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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

Goju-Shorei Karate Green Belt Technique #9

Don't forget to do the self-directed add on.

Posted by Dave McNeill on September 7, 2014 at 12:30pm


During cane class Tuesday I taped marbles to the bottoms of the feet of 4 people, and I taped three of their fingers down. Now they were roughly at the mobility level of Nicky (fourth from left) who has Cerebral Palsy. An hour of walking on marbles, swinging a cane and defending themselves gave a nano second experience of what Nicky goes through daily.

Nicky is a long standing Black Belt with West Coast Martial Arts, Gardnerville, Nevada. She earned her rank with the aid, suggestions and support of her instructors as they collectively adjusted and adapted all of the curriculum requirements.

Her belt does mean something. It means she didn't quit, it means she figured out how to make things work, it means her school and instructors did not…


Posted by Dave McNeill on September 4, 2014 at 2:00pm

The Belt Should Mean Something

Saturday, at open mat for BJJ, we were visited by a two stripe blue belt that had some serious skills, which he displayed on most everyone. Finally our instructor, a brown belt, rolled with the visitor and the skill level differences were telling. The visitor was tapped out in about 15 seconds the first time, 30 seconds the second time and about a minute the third time.

The skill differences in BJJ belt colors was reinforced last night. I was rolling with a more advanced white belt, who I out weighed, and I was doing well. Then a skinny blue belt, who I out weighed by a lot, wanted to roll with me and I got my butt handed to me. Though our age was within 10 years of each other I had size and strength on him, but it didn't matter, my butt was presented to me on a silver…


Posted by Dave McNeill on September 4, 2014 at 11:24am — 1 Comment

Head Lock Escape

What is your favorite escape from a headlock?

Video it and post it here, or write a description of the escape and post it here.

No judgements, just sharing.

Posted by Dave McNeill on August 30, 2014 at 4:03pm — 1 Comment



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