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  1. MikeBielat

    Revitalized!

    I have been a practitioner of Isshin-Ryu Karate Do for well over half my life. I have been constantly trying to maximize my stances to give me the most out of my punches and kicks but everything up until this point has all be "hard" techniques... Punching HARDER. Kicking HARDER. You get the...
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    Gi / Uniform Embroidery

    I have been seeing more and more uniforms with kanji on uniforms. I am not talking about patches, I am seeing real embroidery for this. I'd like to have this done with one of my Ironman Gis and have it say "Isshinryu Karate Do" Like here: http://japaneseshodo.com/images/isshinth.jpg. Here are...
  3. MikeBielat

    Blank Canvas - What would your 2500-3000 sq. ft. dojo have?

    If you had the means, what would your 2500-3000 sq. ft. dojo have? Where would the pro shop be? How would you arrange the spectator area? Would you opt for a square facility or rectangular one? Speak your mind and let me know what your dream dojo would include...
  4. MikeBielat

    Whoa a Photography Section!

    Hello fellow photogs. I just wanted to share some of my work with you all. I shoot weddings and portraits here in Buffalo, NY and do some personal / commercial work as well. Been shooting for over half my life now. My websites are: www.buffalo-wedding-photographer.com and...
  5. MikeBielat

    Punching Bag: How to hang in basement.

    We've just recently moved into a new house and I am about to hang up my old punching bag. I used to have a stand for it that didn't require the bag to be hung from the ceiling. I can't for the life of me find it so ill be hanging it from the ceiling in my basement. It's an unfinished basement at...
  6. MikeBielat

    Kids these days... Question for instructors.

    I tried finding a proper thread for this to go into but couldn't find one so please forgive me if this is in the wrong place. I am back into Isshin-Ryu karate after 7-8 year hiatus. Still know my forms, still can defend myself. Just out of shape and rusty around the edges. I'm training as hard...
  7. MikeBielat

    Getting back in tune with my chi - help needed

    Hello all, I am a longtime practitioner of martial arts. In my teens, I was briefly exposed to reiki and chi but left it at that. At the most I could feel a chi ball when my hands were apart. Since starting back up on my martial arts training, I have this new-found interest in chi and life...
  8. MikeBielat

    Hello from Buffalo, NY

    Hello all! My name is Michael Bielat and I am new to Martial Talk. I have a black belt in Isshin Ryu Karate and have been training since I was 8 years old. Took a little hiatus in 2002 while life got in the way. I just signed my 4 year old son to train at the same place where I trained and...
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