Posts Tagged ‘traditional Okinawan karate’

Why Young Karate Kids Benefit from Training

“At what age can a child start karate?” That is one of the most common questions I’m asked about karate, as an instructor in a Little Dragons early childhood karate program. I’m asked that question by potential dojo parents as well as acquaintances making conversation.

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Karate Teaches Focus: Here’s How

Karate teaches focus with goals such as belts, stripes, great job tickets, and instruction in goal setting. When students learn to target specific goals, this helps build a focused foundation.

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Being a Karate Teacher: Top 5 Favorites

Being a karate teacher makes me be a better person. I take my responsibility as a role model seriously. And that includes the constant knowledge that I am setting an example. But it’s not all serious responsibility. Being a karate teacher is a lot of fun!

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U.R.K.A. Summer Camp Favorites

The biggest event of the year for the United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance is the Summer Camp at the Headquarters dojo. I attended the U.R.K.A. Summer Camp for the first time in 2002 and I was totally impressed. Here are my top five favorite things about it. U.R.K.A. Summer Camp and Camaraderie The people, the brotherhood…

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What We Value at our Dojo

I recently started listing out what we value at our dojo. It’s because I was thinking of Sei Shōnagon. She was a writer who lived in service to Japanese royalty. Even though Sei Shōnagon died nearly a thousand years ago, we can get an idea of her personality, intellect, life and values due to her…

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Sparring Light Contact: Why do We do it?

Our dojo inherited our light contact sparring from our Kobayashi Shorin Ryu roots. The main targets are the side of the head, chest, abdomen and sides of the body above the belt. In this activity, we just touch with our strikes – both punches and kicks. Therefore, chest guards are not needed. Both partners wear helmets,…

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Partner Drills for Self Defense

At East Valley Martial Arts, we practice many different partner drills to build self defense skills. I would like to share many of them here and how they improve defense abilities. A big safety layer at our school is competent supervision. In other words, do not try this on your own. You are liable for…

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