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How to Get Ready for a Tournament

With the 1st Okinawa Karate International Tournament finals set to kick off Starting August 3rd, I figured it was a good time to write a quick post about some of the better strategies to use as a competition draws near.  Believe me, there are certainly things you SHOULDN’T do – did a long lost friend call you on a Friday night to go on a bender? – not a good idea for example.  So, how should you be preparing at the 11th hour?  Here’s…

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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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