Martial Arts

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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“…I expect my students to fail.” – Pennell Sensei

Failure.  It’s a part of life.  Athletes fail in spectacular fashion.  And quite often their failure is shared with hundreds, if not thousands of spectators.  Sure – it hurts.  The humiliation of it all; exposing one’s self to the bitter reality of failure.  It can affect your career.  It can affect your personal relationships and indeed, it can have an effect on your perception of the world – sometimes, in a negative way. No one wants to be hurt –…

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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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