New Partner!!

  Remember those words from class? We were either sparring, grappling, or training self-defenses with a classmate and your Sensei says: “YAME!!” ” COURTESY AND RESPECT.. THANK YOUR PARTNER.”  ” FIND A NEW PARTNER AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF IF NEED BE” “HAJIME!” And, every time we started with a new partner our strategy would need to…

Musculoskeletal Health – Health Benefits of Tai Chi

As a form of physical exercise performed regularly, Tai Chi addresses the key components of fitness: muscle strength, flexibility and balance by engaging every major muscle and joint group in the body. Even bone strength can be improved. Good posture is essential in the practice of Tai Chi not only for the sequence of movements…

Social Atmosphere

There are various benefits in tournament participation.  One would be the experience of a social atmosphere. At an AMA Challenge, participants discover their community, beyond their dojo. They meet more people with common values and witness how training impacts the world around them. We all come together, contribute who we are and work to unify…

Coming Out Of The Comfort Zone

There are various benefits in tournament participation.  One would be the opportunity to come out of your comfort zone and discover more of your person. As students, we get used to class routine and the people we work with. I’m safe to make mistakes and learn in class, but what about in tournament?  What happens…

What Karate is vs What people Think Krate is

Kevin Cyr – Second Degree Black Belt – Central Academy of Martial Arts “What sports do you do?” Jim slumps in the chair next to me. His stomach spills from the bottom of his white polo. “Uh, I don’t do sports.” I spin to face him on my own green plastic school chair. “You don’t…