SHAKEDOWN: THE SHIKO DACHI

One thing that I have come know in my forty-six years of teaching is that you can never know definitively who is right or who is wrong about a physical art like karate in a purely academic arena. In other words, talk can be cheap and it can also be misleading. The...

John K. from Greenwich, NY has the right idea. If you’ve got the power, why not show it! John is a long time black belt and a member of the distinguished ‘Sanchin Seven,’—a group of advanced martial art practitioners studying the internal principles of Okinawan...

THE ROLE OF A SPIRITUAL GUIDE IN THE MARTIAL ARTS

The material world that we are all so familiar seeing and touching is not all that comprises our reality. We know this to be true if we just think of the inner world of our own minds; our thoughts, desires, imaginations, memories, and intentions. We can’t ‘see’ our...

Imagination: A Teaching Tool

CHRONICLES OF THE DOKA#32 in a continuing series— 84 days in the teaching life of an American sensei in 1999) As Steve prepares to go, Paul emerges from the waiting room. Both men are musicians. Paul plays blues guitar. Steve is a passionate jazz pianist. I introduce...

THE TINKERER continued

CHRONICLES OF THE DOKA  Part 9 in a continuing series        Bang! The long awaited explosion happened. Mankind set out in a din and roar of dust, whoopees and ravenous desires. Their cries faded in the distance until the tinkerer could barely make out their small...

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