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Differences Between Okinawan Karate & Japanese Karate

A couple of points:

If one is to have a commercial martial arts school then a large student population is needed to keep the doors open. Basic economics. 

I question the purpose of teaching the use of weapons that the student could never have with them in public (big surprise). 

This article is from the excellent web site, karatebyjesse.com

10 Differences Between Okinawan Karate & Japanese Karate

By Jesse | 48 Comments…

Posted by Dave McNeill on January 19, 2015 at 12:31pm


Time to think about how you are going to welcome in the New Year. If you've done 1,000 pushups before, pick another method/exercise to embrace the coming year.

I've done pushups, crunches and squats so this time I plan on swinging kettle bells - from 106 pounds to 35 pounds - 1,000 times.

Some people may think doing anything a thousand times is boring, but I have never found pain to be boring.

Posted by Dave McNeill on December 28, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

From Sensei Pete Bowie


Sometimes we see someone who is far above the norm in athletic or martial arts endeavor, someone who is more fit, maybe, than most, or more successful, or maybe more kick-ass in whatever he or she attempts. It's always easy for the rest of us to rationalize what elevated that person to the top of the competitive chain. Oh, yeah, it's genetics, look at that physique. Oh, she's a health nut, always dieting, spends all her spare time in the gym. He's probably using steroids. She's really lucky cause her mother used to take her to all the meets, etc, etc. 

But is there really some catch to those super achievers' successes?  Yes, I think maybe there is. Let's look at the word CATCH more…


Posted by Dave McNeill on December 18, 2014 at 4:49pm

6,000 Hours

6,000 hours is the amount of time my student John has spent flying planes of different types, from props (1 and 2 engine) to jets. He has spent 200 hours in the Grumman Mallard pictured above.

Saturday all that cockpit time paid off. 

We were going to fly to Death Valley to spend the weekend and John wanted to take his beloved Mallard. It was stormy, crosswinds 27 mph gusting to 40. The takeoff and climb out was the roughest I’ve ever experienced. Turning to the east we were hitting some sickening down drafts and up drafts, but I knew once we cleared the Pine Nut Range it would settle down. Which was a good thing as I didn’t think we would be able to go back and land in this worsening weather. 

The words, “I don’t like the looks of that.” snapped my attention to John who…


Posted by Dave McNeill on November 26, 2014 at 2:30pm

Another Goju-Shorei Black Belt

Goju-Shorei attracts people of great talent in many different areas. I recently posted a video of Dani Carroll and now here is Skip Ewing. Both people wrote the songs (plus hundreds more) that are featured in these videos.

Posted by Dave McNeill on November 18, 2014 at 3:11pm


This little girl sets a high standard for child and adult alike.

Posted by Dave McNeill on November 18, 2014 at 7:00am

What a Goju-Shorei Black Belt can look like

This episode of Nashville Unleashed features Dani Carroll Kooyman at the 20 minute mark and a bit at the end. Dani (the wife of Goju-Shorei Karate Director Master Larry Kooyman) is a Black Belt in TKD and Goju-Shorei Weapons System as well as the Ultimate Black Belt Test.

Her martial and musical skills are at the elite…


Posted by Dave McNeill on November 14, 2014 at 5:30pm

Belt Test Preparation

I sat on a 2 day test board last weekend at Evolution Marital Arts Academy in Sparks, Nevada, and was impressed by the depth of

the curriculum the students had to know, and the intensity with which they performed. I did not see one hesitation or one misstep. Very impressive.

But I have certainly seen the exact opposite. Which brings up the following:

If you played a musical instrument, and you had committed to giving a recital, would you practice your butt off before walking out on the stage?

If you were invited to give a speech to a civics group, would you rehearse a lot – a hell of a lot – before stepping up to the podium?

If you were a college student and mid-terms were looming would you burn the midnight oil?

In these three cases I assume the answer would be a…


Posted by Dave McNeill on October 16, 2014 at 1:30pm



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