If you haven’t been to the KARATEByJesse blog yet, here is a great new article to start with. He discusses the 80/20 principle and how it relates to martial arts.
If you have read his articles before, you know that Jesse Enkamp is a blogger and instructor who brings a fresh and fun perspective to traditional karate and kubodo, while writing thoughtful articles rich in martial arts philosophy and culture. He trains in Okinawa often, and I am very jealous! Thankfully, he shares what he learns on his blog.
I also admire his approach to teaching; it has helped me in the dojo, on the mats, and in my classroom. In “My Way of Teaching” he encourages instructors to pursue their own goals while guiding others, saying, “I don’t teach because I want to improve the students. No way. I teach in order to improve myself.” This approach eliminates boredom from the lives of teacher and student, and everybody wins. I’ve sought to implement this in my own classes and have enjoyed the positive results.
Jesse hosts a cool YouTube channel, too, that features videos captured from many of the major karate tournaments. Here’s a pretty neat video of a Uechi-Ryu karateka performing a sansei-ryu kata.
Well, I don’t have too much more to add except to confess I am a huge fan. So, check out his blog, and let us know what you think!