Gary Christensen

ART vs. SPORT

ART vs. SPORT By virtue of you reading this blog article, chances are, you are involved or at least interested in the martial arts of some form or another (karate probably.) How involved is your interest and/or training? Are you a casual participant at once or twice a week and this endeavour is recreational, or are you more involved and your martial arts training is more intense with more often workouts and you’d consider yourself more of a ‘serious’ student?…

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OVERTEACH AND OVERREACH

OVERTEACH and OVERREACH I am an unabashed believer in recognizing the difference between an ‘Instructor’ and a ‘Teacher’. It is my belief that an Instructor leads a class and demonstrates his/her interpretation of ‘what is’, and how to do the technique or application applied and usually with relying on a counting rhythm. We need Instructors and we do value their contribution! A Teacher I believe, adds so much more, not only within technique lessons but also the intangibles required to…

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Sharpen Your Tools

Carpenters, mechanics and other tradespeople all have their own tools of which they rely on to get the job done. Maintaining and sharpening their tools assures that when the time comes to use whatever it is that they need, they have confidence in that tool’s ability to work as desired. As karateka, the obvious tools at our disposal are namely our hands and feet used to strike and/or block. Hands are very versatile tools in that we can form fists,…

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Using Our Potential

Each of us bring our own personal natural resources to our dojo or training facility, whether it be wonderful stretch and flexibility, terrific kicks and punches, a quick mind and talent for memorizing kata, power, an open mind or whatever it may be – we all bring a skill or something to the proverbial dojo table!  Do we concentrate on working to our individual strengths or do we collectively bring all of what we have to bear down and involve…

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