初段なり Becoming Shodan

I went to bed the night of May 17th, 2019, mentally preparing for the impossible: I was going to test for shodan the next day. But I never made it »

How to maintain your Gi

Controversial statement time: If you've worn your gi to train, you should wash it. The two common gi materials, cotton and polyester, are bad news for different reasons. »

Why Kata?

If you walk into any traditional martial arts school, you'll see people doing kata. Kata are choreographed sequences comprised of methodical footwork, powerful blocks, and precise strikes. All techniques are »

Training Self-Defense with Point Sparring

It's often said that point sparring doesn't teach you how to fight. If you spend all your time training to pull punches and throw light strikes to "tag" your opponent, you'll be worse for wear in a self-defense scenario. »

心 Kokoro

It was midway through the spring of 2001 that I worked up the nerve to ask my mom if I could learn Karate. »