Kata

Kata in the Realm of Physical Fitness

Disclaimer: Please do not read, absorb, or look at the above comic. Hello, I would like to talk about kata in a serious and mature fashion. Mainly I want to focus on the use of kata as a valuable resource for physical fitness. Through all the discussions about ‘how good kata is for street combat’ and if it ‘instills warrior [...]


Bunkai

Soft Moves in a Hard World

Karate can be a board breakin, sweat drenchin, spirit shoutin kind of art.  That’s all good stuff, but it’s important to remember that there is a softer side to karate. A yin to the yang, so to speak. Soft techniques are, for some baffling reason, fairly under utilized in karate.  I think it’s because they are less visually [...]


Mindset

The Gift of Resilient Optimism

No matter how far I veer off course talking about martial arts santas or no-touch-knockouts, I always feel like I have to reign myself back in and ask – why practice martial arts? MA can be costly, taxing, aggravating, tiring, and discouraging.  Why bother with all that racket? I believe one reward is something called resilient optimism. [...]