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  • Masters of Karate: Chojun Miyagi

    Masters of Karate: Chojun Miyagi

    We know the name Miyagi from the famous Karate Kid movies, but do you know the man behind the name? Pat Morita played masterfully the part of the humble karate sensei in the Karate Kid series, but did you know that there is a real karate master who inspired the Mr. Miyagi of the silver screen? His name was Chojun Miyagi and he was the real deal! He was an authentic master of the Chinese hand, Tode, as it was known then during his time pre-Japan introduction to the art. He was born into a wealthy family on Okinawa and Miyagi was known for his humility and wisdom, like that of his counterpart on the big screen. Miyagi was the primary inheritor of his sensei’s art, ....

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  • Masters of Karate: Manzo Iwata

    Masters of Karate: Manzo Iwata

    The name Manzo Iwata and Kenwa Mabuni, the founder of Shito-ryu Karate are intrinsically tied together in the history of Shito-ryu. Manzo Iwata was 18 years old when he officially became a student of Mabuni at Toyo University in the year 1941. He was born in Tokyo on February 9, 1924 to a a wealthy tea merchant family. Iwata would gain his first exposure to Shito-ryu Karate at a festival of martial arts at the young age of 10 years old. During his teen years he trained in the traditional arts that were most popular for Japanese boys at that time in Judo and Kendo. Upon entering the University and beginning his training with Mabuni Iwata would discover his passion for the art of ....

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  • So You Want to Quit?

    So You Want to Quit?

    So you want to quit? So what! I’ve been there myself a thousand times too! And I’ve come up with a thousand reasons why I should quit my training, but all it takes is just one good reason why I must continue. The reasons like “I just don’t have the time” or “I can’t continue because ___________,” fill in the blank, are just excuses. Excuses should never over power are reasons. Reasons to stick with and achieve a noble goal like being a black belt take thought and consideration and effort. Your reasons should be like the pillars of a great bridge. You’ve got to know them and you must dig them deep into your conscience ....

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  • Karate Ni Sente Nashi

    Karate Ni Sente Nashi

    What differentiates karate from fighting and the many other martial sports? This one phrase, “Karate Ni Sente Nashi” meaning, “In Karate there is no first attack” defines karate and its true purpose. Karate is a defensive art with devastating moves that are reserved for only the most dangerous situations. Did you know that most rattle snakes when they bite do “dry bites.” They don’t release their devastating poison every single time they strike. Similar the karate master has incredible potential for injuring and severely wounding an opponent, but like the rattle snake with increase in potential also comes an increase in self-awareness and ....

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  • What is Kata?

    What is Kata?

    What is kata? Kata is the breadth and width of karatedo. It’s depths have been plunged to only discover there is further to go in your study and understanding of the art which you have dedicated yourself to master. Every move has a meaning and every position and contraction of your muscles and breathing has a purpose. Kata is the heart of karate and it’s a treasure trove of learning only for the brave who choose to persist and not give up until after they have practiced and practiced some more to have the kata surrender its gems of knowledge preserved within its techniques from the masters of old. It’s a time capsule of knowledge and a journey to another time ....

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  • 9.5 Reasons Why Adults Should Do Karate!

    9.5 Reasons Why Adults Should Do Karate!

    Here are my 9.5 reasons why adults need to participate in karate. We all may have goals, but I believe it is of great importance to not only have a goal, but to know the reason behind that goal. Knowing the “why” behind every goal can keep you going and motivated when life gets tough! So here they are, my 9.5 reasons why you need to do karate… 1. Exercise: Everybody needs a way to give their body daily exercise! Karate is a great way to get a total body workout and one that has many layers to it. Karate is not just about “pumping iron” but about much more than that. Karate also trains the mind and builds the spirit! Unlike many sports, ....

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  • When Reaching New Goals, You've Got to Let Go of Past Failures!

    When reaching for your new goals, please remember to not hold onto past failures. Many of us have that little voice in our head when we try and attempt something new that says, “What are you thinking! You can’t do this!” If you’re like me, you may tend to remind yourself of all the reasons why you can’t achieve your goal instead of the reasons why you can and the reasons why you should attempt to reach your new goal. Sometimes we can be our greatest obstacle on our path to achievement. We can talk ourselves out of a goal while we talk down to ourselves and let our thoughts drift to remind us of how we could never achieve this, or become that. We ....

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  • Keep Climbing!

    Keep Climbing!

    Boxing legend Joe Frazier once said, “Champions aren't made in the ring, they are merely recognized there. What you cheat on in the early light of morning will show up in the ring under the bright lights.” The same can be said of black belts. Black belts are not made on the day of their graduation, they are made daily under the sweat and toil and the ups and downs of daily training and life. Hard work and discipline is what it takes to make a black belt and that can be said of any goal worthy of your attention and your dedication to achieving. What you do and how you do it repeatedly, is what’s going to show up when its time to show what you know. You want to be ....

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  • Five Tips To Train Like a Hungry Tiger

    Five Tips To Train Like a Hungry Tiger

    If you want to be a beast in class and at your next belt exam, here are my five tips so you can train like a hungry tiger! Consider these five points for your future improvement. Point #1 Kiai! Your kiai shows your fighting spirit. If you don't have a strong kiai, then the likelihood that you will be able to use your karate in self-defense is slim. Why? Because a big part of the fight is attitude and your kiai reveals your attitude and intensity towards protecting yourself. If you want to improve your kiai, I suggest you start with reading my article on it here... Point #2 Zanshin. ....

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  • Sound Like A Wimp Or Shout Like A Warrior?

    Sound Like A Wimp Or Shout Like A Warrior?

    Kiai! Shout! Your kiai is your karate shout! It literally means, convergence of energy, a nd you either have it, or you don’t. If you don’t have it, the good news is that you can develop it and you don't have to sound like Bruce Lee. A loud kiai may go against your nature. You may be inclined to keep it quiet in your training and that’s okay, but if you are ever to develop the fighting spirit it takes to win, you must develop your kiai. Your kiai says a lot about your fighting spirit. It expresses that grit and tenacity that’s deep within. It is a yell that comes deep from within one’s spirit. And within your kiai is expressed the will to never ....

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