Tag: Black Belt

Moral spine of Karate

  When I started my training in martial arts I did not think about all of the culture, rules and traditions – “I just wanted to kick some ass!”  As I was always one of the smallest on my estate I tried everything to make myself bigger and […]

Modesty, kindness, honour and diligence

Modesty, kindness, honour and diligence – all of these qualities should go with being a black belt or master of a martial art, but are these behaviours actually being reflected?  The more I am exposed to martial artists, the more I doubt it. When I started doing martial […]

Thigh Kick/ Mawashi Geri Gedan

This article covers how to perform thigh kicks or in Japanese, Mawashi Geri Gedan.  Around the world different martial arts and combat sports have a variety of methods for teaching and executing this technique.  Which one is the best?  The answer to this question is simple – the […]

Seminar Review

Last weekend our club hosted an International Budo Seminar where we had various martial arts instructors demonstrating and teaching their arts. Personally for me this event was a great success, especially as I was initially worried that we would have only limited attendance. In the end we had […]

Thoughts on the makiwara

The makiwara is a training tool in Karate used to condition our arms and legs to create powerful blows with the unarmed weapons of our body. There are divided opinions about the purpose of the makiwara.  Some old masters say that it was just a punishment tool for […]

How to – Mae geri

One of the most common kicks in Karate is a front kick or ‘mae geri’ in Japanese.  In this article I would like to provide my take on how we perform mae geris in our style.   There are a few ways of performing this kick.  The two […]