Shorin-Ryu

How Do You Wear Your Rank?

Our rank designation will naturally or should change as we continue to train and advance through our martial arts studies. As in karate, we start as a white belt and expectations for a period of time are low.  We are inundated with new terms (maybe in a foreign language), stances, etiquette, technique, movement and so on – 95% physical and 5% mental!   Our heads are spinning and not a lot is expected of us for a while!   Our…

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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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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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PATH UP THE MOUNTAIN…

PATH UP THE MOUNTAIN… Intake a deep breath and relax, you’ve found your martial art, your place of training (dojo) and a competent Teacher! I honestly envy you and your journey on the path up the mountain to training in your chosen art.  Lucky you! Do we ever reach the summit of the mountain?   I doubt it, there’s so much to learn and discover, besides, the journey itself is so worthwhile and satisfying! Again, I’ll use Karate as my…

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