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Football and Karate, Beyond Hitting

Here in Texas football is practically a food group. You can get a healthy dose almost every day during certain times of the year. We support it all, from pee wee up to pro. As such, while watching the local pro team, the Dallas Cowboys, get demolished there’s time for the mind to wander. How are Kenpo Karate and football similar? (Besides the hitting . . . .) Being mindful of what’s happening around you -As a play in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Personal Stories

Do you train with intent?

In addition to Mr. Duffy and Mr. McCallum, the third instructor at the American Kenpo Federation annual Spirit Camp in early October was Mr. Dennis Conatser. Mr. Conatser is a fantastic teacher as he pushes you to think beyond the traditional movements of Kenpo. He wants you to discover avenues in Kenpo many don’t always explore and apply what you can to your martial arts experience. Having trained and traveled for many years with Mr. … Read entire article »

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How do you learn to fight?

One of the guest instructors at the recent American Kenpo Federation Spirit Camp was Mr. Ray McCallum. He’s a 9th degree black belt and a still-active, legend on the competitive tournament circuit. (To get a flavor of his fighting style, watch this!) Mr. McCallum was at camp giving lessons for all ages and skill levels on sparring. At the end of the session for advanced belts, after he’d sparred all of us, he asked for questions. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Sparring

It Doesn’t Come Free

A few days ago, I tested for my 1st degree brown belt at Brian Duffy’s Kenpo Karate in Austin, TX. It was my third test under Sifu Duffy and each has been different. There were four of us testing for advanced rank, and this time around we had just about two hours of forms, techniques lines, and curriculum. Then it was on to sparring. After my 2nd degree brown belt test, I was nervous about sparring. My … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belt Promotion, Personal Stories

How do you prepare for a karate test?

For many, martial arts isn’t about rank, but knowledge. However, rank is still important, at the very least in showing personal progress. In some instances it reflects a trial by fire and perseverance. Marking the advancement is often done through a belt test. As you progress, eventually you’ll have a karate test coming up. Perhaps in a week, perhaps in a couple of months. But you know it’s coming. How do you prepare? Practice – Attending class … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belt Promotion, Philosophy

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