Author Archives: Sensei Keeling

Upcoming Class Changes and Special Events

Current/Upcoming Events/Announcements: COVID-19 update: We have been offering virtual training options using ZOOM since even before the official shutdown. Virtual classes Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat, with classes in the dojo Tue/Wed/Thu/Sat and first Friday of the month. Currently, we have 19 classes/week; 11 youth classes and 5 adult classes (older/experienced teens can attend these) and 4 combined adult/youth […]

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Training Self-Tests

Training Self-Tests   (This article originally appeared in the August 2006 issue of Shoto-Mag.) Some of us, particularly those who are teaching others, often do not have enough time to train with other people, as much of our time is dedicated to helping others improve. And even when we do get a chance to work […]

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Tournament Judging

Tournament Judging   Acting as judge or referee at tournaments is a function some consider a chore while others welcome the opportunity to be involved in competition while not as a competitor.

Personally, I would rather be competing than judging. But for a variety of reasons, I have not competed for over 10 years and have […]

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What’s Wrong with Kata?

What’s Wrong with Kata?   According to most traditional karate practitioners, kata is a major conerstone of karate training. Along with kihon (basics) and kumite (sparring), many instructors make a point of including kata practice in almost every training session they lead. Kata can be a good workout, expand on our basics and offer some […]

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Think Outside the Box

Think Outside the Box (This article originally appeared in the October 2006 issue of Shoto-Mag.) Over the past several years, many Shotokan enthusiasts have discovered the joy of analyzing kata application possibilities. For me, this journey began in 1984, as I experimented with non-standard applications by myself between classes at the dojo. At the time, […]

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Gedan-barai Habits

Gedan-barai Habits   (This article originally appeared in the April 2006 issue of ShotoMag.) One of the first techniques we learned, gedan-barai (literally “lower-level sweep” but commonly known as “down-block”) is something we have all done many times. It is a very useful technique and its prevalence in Shotokan kata suggest that the masters of […]

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Big Muscles

Big Muscles   Do you work out a lot? Do you look like our (prior) California governor* in his prime, with gigantic pectorals and biceps? Unless your body is abnormally proportioned, no matter how much you are working out, the muscles of the arms and chest are probably not all that big, relatively speaking. The […]

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ESP

ESP   We have probably all seen it before. Some of us have experienced it first-hand. The old instructor spars with the much more athletic young tournament champion. The old instructor seems to be able to read the mind of the young athlete. The younger guy seems to be able to get in a few […]

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Good Enough

Good Enough   “Good,” I told my students, after calling a pause in their repetitions. “That’s good enough,” I tell them. “But is ‘good enough’ really all that good?” When you have the cable guy come out to hook up your TV and he shows up 2 hours late and takes another hour for what […]

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Cheetahs and Gazelles

Cheetahs and Gazelles   The cheetah is known as the fastest animal on land, able to sprint at 96 kph / 60 mph. The gazelle is a common target for the cheetah. Gazelles have horns that are of limited defensive use against a cheetah attacking from the rear or side. The gazelle is agile but […]

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