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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
11:38 am - learning front split

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Monday, July 11th, 2011
11:41 am - Hello everyone!

   Hello. I am 5 dan Goju-ryu. If somebody wants speak about karate, self-defence, full contact, please feel free and write me.

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
8:50 am - Dante and Karate

My daughter Fiona (bookloverfio) has been studying Dante's Inferno in English. She really really LOVES Dante's Inferno. The students in the International Baccalaureate program have to do an oral presentation on it, 10% of which goes to their grade in IB Honors English.

Fiona, deciding to get creative, approached her teacher with a rather novel suggestion.

Yes. Her oral presentation on Dante's Inferno is going to be...get this...a karate form, which she's choreographed by herself and will be performing today.

She will be depicting, in her form, the various torments of the damned in each of the circles of hell, and the ways that the demons punish them. She'll perform it, and then go through it again, explaining to the three teachers assessing her why she used the particular karate technique for each level. 'Gluttony' is all about deep stances, low to the earth. For 'Lust,' the circle where the damned are blown by unending winds, she'll circle the bo with helicopter movements. For 'Heretics,' where the damned are tormented by fire, she'll pretend to strike a spark with her steel kamas, and then use the kama motions to suggest rising flames. Etc.

I'm sure her teachers will have never seen anything like it before.

One little bobble: it occurred to her, belatedly, that, um...she'd be bringing weapons to school. She told her teacher that she wanted to do a karate form, but she didn't mention that weapons were involved. She emailed her teacher yesterday but didn't get a reply back. So she decided to use a meter stick instead of the bo. She's bringing the kamas, but I wrote a note for her, explaining that we had tried to contact her teacher but hadn't gotten a response, that Fiona is a black belt who is trained to handle the kamas, and that the kamas are not sharp. And if there were any questions, they can call me.

So I don't know. I may either hear tonight a report that her form was a complete triumph, that she awed the judges with her originality. Or I might hear today from the school to come pick up my daughter because she's been suspended for three days.

I'm crossing my fingers.

Her karate instructor was delighted with the idea when Fiona explained it to him, and he suggested that she might try refining it and then presenting it as a tournament form for competition.

Crossposted to girlfighters).

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Sunday, March 7th, 2010
8:52 am - Cross-training, especially for kumite

Hi all. I'm a 5th kyu in Shotokan karate, my grading syllabus includes a lot of kibadachi (my kata's tekki shodan/naihanchi), and I'm particularly interested in kumite.

I know people say if you want to get better at karate, do more karate, but a) it's just not possible for me at the moment due to time and money and b) I think cross-training is better for you.

So... do people have any suggestions for cross-training? I own a punchbag and a bike and I get free gym and swimming. I've already noticed that the leg extension machine at the gym (sit with your legs bent, weights on your shins, and straighten your legs) works the same muscles as kibadachi. Quadriceps, I guess. I've also noticed that general fitness is an issue, and that I've got better since I've taken up running, in that my stamina for kumite has improved. I remember reading somewhere that cycling is good for building up leg strength for kicks. Do people have any other suggestions?

Another thing is that most of the long-term Shotokan karateka I know have knee issues. Does anybody know of any particular knee-strengthening exercises that could help prevent these? I already wear knee supports (elasticated bandages) when training or running, and I don't run on concrete.

Thanks for any help.

(Cross-posted to karate_women and karate_do)

current mood: hopeful

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
10:46 pm - bunkai ideas

tonight I have been teaching Seishan to one of my students. It came to me that i haven't thoroughly thought through any applications of the first turn. Its mainly on the turn it self as I can work out something out leading up to that. my thoughts are tending to lead to a throw but i can't quite think how to get there. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
9:43 pm - Yay!

Now I'm 9th kyu. :D

current mood: determined

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Saturday, December 12th, 2009
11:08 am - 1st Black Stripe

I'm going for the first black stripe on my white belt on Tuesday. I'm a little nervous. Our head teacher never said anything either way, but my other teachers seem to think I'm ready.

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
9:05 pm - A Thought Provoking Question

How important is it to be underneath/affiliated with another studio?

Let me know your thoughts.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009
11:44 am - Awesome Moves

Hello everyone!  I bet everyone here has a martial arts movie or show that they find really really awesome.  What movie is it for you?  Mine is Karma Kula Mystic Warrior, a martial arts show you watch online.  Has great action and the footwork and choreography of the fight scenes are off the hook.  It's actually inspiring me to practice *runs off to train*  here are some places you can watch/read about Karma Kula:


current mood: bouncy

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Monday, May 4th, 2009
12:04 am - Footwear?

Hi.  I'm pretty new to karate and I have a question.  I'd like to practice kata at home, but I live in the dorms so the only place to practice is outside.  I've tried practicing in bare feet, but it hurts on concrete and not an option on grass (allergies=rash).  I've also tried in shoes, but it just feels wrong.  So I was wondering if anyone knows of/has tried any footwear.  I was thinking something along the lines of ballet shoes?  The incongruity is horrible and cringe worthy.  I don't know anything about ballet shoes, by the way.  They just came to mind while thinking thin and flexible foot wear.  Please help! (cross posted to martial_artists )

ETA:  Oh!  I'm sorry, I forgot to mention I'm vegan, so leather won't work for me.  (I claim it was late for the forgetfulness. ^_^)  Thank you for that suggestion, though.

current mood: tired

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Friday, January 23rd, 2009
1:00 pm - Dogi sizes

I do not understand dogi sizes. Most seem to be designed for an overweight midgets!

I'm not exceptionally toll, about 183cm (6') and 85kg (187lb) and the closest gi to my size that I can find is always way too short and too wide at the same time!

Any suggestions for the brands to check ?

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Thursday, January 15th, 2009
6:05 pm - First competition success

Long time lurker on both comms, (cross posted at girlfighters  and karatedo.

I recently took part in the KUGB national student championships and though I didn't get very far in kumite I made it to the final and came fourth.

I was really appy to get a medal in my first competition and it was really fun. Just wanted to let everyone know that if you're thinking of competing, GO FOR IT. I had a great time and no one was stuck up or elitist.

Here I am in the bottom right of this pic, grinning like a mentalist;

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5:19 pm

Last night, just after kid’s class and seconds before I had to start my own training my sensei came up to me and told me he hereby officially invited me to do my shodan (black belt) grading in November this year. Although it was hinted already, I didn’t take it for granted that I was going to be asked, and I certainly didn’t expect it so early on in the year. I kind of mumbled a bit and then had to rush to the line-up, with a massive grin on my face. About 30 minutes later, during sparring, I was partnered up with my sensei, and he made the point how tough the ride was going to be and how much work I still have to do. He is a man of little words, but his actions speak loud, loud enough to leave nice bruises on my arms, ghe ghe.

November, still a long way, and anything can happen in the mean-time. It’s going to be a hell of a ride I reckon, and I assume there will be plenty of times that I will ask myself why the hell I’m putting myself through it all. Nonetheless I’m looking forward to it. I still remember when I walked in the dojo, in my track suit, ready for my first class. I had no idea that I would get hooked like I am now, and that 5 years later I would be going for my black belt.

cross-posted in girlfighters

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Friday, November 28th, 2008
9:28 pm - looking down

Me again =]

Recently, I've found myself looking down whilst training, a habit which I'd managed to get out of after about a year of training. It seems to have resurfaced, however, probably due to slack training in the holidays I think (I keep watching my feet when I train on the beach, as I lose my footing a lot, and I train there a lot more in the hols). Sometimes I end up with my head down at the end of the technique, and sometimes it's a look down quickly in the middle of the technique.

Does anyone have any ways of getting out of this, other than the time old pick-a-spot-on-the-wall(-and-glare-at-it-til-your-stare-burns-a-hole)?

Thanks, and thank you to everyone who commented on my last post.

x-posted to girlfighters 

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
6:45 pm - Home Kata training

Hi, sorta new member here. I was a member here with a different account, but switched accounts fairly recently.

I was wondering how people practise kata at home. I tend to go through kata in order once each (only know seven, so It's not like I'm going through every Shukokai kata ever taught) then go through them slowly, checking for correct form, then go through them each a couple of more times at proper speed.

Alternatively, if I've just learnt a new kata or two, and I'm not so confident with them, I go through kata once, then focus on the new kata. Same for if I'm struggling with a particular kata, or I've been told to work on/correct something, or if I've got a grading coming up, when I'll practise the grading kata more than the others.

Anyone else do the same, or have different methods of training kata at home?

crossposted to girlfighters 

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Monday, October 27th, 2008
1:46 pm - Stacey Nemour's New Splits & Kung Fu DVDs

Hey People,

I just downloaded Stacey Nemour's new instructional DVDS from these widget on her site. They're awesome!!!

Secrets of Splits & Flexibility: “Preparing your mind and body to perform at its optimum level is fundamental to any sport. I produced ‘Secrets of Splits & Flexibility’ to help renowned martial artists and world-class athletes reach their full potential and achieve the success they desire. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, young or old, these exercises will help and challenge you. They will give you a firm foundation as you embark on your journey to be "the best that you can be."

Anytime, Anywhere Kung-Fu: “In this DVD, I will show you the fundamental skills to develop a solid foundation to build on, including stance work, punching, and kicking techniques. To further refine your skills, I incorporate punching with light weights and kicking drills to lock in proper technique, while increasing your strength and fitness. I round off the workout with a short, but effective meditation. From start to finish, you will find it challenging and rewarding.

You can share this with your friends too!! Just grab the code from the widget itself (below).

Hope you likey!!! I'll let you know if I find any more cool DVDs for download....Any suggestions from you????

SS :~)

current mood: bouncy

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
9:51 pm - Ear Piercings


Er....right. So, on a kind of spur of the moment thing, I went and got my lobes pierced today. And realised walking home that I have karate on Monday, and I have no idea about what's done for this. At the moment I'm planning on just going and taking tape with me to cover them with (I'm not bothered about sparring, as we never even throw shots to the head/face, and I'm fairly sure sensei'll be fine about me watching or doing kata instead, if we do spar, and he doesn't want to take risks) when training. Does anyone else have an experience with this? Cheers.

Edit: crossposted to girlfighters

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
10:43 am - Training Sessions


After a conversation with a friend also training in karate (although a different branch) I've got a question about training sessions.

How are sessions divided up in regards to people and belts/ability/age at your dojo, and about how many people at a session there?

At the dojo I'm training at, we've got about twelve people training if everyone's there (seems like masses compared to about seven at the start of the school year, and the end of the year before, if everyone showed up) and so there's one session for all of us and we generally work on the same sort of things, if divided up by belt a bit. How do things run at anyone else's dojo?

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
3:34 am - NOCTURNIS

Well, I'm back to training and doing weapons kata after midnight again. I thought I would be able to train on something resembling a sane schedule.
I thought wrong.
I'm not complaining. Don't get me wrong. There's something meditative about being able to train in the dark, without the distractions of the outside world. I just didn't think I'd find myself slipping into the groove so easily again.
Some things are never forgotten, apparently.

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
9:28 pm - Online karate stores....

Okay, so I've decided I want a lightweight Gi for Summer and I''ve been browsing the net a bit to find a good price. I also found that you can have your name embroidered in katakana on them which I would really like so if anyone know a site which would do this could you let me know? i would really appreciate it.

Anyway, what I'm really posting about is some of the 'models' on these sites. it really is blatently obvious that  the majority of these people  have never done karate before.  Some of the  'moves' they are  posing in  are  hilarious - especially when they're modelling black belts. And seriously - the amount of make-up the girls wear......who the heck wears lipgloss to training? Really?

Anyway, just wanted    to rant cos I'm sick of seeing the same stock photos/stupid pictures over and over again and I still haven't found what I want. rumble grumble.  

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