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...

The Karate-do Mindset

‘Karate is like boiling water, if you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.’  –Funakoshi Gichin, The 20 Precepts The study of bujutsu (martial arts) is no temporary effort. Though some benefits of practice manifest quickly, true mastery is a lifelong quest. Early in our practice, we’re taught that the body, mind and...

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...

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...