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Useless padwork drills

There are many padwork drill videos on the Internet. You see lightning fast techniques performed by male, female and children alike. Most of these originate from modern martial arts. The layperson would be impressed by the speed of these drills. I am all for pad...

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...

Mt Mitsumine 2013

My trip to mitsumine Lost count of how many times to japan since the first mitsumine five years ago. Maybe 10? Day one Arrived 9 am honbu. Senpai Enami drove us there in an rv. I’ve never been inside an rv before. It’s cosy. The trip took four hours and...

Your first fight

You fight very well in class, yet freeze when you enter an official competition ring. You planned to do combinations, yet your punches/kicks seem to have no effect on your opponent. Some people thrive under fight stress, some just turn into jell-o, esp when they...

Head punch!

Training for head punch tournament started last Wednesday 23 June 2010. We started off by strengthening our necks to absorb the impact of punches. Neck strengthening drills were interesting, most of them partner providing resistance. On Friday, we practiced some head...