Sensei Ota

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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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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“…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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O’Brian Sensei: Twitching & Dropping Center

This weekend during training, our group was discussing the idea of dropping your centre.  In the video above, O’Brian Sensei talks a bit about the sensation of dropping your centre and how it relates to quick, movements. Sometimes, it can be hard to articulate ideas about how a sensation feels – it’s a personal thing really; sometimes it’s hard to describe. I was wondering the other day about the best way to describe ‘twitching’ and dropping.  The two are linked,…

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