Observing Seikichi Odo of Okinawa Kenpo

I never had the chance to personally train with Seikichi Odo Sensei. This is very regrettable. But don’t we all feel that way about those seniors who have passed before us? I bet there are men who Odo Sensei would have loved to train with, but never got the chance. Luckily, I have had the chance to study with excellent instructors who [...]


Practical Tips for Beginner Sparring

Breaking into sparring can be intimidating. If you’re joining a martial art school for the first time and you’ve never so much as thrown a punch at a live target, there can be a lot of doubts running through your head. If you do have fighting experience, the prospect of fighting at a new school can be equally as nerve wracking. [...]

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Goals (Now with Color Pictures)

I have an extensive commute to and from work these days: 1 and 1/2 hours. During that time, I enjoy/have to muscle through a lot of talk radio and music. Sometimes though, especially on my way home, I tune out those distractions and allow my mind to wander (don’t worry, the bulk of my attention is always on the road). Recently I got [...]


How to Begin Your Kata Immersion

Kata training is crucial to success in many traditional martial arts. It teaches muscle memory for technique, proper balance, theory of movement, and integration of body, mind, and spirit. Unfortunately, just going through the motions won’t allow you to reap all of the benefits. At its most basic level, kata is a great workout that can [...]