Fall 202ONE Warrior Week

Fall Warrior Week Begins Saturday, October 2 and run to the 10th

Yes, 9 days total !

What kind of a challenge would it be if the week was 7 days long ?

There will be 5 days of martial arts beach workouts and 4 days of 6 mile walks.

There will be:

⁃ Over 200 Katas performed

⁃ 100 weapons Katas practices

⁃ 500 repetitions of single techniques

⁃ 24 miles to walk

⁃ Watch the video for 7 Ways to Master Your Warrior Week.

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Full Moon Kata Event

Full Moon Kata Event

On Saturday, February 27th is the next full moon.

I thought it would be cool to do some kata under the light of the full moon.

If you are interested in joining the event in Palm Beach County contact me on Facebook for the location and time.

This will be an outside event and is all dependent on the weather.

Start time will probably be around 11:00pm.

This should a great photo and video event.

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100 Days of Karate

It’s On !
100 Days of Karate
I started this challenge December 21st, 2020. I am now 25 days into the challenge, I needed to get a few days under my belt to make sure I could organize my day to make time to do the challenge.
The challenge is this; 100 days of karate. I’ve put together 40 different martial arts training routines. The “training routines” include: katas, strike sets, kick sets, blocking sets, etc. Plus I’ve added calisthenics: push ups, planking, squats, etc.
I alternate karate then calisthenics… I do 8 karate routines, 8 calisthenics. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes.
I use the Kata Kan to select my karate training routines order, so everyday is different. The calisthenics, I organize to make sure I exercise all muscle groups and track my reps.

I also use my Apple Watch to track my progress. I like the fact that the watch times my workout plus monitors a few vitals, steps, heart beat. Not that I am worried about those things now, but at some point I may be. Last summer during one of my marathon training sessions. I was breathing heavier than normal and wasn’t sure why until after I was done. I was checking the info on my watch and realized that the temperature outside was in the high 80’s and the humidity was in the 80’s as well. Calculating that info told me I was working out in 107 degree weather. Which can be risky.

I planned this challenge kind of spur of the moment. I got the idea and thought, “Well…if I started now when would I be done…” so the estimated end date was April 1st, which coincided with Spring Warrior Week 2021. I did a few practice days then started on December 21st.
The typical workout you’ll see, I posted a couple pictures of my routine.
This past week I added a 30 day Planking Challenge to my 100 Day Karate Challenge. A challenge within a challenge. Again something to keep it interesting.

Ikken Hissatsu

Ikken Hissatsu 一拳必殺

to annihilate in one strike.

Here in the South Florida Samurai Dojo, we have proclaimed 2021 as the year of the “one strike”.

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To conquer with One Strike.

The emphasis is on the “one strike” to stop the opponent.

One strike will not be solely focused on striking, but on kata, blocking, striking, kicking, on one technique.

That one technique can change the course of the fight.

Every one technique is a Kata in itself. We need to improve one technique to improve our kata overall.

The One can refer to ourselves as well.

To conquer Oneself

We talk about improving ourselves with the study of karate, “making us better people”

It takes one, me, myself and I.

To make things better.

Ikken Hissatsu 一拳必殺

to conquer with one strike

Conquer Yourself in 202One

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Kata Kan

Kata Kan

Here’s the much anticipated Kata Kan. In our high tech world, here’s some low tech fun.

It’s about as cheap as you can get, a coffee can with a duct tape label.

The basic idea of the Kata Kan is to pull random katas or training routines out and then perform them.

I found that I used to perform katas in a series, I also avoided some katas because I didn’t enjoy them, or I would stand there thinking, “what kata do I feel like today?”

So this takes the choice of kata out of my hands.

The little pile next to the Kan are squares of paper I’ve written kata names and training routines on.

In my Kan there are 20 katas, including a couple of weapons katas, strike sets, kick sets, and blocking sets. Recently, I added single techniques such as: head block and knife hand strike, etc.

On average, I’ve been doing 8 katas a day. I have about 40 “kata” items in the Kan. So there’s a wide variety of training I can randomly draw from the Kan.

The pros here:

It varies your training.

This could help cure one’s Kata Anxiety, if there is such a thing.

For your students, this can be a fun way to practice kata.

Here some Kata Kan Games or Exercises, if you like that label better.

The amount and type of kata in the Kan is up to the instructor.

Plus, you don’t have limit yourself to just katas, any training routines can be used, strike sets, kicking sets, blocking sets, calisthenics, etc.

The Games

1. Someone selects a Kata from the Kan, performs the kata, then returns Kata slip into Kan. Next person selects a Kata.

2. Select a Kata from the Kan, perform, select another kata. Keep doing this until the Kan is empty. This could be done for one person or a number of students.

3. Let each student reach into the Kan to select a Kata they will perform, or they select a Kata for someone else to perform.

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Eye Contact

One technique can change the course of an attack.

Eye Contact with a possible attacker could be the technique that stops a confrontation.

Why ?

Criminals do not want to be identified. Casual Eye Contact, about 3 seconds, could be enough to deter an attack. Criminals say they can spot a victim in 7 seconds. In 3 seconds you can fight back.

Take the Eye Contact Challenge !

See how many people you can make casual eye contact with next time you are out. Keep track !

Any eye contact longer than 3 seconds can have various results from flirting to being aggressive.

The eyes are the window to the soul. You can see emotions or attitude in the eyes of another.

During this time of our pandemic it’s important to understand the eyes of a person and how they communicate their feelings.

100 Kata Challenge

 

The first I heard of the 100 Kata Challenge was the end of last year 2015 it was part of a celebration of Okinawa Martial Arts on October 25, known as Karate Day in Okinawa. It was inspired by the classic karate phrase, “Train hard 100 times”.

I thought it would be fun to try doing 100 kata. The more I thought about the challenge the more questions I started to have, “How do I keep count of the kata ?” “Where will I do 100 kata that I won’t be distracted ?” How long does it take to do 100 kata ?

Performing the kata was not the hardest part of this event, it was how to keep count of the kata. I didn’t want to cheat or get into the challenge and lose count get frustrated and give up. I wasn’t even sure how long 100 katas would take to complete.

How to keep track of counting the kata finally came to me, first I thought of poker chips but I didn’t have 100 poker chips, so my alternative “PENNIES !” Who doesn’t have a jar full of pennies sitting around the house ? I figured a bag of 100 pennies, do one kata take out a penny, repeat 99 times.

The biggest stumbling point resolved, now I had to figure out a location and a time. So I approached my son, Cole, he always has good ideas. So I asked where could do 100 katas and not be bothered ? He immediately came up with the best location, the “BEACH !” We did a karate workout at the beach last June and had a great time !  What I wasn’t expecting is he was interested in trying the Challenge with me. Talk about angels singing; I was excited my boy was going to share in this adventure !  Cole is turning into quite the Karate Nerd, like his dad.

Since I was feeling good, I said, “Want to do this at sunrise ?” Cole responded with his typical enthusiasm,”Ya, sure, that’s fine.” A great time to be on the beach here in South Florida. This is all coming together !  So we set a date Sunday, February 21, 2016.

The Beach

Our favorite beach, Delray Beach, on the East coast of Florida, the Atlantic Ocean a great place to watch the sunrise as the waves break on the shore; surprising not many people get up to see a sunrise.  The beach the sand is soft and sucks your feet in on every step it provides a good leg workout and challenges your 20150629_063757_Burst07balance on every step. We choose a kata that included kicks because I wanted to make sure we worked on our balance and legs on this constantly changing surface. Of course, kicking while in the sand does come with a hazards all of its own; sand between your toes gets tossed in to the air and may be blown back in your: face, mouth, eyes or in this case, the guy doing katas next to you: face, mouth or eyes. To avoid excess sand in those body locations we exercised control to keep the sand being kicked on to each other, as much as possible.

The good part about the sand, we were able to track of our steps easily. What we discovered, we were stepping in the same spots over and over again, and we were consistent. Every 10 katas we had to stop and cover our tracks because we were digging holes in the spots where we pivoted. Even after covering our tracks we found ourselves stepping in the same areas again. My point here is our steps and stances were consistence for many of our kata, which is a very important part of Okinawa kata.

What did we get out of this challenge ?

I had no idea what we would get out of this other than a work out. Matter of fact it wasn’t until about hour into the challenge that it hit me, what I was teaching my son.

This was a good way to teach goal setting and persistence. We set our goal at 100 kata, the same kata performed 100 times in a row. It’s like any marathon activity you do, you don’t realize what is in store until you begin. Reaching the goal you have established is the only way to feel a sense of achievement.  The persistence comes in the middle when you feel you are not making any head way in reaching the goal.

Persistence

Defined as a continuance course of action in spite of difficulty.

What is so difficult about performing 100 kata ? Well, just that, performing 100 kata. A kata is a set of fighting techniques performed in a sequence much like a dance. This kata, Pinan Yondan, contains 37 fighting techniques. Performing 100 katas meant we did 3700 fighting techniques. Each kata takes about 30 seconds to complete. It took us 90 minutes to complete 100 kata.

Our Process

We set up our bag of pennies to track our progress and beside that we placed a small bowl; complete one kata transfer one penny from the bag to the bowl. After 10 kata you start thinking about what you have left, 90 more ! As we did the kata the number of pennies in the bag did not seem to decrease and the number of pennies in the bowl did not seem to increase. Now you start thinking about what you started and what the goal is and you become discouraged. “Maybe this was stupid !” “The pennies seem the same no matter how many kata I do.” I’m not making progress !”

This is where as a father I have to be a good role model and keep going and push to the end, “Achieve the Goal !” Cole was good, he kept focus and didn’t complain about this dilemma either. Not until we were done and we talked about our experience. I brought up the point afterward how difficult it was to continue even though we felt like we were not making progress. We all know in life there will be times when we will experience that, you feel, you are not getting anywhere but progress takes time.

It took us 90 minutes to complete this challenge.

Next Time

“Next time ?!”, believe it or not we are considering a next time ! We liked the beach atmosphere but not the sand, we are hoping to do it next time on a level surface. Okinawa Karate Day is in October so our tentative plan is to the join our martial arts brothers in spirit and take the 100 Kata Challenge again !

100 Kata Challenge

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On February 21, 2016 my son, Cole and I will take the 100 Kata Challenge.
I heard of this challenge until last year it sounded like fun.

The 100 Kata Challenge is to perform one kata 100 times.

”How to keep track of the katas ?” that was our biggest problem.
I don’t know anyone who wants to watch us do 100 katas; I called, my mom/grandma she hung up on me, I said, “It’s for your son and grandson”…No go !

I came up with a plan use 100 pennies and two bowls, move the pennies between the two bowls until reaching the goal, easy enough.

Roughly we figured it will take about 30 seconds per kata, in 60 minutes we could easily complete 100 kata, if we did them back to back non-stop ! “that won’t happen”,

So I blocked out 2 hours who knows how much time I will waste convincing my son to keep going…This is fun !  You’re almost there !

The best part Cole came up with the best location to do this, the BEACH ! It was his first suggestion and a winner.

So our 100 Kata Challenge will take place on the beach at sunrise, Sunday, February 21st.

We did kata on the beach last June for Warrior Week is was fun we took a lot of great pictures.

In February who knows what kind of weather we will have at the beach, as long as there is no rain or lightning we will tough it out.