Karate is NOT only a striking art.

When karate began to move across the world in the early to mid 1950’s the training emphasis was almost exclusively on striking. Kata was not properly understood. . Even today you can still find karate dojo that teach kata without ‘bunkai’ (analysis/breakdown). Those first generation Western practitioners then went on to perpetuate the bias of…

Does size give people an advantage in a fight?

I had a question from a potential student this week who was concerned over his (low) weight and how effective certain styles were for him. . Does size give people an advantage in a fight? . Size does matter in the martial arts, but not necessarily in the way you might think. . Generally speaking,…

Not everyone is a true martial artist. Are you?

Someone once asked, why is it called ‘The Pit of Despair’? . It’s because we don’t want you to be under any illusions. This is where you will grade… and this is where we will try to break you. . l don’t mean physically – you will all be ready for that right? I mean…

My karate is SUPERIOR to yours.

My karate is stronger, tougher, more athletic…. it’s superior to yours! . Really? It’s superior in all things?….. . You have to define what you mean by “superior”. I’m assuming that when people say a “superior karate style”, they mean the best in terms of effectiveness and practicality…… But superior, WHERE? In the dojo? In…

There is NOT one system or style that is the best or ‘strongest’.

Recently someone tried to argue that their style of karate was the strongest. Bluntly informing me that because their athletes were successful in competition going back to the 1960’s, it was the ultimate, the strongest, and the best martial art. I tried to explain that there is not one style that is the best in…

What is conditioning?

“Karate is another reason for being fit. I can prove to you I can still perform karate at my age.” – Nakahodo Tsutomu 10th dan Uechi Ryu, born 1933. . What is conditioning? . Conditioning training is a ‘keyword’ that is often interchanged with the word ‘fitness.’ You’ll often hear martial artists talk about what…

“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….

“I can’t do anything but karate.”

  空手を続ける想い (Karate o tsudzukeru omoi) – To keep practicing karate means……. “Passing down the karate our great masters created to the next generation, and promoting it to the world: that’s our responsibility. . As Master Uechi Kanei said; ‘conditioning the body is important in karate’. Some people think karate is in the mind, but…