Maximizing Your Karate R-O-I*

Congratulations!  You’ve finished the introductory program, completed the paperwork and received a new crisp white gi. You’re a full-fledged karateka. Welcome to the path/way of the empty hand. Btw, it’s not really “empty”, but vast, infinite, large enough to fill the sky. So let’s focus on a few things that will help maximize your *return-on-investment…

White, yellow… black and red

There is a dual ranking system in martial arts: Koryu (traditional, battlefield-ready methods with kepan or blood-oath); and Gendai Budo, sometimes called Shin Budo (skills of personal development acquired through martial practice).  While the latter was tied to a membership price or sizeable donation, it shouldn’t be misconstrued as teachers compromising their standards, but instead,…

Ancient Martial Wisdom for the Modern Samurai

 What is a martial art? A.   A practice that incorporates blocking, punching, kicking or throwing a partner using bare hands and/oresoteric weapons. B.   A physical discipline encompassing time-tested personal protection techniques and regimens to improve strength, flexibility, coordination and cardiovascular capacity. C.   Recreational pastime or sport.   Answer:  all of the above, however none completely defines what really constitutes a martial art and more importantly, how a classic combative system can…