For most traditional karate-ka, kata is the foundation of karate.

What is the purpose of kata in karate? For most traditional karate-ka, kata is the foundation of karate. But why is that? . The trouble with determining the purpose of kata, is that the purpose you find in kata is directly related to your understanding and your training focus. The key to the purpose of…

Nana korobi ya oki

When you’re pursuing a worthwhile goal it’s almost inevitable that at some point you’ll think one or more of the following: “This is harder than I thought it would be.” – “Why is this taking so long?” – “I’m getting nowhere with this.” – “I keep failing at this goal.” – “I can’t do this….

You have to factor in your opponents reaction.

The martial arts require demonstration to supplement the whole teaching process. I get it. I demonstrate to my students. However, I always incorporate some level of failure into my demonstrations. Why? Because a real life attack is unpredictable, chaotic, vicious, and brutal. Your techniques will probably not go as planned and you may have to…

You can still get things out of attending class just as a spectator.

We know injuries are inevitable, and are usually perceived as a huge bummer when time is needed off from training. But with every injury is opportunity, and continuing to show up to class is one way of capitalizing on them. . We learn from watching, everyone is at least somewhat of a visual learner, and…

Most instructors are not trained to observe intentionally.

Most instructors are not trained to observe intentionally. . When students are in your presence, not just when they are training, practicing or competing, it’s a time to see, evaluate and give feedback. . As instructors you need to learn to become a good watcher and listener, you’ll be rewarded with a wealth of information….

Remind yourself daily: “I AM WHAT I THINK”.

Mental training in the martial arts is often overlooked, with many practitioners spending very little time on this important aspect of training. . According to oriental culture, what affects your mind affects you body, and this can be seen and experienced in everyday life. . Negative thinking rewires your brain and makes you miserable, makes…

Knee injuries are a major concern in the martial arts.

The knee is the largest joint of the body, and is vulnerable to a variety of injuries. Since it is a complex joint, care must be taken to evaluate any knee injury. . In martial arts, and many other athletic endeavors, injuries can be devastating. Knee injuries are the leading cause of long term disability…

You have to look deeper, the next level

To improve at anything, you must push yourself beyond your comfort zone. When you put sustained effort toward improving, you will grow. This is the logic behind ‘deliberate practice’, a research-backed tool introduced by researcher Anders Ericsson. His research has shown that HOW you practice matters much more than how MUCH you practice. Real martial…