Category: Interesting

4 Powerful Mindsets of Traditional Karate

Everything begins in the mind.

If your mindset is wack, you can’t even get out of bed in the morning

Karate is no exception. The art of Karate involves many states of mind. Today I’d like to share 4 with you: Shoshin, Mushin, Fudoshin and Zanshin. Check it out…

1: Shoshin (Beginner’s Mind)

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The 3 Most Common Reasons Why People QUIT After They Reach Black Belt

Achieving a black belt in any martial art requires tremendous amounts of time, effort, and dedication.

So why is it that there are people – and quite a few of them, too – who drop out shortly after they reach that coveted belt? Let’s take a look at 3 important reasons why this happens.

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I still remember pulling up to the dojo on that Friday for the first time.

I sat in my car for a while, contemplating what I was about to do. Questioning myself. “Am I too old to be starting this”? I almost didn’t get it out. I was going to start up the car and go back home. Can you imagine if I did? How different things would be now! I can’t even begin to express how happy I am that I made the right choice and stepped inside Sensei Steve Fogarasi’s dojo.


In this short time I have learnt more about myself than if I was in therapy. I have made new friends, gained some confidence (with a way to go) and most of all, I have learned valuable lessons that have not only helped me in the dojo, but in life as well. Continue reading “Mokuso”

In Kyokushin Karate, True Victory is Victory Over The Self

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Last Monday was an amazing evening of training at Contact Kicks.

I was exhausted after a long intense day at work, and honestly didn’t think I had the energy to train. However, once the class begun, the energy of the dojo and the energy coming from Sensei Steve Fogarasi and the Sempai invigorated me, and everyone else around me.

It was Monday and a lot of Kihon drilled over and over until your shoulders ached from tsuki and legs felt like lead weights from kicks. With kiais from the full class and Sensei inspiring us on, the energy intensified. Continue reading “In Kyokushin Karate, True Victory is Victory Over The Self”

The ART in Martial Arts & Kyokushin Karate

While drilling basics, with the focus mid-way in class on kicks,

we were all lined up with Sensei Fogarasi calling out the various kicks, which would then perform 30 of, per side, with kia! When we reached Yoko-geri, the side kick, Sensei Fogarasi began correcting us on form and technique.

ART in Martial Arts

Sensei demonstrates and his kick is a phenomenal thing to witness. Continue reading “The ART in Martial Arts & Kyokushin Karate”