Interviews with martial artists and other interesting individuals.
I’m very pleased to present this interview with Jared Andrukanis. Jared is a longstanding member of Anthony Bourdain’s team, having been involved in both No Reservations and Parts Unknown. In Season Six of Parts Unknown, Jared was on the ground with the crew in Okinawa to help capture some of the culture, food, and martial arts of [...]
This is a continuation of the interview with Katherine Loukopoulos Sensei. In Part 1, Loukopoulos Sensei discussed some of her earliest martial arts experiences and some of the challenges she faced as a woman in a predominantly male environment. In part 2, Loukopoulos Sensei dives more into her experience in Okinawa, motivations for traveling [...]
I’m pleased to present this interview with Katherine Loukopoulos Sensei, a globally renowned karateka, particularly noted for her breadth and depth of kobudo knowledge. In a time when martial arts doors were often closed to women, Loukopoulos Sensei showed incredible bravery and fortitude to pursue her training and prove herself to multiple [...]
This is a continuation of the interview with Ann Marie Heilman. Part 1 of the interview can be found here. In this segment, Heilman Sensei discusses what it was like meeting Odo Seikichi of Okinawa Kenpo and how it changed the direction of her martial arts career. She also contemplates the meaning of being a Hanshi in karate and her growing [...]
I’m very pleased to present this interview with Ann Marie Heilman, senior practitioner of Okinawa Kenpo Karate and Kobudo. Heilman Sensei has spent over 45 years training and leading the way for women in the martial arts. In addition to being a skilled martial artist, Heilman Sensei is a formally educated psychology and special needs [...]