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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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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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“Look and Feel” Part 3

“Look and Feel” in Karate Training – Part 3 Kumite (Sparring) In the previous two articles of July 2005 and August 2005, I presented different ways of exploring “look and feel” when working on kihon (basics) and kata (forms). In this article, the last of a 3-part series, I will address the subject of kumite. […]

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“Look and Feel” Part 2

“Look and Feel” in Karate Training – Part 2 Kata (Forms) As noted in my July 2005 article, techniques and movements can be improved by watching and also by “feeling” the position or movement. In kata, the ideas of looking and feeling can be practiced at yet another level. In the past few years, it […]

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“Look and Feel” – Part 1

“Look and Feel” in Karate Training – Part 1 Kihon (Basics) Whether or not we train in front of a mirror, we all look at ourselves during our training; some people more than others. Watching what you are doing can help improve performance. But it can also detract from the idea of “feeling” the technique/movement, […]

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Teacher-Student Relationships

Teacher-Student Relationships   Should teachers and students be allowed to date? No comment. That is not what this article is about. As I have discussed in previous articles, there are different general methods of teaching and different methods of learning. Instructors can teach in different ways and students learn in different ways. Matching these types […]

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