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Why Styles Don’t Matter for Self-Defense

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In truth, as I believe; as I stated a time or two; as I have written in various articles styles are personal labels and symbols to a person’s perception and distinction asShow More Summary

You Can Lead a Horse to Water … But …

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) How many times have I heard this meme in my life? I can remember hearing it even in my pre-teen days, coming from my mother and father when they wanted to get the point across as to how stubborn I was and how that resulted in my refusals to change even the simplest and easiest of things. Show More Summary

Morality vs. Fairness: A Conundrum in Communications for Persuasion

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Let me preface this article with some quotes and a link, quotes from a blog by Scott Adams about persuasion (read the full article here http://blog.dilbert.com/post/157277690511/how-to-persuade-the-other-party...Show More Summary

Alternatives, It’s All About Alternatives

If we ignore or discard expressed alternatives we will fail, we fail to have data to analyze; we fail to develop the ability to hypothesize about the data we decide to analyze; and we then fail to synthesize new things from our hypothesis process. Show More Summary

Fear - continued

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Lets talk about fear, does that make you feel fearful? Does that make your stomach churn, your heart pick up its pace or sweat ooze out of your palms? In a nutshell fear, “Is...Show More Summary

Anger - continued

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In a more terse form it is defined as, “A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.” It is not about a threat, nor hurt but rather about our perceptions of being provoked, being hurt emotionally or being threatened. Show More Summary

Optimal Student-Teacher Ratio?

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) There are many, many studies out there and most deal with the educational system that demonstrates bias due to the conditioning and education of those teachers and educators. Show More Summary

Chivalry is Dead; Long Live Chivalry

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In Japan, it is customary for the woman to walk three paces behind the man. Does this sound familiar? Is it possible that this three steps behind may have a meaning other than...Show More Summary

The Truth of Kata

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) “The masters who developed and refined kata did not want them to be sterile masterpieces, imitated forever with no creative input, nor were they designed to teach the practicalities of combat. Show More Summary

Muga no kyochi

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Ever hear the term, ‘mushin?’ How about, ‘muga mushin?’ Muga-mushin [ ???? ] is a state of mind whereby the adept martial artists is able to allow the mind, body and spirit to work in a unified manner as wholeheartedly as one. Show More Summary

Active Listening in the Dojo ?

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Active listening is the type of listening very few humans actually engage when in group communications. Most when they hear the very first perceived personal connection toShow More Summary

WORD PLAY: Hinkaku is about Character

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Hinkaku [ ?? ] the characters/ideograms translated to, “Dignity; quality of character.” The first character translates to, “Refinement; goods; dignity; article,” the second...Show More Summary

Age Forty-Two

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In a recent article written by a leading proponent of the traditional Koryu practices, Dave Lowry, speaks to the age where one transitions from one stage to another - a point of a certain type of maturity. Show More Summary

OPINION PIECE: What exactly is a Grand Master ...

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Well, mastery is a most awesome goal in the study and practice of martial arts and karate and that is a given but where I lean toward hesitancy is using master and grand master as titles to recognize a most fallible human being. Show More Summary

Pro’s and Con’s of Adrenal Rush

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, is a stress hormone secreted by the adrenal glands on the kidneys. An adrenaline rush is a sudden increased secretion of adrenaline from the adrenal glands. Show More Summary

Budo (Martial and Karate) Spirit

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) “It has become ingrained in many people—karate practitioners and the general public alike—that karate is some kind of mystical art.” - Dave Lowry, Spirit: How Important IsShow More Summary

The Critical Stage of Karate

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) “The period immediately following a karate practitioner’s promotion into the ranks of the yudansha, or ‘black-belt holders,’ is a critical one.” - Dave Lowry, The Black Belt...Show More Summary

IDEA'S: Swords in the Karate Dojo?

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Why would I add in the use of swords in the karate dojo? Because, as eloquently presented by both Marc MacYoung and Dave Lowry the sword introduces an interesting mind-state to the practice when the sword is introduced into karate drills. Show More Summary

Bunkai - A form of Practice

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) “If you liken the technique to a length of chain, you are gradually removing links, breaking it down so it can be studied piece by piece.” - Dave Lowry, Learn by not Doing What this practice method attempts to do is isolate the many components in a technique. Show More Summary

Kiai - Historically Speaking

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Well, not to be dissuaded or disappointed and as some might expect there is not much out there on the practice and art of the “Kiai” of martial arts and especially karate.Show More Summary

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