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O’Brian Sensei: Letting Go of Form

At first, it can seem somewhat counterproductive.  Since white-belt your Sensei has consistently reminding you of form.  Reaction arm back!  Bend that front knee! Back straight!  Sure, form is an important part of Karate.  At least it is in the beginning – but at some point, form becomes 2nd nature.  It’s something we do without even thinking.  It’s at this point in your training that you might want to consider the possibility of letting go of your form.  In this…

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Should I enroll my child in Karate?

You may be considering enrolling your child in Karate.  After-all, it’s great exercise and a fun way to learn some life-long skills.  Before you make your decision, there are a few things to consider: 1.) Is your child old enough for Karate?  To be honest, Karate instructors face a unique challenge in this regard.  On one had, they are trying to run a business – and since having many children in a dojo can help pay the bills, it can…

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Hotton Sensei

Hey folks, Good instructors can be hard to come by.  It’s great when you can align your training objectives with an instructors methodology.  Here is a great video from Hotton Sensei talking about Hip Rotation – but perhaps articulating in a way that is refreshing…

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Eihachi Ota – Core Strength

Eihachi Ota demonstrates a powerful Bo Kata. Sensei Ota’s use of core strength to generate velocity is perhaps his greatest trait.  You can see how his stances (which are generally low and wide), help him to control his balance, etc., while he delivers effective strikes – and it’s safe to say that he leverages “winding up”.  Here is another video of a ‘Shiru Taro No Kon’ Bo Kata that he performed for a small audience at Phillip’s Karate Dojo in…

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