Learn to use your muscles

The main basic goal of any martial art training is to learn the fundamental method of using our muscle effectively. During training, it is important to concentrate in the movement of every muscles and to feel exactly which muscles are moving. By controlling the proper contraction of each muscles, one will gradually learn to use…

Grading for improvement

In January, I failed 3 students during their grading test. There were 5 kids from Jasin testing for hachi-kyu. 2 passed and 3 failed. Although the 3 kids were not up to the grading standard, I deliberately tested and failed them. Why? I am repeating again and again during training every Sunday but they take…

Japanese Cultural Performance

The MMU’s Japanese Language Society had organized The Japanese Cultural Night on March 2. My karate doukoukai was given an opportunity to put up a performance on that night. The lead was established in December last year and my students and I had been busying for the performance since January and especially after the Chinese…

Light foods

I had some crackers before training this evening. Crackers is a slow-release carbohydrate, said LA. So, I tried this evening. I had about 4 pieces, washed down with a mouthful of fresh milk and a tall glass of water. I felt fine as my stomach was not too full for actions and not to empty…

Dinner for training

Since the opening of the dōkōkai in November, my dinner on weekdays are usually post training. Sometimes I continued my training after the class and I would be home around 10 or 10:30pm. It is rather late for dinner but LA had kept some food for me. I felt very difficult to sleep after the…

Little favor for this holiday season

The holiday season is approaching. Normally, we celebrate Christmas and New Year quietly at home and may be going out for dinner or sort. If Christmas day is raining, the weather will be cozy. Listening to Christmas song at home will be very relaxing. I may be thinking of throwing a little party at home…

A Disheartening Decision

For the past few days (around two weeks), I have encountered state of affairs I never experience before. I have been puzzled by some frustrating strange behaviors. I really didn’t know what to do with this encounter because lacking of experience handling it. I have to make some kind of decision and it is always…

Sparring – A medical implication – Part 3

To continue from previous topic here and here. Now, let us focus on injuries in children. Children suffers greater risk of injuries than adult because they are in their tender growing age. Children and adults share the same risk for injury of the bones. However, child’s bones are subject to a unique injury called growth…

Busy with Dojo

The opening of the Okinawa Karate-do Uechi-Ryu Zankai Malaysia Shibu Dojo at Bukit Beruang is only 17 days away and there are still a lot of works to be done at the dojo. Patching, cleaning, washing, painting, decorating, fixing, etc, etc, etc…. Whew! It’s not an easy task. This will be the first Uechi-Ryu Zankai…

Research on Sports Injuries

After reading many articles about sports injuries, kinesiology and other sports medicine related articles, it spurs my interest to know more about the medical implication of sparring (or kumite) in competitive martial arts such as karate-do. The injuries in children are most misunderstood amongst parents and martial arts instructors. A lot of this medical knowledge…