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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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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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4 Ways to improve your Karate!

1. You don’t need to “move like they do”.  Karate has evolved quite a bit since Karate practitioners of yesteryear were first captured on film or motion picture.  A lot has changed.  In fact, entire fields of study, like sports medicine for example, have been invented since the old masters practiced their art.  These days, we have a much better understanding of the relationship between muscles and tendons.  We have scientific understanding of the relationship between velocity and “power”.  So,…

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