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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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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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Why I Don’t Trane UFC

I generally don’t disclose my lifelong interest in martial arts to my English classes.  The inevitable conversation ensues: You do karate?  Why are you a teacher?  You should fight in the UFC! After all, if Kevin James can do it, so can … Continue reading

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The Grand Master

Here’s a nice article about my sensei, Ed DeCosta from a local newspaper.  I mentioned his promotion to 9th-dan recently, and you can read more by following the link below.  Congratulations to Ed and the others who earned promotions as … Continue reading

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Karate Congrats!

This was a big weekend for several of my karate heroes! First, I’d like to congratulate my sensei, Ed DeCosta for achieving his 9th-dan while training in Okinawa this week. After a lifetime of training and teaching, it is a … Continue reading

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The Old Ways of New Masters: Interview with Michael Bacon

My interview with Michael Bacon is a perfect example of what The Old Ways of New Masters series is all about.  A godan (5th degree black belt) in Shohei-Ryu Karate, Michael has been training steadily since childhood.  After joining Ed … Continue reading

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The Old Ways of New Masters: Interview with Matthew Apsokardu

As promised, here is our first interview in a series about those who’ve grown up with the martial arts in America. Matthew Apsokardu is a writer and martial artist who hosts the Ikigai Way blog and has always been supportive of this … Continue reading

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