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  1. Michael Hubbard

    Question about Dobok Care

    This is great information and gives me some lifelong tips. Especially with ironing gis.
  2. Michael Hubbard

    Uselessness of kata in the real world!

    Yes it is. I enjoyed the healthy debate though. To me kata has two parts. The first part is to prepare one for combat situations should they ever arise in the street or in kumite. The second part is to be artistic. There is nothing like seeing a well practiced kata in a competition with...
  3. Michael Hubbard

    Uselessness of kata in the real world!

    Steve I like your points and they make a lot of sense. I respect and agree with what you are saying. The structure that Cus provided Tyson allowed him to channel his criminal behavior into something more constructive which was boxing and it did that for him. Once that structure was...
  4. Michael Hubbard

    Uselessness of kata in the real world!

    I totally understand your point and agree with you about 60%. A boxing drill cannot be looked at as a kata however when you closely look at the video on the way Tyson trained in his earlier days, he moved his head a certain way, he positioned himself a certain way around his opponent, threw...
  5. Michael Hubbard

    Uselessness of kata in the real world!

    I find kata as a way in martial arts of bringing organization to punches, kicks, strikes and blocks to different pressure points to a person's body during an attack. I believe doing katas in combination with sparring helps us learn how to correctly apply those techniques in a real setting...
  6. Michael Hubbard

    Getting the weight down

    You look good, keep up the good work.
  7. Michael Hubbard


    I figured out how to make this work. I took the KI International label off of an old belt that I used and had my seamstress sew it on to my new Japanese belt and that ended my issue. I like the KI labels as well.
  8. Michael Hubbard


    Actually, I would feel out of place wearing it. Which is why I posted this thread. I do appreciate your response because I feel the same way but needed to get a second opinion.
  9. Michael Hubbard


    I have a weird question. Does the label on a person's belt always have to match their style of martial arts? I ask because I love the shito-kai circular label on Tokaido or Hirota belts but my main style of karate is shotokan. I could wear a JKA label but the shito-kai label appeals to me more...
  10. Michael Hubbard

    Olympic Karate KO.

    I saw that kick and thought it was a great kick however it was hard to control that type of kick when the guy leaned in toward it. In the split second it made contact the competitor was out cold. The attacker would have needed to react in a split second to control the kick. I think if the...
  11. Michael Hubbard

    About black belts

    I have a plain Tokaido 1.75 cotton belt and a 2 inch wide soft kataaro belt that work well for me. They are very simple belts that do the job quite nicely for me.
  12. Michael Hubbard

    Best Black Belt: Silk, Satin, or Cotton

    I prefer heavy cotton black belts like the KI international and Tokaido black belts. I find that they stay tied in the same position for a long time during class.
  13. Michael Hubbard

    Dojo life

    Classes at my dojo in Cypress CA are filling up quite nicely after a year and a few months of restrictions. We lost some students last year who I haven't seen back. Now we seem to be getting a new core of students. The regular black belts like myself and others have been stable and that has...
  14. Michael Hubbard

    question about belt

    Great advice.
  15. Michael Hubbard

    Black Belts who makes the best Belt

    Shuriedo, KI and Tokaido are good belts.
  16. Michael Hubbard

    Brand Loyalty?

    Good information.
  17. Michael Hubbard

    Have you ever considered quitting your MA(s)?

    Very well said. I would like to dabble a little in a different style to help me be more diverse.
  18. Michael Hubbard

    Have you ever considered quitting your MA(s)?

    I never think about quitting. When I was working my way up to a black belt over 12 years and didn't test when I wanted to I would huff and puff but in the end, I love training too much to simply quit. Once I became a candidate black belt I was very content. Now as a first Dan, quitting never...
  19. Michael Hubbard

    Your personal warmup

    Agreed, I started karate when I was 11 did that for a while until my mom pulled me out because I was getting into too many fights. Then did weight training for 19 years and came back to karate in my 30s and love training. I have been training 4 to 5 times weekly for 12 years. I don't see much...
  20. Michael Hubbard

    Your personal warmup

    BTW I am 51 and focus on what I can do, not what I cannot do. A few of the 3rd and 4th dans in my dojo are in their mid fifties and we have a 4th dan who is 68 and keeps up with everyone. However he has been training for at least 30 years.
  21. Michael Hubbard

    Your personal warmup

    I typically do about 2 minutes straight of jump roping, 30 to 40 reps of windmills, standing up put my knees together and rotate them each direction about 5 times, knee lunges about to both sides, standing up rotate my head from left to right and right to left and twists my wrists. Then lying...
  22. Michael Hubbard


    Truth be told. This summer I was in Inglewood, CA visiting family and found out that the actual KI International office was only 2 miles away so I stopped off there to look around and picked up a GI and they had a nice 1 3/4 inch black belt for about $23 so I picked it up. It is a very simple...
  23. Michael Hubbard


    Good point. I am a first dan black belt, so there would be no need for embroidery at this point. At second dan, Sensei will give out a new belt with our name embroidered on it. I tend to prefer the 1 3/4 belt for ease of tying. You are right that the difference between 1 3/4 and 2 inches...
  24. Michael Hubbard

    Belt Bunnies

    I would think the dojo would be a sanctuary from all of the worldly foolishness. I know people can be very competitive and very petty over a belt ranking but to offer sex. That's totally on a different level. Someone life that should be kicked out of the dojo.
  25. Michael Hubbard


    I have a question and I figured I would ask it here. Does it make a whole lot of difference if I wear a 1 3/4 inch or 2 inch black belt in class and training? Are there a whole lot of differences between the two in widths to where it won't really matter? Am I being too picky? Any help would...
  26. Michael Hubbard

    What company made your black belt?

    I know this is old but it's good information.
  27. Michael Hubbard

    If you could learn one new system what would it be

    That makes a lot of sense. Judo would be a good option.
  28. Michael Hubbard

    If you could learn one new system what would it be

    Having a black belt in Shotokan karate is great but if I had to learn another style it would definitely be BJJ. Having those grappling and wrestling skills would be a great balance. I have enough to defend myself well but having more training in that area would be great.
  29. Michael Hubbard

    Look... Can't we all just agree that PUNCHING POWER is just a matter of upper-body strength?

    I believe that punching power comes from turning your body at the right time which involves hips and legs and shoulders to create the best power on a target. Before I trained in karate, I was a bodybuilder for 18 years, benched 425 lbs, squatted 500 lbs had 20 inch arms, etc and that did not...