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  1. _Simon_

    Happy Pi day for the other day!

    Happy 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286 208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128481 117450284102701938521105559644622948954930381964428810975665933446128475648233...
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    Sanchin kata art piece

    Heya guys, a few months ago I did my contribution to a particular martial arts organisation zine. I'm really so happy with what came out here, and something I hope to embody in this rough time, and thought I would share it here. It's a drawing of how I see Sanchin kata; very much a kata that...
  3. _Simon_

    Goju Kensha??

    Just curious if anyone knows anything about this particular style/lineage of Goju? I believe it was born from Ohtsuka Tadahiko Sensei... all I can gather is that it maybe has a bit more Shorin ryu influence as well as internal CMA possibly (and tai chi?).. Any info anyone has I'd be very...
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    "MA-related things you just don't understand and would like to admit it to someone" thread!

    A fun lighthearted thread in which you admit something in MA you just never really got... or something which doesn't make sense, whatever! :) I shall start of course! Okay... here we go... *takes deep breath* 1) Kenpo. Kempo. The martial art. I... just..... do not know what it is! There! I...
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    Goju Ryu books....

    Heya guys! Just wondering, are there any standout or definitive books on Goju Ryu karatedo? Not so much technique/demonstration pic books, but ones that describe the style, philosophy, what it's all about? There are heaps within the Shotokan lineage and some great ones from Gichin Funakoshi...
  6. _Simon_

    The student XD

    Just reading through an old MA magazine, quite an amusing article about the different flavours of students haha. Enjoy
  7. _Simon_

    Your personal warmup

    I was curious what everyone's personal specific warmup is that they do prior to any martial arts training/class. I'm sure we all have those injuries, niggles, or parts that tweak more easily than others, so thought it would be cool to share ways we make sure certain parts of us are warmed up or...
  8. _Simon_

    Nasal breathing!

    Many years ago on the kyokushin4life forum I remember a few guys were discussing the benefits of nasal breathing instead of mouth breathing, especially when fatigued. For some reason I forgot all about it, then this snippet article taken from a podcast popped up: Nasal breathing for...
  9. _Simon_

    Memorable training camps :)

    Have heard little glimpses of training camps from @hoshin1600 and others, but really keen to hear of more experiences :) It can be anything, from particularly memorable training camps in general (eg why was it memorable), to massive lessons learned, insightful moments, interesting drills and...
  10. _Simon_

    Some new toys!

    Got some new toys for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. Rebreakable board and a ball... headband... reflex.... thingy! Rebreakable board I've always wanted, and even though it's not exactly like the real thing, it is aLOT harder than I thought it would be. Have always loved breaking as a tool...
  11. _Simon_

    Online live training with Lyoto Machida!

    Another cracker session coming up for those interested! It's this Thursday 28th at 6pm-7pm UTC+02. I won't be doing it live as it ends up being 2am here (like many of the other ones on this page), but thought I'd put it out there :) Class with Lyoto Machida, 3rd Dan JKA Brazil, 10th UFC...
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    Calling all Kyokushin karate-ka, Kancho Hatsuo Royama online class!

    Really looking forward to this one, one of the people who was with Sosai from pretty much the beginning. Also love his practice and teaching of Ikken, hoping we do some of that. Details below, tagging some folk who may be interested, would love to train alongside you! It's this Sunday 9am...
  13. _Simon_

    Karate Boot Camp! (Online) 8th-10th of May

    Hey guys, coming up (8th-10th of May) is a Karate Boot Camp running over 2 and a bit days which I am very excited about, I will certainly be attending! It'll be like a worldwide camp, and I do miss the camps. I'll have to alter the schedule a little for myself due to time difference, but will...
  14. _Simon_

    Eggspresso latte, and Happy Easter all!

    The challenge was issued..... absolutely abysmal first run, but successful second run! (Notes to self, do NOT steam milk as hot as I normally would, AND have a backup cup underneath!!!) However you may celebrate it or not, it can be a timely reminder and symbol of leaving behind the old, the...
  15. _Simon_

    The inspiration thread: The Self-Isolation training of Sosai Mas Oyama

    Thought it'd be nice to have a thread dedicated to sharing our own training we've had to do at home, and celebrate each others' little wins. Can be anything we've been working on at all, doesn't have to be the entire session. Even if you were proud that you managed 20 or 50 bodyweight squats...
  16. _Simon_

    Hirokazu Kanazawa RIP

    A bit late, but Hirokazu Kanazawa Sensei passed away in December 2019. Chief instructor and president of the Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation and 10th Dan, he was an original student of Gichin Funakoshi Sensei, and a pioneer who promoted Shotokan karate across the world. Rest in...
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    Long/exaggerated/deep stances... unhealthy?

    Just something that keeps popping up from time to time, you know, talk around the watercooler! Just curious as to everyone's thoughts on styles that frequently use alot of deeper, exaggerated stances, and whether this is healthy in the long run or detrimental. I've now heard opposite sides to...
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    'Returning to the root' of your martial art

    Something just occurred to me in another flash... I see often many practitioners attempting to return to the 'roots' of their martial art, in an attempt to understand it better. But I wonder if this is really necessary. People often consider the 'root' of their martial art to be solely...
  19. _Simon_

    Different 'focus' in forms training

    Just had a bombardment of exciting things coming to me.... hope y'all don't mind! Was going to post it in the other "how do you study your kata" thread, but felt it was long and 'rambly' enough for a thread. Instead of trying to focus on a different aspect of the form or train it in a different...
  20. _Simon_

    Favourite apps for martial arts usage!

    Just curious if anyone has found any apps beneficial to their martial arts practice. Would be good to share them here :) I've been using just standard "round timer" ones for either bagwork, shadowsparring or even when I used to run, where you can set how many rounds, how long the rounds are...
  21. _Simon_

    Eliminating the 3 Ms of karate

    Thought was an interesting article. Posted here even though it's karate-based, as it's still relevant. Similar to other teachings I've been exposed to, which is eliminating the inessential, extraneous stuff, to get to the essence. Obviously requires a basis or foundation, but looking at what...
  22. _Simon_

    Shihan Cameron Quinn interview

    I quite like Shihan Cameron Quinn, he's a well-regarded 6th Dan in Kyokushin, and I really enjoy his balanced approach to training and longevity. Just watched a recent interview with him which was quite good
  23. _Simon_

    Movement myth: Knees behind toes

    A very interesting article by a trainer I respect greatly (emphasises healthy and balanced training, maintaining mobility and good range of motion etc). This is certainly a myth I was taught when I did my Cert III in Fitness, just thought I'd share whether it's of any benefit to martial...
  24. _Simon_

    Connective practice before you train

    Hey guys, just curious as to whether anyone here starts of their own personal MA training with a particular exercise to help their body be or feel more fluid, relaxed, and connected (in terms of upper and lower body moving as one unit)? Whether it's a specific kata, breathing exercise, mobility...
  25. _Simon_

    Cut kick/closing distance hop for other reasons!

    ...... this is an odd thread already XD. Okay, so as I've mentioned elsewhere I have a fractured ankle and partially torn ligament. Using crutches everywhere, but I've been..... experimenting. With hopping! Now I know not everyone is a fan of the excessive one leg up hopping forward in TKD...
  26. _Simon_

    Tensho kata (internal form?)

    Hey guys, I'll preface this by saying I'm not a Chinese martial arts practitioner, nor do i know much about it, nor Taiji, Qi Gong or any of the more internal arts etc, but thought fitting to post and ask here :). I've been working on Tensho kata (a form in karate), and it's said to be more of...
  27. _Simon_

    Rolled ankle injury ;)

    Hey guys, I rolled my ankle in a tournament recently (a week and a half ago), I can walk on it fine with no pain at all, but it still hurts quite bad at certain angles (if I turn my toes/foot inwards and do plantar flexion, it HURTS!). Anyone have any tips from experience to assist recovery? I...
  28. _Simon_

    Sensei Rick Hotton

    Ahhhh I just love this guy so much haha... Such a refreshing approach to karate, and I just click so much with alot of what he says. You can tell he just embodies it all with every fibre of his being, and displays all these principles so well and seemlessly... this is an hour video of different...
  29. _Simon_

    Themed classes vs. General all-bases class

    Why do my thread titles have a this vs/over that trend! Am I that divided?? Anyway, I was curious about your thoughts MT folk. As I'm exploring and trialling new styles I've noticed some schools have timetables with specific themed classes, and others will just have general training (in which...
  30. _Simon_

    Consistency over Intensity

    Thought this was an informative video :). Definitely an approach I'm leaning more into nowadays.. After years and years of training "all out" in every session (not only in martial arts but weightlifting), it takes its toll. Their whole couple of hours interview is on the podcast video but there...
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