I often tell people that martial arts are a lifelong activity. By that I mean it is an activity that one can engage in at anytime in their life and for their whole life. Its not something you have to start when you are young, wait till you’re an adult, or give up on when you reach a certain age.
My journey started at the age of seven at a time when children learning the arts was not even a thought of being a boon for the industry. In fact, the presence of women in the arts was a rarity then. My journey has continued for over 40 years now and yes, I took some time off from actively practicing now and then, but my mind was always training.
On Saturday, October 7th, students and instructors attended the 27th American International Karate Championships at the RIT Inn & Conference Center. Congratulations to Nicholas, Brendan, Sempai Hannah, Sempai Paul, Sempai MaryLou, and Sempai Rich on their performances in kata, weapons, and semi contact fighting. They all did well and brought home several trophies and medals. Shihan Chris, Sensei Matt, Sensei Mike, and Sensei Chuck served as officials for kata, weapons, and breaking.
Technique is important; in most respects this is the foundation of hte training that martial arts entails. Without technique, everything can quickly fall apart.
The martial arts are an excellent activity that all people can enjoy, assuming that they find both a training system or style and instructor that they can associate with. The fact that these activities can be enjoyed by countless people worldwide is evidenced by the large number of schools, tournaments, systems, styles, and practitioners. However, there is something to be said about the lifestyle of martial arts versus the business side of martial arts.
This article continues to explore the question “What does a ‘Dan’ REALLY Mean?”. While from style to style there is no one easy answer, and even in same schools within the same martial arts system this fact persists, individual small systems may be analyzed in regards to this fact. This article aims to explore the meaning behind Dan ranks 6-10 in the Nemuru system of karate.
Sometimes, it is he or she that we do not expect that will bring something to mind and make us truly think. The example here is a reflection on a specific point that was brought up at last night's class in relation to the word of the week - perseverance.
Whether you refer to them as Dans, Degrees, Ranks, or some other term, most systems of martial arts, whether Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, English, or any other nationality, contain ranks beyond black belt or its stylistic equivalent. However, what do these really mean in the grand scheme of things? This artcile will explore that first 5 Dans of the Nemuru karate system.