Kagami Biraki 2017

Kagami Biraki 2017

[youtube]https://youtu.be/L4oYGINQh1Y[/youtube]¬†Kagami Biraki, which literally means “Mirror Opening” (also known as the “Rice Cutting Ceremony”), is a traditional Japanese celebration that is held in many traditional martial arts schools...

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...
Do you remember your first training?

Do you remember your first training?

It’s been almost two decades since I’ve donned a karate gi. Not all 20 years were Kyokushin, regrettably. And it is with startling revelation that I’ve officially worn¬†my Karate gi longer than my Taekwondo dobok. I remembered my first Karate class...