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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.

The Cranky Kenny Learns Karate Children’s Book is Finally Here!

It’s been nearly three years in the making, but the children’s book I wrote in collaboration with local artist and illustrator Marissa Dziedzic is finally here!  It is published on and is available in electronic and print versions.  Here’s the … Continue reading

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New Mats at Meriden Martial Arts Club

We got some mew mats for training jiu-jitsu, judo, wrestling, and MMA at the Meriden Martial Arts Club.  E-mail to come train with us! You can learn more about our club by clicking the link below.

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The Life of a Part-Time Fighter

Hi, Everyone:  From time to time we’ll share a guest post, and here’s a unique look at the the life a part-time MMA fighter by our friend Craig Boyle.  He is an MMA fighter and journalist in the UK and represents Maxinutrition. … Continue reading

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Down, But Not Out!

Don’t worry folks. We’ll be back! Projects, school, new jobs–Alar and I are both still in the fight, and we hope to get writing again this summer. In the meanwhile, look for some guest posts on this site and some … Continue reading

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Why Leslie Knope is my Karate Idol

A lot of people have favorite karateka: Chuck Norris, Lyoto Machida, Rex Kwon Do. But I propose a different person to look up to.  Someone not exactly known for her martial arts prowess.  Someone like Leslie Knope. I’ll admit my choice … Continue reading

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Training Mask Karate Training

We posted on this a long time ago as a Training Mask review.  Here’s a recent workout from the Meriden Martial Arts Club featuring new and old models of the mask. After several sessions with the masks, Derek and I noted it … Continue reading

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Moai Martial Arts 2014 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog, and we share it each year with you.  Thanks for making this site so much fun.  Let’s have another great year together! – Bill Here’s an excerpt: … Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Prepper in Your Life

After testing and reviewing some pretty sweet knives, it’s time for Part Two of our series on preparedness.  We got some great response on the first article, and we hope you enjoy this no-nonsense guide to buying holiday gifts for … Continue reading

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EDC Knife Roundup

Looks like I’m a little behind on my posting lately.  Time to take the reins back from ALar and to tell you a little about what I’ve been up to! I hate to admit it, but one of my many … Continue reading

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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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