Sensei Pennell

Is My Style Better Than Yours?

Hey – what style of martial arts are you practicing there?  Hmm – I wonder if my style is better than yours?  Probably. This is a thought that’s probably passed through the mind of almost every person who has ever trained in martial arts – including me!  I think if we’re completely honest with ourselves (and each other), there is no denying we’ve had this thought.  After all, we’re only human, and humans are competitive by nature. Martial arts is…

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Okinawan Karate vs. Taekwondo

Are you trying to decide between Karate and Taekwondo?  There are so may differences, but many similarities as well!   When considering Karate or Taekwondo, here are some things to keep in mind: Taekwondo is generally geared for sport – in that competition sparring is its primary focus. Karate, although also for sport, tends to be more ’rounded’ in that Karate, is perhaps more thought of as a lifestyle – and there is perhaps more focus on not only the fighting…

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A New Logo!

Greetings fellow Karate-ka! I’m happy to share with you some exciting news!  After weeks of work (well, mostly sitting around trying to get the creative juices flowing), I’ve come up with a new logo for pennellsdojo.com.  The most important element of the new logo, is of course the reference to the Okinawan national flag (The 1/2 circle design to the left of the “P”).  This of course pays homage to my dedication to the traditional Martial Arts of Okinawa.  So,…

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THE 1st OKINAWA KARATE INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Hi Folks, In case you’ve not yet heard, the Okinawa Prefecture Culture and Tourism Sports Division will be hosting the 1st Okinawan Karate International Tournament in August of 2018!  The tournament will be open to international students.  The tournament will be held in the new, Okinawa Karate Kaikan facility – which was completed in 2017.  To learn more about the tournament, click here.  I will be competing in the tournament and will be blogging during the events up to and including…

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