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Recently, I found a trailer on YouTube for a documentary entitled, “Looking for Mr. Miyagi.” I watched the trailer and knew immediately, I had to see this film. I took a trip to the movie’s website (http://www.mrmiyagi.net/) and discovered that it could be rented for a low price but I wanted to own a copy […]


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When you hear Karate Kid, your mind immediately goes to the 1980’s the Mr. Miyagi teaching Daniel to wax his car. Well this film is not about daily chores turning into karate techniques but about a group of young talented karateka preparing for the AAU Karate Championship. A true story of four young karate competitors; […]


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We as martial artists take ourselves very serious. Not very often do we sit and laugh at the what we do. Enter the Dojo will change that for you. Enter the Dojo is a comedy web-series about the world of the American karate school. This mockumentary follows Master Ken (played by series creator Matt Page) […]


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Recently, I purchased Shihan Yokota’s second book, Shotokan Mysteries. As with his first work, Shotokan Myths, he takes the reader on a journey trying to figure out some of the things in Shotokan Karate that are different from other related styles. His writings will make you think about the reason we perform certain techniques in […]


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Karate: The Art of Empty Hand Fighting by Master Hidetaka Nishiyama is an outstanding reference books. This instructional book is full of pictures explaining the techniques of Shotokan Karate. The book covers everything from a brief history of the art form to all of the techniques and several self defence combinations. For advanced students, this […]


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Recently, I went into a local used book store. The store is literally packed from floor to ceiling in books. I am not sure how anyone can find anything in there. I had a feeling that I would find a gem if I had a little bit of help, so I asked the owner if […]


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I purchased this movie after discovering its importance to the history of the International Karate Daigaku. The film was inspiration for the founder of the IKD, Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai. He seen the film at the Rio cinema in Albouystown, Guyana in 1963. He was thirteen years old and became obsessed with the karate that was […]


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A few people have been asking me if I am going to see the 47 Ronin. The answer is of course but I also told them to look for the original 47 Ronin films. The Keanu Reeves movie that is making its rounds through the theatres right now is a fantasized story based on the […]


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I haven’t reviewed a book in a while, so I decided to do two.   The Complete Shotokan Karate: History, Philosophy, and Practice by Robin Reilly This was a really good book and I highly recommend it for a reference text. This book is really two books in one. The first part covers the history […]


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Teriyuki Okazaki, 10th Dan of the International Shotokan Karate Federation, is considered one of the greatest masters in Shotokan Karate. Master Okazaki trained under Master Funakoshi and Master Nakayama. He was a pioneer in the Japan Karate Association helping Master Nakayama develop the JKA tournament rules and the JKA Kenshusei program. Okazaki left Japan in […]


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Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of modern karate-do. Born in 1868 in Shuri, then the capital city of Okinawa, Gichin Funakoshi would become the man who popularized karate in Japan and eventually around the World. He started training when he was in primary school but his mission to spread karate outside of Okinawa did not […]


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I have been collecting Martial Arts books for a long time. I have both physical books and ebooks. I recently added a this book to my collection and really enjoyed reviewing these legends. Legends of the Martial Arts Masters Whether you’re an aspiring black belt or just a fan of martial arts action, you’ll enjoy […]


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Earlier, I reviewed the novel Sanchin by KA van Wyk. I also purchased Yantsu by KA van Wyk. Yantsu is the second book in the Knockdown Karate series. Yantsu is a kata that is performed in Kyokushin Karate. Yantsu – The Novel Danny Jordan has the potential to become one of South Africa’s top tournament […]


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After my birthday, I went out and purchased a cheap e-reader with some gift cards I was given. While I searched for some books to put on the reader, I stumbled upon 2 novels written by KA van Wyke. The first in the Knockdown Karate Series is called Sanchin. Sanchin is a kata performed in […]


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Ok so here I go breaking my promise again in less then 24 hours. I found this film last night and the cinematography was so beautiful I had to watch it. I am not a fan of Japanese manga but this film beauty, message and fight scene stole me away. Rurouni Kenshin In 1868, after […]


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A few days ago I decided to not do a movie review for a while and to focus my thoughts on karate training. However, this evening, I sat down after cooking a nice homemade teriyaki stir-fry and decided to watch a film that I have had sitting here for a while. When I heard about […]


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I want to review this book while it is still fresh in my memory. I got this book technically for free. I have a Swagbucks account and gathered enough points to order several Amazon.ca gift cards. This was the first book that I ordered and it arrived yesterday. I ordered three martial arts books with […]


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Here we are just a few days before the end of 2012. I think back to the things that happened this year and I am amazed at how far so many people have come in their training. This year marked my 10th year teaching karate at the Mount Allison Shotokan Karate Club at Mount Allison […]


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It is Dec 27/12, the day most of the stores open up after the Christmas holiday. I am writing this at 7:30 am as I am heading to the local shops to pick up some things that I want to get with my Christmas money before it gets crazy. Karate Kid 4: The Next Karate […]


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So here we are on Boxing Day. The day that historically was set aside for servants to celebrate Christmas with their families. They would have worked on Christmas and today they would have been given the day for themselves. Also they would have been given a box of presents, food, money, etc as their gift […]


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I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Today was a long day but my daughters seemed to enjoy their day. We visited family and had a great meal. Now they are home watching movies and checking out their new gifts. I thought I would sit down and do a quick review of the second film […]


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A year ago, I received an early birthday present. (my birthday is in mid January.) It was a box set of the first 4 Karate Kid movies. This set included two of my favorite Martial Arts Movies ever, Karate Kid 1 & 2. The box set was amazing with special interviews, behind-the-scene features, games and […]


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Today, while scrolling through the tons of usual garbage on Facebook, I stumbled upon a video made by members of the International Karate Daigaku’s Barbados Shotokan Karate Club. The video is entitled, Dojo Crashing. This video was well made. Great choreography and music. The video starts with a karateka striking a makawara. A delinquent arrives […]


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This book is about Carlos Ray Norris, a highly respected martial artist and World renowned Actor. Carlos Ray Norris, who is that? Well you may know him better as CHUCK NORRIS! A few years ago, I was at a fundraiser for the local hospital. They hold this fundraiser every year. It consists of carnival games, […]


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Shotokan Secrets is a very interesting book that is written in two separate sections. The first section in a historical view of how Okinawa and Karate developed. The second section is a review of bunkai for the Heian Katas. If these were two separate books, I think I would only have purchased the first. The […]


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After seeing High Kick Girl a couple of years ago, I waited in anticipation to see this film. At first glance, I thought it would be a sequel to High Kick Girl but I was wrong. The story is weak but the action is outstanding. Sisters Ayaka and Natsuki Kurenai are the youngest descendants of […]


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In honor of Bruce Lee’s birthday, I thought I would do a review of the documentary entitled, Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey. Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little. Using interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee’s last (unfinished) film, Game of Death, Little […]


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Shinobi – Winds of the 34 Generation is a documentary on the Shadow Warriors know as the Ninja. This documentary is amazing. It gives a historical view of the ninja going all the way back to the origins of the class. Many misconceptions are revealed in this documentary. For example, ninja usually did not dress […]


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I just watched this documentary for the first time and wanted to share my thoughts with you. Budo – The Art of Killing is a good documentary that was released in 1979. This film takes you on a journey to discover the different styles of Martial Arts in Japan. Personally, I do not like the […]


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A young female brown belt, Kei Tsuchiya (played by Rina Takeda) is a very talented karate student. However, she is very arrogant and spends her time fighting black belts thinking this will show she is strong. One day she is approached by a mysterious organization called The Destroyers, that want to recruit her. But too […]


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The Last Dragon is a 1985 martial arts musical film produced by Berry Gordy. You can tell that this film is to capitalize on the popularity of the martial arts craze of the 80’s to help with the sale of records. The movie does cover a lot of martial arts stereotypes and a couple myths. […]


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The Sensei was one of my favorite movies. This film made me laugh and cry. It is not centered around the martial arts as much as other movies. We do see the main characters training and defend themselves. This movie is more about the message that is given. The story take place in the 1985, […]


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I have been thinking about writing a review about this movie for a very long time. It, in my opinion, is one of the Best Martial Arts movies made in recent memory. Kuro Obi (Black Belt) This is a 2007 film directed by Shunichi Nagasaki. It focuses on the art of Karate. Now what makes […]


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It is my instructor’s fault!

This happens often, a student or parent complains that the outcome of their testing was not what they expected. The student isn’t successful or gets a low level pass so they blame the results on the examiner or the instructor. Then they either give up, change to a different dojo or different style. The problem […]


Achievements

Achieving a goal is something that is to be celebrated but don’t fixate on it. As a white belt the main goal is to become a black belt. This is true but each beginner should start off with basic goals, learn how to tie your belt, memorise the first kata and learn all of the […]


2017 IKD World Camp

In 2 weeks, the IKD will hold the 6th IKD World Honbu Camp. The organisation has grown with leaps and bounds over the past few years and recently expanded into Australia. Each year at Camp there has been a theme, last year was kobudo, weapons. This year will have two themes. The Science of Karate […]


Disrespect in the Dojo

Too many times are students showing disrespect in the dojo. They may not even know that they are doing it. The biggest thing recently has been getting out of line to get a drink. This has been very disruptive. The students doing it are younger and relatively new. It is interesting that a teenager has […]


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