Mastering any movement starts with the whole picture.

(2 minute 2 second read) When reading anything, it’s crucial to approach it from start to finish, right? . Skipping to the end of a book might reveal “who done it,” but you’d miss out on all the best bits in-between. . Recently, a commenter on my article “The best fight is the one you…

“It’s not what you know, but what you do with what you know.”

(1 minute 55 second read) Practice has to go beyond rote repetition to a place of true comprehension and proficiency. . While repetition is undeniably important, without curiosity, how can you truly analyze your karate and delve into the depths of its principles, not just the techniques? . Curiosity is the key that unlocks a…

Why do you keep saying “OSU”?

(2 minute 10 second read) Communication can sometimes be ambiguous, especially on social media or in messages, when it involves terms or phrases that have different meanings or cultural connotations depending on the context. . The energetic ‘Osu’ is a familiar sound in karate circles. In many instances it’s meant to convey perseverance, respect, and…

“We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

(2 minute 30 second read) Many of the articles that I write are created to ask the reader to view, perhaps something different, and discuss the content in a polite discussion. . Yeah right, who am I kidding? This is social media. . An opinion is this: the beliefs of a single person based on…

Building Confidence & Safety: Why Children’s Self-Defense Matters.

(2 minute 40 second read) There are levels to teaching students, no matter the subject. But just because some of the students are at a lower level, or children, or beginners, what I do not agree with, is teaching something that is fundamentally flawed because of that level. . A comment on a recent article…

Five Steps to Nowhere? The Hidden Flaw in Traditional Five Step Sparring.

(2 minute 26 second read) Punch, block, punch, block; moving backwards and forwards – prearranged step-sparring. . Learning the basics to become proficient requires repetition, over and over again. However, it’s crucial that basics are realistic, wouldn’t you agree? . The movements contained within karate were never meant to receive an attack from another martial…

“Know the cause of your ignorance.”

(1 minute 35 second read) Have you ever encountered someone who seems completely stuck in their ways? Someone who refuses to consider any viewpoint but their own? That’s the hallmark of a closed mind. . And boy, have I had a few of these in the comments on my articles lately. . A closed-minded person…

WHAT?… Self-defense is not necessary?

(1 minute 45 second read) Recent comments on one of my articles, dismissed self-defense as unnecessary; “self defense never really necessary – [snip] – if someone want to rob my wallet or phone with knife, I will just give them away”. . Good tactics, but what if they want more? What if you are in…