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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.

Martial Arts Ruck March Training

What would happen if you combined military-style PT, an adventure race, and a karate class?  You would get the Meriden Martial Arts Club’s first experiment without outdoor ruck march training.  We only made it out for a few hours, but we loaded up … Continue reading

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Hiking Boots for Martial Artists: Rationale and Reviews

Rationale Here is an other entry in the informal outdoor equipment series featured on this site.  This time, we’re focused on boots.  I wrote about training outdoors in minimalist footwear a long while ago–you know, before it was cool.  It is … Continue reading

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Rucksacks for Martial Artists: Rationale and Reviews

Rationale I’ve done a lot of posts lately about outdoor gear.  As I mentioned, preparedness is an offshoot of situational awareness, which, of course, is an essential aspect of martial arts.  Being prepared for personal, professional, and family needs that … Continue reading

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Meriden Martial Arts Club Kyu Test 5.1.16

Here are a few quick pics from our recent kyu test at the Meriden Martial Arts Club.  Thanks to all who tested and helped out.  Congrats!

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New Review: Century Tegu Headgear

Here’s another review I wrote for MMA Gear Addict.  While I love Century products, this one is a miss.  You can read the review here, and here’s a quick video that sums it up.  I hope you find it helpful. – … Continue reading

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New Affiliate: Kataaro

Kataaro is a custom martial arts belt and equipment company that I’m consistently impressed with.  Their products are excellent as is their customer service and delivery. Better still–all their products are made in the USA! Here is a quick review … Continue reading

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GORUCK GR2 Review: The One-Bag Solution

The Holy Grail for EDCers everywhere is the fabled “One-Bag Solution”.  I think I’ve found it with the GORUCK GR2.  I’ve had this bag for about a year now, and it’s served me well during hiking trips, ruck marches, yard … Continue reading

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New Review: Venum MMA Sparring Gloves

I just signed on as a gear reviewer for a new website, MMA Gear Addict.  This one’s on a sweet set of Venum gloves that you can get on closeout if you shop around.  Check them out! – Bill Venum … Continue reading

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GORUCK GR1 Fitness Loadout Review

There are a lot of reviews for this pack online, but not many explain all its different uses.  Here’s one loadout for the GORUCK GR1 used for fitness and rucking.  Look for more equipment discussion on the way, including different … Continue reading

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Sandbag DIY Dead-Squat Combo Lift using GORUCK and Mystery Ranch Packs

Here’s another post in the “Silent Ninja Workouts” series.  This is a lift inspired by the Dead-Squat bar. It is meant to combine a deadlift with a squat. In this video, the deadlift is done with a 150lbs. GORUCK sandbag … Continue reading

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