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Everyone But Daddy

Everyone But Daddy

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); “It takes a village to raise a child” is a common proverb almost everyone has heard. While talking about how it’s a group effort to teach a child the necessary characteristics to be a responsible, well-round adult, it can apply to martial arts training as well. Anyone who teaches karate to, and specifically spars, with their children … Read entire article »

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Karate Drills: The Technique Line

Karate Drills: The Technique Line

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); One the best ways to see how someone is as a martial artist is to watch how they move. Are they in control of their body? Are they controlling their opponent’s body? Do the movements and control seem to flow naturally? Skills such as these take time to develop. And one of the best drills to develop … Read entire article »

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Wisdom of the Dragon

Wisdom of the Dragon

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); The other day I was swapping stories with a friend of mine, who is about the same age in the mid-30s and also a fan of the martial arts. He told the story of his last, almost confrontation while he was in college years ago. Self-described as a bit of a hot head, he got into a … Read entire article »

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How Hard to Hit

How Hard to Hit

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); Recently a fellow Kenpoist, Rick Queary, who comes up to our school to spar, posted an interesting story on his blog about being the class bully. It’s definitely worth reading. To summarize, Mr. Queary felt some guilt after dealing a few (non-permanent) injuries during a sparring class. He was told his hits were too hard. After pondering … Read entire article »

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Do you train with intent?

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); 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 … Read entire article »

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Control Freaks

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); Martial artists are, by their very nature, control freaks. They seek to have control over their opponents in a fight situation. For example: Kick a target causing the opponent to fall a certain direction or pin an arm this way to check off the rest of his body. But before you can control the opponent, you have to first control yourself. Controlling yourself must be done physically and mentally. Physical self control – Basics. Basics. Basics. Practice. Practice. Practice. To move quickly with power and fluidity requires hours upon hours of drills and practice. What’s more, the Kenpo system is built upon layers of understanding the principles of motion. You can’t learn flashy spin moves … Read entire article »

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