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Training in Japan

“What? You’re going to Japan, again?” I get this a lot. And it’s true. It doesn’t mean that I’m rich or well to do. My trips to Japan have never been about leisure. I stay in Airbnb apartments, take the train and eat 300 yen ramen...

Excuses, schmexcuses

So we have organized 3 international level tournaments already and it still amuses me that every tournament has their version of wannabes. Wannabes defined as participants who show great interest in participating in the tournament and then cancels last minute or is a...

It’s not fair

I was teaching kids the other day and one of them exclaimed, “No fair!” Ah…….the naivety of youth. Life, in general, is never fair. And it is sad that the boy who exclaimed this will come to this realization someday.   Even in karate, life...
Training together

Training together

    photo credits : Kyokushin-kan International I was busy with administration work yesterday and skipped training. By the time I finished the work, it was awkward and rude to re-enter the dojo. As I observed the class from the waiting room, I saw everyone...
Our last class of the year training

Our last class of the year training

It is tradition for Kyokushin-kan Malaysia to hold a marathon kihon session at the end of each calendar year. The author has gone through 100 repetitions of each kihon in the early days. 2014 holds no difference, where Shihan gave us the choice to perform either 2000...