Category: Philosophy

Karate Confirmation Bias

Browsing through the vast amount of articles, clips and conversations on forums and Facebook groups about martial arts I have noticed that a significant amount of the material covered is influenced by confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is a fault in our thinking process. It makes us find and […]

Bigger and Stronger Opponent

HI all   In this clip I address this comment   “I prefer to see usage of technic on a bigger and stronger opponent, because it will be the case on street”   Is it really always bigger and stronger attacker? Do we have to train with bigger […]

From Kata to Fighting

  Kata (form) – Karate shadow boxing. The mention of Kata evokes all sorts of emotions in people. From passion to laughter everyone has an opinion ranging from a functional self defence training tool to merely a comical dance performed by kids in pyjamas. Unfortunately over the years […]

Wrist Grab Defence – Why bother?

Hi all On one of my videos someone posted this comment, “Can anyone post applications where it is not someone grabbing the wrist..this is a very clear and well executed video… I have never known someone to grab the wrist …but as I say excellent and clear thanks […]

Be yourself

A lot of people that I teach try really hard to be someone else.  In their eyes they should be like pop or film stars or like fitness models.  I too have been guilty of this, striving towards and pretending to be a better version of myself.  Unfortunately this way […]

Funakoshi’s Anxiety?

This article is just my speculation… The other day I was going through one of Master Funakoshi’s books, “The Essence of Karate”.  In reading it one sentence really caught my eye, “As a child, I suffered from a very weak stomach until I started training in Karate…” When […]

OMOIYARI – Philosophy

“Strong and caring people are the pillars of society and Karate helps cultivate them.” Les Bubka Omoiyari is one of the Japanese expressions that is very difficult to explain to a non-Japanese person. Some say it is thoughtfulness or as Sugiyama Lebra defines Omoiyari “the ability and willingness […]

Fu Gen Jikkou

  In every aspect of life we meet people who say “Don’t worry you can count on me. I’ll be there.”  However, when it comes to take action they do not due to a change in their circumstances. The same situation occurs in the dojo as many students […]

Ko Gaku Shin  Philosophy

  Ko Gaku Shin – Keep your mind open to learning. We must remember to constantly learn and study. Always be a student…. As we continue to expand our knowledge and become an expert in our field, regardless of whether this is as a hobby or profession, we […]