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About moaimartialarts

Lucky enough to grow up with the martial arts, I have felt their positive influence throughout my life and am especially interested in sharing these experiences with others. I enjoy working with youth and adults to give back some of what I've received. If you would like to learn more about Uechi-Ryu/Shohei-Ryu Karate, or if you want to find people to train with, please contact me. I am the head karate instructor for the Meriden Martial Arts Club.

MMA Club Training Videos 9.7.14

Here are some recent training videos from a workout at the the Meriden Martial Arts Club.  We’re just getting started, but we have five regular members who train in Shohei-Ryu karate and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.  Take a look and let us … Continue reading

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Shohei-Ryu Karate Masters Camp and Dan Test 2014

What a Great Week! Ed and Jean DeCosta hosted a training camp on August 4 through 9, 2014, in celebration of the dojo’s 40th anniversary. Congrats again to Ed and Jean, and thank you for your many years of dedication … Continue reading

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Shohei-Ryu Karate Training with the Masters 2014

If you practice Uechi-Ryu or Shohei-Ryu karate in New England you likely know that my senseis, Ed and Jean DeCosta, owners of the Okinawan Karate Dojo are hosting a training camp on August 4 through 9, 2014, in celebration of the … Continue reading

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Finally! An Update on Our Karate Children’s Book!

Like a million years ago (ok, last December) I announced that local artist, Marissa Dziedzic, and I wrote and illustrated a children’s book all about Shohei-Ryu karate.  The title is Cranky Kenny Learns Karate, and, if you couldn’t guess, it’s all … Continue reading

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Home Dojo on a Dime Part Two

Here’s a long overdue follow-up to our old post about building a home dojo on the cheap.  We’ve done a lot of upgrades since starting the Meriden Martial Arts Club, but it’s still dark and dingy–perfect for tough guys and gals who train … Continue reading

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How to Do CrossFit While Practicing Martial Arts Skills at the Same Time

Martial artists need to hone their skills every day. But we also need strength, agility, endurance, explosiveness, and flexibility. Training even one of these attributes can take a lot of time out of your day. But as Bruce Lee said, … Continue reading

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Moai Martial Arts Contest

Want to win some free swag from our MMA Shop?  Here’s a quick survey that we’d love for you to fill out.  Do you like the site refresh and enhancements we’ve been working on?  Please take a second to let us … Continue reading

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Want to Be a Better Fighter? Try Video Games!

How many times have you heard Joe Rogan or practically any other MMA announcer call fighting a “game of human chess”?  It’s true, of course: many athletes sharpen their thinking by playing the classic strategy game.  What better example of … Continue reading

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The Oni – A Karate Poem

After training alone in my home dojo this week, I recognized that without consistent practice in kata, I would probably go crazy.  It is a wonderful gift passed down from generation and generation: intricate movements worth mastering that provide self-defense … Continue reading

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Karate in the Snow

I live in New England. Temperatures have been below freezing almost all winter. It’s snowing, again. Do I need any other reason to post some of the best videos of intrepid karateka training in the snow?  I like to work … Continue reading

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