Skill Over Size: The Right Mindset For The Right Context Matters Most.

(Approx 1 minute 50 second read) This week, a potential student expressed concern about his low weight and its impact on the effectiveness of karate for him. . Does size give someone an advantage in a fight? . Height, reach, and weight play significant roles in combat sports, and most tournaments have weight categories to…

Embracing the Present Moment. The Art of Mindful Living.

(Approx 2 minute 20 second read) In many aspects of life, we strive to learn, improve, and feel confident in our abilities. With each step, we inch closer to our goals. But sometimes, a nagging doubt creeps in: “Am I even getting better?” This feeling can be paralyzing, fueling anxiety and hindering progress. . Dwelling…

No One Knows (But Apparently Everyone Has An Opinion).

(Approx 2 minute 10 second read) I have been practicing and teaching karate for over 50 years now, and I frequently share my experiences and thoughts through these articles. . At times, I encounter individuals who persistently seek answers, stating the same question on several different articles and messaging me privately, yet they refuse to…

Don’t Try This at Home: A Lesson in Common Sense.

(Approx 2 minute read) Continued from my recent article in response to reader comments about the idiotic idea of catching a sword, a ‘katana,’ in the palms of the hands. Mostly, the comments were sensible. However… you know what’s coming, right? . One comment suggested that I was mistaken, claiming it is entirely feasible. He…

The Open Mind: Key to Unlocking Your Potential.

(Approx 1 minute 40 second read) I receive numerous comments on my articles from people struggling to decipher their kata. This is understandable, especially when considering the implausibility of many modern performance ‘bunkai’ demonstrations. . A good starting point is to understand that “uke” does NOT mean block. Unfortunately, almost everyone is taught that it…

More Than Instruction: The Patience and Insight of a Skilled Teacher.

(Approx 1 minute 36 second read) We all know that the role of a good instructor is pivotal to learning and understanding. A skilled karate instructor goes beyond simply demonstrating techniques for the next grading. . As an instructor, a teacher, true proficiency lies in keenly observing and understanding each student’s unique path. . Unfortunately,…

Karate is not just about winning fights; it’s about winning in life.

(Approx 2 minute read) The world of martial arts is often romanticized through the lens of high-octane competitions like MMA. While these events showcase incredible athleticism and fighting spirit, they represent just one facet of a much deeper discipline. . A recent comment on one of my articles perfectly illustrates this point. I was sarcastically…

Sensei Says: Why We Quote Our Martial Arts Teachers.

(Approx 1 minute 40 second read) Have you ever noticed how, in martial arts discussions, people frequently preface their comments with, “My sensei always says…” or “Well, according to [Sensei’s name]…”? . This is a common occurrence in martial arts discussions, where the teachings of instructors are highly valued and frequently cited. . This isn’t…

Lineage vs. Teaching: What Really Matters in the Martial Arts?

(Approx 1 minute 35 second read) Lineage holds a significant place in traditional martial arts, signifying a historical line of teachers and students who have passed down knowledge and skills through generations. . This unbroken chain connects practitioners to the art’s origins and fosters a responsibility to preserve its legacy. . Studying under a master…