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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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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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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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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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