Personal Observations On Karate After 25 Years Of Training

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If you have been studying karate for any length of time now, you have probably come to realize many important insights from your training. From my own study of karate, I have come to notice many interesting lessons. I would like to share some of these insights with you in this article. 1. The most […]


How Karate Instructors Can Motivate Students In Three Easy Steps

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If you’ve been a karate instructor for any length of time you will no doubt know that your success in retaining your students comes down to one key factor – keeping your students highly motivated to continue training. How do you do this while still maintaining your focus on delivering a high quality program? The […]


Kihon Kata And Kumite The Three Ks Of Karate

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The educational system often talks about the ‘Three Rs’ of Reading Writing and Arithmetic. To a casual observer, one might say that the education system was flawed from the very beginning by the fact that it can’t spell! In Karate, however, we can spell, and the three Ks really are three Ks – Kihon, Kata […]


The Importance Of Effective Discipline In A Martial Arts Class

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One of the main reasons parents enroll their children in martial arts is discipline. You have seen it before. A parent enrolls their child in your class expecting you to suddenly and indefinitely whip them into shape so that they never answer back or behave badly. The problem is that their child has a limited […]


Karate Lesson 1 Developing Discipline And Self Control

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My most influential teachers always said the most important karate lesson was whatever fostered greater discipline and self control. They wisely pointed out, that with this foundation in place, everything else follows in natural order. I’m glad that people have started to ask about discipline and self control in karate, because it is not inherently […]


Targeted Karate Training Sessions In Your Own Home

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Whether you are just training yourself at home or want some extra practice away from the class setting, a Karate training DVD is invaluable. Not only have martial arts seen a big resurgence in Asian countries but the popularity of Karate and other forms for martial arts is exploding in western countries like never before. […]


Is Your Little One Ready To Become A Karate Kid

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Beginner level Karate Kids seem to be getting younger and younger nowadays. What is the right age to start the martial arts? Is your little one ready to become a karate kid? Back when I started practicing martial arts in the early 1980s in England the youngest child my local karate school would take was […]


Why Are Basics So Important In Karate

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“Do I have to practice this again? I know how to do it already. Why can I not learn the next punch and the next form? Do I still have to do the things that WHITE BELTS do?!?” Have you ever felt agitated with your instructor for having you drill basics when you already “know” […]


The Dos And Don Ts Of Karate Etiquette

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Have you ever walked into a karate school and wondered what all of the rigid hierarchy and bowing is all about? Are you currently a new member of a karate studio and are wondering what all of the foreign words and chanting means? Or are you an avid student who still wonders what it all […]


Why Do We Have To Bow So Much

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In many karate schools around the world the traditional practice of bowing is being continued regardless of the country of origin and of whether the bow matches that country’s particular culture. The very act of stepping into a karate dojo or a Taekwondo dojang often means that you have entered into a mini-cultural experience that […]


What Is Sport Karate Part 1

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What is Sport Karate? Fighting Divisions In today’s terminology, Sport Karate (or Sport Martial Arts) is the application of competitive martial arts in a sporting environment, and has been around for a few decades. The two main categories/divisions of competition are Fighting and Forms, with this article focusing on the Fighting category. Part 2 will […]


The 8 Main Elements Of A Typical Karate Class

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Are you looking to join your local karate club or have you already taken the first step and signed up? If you haven’t yet visited your local martial arts school, you’re probably wondering what a typical karate class looks like. This article will break down the main elements of a good karate class. Obviously not […]


6 Common Doubts That Most Beginners Of The Martial Arts Experience

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The martial arts offer a very valuable journey of self-discovery. There are different stages within this journey all the way from beginner to black belt and beyond. At each stage there are different challenges and obstacles. This article will look at the common doubts that most beginners of the martial arts experience on their journey. […]


Which Martial Art Is The Best

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I’m often asked the question “Which is better, Karate or Taekwondo?”; “Which is stronger, Judo or Kung Fu?”; or more direct questions such as “Could you beat a Mixed Martial artist in a fight?” Thanks to the current popularity of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) we are seeing a showcase of different styles being pitted […]


Is That Karate School You Are Thinking Of Joining A Mc Dojo 4 Warning Signs That It Is

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The term Mc Dojo has come to be quite popular nowadays in the various martial arts business and trade journals and is a derogatory term used to describe certain types of martial arts schools. What are these types of schools and why is this term relevant to you as someone looking to get started in […]


Martial Arts Physical Techniques And Mental Discipline Part 1

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Martial Arts is the combination of physical techniques and mental discipline. It is used for self defense, body strengthening, relaxation, and even competition. Women often take martial arts classes to learn moves that will help them in the event of an attack. The moves of Martial Arts are designed for even a small woman to […]


Meet My Students New Best Friend Mat

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Everybody was Kung Fu fighting…except for Chester Rambo Zephaniac. The boy was clumsy, lazy, and not in my class out of free will. “Come take a karate mat,” I instructed him for the second time, as the rest of the class waited for him. He lugged his drooping body to the front and slowly….slowly…walked back. […]