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Kids as Role Models

Kids as Role Models

We’ve just about grown our school to the point where we need a kids class separate from the adult class. (Right now they’re mixed by rank instead.) So after talking the would-be schedule over with some of the parents, we were decided on a course of action. We are going to create a kids class for ages 5 to 9-ish. After a recent class, I was speaking with two of the kids who will be … Read entire article »

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5 Karate Drills to Practice at Home

5 Karate Drills to Practice at Home

As with any skill you wish to develop, especially a martial arts skill, you have to put in the practice time. Class time is for instruction, new material, partner drills, and some review. The majority of practice repetitions should be done outside of class though. Two things are important when training at home: what you are practicing and making sure to vary it up. These ideas go hand-in-hand as there is a lot to learn, … Read entire article »

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Keep your hands up

In the video below, I’m sparring with Mr. Tony Kelser while visiting Disciple Martial Arts in Edmond, OK. At about the halfway point in the video, I take a clean shot to the nose. My hands were down. Give Mr. Kelser all the credit though, he rightfully took advantage of the situation. Hopefully a punch to the nose, in a safe, training environment, will serve as a good reminder to keep your hands up. In martial arts, especially Kenpo Karate, you are taught to keep the front hand high, near the face with the elbow anchored near the chest. The rear hand is covering the heart or midsection in anticipation of use. Your hand placement in this fashion is called your guard. The closer an opponent is, the higher up the … Read entire article »

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