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Review – Empty Hand The Real Karate Kids Movie

Review – Empty Hand The Real Karate Kids Movie

[Editor's note: This is not a paid review. The movie was purchased independently with no review expectation.] If your read no further into this post, the quick takeaway is Empty Hand The Real Karate Kids is a very good movie for the casual fan and also a must-watch for any dedicated karate practitioner. The movie is a documentary, filmed in 2009, following 4 martial artists and their families as they prepare for a world championship tournament in Ft. … Read entire article »

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Lessons from Big D

Lessons from Big D

A few weeks ago, five students and I attended the Big D annual tournament in Dallas, Texas. It’s one of the largest, open tournaments in the area, and for us it’s special as it also has Kenpo forms divisions. This was the third year in a row my daughters and I entered the event. Even so, there are two lessons I took away from the great event this year. First time competitors – When you’ve been to … Read entire article »

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All Eyes On You

All Eyes On You

By and large, most people don’t like standing in front of a group and speaking. Stage fright, and it’s very normal. To get over this fear really requires jumping in feet first and getting in front of people. Public speaking (or performing) is one of the characteristics of being a good leader. Martial arts, like Kenpo, are a good way to help overcome the fear of speaking in front of (and ultimately leading) large groups. In our … Read entire article »

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Guts are the anesthesia that deaden the pain of fear

Recently a few of the Bowley Kenpo Karate students attended the Big D tournament in Dallas. A few watched and a few entered, including me. With several hundred competitors, it’s the biggest local tournament and attracts martial artists of all styles. The primary draw for us though is the Kenpo forms division. However we also entered the open forms, weapon forms, and point sparring. I’m a fan of tournament competition for a variety of reasons. Occasionally … Read entire article »

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