Training Notes

Develop a Martial Imagination

By Sensei David S. Hogsette Anyone who has trained in a particular martial art for several years has committed serious time and effort (and even money) to that art. As we study and practice our art, we become “wedded” to it, sometimes even developing the belief that “my karate is best karate.” Most practitioners would

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Reflections on 2014 and Thoughts for 2015

by Sensei David S. Hogsette As the year 2014 draws to a close, it’s a wonderful time to reflect upon the ups and downs, triumphs and challenges, and fulfilled dreams and yet unaccomplished goals in life and training. For me, 2014 was a dynamic year in which I made new connections and embarked on an

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Deciding What Bunkai Means To You

by Sensei David S. Hogsette Most experienced karate practitioners are familiar with bunkai, but there are many different views of bunkai as there are karate styles and systems. The point of this post is not to criticize any particular view of bunkai; rather, I hope these reflections encourage us to think more deeply about what

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Yakusoku Kumite Drills and Context

by Sensei David S. Hogsette I was training Yakusoku Kumite drills the other night, and I wasn’t getting a particular block/deflection move just right with one of my partners. Here are some of my thoughts and reactions: My defensive moves where getting jammed up sometimes, so I was trying to work different angles and timing.

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Karate Comfort Zones

by Sensei David S. Hogsette Comfort zones are curious thing. We all like our comfort zones: our personal space in the car, with our radio/i-pod presets and environmental controls. We like our living spaces and work spaces just so. And we like to maintain a comfortable personal space. These comfort zones are perfectly natural and

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