Tagged: karate

Venus de Budo

This piece appeared in Black Belt Magazine’s October 1975 issue leading the article, “Women in the martial arts: Venus’s Big Year in Budo”. I kind of love this odd, clever, beautiful painting but can’t find the artist credited anywhere in...

Tiny Warriors: Girls in Martial Arts

One of my favorite things is seeing little girls excel in martial arts. It’s challenge to what little girls are made of, to the dichotomy of princess and warrior, sweetness and strength. The girls in these clips also have incredible...

The Journey of 100 Kicks

I have a favourite kick! It’s called yoko geri keage and to be honest I can’t tell you what it’s useful for. I really really have a hard time to imagine when I might ever need to use that kick....

Stickers and Encouragment

So in my club we have a beginner class (white belts) and we have an advanced class (everyone else). We take kids from eight-years-old and older. As you’ve probably guessed this poses some challenges. You see, kids don’t learn the...

Martial Arts Nuns From The 1970s?

[content note: mention of child abuse and rape] The sisters of The Holy Family serve what is perhaps the most crime-ridden part of Philadelphia. Their orphanage is in constant danger of vandalism and burglary. In recent months several of the children...

Fear

I think it it’s safe to say that you will experience fear several times in your life and maybe especially in martial arts.  Sometimes you’re afraid of being physically hurt, other times it’s less tangible things that seem to hold...

I Don’t Need a Photo to Remember

They say you should take photos Document your life Look back at them someday And remember. But I don’t need a photo to remember One of the best nights of my life A 16-year-old butterfly in the last stages of...

The Most Important Person in the Dojo

We all know that we’re supposed to be humble in martial arts, that we’re supposed to leave our ego at the door.  This is not easy, though. Leaving my ego at the door At first I was surprised to find...