Kakie – It’s all about the feeling.

“Kakie – It’s all about the feeling.” ?? . Two of our most committed students having some fun with ‘kakie’ practice at the Shuri Dojo. . While Japanese Karate approaches combat from a long distance range, Okinawan Karate prefers a close range. . ‘Tuidi’ is the Okinawan method of grabbing, seizing, twisting and dislocating an opponent’s…

Basics are everything.

“Basics are everything.” ?? “You can’t have a strong house without a strong foundation. The stronger the basics, the stronger the house – it’s as simple as that. Unfortunately a lot of practitioners don’t understand.” ~ Fumio Demura . . . ? Photo Credit: Martial Arts Digital

Study the old, understand the new.

温故知新 On Ko Chi Shin — “Study the old, understand the new.” . There is always something new to learn in traditional karate. Don’t stop learning because you have reached the first few black belt levels. . “Dan” (段) does not mean “degree”, it means “level” or “stage”, and 1st and 2nd dan are just…

Eliminate in your opponent the desire to keep fighting.

“The ultimate goal in a battle it is to eliminate in your opponent the desire to keep fighting.” . Your best defense is to use your brain. What really gets injured if someone insults you? Your pride, your ego? If you let it get to you so much that you want to throw down the…

Look in the mirror… that’s your competition.

“Look in the mirror… that’s your competition.” ?? . Minoru Higa 10th dan Shorin Ryu Kyudokan . Who are you competing with? . We’re all guilty of looking at other people and wishing we had what they had. Sometimes feeling jealous or thinking why not me? We sometimes even lie to ourselves and say “I’ve worked…

A closed door is not an ending.

“Sometimes, you need to close certain doors… not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they don’t lead anywhere!” . Patrick McCarthy Hanshi 9th dan Koryu Uchinadi . . Sometimes not all open doors lead to opportunities, we’ve got to close some doors in our lives because they don’t lead us anywhere. ….

Karate has throws and joint locks.

“As up to now [1938] karate has only partly been introduced in Tokyo, people who exercise karate in Tokyo believe that it solely consists of punching and kicking techniques. When talking about ‘gyaku-waza’ (locks) and ‘nage-waza’ (throws) they assume that these only exist in jūjutsu and jūdō. This way of thinking is exceedingly counterproductive with…

Fighting is what happens when self-protection goes bad.

“Remember, fighting skills aren’t the key to self-protection: fighting is what happens when self-protection goes bad.” ?? . . Self-protection, martial arts, and fighting, are not the same, they are related, but they are most definitely not the same. . As martial artists we need to understand the difference between these three concepts. They are distinctly…

Do not be consumed by the desire to want other people’s rank.

Do not be consumed by the desire to want other people’s rank. . Comparing yourself to people around you is a trap you can easily fall into. But, measuring your success in Karate by comparing belts with other people is a dead-end that only leads to frustration, jealousy and sadness in the long run. ….

Bringing practice to daily life. 

“Memorizing and regurgitating Bruce Lee’s words does not increase one’s intelligence. However, adapting his thoughts for one’s own actions gives life to his words.” – Linda Lee Cadwell . . It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you implement that effort into your life….. every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how…