Author Archives: Shawn Roberts

Bunkai Schmunkai – Part II – The NItty Gritty

Okay, I don’t know what gritty is or how important it is that it be nitty, but part II of our bunkai schmunkai blog involves some things for you to ponder as you learn and practice kata.  I, like many … Continue reading

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Bunkai Schmunkai – Part I

Bunkai, bunkai, bunkai … who gives a hoodilee-hoo about the true bunkai of a kata? … Now that I have your attention and before I get disowned by my Sensei, clearly karateka studying traditional martials arts do and should. Now, … Continue reading

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Would You Walk Up and Slap Sensei in the Face?

Of course not. But, in this last installment on protocol, I encourage you to view most of the topics presented below with exactly that question in mind. You see, anytime you put on your Maine Traditional Karate (MTK) gi, or … Continue reading

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This Little Piggie Went to Market

Open foot, insert mouth … No, that isn’t right. Open toes, insert cheese …. Hmm, that seems less than correct. Trick or treat, smell my feet …. Nope, definitely not. If only I had something to tell me what is … Continue reading

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Connecting the Dots

Not to date anyone, but do you remember the following scene from the 1984 hit, Karate Kid? New student, Daniel Laruso asks his teacher, Mr. Miyagi Daniel: Hey, what kind of belt do you have? Miyagi: Canvas. JC Penney, $3.98. … Continue reading

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What the heck IS protocol?

I’m such a hypocrite. I really enjoy giving what I can in our dojo to my fellow karateka, but have such a hard time accepting generosity in return. Two weeks ago or so, I was having a discussion about a … Continue reading

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Yu … Who Me? No, Yu

A few months ago, my son pointed out some peers who were pretending to be him and his girlfriend online.  The stuff being said in a chat room under his name was disgusting.  My son just kind of rolled his … Continue reading

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Don’t Be in a Hurry

Karate is a wonderful family endeavor. Several parent-child pairs, including myself and my son, train at the Maine Traitional Karate Dojo. My wife, Sue, also enjoys coming to class from time to time to watch her boys beat on each … Continue reading

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I Kicked a 2nd Degree Black Belt’s Butt

Do you remember that scene in Batman where Bruce Wayne is training on the ice with Henri Ducard (i.e., Ra’s al Ghul).  Thinking he has won the duel, Bruce Wayne is pretty pleased with himself when he has Henri kneeling at … Continue reading

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Heart

Wednesday last marked the final regular adult karate class before testing for rank promotions tomorrow afternoon.  As I prepared to leave class, I asked one of the students how his preparations were going.  He responded in a rather dejected way.  “I wonder if I … Continue reading

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