Martial Musings

What Is Violence? December 30, 2022 - When two or more people enter a violent encounter, they’ve entered a unique human relationship. And I think many, even those with martial arts experience, underestimate the intimacy, closeness and extremely gross nature of real violence. 
Does Your Karate Have “Flavour”? May 29, 2021 - “It is necessary to drink alcohol and pursue other fun activities. The art [karate] of someone who is too serious has no flavour.” – Motobu Choki
5 Tips To Avoid Failure In Martial Arts March 7, 2021 - It can often be those who excel in the physical arena that lack the correct attitude to meet their potential. While those who fail to pick up techniques easily possess the true grit to succeed. Whatever your ability, I'll hope you'll enjoy and apply these five tips to avoid failure in the martial arts.
How To Train With Females How to Train with Females October 14, 2020 - To best help my male martial arts friends, here are 3 ways to help make your female partners feel comfortable so that you can feel more comfortable too.
Bunkai, Karate, Oyo, Kata Applications Are You Practicing Bullsh!t Bunkai? April 29, 2020 - I write this as a type of public service announcement that not all that glitters is gold. Please don’t teach bad self-defense just so the movements match the kata!
Kata, Karate Is This The Return of Kata? April 13, 2020 - Because solo templates are and have always been a pivotal part of Karate’s practice, a focus on solo practice has lent itself to an ease of adaptability in current times. In this blog, we look a little bit further at why.
Bjj white belt, Karate black belt Things I’ve Learned From BJJ As A Karate Black Belt March 29, 2020 - In this post, I explore how my experience a karate black belt, enlightens the path I walk as a BJJ practitioner and vice versa.
Want To Be Good At Martial Arts? It’s About Time In. September 26, 2019 - Whether your a serious competitor or just pursuing martial arts as a hobby, its all about how many hours of work you invest in. It’s the time you spend working technique and the energy you expend to master it that determines your skill and rank.
Beginner’s Guide to Surviving a Koryu Uchinadi Gasshuku September 4, 2019 - If you've never attended a martial arts seminar before, you might not be sure what to expect and you may be a little intimated. So, I made up a short guide to help those who are new to get the most out of their training and the extracurricular activities.
Beauty and The Beast: Balancing Femininity and Prowess as a Female Martial Artist July 18, 2019 - In this post, I explain how I balance the forces of femininity and prowess as a female martial artist.
Title Image for Blog "Just Because You're Injured. . ." Just Because You’re Injured. . . May 1, 2019 - Even if you've sustained an injury that affects your martial arts training, it doesn't mean you can't participate. Here we look at different strategies to participate in the dojo when you're injured.
Bruising Easily, A Reflection on Martial Arts March 23, 2019 - Bruises are simply a natural representation of how the martial arts affect me. That being: “I face enough negative experiences to give me character, but not enough to make me callous”.
Friction in the Dojo: How It Can Move You Forward November 1, 2018 - Have you experienced friction in the dojo? Here, we explore what that means and how it influences our success in the martial arts.
Gasshuku Interview With Hanshi Patrick McCarthy July 31, 2018 - With the 2018 Koryu Uchinadi North American Gasshuku just around the corner, I had a chance to speak with Hanshi Patrick McCarthy (9th Dan) about what the Gasshuku means to him and what we'll be learning at this year's event. 
Martial Arts & Swimming Alone July 8, 2018 - As a child, I was afraid of swimming in open water by myself; the vastness frightened me. For many, the martial arts generate this same fear. You could spend a lifetime exploring its depths and never fully understand it all.
The Road Less Travelled Is Not Always A Road January 3, 2018 - A parabole about the path of the martial arts.
9 Stupid Reasons to Be In the Dojo. . .And, The 1 Good Reason YOU SHOULD! December 5, 2017 - Have you ever met someone in your dojo who just doesn't get it!? Here is the 1 answer you should have for them!
You Invested In The Wrong One. . . September 6, 2017 - We've all had a teacher or student that we've had high hopes for, only to be gravely disappointed. . .
Karate and The Sunk Cost Fallacy June 5, 2017 - The sunk cost fallacy is when you make a decision based on the desire NOT see your past investment go to waste, rather than on the best outcome. Nowhere else do see I this as much as in Karate. . .
Guest Post: “The Instructor-Student Gap: Why Your Students Still Suck” by Josh Stewart April 5, 2017 - Having trouble getting your martial arts students to do what you ask? Josh Stewart explains in this guest post where the communication gap may lie.
5 Phrases That Need To Be Used MORE In The Dojo March 8, 2017 - Knowing and understanding these 5 concepts is key to comprehending the principles that dictate the outcome of violent encounters.
Dojo Gossip: Let’s Kick Some Scuttlebutt! (Part 1) January 10, 2017 - Why is it that the martial arts seems to foster so much gossip? What is it about the martial arts that attract such drama? In this blog, I provide plausible answers to these questions.
A Charmed Martial Arts Life December 22, 2016 - As the year comes to a close, I would like to take the time to recognize those who have helped me in my most recent martial arts journey.
A Good Training Partner Is Hard to Find November 15, 2016 - You don’t always have a choice on who you partner with, but if you did have the choice, who would be the ideal partner to get the most out of your training?
Dojo Disillusionment October 3, 2016 - Because of the politics & drama that arise in the world of martial arts, you may feel disillusioned with your training and ask "If this is what the martial arts attracts, why am I still training?"
You Failed Your Grading; What’s Next? August 24, 2016 - Failed your Karate grading? Feeling Bummed? Don't worry! Here's 3 pieces of advice to get back your dojo mojo!
Being A Good Uke; It’s Harder Than You Think July 12, 2016 - You would think that letting the Sensei hurt you would be easy, that any dumbie can do it! But, not just any dumbie, a very skilled dumbie. . .
May’s Video of the Month: Michael Jai White June 16, 2016 - Watch Michael Jai White teach the late Kimbo Slice a lesson in technique.
Kama Connections with Sensei Darrin Johnson June 8, 2016 - In studying weaponry, such as the kama, it helps us to build a better understanding of where our art comes from and the context in which it was developed.
April’s Video of the Month: Master Ken May 13, 2016 - Master Ken calls attention to the many shortcomings that martial arts are subject to. This is why his episode is April's video of the month.
The Web Master: Spinning Concepts with Sensei Paul Lopresti – Part 2 April 25, 2016 - Grappling is a common aspect of fighting karate practitioners overlook. Learn how Sensei Paul takes Karate to the ground!
March’s Video of the Month: Tim Larkin, The Paradox of Violence March 30, 2016 - Tim Larkin explains that violence is a tool that is accessible to all of us.
Old Woman Cries In Her Sleeve March 24, 2016 - Based on my experience learning Tsuki-Naka with Sensei McCarthy, I examine how to overcome physical and mental fatigue while training.
February’s Video of the Month: Chris Prickett March 7, 2016 - Chris Prickett's awesome takedown is what makes his demonstration The Martial Arts Muse's Video of the Month!
Review: Project 16 Hand Positioning February 22, 2016 - In this review we look at Kyoshi Ante Brännbacka's video on hand positioning from his Project 16 series. Find out what you are missing in his systematic analysis of positioning!
Lady Puts on a Necklace February 10, 2016 - What does it really mean to be a black belt? Based on my experience training with Sensei McCarthy, I explore what determines the worth of the belts we wear.
January’s Video of the Month: Rika Usami February 1, 2016 - Rika Usami is the epitome of precision. That's why her demonstration is January's Video of the Month!
Lady Looks In a Mirror-Part 2 January 24, 2016 - Based on my experience training with Sensei Patrick McCarthy in Calgary, I explore the relationship between Riai Kumite and intent.
Lady Looks In a Mirror-Part 1 January 14, 2016 - What is Riai Kumite? Learn the key to understanding functional practice in the martial arts.
KU Quick Tip Posture for Drive 5 Ways to Promote Your Martial Art on YouTube January 4, 2016 - Learn 5 different ways to promote your martial arts club on YouTube.
The Muse December 31, 2015 - A muse is a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for creative artist, or in this case a martial artist.

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