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One Strike in Karate - Revisited

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) “Never trade blows with your adversary. Never strike anyone, but, when you must, you strike only one blow, but such a harsh one that your adversary can never, ever, strikeShow More Summary

Outside the Box: Giri (Obligation)

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In a long ago movie about the Japanese Yakuza a character responds to an inquiry on the meaning of giri as, “The burden hardest to bear.” In addition, addressing concerns by...Show More Summary

Analysis, Hypothesis and Synthesis

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Orientation - Decision: of OODA; Analysis and Synthesis are a part of our orientation process; Hypothesis is a part of the decision process and often leads to a decision toward...Show More Summary

Sparring is NOT Fighting

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Remember, a real fight is often either a social monkey dance or a predatory like adrenal-chemical stress-flooding event that takes you totally and completely by surprise where you are in the midst of being pummeled, crowded, unbalanced with total loss of structure. Show More Summary

and again it was largely worthless

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Kowakan Blog "The Worst Book on Karate Ever Written" And yet, if not for the Internet people like the author of the blog who expressed the disappointment and resentment ofShow More Summary

Your Martial Mastery, Where Does it Come From?

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Recently, I read another wonderful philosophical article from the Shinseidokan Dojo blog written by Michael Clarke Sensei. As I have come to expect, his philosophy triggers many kinds of thought and tends to make my mind think, thinking about things in my practice of karate. Show More Summary

Find Your Strengths

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) “Find your strengths, train your weaknesses!” - cejames We all have strengths and we all tend to lean heavily on those strengths and we all tend to lessen our focus regarding our weaknesses. Show More Summary

Group Bonding

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) The exposure to and test of physical exertion, psychological strain, and social embarrassment, i.e., often enduring beatings, exposure to the elements, thirst, eating of unsavory...Show More Summary

Joiner Effect

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) The joiner effect means as soon as you join, you just imagine your side is right all the time, even if they aren’t. I suspect it is about group dynamics of nature for the survival instincts humans need … to survive. Show More Summary

The Absolute and Only True Definition

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) The term I want to define is, ‘karate’. We always get a plethora of definitions and most are based on a personal perception and belief. We all succumb to the human trait of ‘confirmation bias’ when we define something that is often so very close to our hearts and beliefs. Show More Summary

What is Kobudo?

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Not too sure this question has ever been adequately answered, at least in the American versions of karate. I can tell you only that when I started to seriously study karate...Show More Summary

Primal Conditioned Response

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) I first read this one from the book by Marc MacYoung on defense and then I read, reading, a book on the psych of compliance where I read a phrase that coins ‘tapes’ and ‘standard sequence of behaviors’. Show More Summary

Reap What You Sow

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Yes, you have the right, you can do what you want and you also have to accept the fact that what you do always, ALWAYS, has consequences. You have the right and you are therefore required to reap what you sow. Show More Summary

Where is the Fluidity in Kata

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Watching a video of a high ranked karate-ka I wondered where the fluidity of movement and transitions are, why and where is the fluidity of the kata? Is fluidity actually a...Show More Summary

The Dan-i System: Why is it Important?

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) When you read this article I bet you are going to say, “I know all this crap,” but, truthfully, it isn’t always that obvious until you get it out in the open and you also won’t believe just how many out there today have no clue. Show More Summary

Ancient Olympics: Pankration

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Could this be the European version of karate when the Olympics began in Greece? I quote an article that says, “It combined two other popular sports of antiquity, wrestlingShow More Summary

All the sensei’s techniques and all the sensei’s skills

mean absolutely nothing if you are unable to train appropriately to the situation, the intent of your discipline being sport, combative or fensive. All the techniques, all the tactics and all the strategies cannot put things to right...Show More Summary

Traditions, So Important

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Family, Tradition, and Courage: those things that are handed down from generation to generation; those things that create, develop and adhere a culture to its people. In this...Show More Summary

Limitations

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Often limitations are self-imposed. In essence when we experience stimuli in our world that stimuli being either positive or negative causes us to react in certain ways - call it part of our flight or fight response (freeze, flight or fight if you will). Show More Summary

Ancient Olympic Games

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) I found in interesting article about the more ancient olympic games and these are the quotes that really struck a cord with me regarding how those ancient games were conducted. Show More Summary

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