Sweet Irony

Oh how I will miss them…Especially these two! We’ve trained together since they were born. In SAT terms… Mom is to Renshi as Dad is to Sensei. She is already showing the signs: Black belt test. License and first car. Looking at colleges. Raising them in the dojo was the best thing we ever did. […]

What is Bunkai?

Bunkai is an analysis; used to deconstruct the inner workings and to create a deeper understanding of Kata. What is Kata? Katas are complex. They involve blocks, strikes and kicks as well as proper stances and turns. They are choreographed and must be memorized. Each karate belt has certain katas that are part of the requirement of the […]

Kids and Sparring I (Short)

Should Kids Spar? Yes How about Little Kids? Sure, in a safe and well supervised way. Big Kids? Absolutely Is it scary? Sometimes. Is there crying? Occasionally. Is it Fun? Usually. Is it Necessary? It is the best thing we do. When can they start sparring? As soon as possible. How do we get there? Progressively.