The main goal of self-protection is NOT fighting.

“Winning is the reason why you compete and why sports exist, more than anything else. Is karate such a thing? Has karate been built on the principals of competition and winning? Or is karate based on forging a better person?” – Kenyu Chinen 9th dan Oshukai Shorin Ryu . Self-protection, which we usually refer to…

“I researched on my own and found the reason.”

“I researched on my own and found the reason….. So I tried experimenting with my students….. I realized its true meaning…” – Tatsuya Naka 7th dan JKA Shotokan . The main goal of a teacher should not be to fill the student with knowledge, but instead to guide them how to obtain knowledge through their…

Kata, IS the heart of karate. 

“We must be careful not to overlook the fact that kata, and the body positions that comprises them, are just templates of sort; it is their application in combat which needs to be mastered.” – Motobu Choki (1870-1944) . The term “bunkai” (分解), meaning ‘disassembly’, does not refer to a technique of any kind. It…

The Dojo. The place of the way.

In all professions and skills, there’s a certain point you reach after many years of work or dedicated training, when thoughts of going it alone come in to your mind. . Starting a new dojo is exhilarating. A world of possibility awaits, including the possibilities of incredible success…. or catastrophic failure. . There is never…

“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.“

Hard work always pays dividends. The amount of effort expended to reach a goal determines what you achieve. There are those however, who like to take shortcuts. . The poor work ethic shows in how you see life. It also shows in how you treat others, and the conditions of life you expect from them….

The journey doesn’t end……

“There are many people around the world who are good at ‘kata’. There are many people who are strong in ‘kumite’. Instead of strong or weak, or good or poor, I think it is meaningful to work hard.” – Akihito Yagi 8th dan Meibukan Goju Ryu . (I believe that Yagi sensei was inferring that…

Are traditional martial arts dying?

Are traditional martial arts dying? . Most martial arts were created at a specific period in time in ancient history to protect its practitioners from a civilian, non-consensual attack. Times have changed to a point where some martial arts training is no longer practical for today’s world. There are many martial artists who are unaware…