Gojushiho Every Day

Neurologists and psychologists suggest that the human brain is designed to pick up on patterns. This tendency helps us make sense of the...

A Black Belt in Commitment

Just this past weekend Branden Strickland, a friend and fellow karateka, tied the big knot. Branden and Laura had an outdoor service that...

I Understand (But Not Really)

Sometimes the Japanese language seems endlessly complex to me, especially the writing of it. One word can mean 5 different things...

What is Tuite?

A little while ago I wrote an article for issue 5 of Jissen Magazine. In it I gave a brief overview of the main tools a classical karateka...

Tonfa (Tunfa): Weapon of Versatility

Among the ancient kobudo weapons of Okinawa, the bo and nunchaku have attained the most popularity. Despite that, the tonfa (tunfa, tuifa,...

How to Learn Kata Faster

My style, Okinawa Kenpo, has a hefty amount of kata. The late Seikichi Odo Sensei was a renowned collector of forms and worked hard to...

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