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Due to the popularity of the “How to Front Kick” article and the emphasis on the little-known Isolation Method that I wrote about in that article, this time I write about how to step from one front stance to another. Again, the Isolation Method will be the way that I recommend training in kihon.

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Why experience Ashram Life?
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Our faulty lifestyle gives rise to negative emotional states. This further leads to suffering.

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When you think about self-defense you may immediately think about kicking and punching.  But long before you need these moves is the ability to develop a mindset for self-defense.  Your mindset can help you to stay safe and prevent problems.  It will also help you to take quick action. Check out ezinearticles.com for an entire series of articles I published on the topic, but for now, I provide an overview.

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Your association has a syllabus you are given for examining students for ranks? If so, you probably teach to this syllabus more than you know. My recommendation: Dump the syllabus – both for your classes, and for your students. Instead, teach what you love.

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The article Karate is Not A Science has generated quite a bit of feedback. Some are not convinced Karate is not a science, and some are willing to concede it isn’t exactly a science, but they are still clinging to the idea that somehow there was drive-by science involved in its development. I wanted to revisit this topic and explain why it is so important that we understand our Karate is not based in Science but instead in belief.

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Hello again ;-) My trip report begins with my visit to the Great Intergalactic Shotokan Reconciliation Convention and Trade Show of 2257 where, in an unprecedented show of unity, the leaders of the more than 22,000 governing bodies for Shotokan karate style agreed once and for all to put aside petty differences and work together to serve the needs of students. One of the more interesting agreements reached at the conference was a new way of using dan ranks to acknowledge individual progress. Going forward, it was decided that the first five dan ranks would be used as follows:

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To understand the cause of all mental conflicts and diseases, we must understand that the mind comprises a conscious part and a sub conscious part.

Conflicts and mental turbulence occurs because we cannot reconcile our conscious part with what is going on inside the deeper realms of the mind. Further, the subconscious mind itself is the home of many negative thoughts that are in a constant tussle with each other.

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One of the more outstanding things that anyone observing a typical Shotokan performer will notice is the particular way in which body dynamics are employed. Most people who practice Shotokan Karate try their best to move fluidly throughout their motions, and then suddenly tense not only their extending limbs, but also other parts of their bodies as well. Some enthusiasts even go so far as to choke their breathing so as to create internal isometric tension to help with the timing of muscle tensing so that all of the contractions take place at the same time. This practice is referred to by many as -kime- using Japanese terminology. In English, the common jargon used is the word -focus.-

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The holidays are always a great time to relax a bit on your rigorous training schedule, and give your muscles, and joints a well-needed rest. It’s also a great time to visit, and catch up with family and friends. If your family is anything like mine, the conversation always steers towards the martial arts.  I am asked how a niece, or nephew can excel at the art they are in, and am also asked about my training as well. The most common query pertains to “How to achieve a black belt?”

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Pressure is the result of two surfaces in contact with one another where they exert force against each other. If you stand on your feet, your feet with exert force against the floor equal to the mass of your body in Earth’s gravity. When that force is calculated against the surface area involved, the amount of pressure, pounds per square inch, can be derived.

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