Category: Training

Rick Hotton

Don’t follow in the footsteps of the ancient masters, seek what they sought. Rick Hotton An innovative Karate instructor, Rick Hotton has been described as an ‘Artist who happens to be Martial‘. He is known as one of the great communicators of Karate. His breakdown and analysis of Karate techniques show much thought and a …

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Akihito Isaka

You must always think about how you build up the level of your kihon and how to achieve a higher level of kihon. Akihito Isaka Like many graduates of the JKA Instructors Course, Akihito Isaka is known for his exceptional technique. He is also known for stressing the importance of slow-motion training as a way …

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Musings: The Sempai/Kohai Relationship

I first came across this concept in the 1993 Michael Crichton film, Rising Sun, starring Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes. In the film, we see the informal relationship between the sempai (senior), Connery and his kohai (junior), Snipes, as they try to solve a murder. The sempai/kohai relationship is an integral part of Japanese culture, …

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Musings: Continuous improvement through a positive self-image

Kaizen is a Japanese word meaning ‘continuous improvement‘. This should be the goal of all karateka. However, what prevents many of us from achieving kaizen is a lack of a positive self-image. Karate by Jesse has a great post on controlling one’s self-image. In the post Jesse states: “To change your performance, you must change …

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Musings: Beyond your first Black Belt

The aim of most karateka is to reach the level of black belt. For some, this is seen as the pinnacle of their training. However, what does a karateka do when this goal is achieved? Typically attaining black belt is seen by many as being an indicator of mastery of one’s art. In my opinion, …

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Musings: The 5 aspects of physical training

Miyamoto Musashi, the great Japanese swordsman once wrote: The way is in training This is a basic requirement of all martial arts. When translated from Chinese, Kung Fu means “hard work“. To progress in the world of martial arts you must be willing to toil and sweat. If you are willing to put in the …

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Musings: Training for the over 40s

We live in a world geared towards the young. In the professional sports world elite athletes are considered over the hill after the age of forty. We also see this in the Sport Karate arena, where it is rare to see competitors over the age of forty, unless in a Masters event. However, martial arts …

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Musings: The need for speed

Speed, from a martial artist’s perspective, is the ability to react or move faster than your opponent. Although some people are naturally fast, speed is a skill that can be acquired like any other. It is important to remember that speed is not the same as rushing a technique. To become faster it is important …

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Musings: Should I be practicing right now?

  We all have moments when we don’t fancy training. The following graphic details the questions we should ask ourselves when struggling with motivation to train.

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Martial Arts News & Articles n.30

Welcome to another selection of posts and articles that have caught my eye. Please sit back and enjoy the current selection. The Master A nice little post describing what means to be called a master. Read more How To Relax in Karate Another brilliant post from Jesse Enkamp, describing the importance of relaxation in Karate. …

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