Parents often look to martial arts like karate to help their children through difficult challenges or situations. Martial arts instructors, some well-meaning, may encourage parents to enroll their children by overselling or irresponsibly marketing the benefits of their schools. As wonderful as martial arts are, as real as their benefits are, you can quickly find … Continue reading Will Martial Arts Help My Child?
Category: Karate Philosophy
Questions and Answers About the Challenges Women Face in the Martial Arts
We’ve heard many questions over the years from women about the challenges they (might) face in karate or martial arts training, and wanted to answer a few of them below. Should you have a question that we failed to address, or feel we could have answered any of them better, please let us know! We’re … Continue reading Questions and Answers About the Challenges Women Face in the Martial Arts
Cobra Kai and Martial Arts Philosophy
The original Karate Kid movies suffered from many flaws: bad acting, wooden dialogue, and a painful soundtrack. (Does anyone really think that someone who whines as much as Peter Cetera could successfully fight for your honor or be the hero that you’re dreaming of?) Worst of all, from a martial arts standpoint, it seriously propagates … Continue reading Cobra Kai and Martial Arts Philosophy
The Scope and Limits of Self-defense Seminars
Many people turn to martial arts to learn how to defend themselves. Martial arts like aikido, jujitsu, and karate certainly can teach self-defense. Most traditional martial arts that did not originate as battlefield skills (like kendo, the Japanese way of the sword) began as self-defense methods (like karate). Most martial arts, however, have evolved to … Continue reading The Scope and Limits of Self-defense Seminars
Realistic Expectations for Your Martial Arts Training
We’ve all seen Star Wars. Luke Skywalker, fresh off Tatooine, after just a few minutes of training with Obi-Wan Kenobi, gets into an X-wing fighter for the first time in his life. He turns off the targeting computer, trusts his feelings, and blows up the Death Star. Local comedy author David Wong (also known as … Continue reading Realistic Expectations for Your Martial Arts Training
Tom Heriaud, December 19, 1945 to June 6, 2022
Tom Heriaud, the top-ranked Isshin Shorinji Ryu black belt in the Midwest, died on June 6. The funeral will take place Friday, June 17 at 1 p.m. at Dieterle Memorial Home in Montgomery, Illinois. Visitation will follow until 7 p.m. Mr. Heriaud’s death is an incalculable loss to his family, students, and everyone who knew him.
Respecting Rank From Other Dojos
A recent debate about rank recognition on Iain Abernethy’s website prompted me to recall my instructor’s policy. I believe he took the correct position, and we follow it today in the Carbondale Park District karate program. If someone comes to visit us, we want them to wear the uniform of the style they’ve learned and … Continue reading Respecting Rank From Other Dojos