not personal, it is not meant to say that Hansen Sensei or any of his fellow martial artists and karate-ka are anything less than professional, proficient and worthy of their grade and expertise - I am just questioning the term used and how it is used and explained. Show More Summary

Deescalation/Avoidance

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Take into consideration the sub-principle of mind-body, i.e., the mind leads the body and the body effects the mind. A duality that works as a single symbiotic unit yet also has distinct individualized ways and processes. Show More Summary

Resistance to Change

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) “Resistance to change is a survival characteristic, but in its extreme form, it is poisonous - and suicidal.” Zen Saying Ahhh, the final piece of the puzzle falls into place (not really final but hey, attention getter) and it is about survival once again. Show More Summary

Traditional Karate and 100 Kata Day

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) I use to feel that 100 kata day was not karate, not beneficial and more a sales process than anything yet I finally came to realize why it is beneficial and although not aShow More Summary

Transitions

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) This aspect of self-defense is discussed but in most SD programs only in passing when teaching technique-based programs. At least to my perceptions and to my limited exposure to such programs. Show More Summary

The Teaching Way: A Karate System

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) The Teaching Way/Teachings (Kyo-do [ ?? ]) A Karate System (Karate Kei-do [ ???? ]) There is a difference between a system and a style, i.e., a style is a manner of doing something;...Show More Summary

About the Dojo: Its Mystic

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) A dojo, the very name itself, is a draw to folks, i.e., Asian in origin and has a mystical feel and meaning to it that strikes the cord in those who join. It also smacks of...Show More Summary

Self-Defense: Folding Utility Knife

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) You would think as guy I would be aware of most or all types of tools but lo-n-behold I'm in the hardware store and find a "folding utility knife" with belt clip. Of course,...Show More Summary

Honoring the Master

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Honestly, I hold a great deal of regard for Tatsuo-san not because he created a system and not because he taught it to U.S. (pardon the pun and symbolism but he did teach us, from the U.S., right?). Show More Summary

Goals vs. Systems

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) “A goal is a specific objective that you either achiever or don’t. A system is something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of success in the long run. If you do something every day, it’s a system. Show More Summary

Awareness and Environment

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Lets begin by addressing our environment often, in martial arts, thought of directly as our location when we are attacked or facing some sort of conflict regardless of whether it leads to avoidance of physical violence. Show More Summary

SFROE (Self-[deff-off]Fense Rules of Engagement)

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) ROE or rules of engagement is a term used by the military forces that provide rules or directives defining circumstances, conditions, degree, and manner in the use of force, or actions that might be applied in certain circumstances. Show More Summary

Karate’s Cognitive Blindness Syndrome

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Here is how this works: An issue has the community divided into two sides. (Example: One side has some really dogmatic beliefs of their system or style while the other side,...Show More Summary

Close -n- Twist

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Close you eyes in seiza Mokuso and occasionally twist at the waist. Closing the eyes turns off your connection with the world and the twist opens the chi pathways for the flow...Show More Summary

Martial Arts/Karate Seminars

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Every time I read about an upcoming seminar and see the comment, “You will leave this seminar with the knowledge you can take back to your dojo. - GUARANTEED!” I get a little feeling of something not quite right but not really wrong. Show More Summary

GAVSD & Influence Principles

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In a recent email from Mr. Alain Burrese he stated: “Nearly every physical attack is preceded by a mental assessment (him sizing you up), and then a verbal exchange. This stage of Violent Crime is called ‘The Interview’, where your attacker will decide if you are safe to attack. Show More Summary

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