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In Karate, is it Senpai or Sempai?

Senpai or Sempai: Which is right?!

In written English you might have noticed with “せんぱい” the Japanese hiragana character “ん” sometimes  gets written as “n,”  like in “senpai,” while other times it is written as “m,” like in “sempai.” Which is right?!

Karate Senpai Sempai

As a reminder,  Senpai (せんぱい – or kanji 先輩) – [sem pi] is someone who is of a higher social standard, such as an upperclassman or upperclasswoman, someone of a higher age, or senior in rank. Sem or先means early, in advance, first or prior. Hai, 輩 means fellow, person, colleague, or people. Continue reading “In Karate, is it Senpai or Sempai?”

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Santa Monica Sensei – Tom Callahan

An Interview with Sensei Tom Callahan, 4th Dan, Head of the L.A. Branch of Kyokushin-Kan Karate

Tom Callahan has been successful in his life by just about any measure. With the release of this short film about him and his dojo, World Budo Arts. Continue reading “Santa Monica Sensei – Tom Callahan”

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With or Without Padding? That is the Question

The Martial Way kyokushin blog share with us this important Question of our time:

I have been off training for over a week due to moving, and having a nasty cold. I returned on Friday, and it felt really good to back at Contact Kicks Dojo with everyone. Friday’s at our dojo, like most Kyokushin dojo’s, really concentrates on kumite. It’s often referred to as “fight night“. This friday was no different. Continue reading “With or Without Padding? That is the Question”

10 Reasons Why Every Athlete in the World Should Meditate

With all the scientific evidence coming out in the past several years,

meditation is becoming something that can’t be overlooked. As anyone who’s ever played a sport knows, the biggest opponent is always inside. Meditation gives you ways to come to terms with this opponent.

It doesn’t matter what sport you play, any athlete can benefit from the positive benefits of meditation. Meditation research on athletic performance is still very much in its infancy. However, meditation has been shown to help in other areas that could relate to athletic performance.

Every professional coach in the world should be looking at the thousands of studies that have shown the effectiveness of meditation.

Here are a few reasons why every athlete should consider the practice.

Continue reading “10 Reasons Why Every Athlete in the World Should Meditate”

Five Things I’d Tell My White Belt Self

Maybe you started martial arts because you want to get in better physical shape.

Maybe you want to compete in tournaments. Maybe you want to learn to defend yourself. Maybe you just wanted a new challenge. Whatever your reasons are, you will hopefully benefit from the life-changing aspects of martial arts.

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Benefits notwithstanding, beginning martial arts training can be intimidating. No matter what physical shape you were in before, you will feel as clumsy as a toddler and as clueless as an earthworm at the beginning. You’ll mix up your left from your right. Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re crumbling under information overload. You’ll swear that you understand a concept, but your body just won’t cooperate. You’ll probably get frustrated, and you may even get bored…but I promise you it’s worth it! Continue reading “Five Things I’d Tell My White Belt Self”