Discover a new way to find and share stories you'll love… Learn about Reading Desk

All Blogs / Sports / Martial Arts / Karate / New

My Martial Art - Explained

I practice martial arts. That seems to those who read this blog and my posts as a redundant statement but I am about to clarify what it is that I practice to ensure clarity to many aspects of the posts herein this blog or blogs. First,...Show More Summary

Sport, Fighting, Combat and Self-Defenses

These are four distinctly different things. There is one thing that is common to all four. The one thing transcends things like systems, styles and techniques. What is the “one” thing? Weeelllll, the answer is quite simple once you hear it. Show More Summary

Clarification on Content

Just so you all know, much of what I write on does come from research and that research is as follows where the emphasis is what I write concerning self-defense. I HIGHLY and STRONGLY recommend these titles for your self-defense training and practice. Show More Summary

Violence - some thoughts

The I Ching of Life :-) I have been reading Marc MacYoung’s book, “In the Name of Self-Defense,” when it occurred to me that possibly, possibly, we as a society have actually provided for more violence over less by taking the tact that to “ignore” it that it will go away all on its own. Show More Summary

Drills or Kumite

The fundamental purpose of drills, i.e. paired practice using kata, etc., is to learn the fundamental principles of martial systems so when the time comes to actually apply technique in self-defense the practitioner will have encoded the principles as applied in karate. Show More Summary

FaceBook Too

Hey Everyone, apparently a good deal of the martial arts authors are moving to Facebook. Bet you guys already knew this huh? Well, I am staying with my blogs BUT often I do share articles on my “Okinawan Isshinryu” FB wall and on occasion I do put separate and different posts on FB alone. Show More Summary


Like “situational awareness,” avoidance is a lot more than merely avoiding a fight, an attack or the need for physical self-defense. Avoidance involves situational awareness and that subject, like avoidance and the whole of self-defense, is a lot more involved than one might think. Show More Summary

The Crescent Moon Step

An acquaintance in Isshinryu mentioned to me that some advanced practitioners when performing and/or demonstrating a kata and drill failed to perform the crescent moon step. The crescent moon step has a purpose and is a teaching tool much like the kata itself, i.e. Show More Summary

Comments - Anyone?

“It is not how I want the world to be, but yes there is a time and place for violence - even extreme violence.” ~ Marc MacYoung, “In the Name of Self Defense.” Bibliography: MacYoung, Marc. “In the Name of Self-Defense: What It Costs. When It’s Worth It.” Marc MacYoung. 2014.

High Kicks

High kicks for some unfathomable reason are used to symbolize any and all forms of karate. High kicks have even been adopted by those systems/styles so they can compete in karate tournaments and contests. High kicks are even taught as a main tool of self-defense. Show More Summary

Our Brains on Self-Defense

Our brains are some kind of complex system aren’t they? In order to simplify things in understanding how our brains work regarding self-defense some very knowledgable, intelligent and gifted persons have described the parts involvedShow More Summary

Tameshiwari [????]

The characters/ideograms mean, “Breaking bricks, etc., (martial arts).” The first character means, “test; try; attempt; experiment; ordeal,” the second character means, “proportion; comparatively; divide; cut; separate; split.” Apparently this training model was popularized by Sensei Masutatsu Oyama of the Japanese system of Kyokushin Karate. Show More Summary

Kinkotsu [??] (Chinkuchi [????])

The characters/ideograms mean, “Muscles (sinews) and bones; structure.” The first character means, “Muscle; sinew; tendon; fiber; plot; plan; descent,” the second character means, “skeleton; bone; remains; frame.” The term, “kinkotsu-ryuryu...Show More Summary

Side Straddle Hops (for Little Folks)

Ahhh, another exercise to add to the martial arts bunny hops. Think of side straddle hops but take them down to a squat position. Keep that squat position and do as many side straddle hops as possible. The same leg warnings for safety and health apply as the bunny hops in the previous post. Show More Summary

Bunny Hops

My recent foray into the world of the Spartan Race got me to thinking about my training. One of the early training exercises to strengthen the legs for martial arts was the “bunny hop.” I have begun to use them once again to augment my current martial arts training and practice. Show More Summary

Self-Defense: The Line; The Point

“The Line” is that line we don’t want to cross in self-defense that means you are not actually defending yourself but rather you are either fighting or committing acts of violence against another human being. When I say, “The Line,” I mean the one that keeps you within the guidelines of societies self-defense law. Show More Summary

USMC MWR or Special Services for 1950's through the end of the 60"

First generation students. We hear about a hand full but we seldom hear about all those military folks who attended Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei's dojo from the mid-fifties to the end of the sixties.I often wonder if that sign up listing is still obtainable. Show More Summary

Do I Still Need Shugyo

I am sixty years of age. I have practiced karate wholeheartedly since 1976, i.e., about thirty-eight years. I am a Marine and managed to successfully complete ten years starting in 1972 at Parris Island Marine Recruit training. I look at boot as my first real challenging shugyo. Show More Summary

Chinkuchi Pushups: Addendum

Read First: Read Second: As I have noted in previous postings on this subject, these are not easy pushups to do.Show More Summary

Necessary Violence

The line between necessary and unnecessary is very fine and it moves, a lot. It moves with each moment and each scenario. It is never the same and that is a huge defining line between violence and competition or sport. It is also a huge division between self-defense, fighting and combatives. Show More Summary

Copyright © 2011 Regator, LLC