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 [...]


Enhance Your Bunkai – Scenario Thinking

Bunkai is a critical part of traditional kata training. In kata, a person learns a series of techniques strung together to form fighting concepts. Some kata contain many techniques, 30-40, some contain far less. But these techniques are merely a physical exercise if we don’t come to understand what they represent. Bunkai brings us to [...]