Articles

Sensei Keeling began publishing articles on Karate in 1998 and wrote them monthly for many years. Here are many of his old articles (most of them updated to various degrees), with new ones being added. (ongoing process; please be patient) Please note that this section of the website is set up such that when you click a link, it opens in a new tab.

Basic Technique

Zenkutsudahi

Kokutsudachi

Kibadachi

Basic Principles

C-Stepping

Turning on the Heels

Ageuke

Commercial Karate

Don’t Train Like the Pictures

Elevators and Escalators

Hikite

Hip Rotation

Hip Timing

Just Shut Up and Train

Back to Basics

Intermediate Technique

45 Degrees

Alignment

Contraction and Expansion

Embusen

Kata Applications

Kata Tempo

Kumite Timing

Kumite Training

Muscle Memory

Nukite

Reaction Training

Self-Training

Spinning

Tension vs Relaxation

The Core

Timing of Arm and Hip

Fist Rotation

Advanced Technique

Blocking Timing

Cheetahs and Gazelles

Chickens

Hip Vibration

Inside- vs Outside-Stances

Jiyuu Kamae

Pushing and Pulling

Reference Points

Single Techniques vs Combinations

Target Penetration

Tension Timing Part 1

Tension Timing Part 2

Tension Timing Part 3

Think Outside the Box

Timing of Arms and Legs

Mind-Body Connection

Look and Feel in Karate – Part 1

Look and Feel in Karate – Part 2

Look and Feel in Karate – Part 3

Teaching

Motivation

No Holds Barred

Nutrition

Resolutions

Responsibility

Senses

Strength Training

Stretching

Team Competition

Tournaments

Value

Why Do Karate?

Analogies

Angles

Contingency Plans

Criticism

ForgetAboutIt

Gung-ho

Progression From Basics

Standards

Teacher-Student Relationships

Teaching Different People

Teaching Martial Arts

Time Management

Tournament Judging

Training Self-Tests

Who Should Teach Whom

Traditions

Training Barefoot

Bowing

Dojo Etiquette

Empty Your Cup

Equality

Exams

Japanese

Kiai

Lining Up

Looking Pretty

Makiwara

Showing Respect

Training in Japan

What’s Wrong with Kata?

Tangents

Book Reviews

Breathing

Challenge

Dehydration

Floor Surfaces

Injuries

Inspirational Karateka

Keeping Track

ESP

Gedan-barai Habits

Big Muscles

Good Enough