Ikigai

Do All Martial Artists Love Violence?

A lot of people are surprised when I tell them that I don’t get off on hurting others. They’re also skeptical when I say they don’t need to love violence to join a martial art. In conversation I never debate if martial arts are violent (they are) or if there are violent martial artists (there are). Instead I suggest that [...]


Karate

So Long, and Thanks for Blocking!

The quickest way to get hit by a good fighter is to block them. Can you visualize what happened just a moment before this picture was snapped? The leftside downward block should give you a big clue. The kicker sold the defender completely on a low technique – probably snapping a front kick before rolling right into a high roundhouse. [...]


Karate

How I Got My Ass Beat

When I was around 16-17 years old I received my Shodan in Okinawa Kenpo. It was a great experience and had me riding pretty high. Around the same time, I was actively participating in tournaments. Unfortunately, my youth and ‘confidence’ stopped me from thinking twice about the inevitable shift I would have to make from brown belt [...]



Martial Arts

Combat Tai Chi

I’ve been running into this concept of Combat Tai Chi a lot lately.  First, I read an interesting post over at Formosa Neijia discussing an obsession people are developing with the combat applications of Tai Chi.  Dave Chesser makes an argument that Tai Chi shouldn’t be thought of in the same context as marine combat. I also [...]