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Not Afraid To Start Over

Two newly promoted Yellow Belts in Goju-Shorei Karate.

Cesar Schinzing (left) was a Black Belt in Hwa Rang Do (2nd Black in Goju-Shorei Weapons) and John Mayes (middle) was a Black Belt in Goju Ryu and a Brown Belt in Shito Ryu, and they've started learning Goju-Shorei Karate from the beginning.

Starting at white belt in a different style/system is not easy. It requires that the student put aside ego, and preconceived martial arts ideas, learn different phraseology and retrain muscle memory. But these two are doing just that.

Congratulations to my newest students. 

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

Hell Of A Send Off

After reaching a certain age you find that you have attended a lot of funerals and memorial services and so you tend to compare one to another. On Saturday the bar was set extremely high. 

The memorial service for Sifu Mark Lord (58) was to put it mildly, powerful, amazing and healing. The church was packed with standing room only. Mark’s wife, Jackie, officiated with great calmness, with the help of their daughter. Jackie’s brother had the whole crowd howling with laughter as he told 3 wonderful stories about Mark, who he called Mr. Rogers. 

Of course there were tears from all the friends and family on more than a few occasions. None more so than when they placed Mark’s trumpet on the alter. A honor song was performed by a talented singer from the Pyramid Lake Reservation…


Posted by Dave McNeill on March 31, 2014 at 2:30pm

Sifu Mark Lord

Sifu Mark Lord and his wife Jackie.

It is with deep, deep regret and sadness that I report on the death of my Tai Chi instructor, Mark Lord. He died March 19th of a heart attack while teaching a class.

Mark was remarkable person: a professional trumpet player and teacher; a kind, thoughtful and giving Tai Chi instructor. He spoke Chinese fluently and had lived in Taiwan for some number of years.

His Tai Chi skills were almost magical, and his soft spoken manner and demeanor could lull you into believing he had no martial arts ability. That misconception was often corrected by finding the doubter on the floor and/or in great pain.

The irony is that an artist friend of mine was going to paint a picture of my teachers soon, and Mark was one of the last people…


Posted by Dave McNeill on March 21, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Bridging The Gap

In past blogs I've touched on eliminating or reducing your opponents structural ability to move, or "Kazushi"; and how to maximize your movement by constantly changing your distance, angle and elevation. So, in essence, both sides of the coin; what to do TO his body, and what to do WITH yours. In this edition, we'll talk about how to bridge the gap between yourself and your opponent while minimizing the damage you take to enter.

Although martial artists should be very proficient in all ranges of combat, often we can do the most damage, and limit the amount of damage we receive, by maneuvering our opponent into our "Power Zone", and maneuvering your body outside his. Your Power Zone is basically illustrated by pretending to encircle your arms around a beach ball in front of your…


Posted by Dave McNeill on March 16, 2014 at 12:00pm

Purple Belt Technique #20

Posted by Dave McNeill on March 14, 2014 at 7:56pm

Never Too Old

Hey people! Here I am with my oldest Machado BJJ student. Soke Dave McNeill (73). Actually, I'm sure he is one of the oldest if not the oldest, I mean chronologically mature, in the entire Machado system nationwide. Even though he is the 9th Degree Grandmaster of Goju Shorei and is also my weapons instructor he has decided to be a student again and been diligently training in the art of BJJ for the past few years. He is getting tough on the mat! Hes so tough you cut him and he wont bleed! And HE IS…

Posted by Dave McNeill on February 27, 2014 at 3:00pm

Sparring Seminar at Aim High in Oregon

Just wanted to give a heads up to anyone who is in the Beaverton, Oregon area. I am doing a sparring seminar this Saturday for the great students and instructors of Aim High. Here is the flier.

Posted by Martin Amba on February 19, 2014 at 8:45am

Karate Purple Belt technique #7

A detailed breakdown of this technique by Master Kooyman with the help of Sensei Winston.

Posted by Dave McNeill on February 9, 2014 at 2:30pm



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