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Gichin Funakoshi

  Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957), the founder of modern Karate-Do. Note from Ryan Fiorenzi:  The life of Gichin Funakoshi is not as dramatic as Mas Oyamas.  But it is helpful to study the lives of masters such as his, to understand that not all martial artists fight.  Our role models are a huge influence on our […]

The Meaning of the Bow

In my opinion, bowing is the most important technique in all of the martial arts.  In this post I will explain what the different types of bows are why the bow is so important.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank (part 2) by Guest Columnist Eric Smith

continued from part 1… Expectations and Entitlement Paying tuition or a testing fee does not entitle anyone to a promotion. Chuck Norris flunked his first black belt exam. He didn’t complain or quit, he just made corrections without complaining and continued to train smarter and harder. Where we think we are at skill wise and […]

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank (part 1) by Guest Columnist Eric Smith

“This belt only covers two inches of my butt, I have to cover the rest.”  -Royce Gracie “There are no shortcuts on a path worth traveling.”  -Unknown The thoughts below come from several sources and are not all original thoughts of mine but rather information and a perspective that guide me through my training. Therefore […]

Can Martial Arts Training Make You More Peaceful?

” There is nothing so gentle as real strength.  The man who is at peace with himself is less likely to war with others.” Years ago I heard an instructor that I was training under give a sales presentation to a single mother for her son and her to train in martial arts.  My instructor […]