Month: August 2016

9 Reasons Why Martial Artists Are The Most Awesome People

The longer you practice martial arts, the more changes you see in yourself: mental, physical, spiritual, emotional changes — and before you realize it, you’ve become a completely different person.

You are now ready to take on any challenge life throws at you. This is what makes martial arts and those who practice it so awesome: it can fulfill your life in ways you never dreamed possible.

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Tensho by Mas Oyama (video)

Tensho is one of the older, more fundamental katas.


Tensho kata: Its origins are based on the point and circle principles of Kempo. It was heavily influenced by the late by Chojun Miyagi and was regarded as an internal yet advanced Kata by Oyama. The name means “rotating palms” and is regarded as the connection between the old and modern Karate.

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The Power of Do Mawashi Kaiten Geri (Kyokushin Wheel Kick – 胴廻し回転蹴り)

Do Mawashi Kaiten Geri (Kyokushin Wheel Kick – 胴廻し回転蹴り)

The Power of Do Mawashi Kaiten Geri (Kyokushin Wheel Kick – 胴廻し回転蹴り): A compilation of one of the most beautiful/dangerous kicks being used effectively in Full-Contact Karate, Kickboxing and MMA. Aside from the Spinning Hook Kick, this one in particular led me to many knockouts.

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Continuing on from last week’s article (which can be read HERE) this is the second part a two part article on ‘What Makes a Successful Dojo?’  by Liam Keaveney

WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL DOJO? (part 2): Grading success?

It goes without saying that the advancement of students through the grading system is a positive indicator as to the student’s progress and generally it should be accepted that this fact can contribute to the dojos success at many levels. However there is a need to emphasise the issue that the goal of a dan grade (or indeed any grade) is not the destination but only a journey – and the premise is worth repeating that once the level of black belt is reached then the training, learning and teaching begin at a different level – which detail could be the content of an article in itself. I have currently about nine or ten black belts training regularly and in some ways they are now “beginners” taking their training and understanding now to a greater level and depth. They have reached the first  (not the last) step of a long climb to further understanding and knowledge.

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For the few that ever open and run a club – the path is fraught with many obstacles, over many years if not decades. In those sometimes lonely evenings when you think – what’s gone wrong – as the number of students is less than expected and hoped for – you ponder on the meaning of a successful dojo. I gave this some thought a few years ago when it was suggested that we, in the BKK, have a league table of dojos and award points for participation and success in BKK Tournaments. You would then, it was argued, see at a glance the success or otherwise of a dojo within the BKK.  I was, and still am fundamentally against such a scheme as I think it overlooks the function and value of running a club and indeed the teaching of karate. To that end I tried to analyse what would or rather could be termed a “successful dojo” and that question itself raised more issues than I could find answers. I offer here just some personal viewpoints, which you may or may not agree with and I would be happy to hear your views – either way.

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