Matsubayashi-Ryu

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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New Dojo

Hi everyone, A quick update on the new Dojo.  We’re open for business!  Please check out the dojo’s website at www.shorin-ryu.ca.  There is a picture gallery and schedule available.

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5 Reasons Why Your Karate is Terrible (and how to fix it)

Have you ever wondered if your Karate is any good?  Well, firstly I commend you for asking this of yourself.  To get the answer, you really need to be honest with yourself.  You need to critically analyze your Karate training routine and give yourself the feedback required.  It can be a tough pill to swallow; many who practice Karate are not as ‘good’ as they think they are.  But how do you know?  What sorts of behaviors lead to poor…

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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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