“No fight [is] perfect that is not done in force and true time.”

“My police work influenced my drive to seek practical application practices and not be content with simplistic explanations that might not survive the rigor of an actual confrontation.” (End quote) – Taira Masaji 9th dan Goju Ryu . A technique might work very well against somebody who is your friend in the dojo, using only…

Kamiza, Shimoza and Tokonama.

Kamiza, Shimoza and Tokonama. . The kamiza (上座) is the “top seat” within a room, meaning the seat of honor; the opposite, the shimoza (下座) meaning “bottom seat. Tokonoma (床の間) means “space of display””. . In Western culture, the most important person traditionally sits at the head of the table, whether the occasion is a…

“It’s not only techniques but also your attitude.”

“It’s not only techniques but also your attitude.” – Teruyuki Okazaki 10th dan Shotokan (1931–2020) . . You always have a choice. It’s a wonderful thing to know that at any moment you have the freedom, the ability, the power to choose what to do. How to train or workout, practice at home, whether to…

Physical punishment as discipline is ABSOLUTELY WRONG.

Things have changed over the years. When I began my training in traditional martial arts, some of the instructors were mean. They went out of their way to inflict pain on you, many of them made you feel useless, being unable to grasp a technique or kata. They ordered and shouted at you like military…

BELIEF starts with “YES I CAN.”

How many times do you hear students in your dojo or school say, “I can’t”? Doesn’t that phrase make you cringe? I always tell my students; “Don’t say you can’t, because you can. Just say you’re going to try.” . As teachers, the most important and rewarding part of our work is to recognize the…

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? There are those who argue against too many dojo, associations, world or international. That anyone outside of Okinawa or Japan should be remonstrated for naming their dojo or association by an asian name. Are we to believe that “one size fits all”? . It isn’t a style or the name of…

Your BEST is always enough.

We have all heard, “always do your best.” Whether it came from our parents, a teacher or instructor, doing our best has always been a precept echoed throughout our lives. But what does doing your best really mean? And is it even possible to always do your best? . Emphatically I say yes, yes it…

What motivates students to learn and how can we encourage them?

  “The reason why I’ve continued it this far is it’s simply I just like it….. I just love training karate.“ (End quote) – Masao Shinzato 8th dan Matsubayashi-ryu . What motivates students to learn and how can we encourage them? . Students may be motivated by their interest in a topic, their prior success…