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Podcast Program by the Best Selling Authors of Books and DVDs about Karate, Life, Violence, and Self-Defense.

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Podcast Program by the Best Selling Authors of Books and DVDs about Karate, Life, Violence, and Self-Defense.

    Karate and Your Designed Commitment

    Karate and Your Designed Commitment

    Karate and your designed commitment. The lack of passive movements in karate is the natural, unnatural status of karate. The predisposition of the human body is not to move, it is to conserve energy. Karate is the opposite, it uses your body to activate muscles and move.

    The private student from India doesn’t like the West Seattle Karate Academy in the morning, it’s cold. And that is the worst of the complaints. She is willing to get up early, drive to class and get into a cold – by her standards – dojo. Her body would rather not.

    She is active and taking strides toward her goal, she is not lazy. Yet as instructors, we see lazy, or conservation all the time. We have all heard the phrases, “Get lower,” and “Bend your knee.” Simple observations of the human body wanting to do as little as possible.

    It is our nature to do that to conserve energy and the other side of that slick nickel is we want easy calories. The conserving of energy across the history of human existence is essential to survival. At least the conserving of energy it used to be essential to humans survivng. The use of the sea and the use of the planes of America are similar. One of these arenas is wet the other dry, but the same when it comes to energy.

    Karate is expensive in calories and money is a measure of your calories. I am not a historical scholar and I have no way of proving this statement but it aligns with this presentation. Karate was not about complicating self-defense.

    Calories Count in Karate

    We as humans are trying to conserve our calories. When we do old-style karate it appears to be consistent with the history. Karate was an assembling of a few easily taught moves. We like to call that in today’s world, Least-cost Solution Planning. Least-cost Solution Planning or Planning Methodology is a technique economists are using for making decisions regarding investments in urban infrastructure projects and transportation. A fancy name for conserving resources.

    And that is what we are led to believe, karate was not complicated, it was direct and as inexpensive as possible.

    The Vikings also have many examples of efficiencies. This is a different culture with no contact coming to similar conclusions. And it is like modern seagoing vessels of today, especially a submarine. Being able to do many things and fulfill many roles is necessary. It lowers the need for personnel and makes for more benefits with less expenditure.

    Karate And Your Designed Commitment Are Not Integrated Into The World

    The modern world doesn’t need karate. Karate is a small group of self-selected people making their way in life. Further, they self-select even more. The myths, the legends, the religions are not supporters of the martial arts as they may have once been. We have built, and continue to build our world to separate. To separate the ascendant integration of martial arts and our cultural norms. Karate not being a cultural norm and not understood is not supported.

    It sounds like karate is expensive. Karate is expensive and we, as practitioners of karate, are willing to pay the price. But we never see it as paying a price. We see it as reaping the benefits. You are getting the benefits of karate and your designed commitment.

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    • 20 min
    You Think Karate Loves You

    You Think Karate Loves You

    You Think Karate Loves You. Let’s shape the conversation in a manner that will bring to light a few issues. This will help you to look at a few ideas may have not considered in our karate training. This, of course, includes other martial arts. For our purposes, we are going to engage in the anthropomorphizing of karate. Karate lets you think it loves you, but it doesn’t.

    Athlete, Adventure, and More

    Athlete, adventure, and more. The karate knows you love it – but karate doesn’t love you. Your karate provides benefits. The benefits are in three broad categories. Mental, Physical, and Spirit. And this part of why you think karate loves you.

    The constant mental challenges of learning and reforming patterns are part of a healthy mental function. A sedentary body makes for a dull mind. Many studies and experience in watching people age serve as proof.

    Physical activity helps keep the brain clean. The mechanism of the brain gets a cleaning of sorts.

    Not Innate to Karate

    In the meditative aspect of karate, the seated meditation is not innate to karate. But meditation can still be a valuable addition. Yes, I said meditation and these types of practices, are not inborn to the karate curriculum. They can be helpful but and their value should not cast aside. Meditation wasn’t in the primordial development of fighting.

    Flexibility and essential mobility are powerful parts of the karate experience. The ability to move through the world and without hindrance. This is a gift karate training grants you. This is a wonderful attribute and it requires respecting and tending to. No karats-ka should ever have the occasion to say the line from the old commercial, “Help I have fallen and I can’t get up!”

    The deadly couch potato. And the difficulty of coming back from the horrific sedentary lifestyle.

    Bone density and how and why it is part of the practice. The classic endorphin rush and why we seek it. (Hint it feels good)

    The Impending Injury

    The impending injury. It’s coming. And you are responsible. Your karate doesn’t care. I am fortunate in my lack of pain. I am trusting you are having the same experience. Now the story of the Doctor who was way out of bounds. I had a Doctor after I dislocated some toes, declare I was going to walk with a limp for the rest of my life. He was wrong and should go pound sand.

    A broken hand is not a good thing and not smart on my part as the list of injuries accumulates.

    Your teacher is leaving you and it is going to be a cold shot of loss if you are not aware it is always coming. The natural response is often unsatisfactory, as you see them as lesser quality. Even if the quality and quantity are greater than what you once had.

    It’s not what it once was, your karate left you.  Now what act, what actions, what are you going to do about it. The world of martial arts is before you and the choices are abundant.

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    Kris Wilder is a martial artist based in Seattle Washington.

    • 30 min
    10 Rules of Karate for You

    10 Rules of Karate for You

    10 Rules of Karate for You. Putting together the principals takes in a life experience.

    The idea that there are only 10 Rules of Karate is a starting point. it could be 2 it could be 20.

    Funakoshi had 20 principals. Thinking of hands and feet as swords is number 17 I think. The majority of the topics are about how to carry oneself. Funakoshi place great value on personal perfection.

    The stoics and karate? Cross cultures coming to similar ideas yet never speaking leads to a sense of truth. Bruce Lee, and the Straight Blast. That makes sense considering Brule Lee’s martial arts origins in Wing Chun Gung-Fu.

    Rules. The following of rules even to the point of absurdity. Catch-22 the classic novel and movie get a nod for absurdity. And we find ourselves throwing away stupid rules. The raising of a child is based on rules designed to create a good person, not a hideous creature that people abhor.

    Chapter: Punches Come in Bunches

    The Chapter: Punches Come in Bunches, and the sub-set, “Chunking is only for the training hall.” The world-famous Gantt Chart gets a going over. How it works in the training hall and how it is, let’s call it flexible. In the training hall, the serial environment lets you practice safely and repeatedly.

    Children licking doorknobs and pulling cat tails get a different form of rules. These stronger rules are necessary and the softer rules, we use when talking to an adult mind.

    Here is an old-line you have heard repeatedly, “The answer is in the kata.” Yes, the answer is in the kata and you should approach kata about principal and not draconian rules.

    Entry points or restrictions the viewpoint you choose is a way you frame the world, the martial arts world.

    About 10 Rules of Karate

    From the bestselling authors of The Way of Kata, The Little Black Book of Violence, and Musashi’s Dokkodo…Your immutable path to victory!

    All ten precepts in this concise book cut to the heart of ending physical confrontations as quickly as possible with empty-hand techniques. Our definition of “ending” is to make the attack stop.

    Running after the now fleeing assailant to catch and strike him down. There is no lesson, no teaching, no therapy, no epiphany. There is only making that bad guy stop what he is doing instantly so that you and those you care about will be safe.

    The strategy of karate is based on principle, what practitioners do to prepare for contact with an adversary, while tactics are what we do during the heat of battle.

    Top Down, Not the Reverse

    Practicing a martial art from tactics upward to principles creates a house of cards that will collapse from a gentle breeze, whereas working downward from principles into tactics builds a formidable foundation that can weather near any storm.

    These ten principles are style agnostic, all about ending fights immediately. They define how to best apply your skills and training in the real world. Those who work with these principles will find swiftness, clarity, and victory in so doing.

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    • 26 min
    Going to The Karate Wilderness

    Going to The Karate Wilderness

    Going to The Karate Wilderness can be great, good, or of little consequence. The absolutes of either or gets solved.

    Absolutes of Fear

    The absolutes of fear and seeking need addressing. Each orientation has its own quality and as a result, return experiences accordingly. You have a choice to retreat, running away. Or you can choose to walk toward something. Running is based on fear and few acts that taken in the throes of fear end well. You may choose to relocate, moving because, of safety issues, taxes, or better potential. These are only a few of the reasons we do what we do. Relocating because of yourself, well you take yourself with you.

    The low emotional state of fear comes from the Lizard Brain. The Lizard, The Monkey, The Human Brain form a nice shorthand in seeing the mind. This shorthand is helpful. It aides us in establishing from where our emotions and resulting decision come. Running away is a fine resolution. Choosing to run away is used in nature at almost every level, from apes to rats.

    Going to the karate wilderness can be undertaken by anybody at any level. How a person is using their angle and attacking that makes the difference.

    Tropes in Our Lives

    A literary tool a trope is used in media to convey an idea quickly in broad strokes. Tropes are being used so much they have become lampooned many times in many ways. My favorite Lampooning of this trope is Threat Level Midnight. Threat Level Midnight is an episode from The American version of the television show, The Office. It is a brilliant example of over-the-top mockery.

    The ascendant leader is often lonely, as the fear-based leader can be. One is about anxiety and dreads the other, self-sacrifice.

    Here are three stories to aid you in the dissection of your actions. Or seeing others’ actions in a new light.

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    Br. Lazarus is a man who in heading for the mountains setting out to assemble himself. He has not returned but others have visited and recorded his thoughts.

    The woods are always different because of your orientation. As the old saying goes, “Your mileage may vary.” Yet the metaphorical woods, the karate wilderness still exist.

    The Dragon in the Karate Wilderness

    The downside of a fear-based wilderness journey. The Dragon! Oh, the dragon is always present, the question is how will you meet it? You have three examples in this episode. The choice is, of course, to select one of them or, construct your own as you are going to the karate wilderness. An more importantly how you return.

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    Kris Wilder is a martial artist based in Seattle Washington. He has authored many martial art books, including the classic, The Way of Kata. Making no apologies for his obsession of Football he can be found telling any who will listen about the nuances of the Canadian Football League.

    • 29 min
    Karate Skills and The Imposter

    Karate Skills and The Imposter

    Karate Skills and The Imposter. The imposter syndrome is something that can take you off the path. The path of continual improvement. We are likely familiar with the syndrome. Seen it, experiencing it or have in in the rearview mirror of life.  But for clarity, it is a case of a person doubting their accomplishments, or skills. As martial artists, we are not immune to this experience. Welcome to karate skills and the imposter.

    Seattle to Boston and The Cure

    A personal example of how this can show-up in life. How a culture from home and family can be the beginning of a healthy orientation in the world. And also, how when applied too much, by one’s own choice, can be a poor direction. The result so this over-rotation can set a person on a tangent. That tangent can be a not so good path.  Then a guy from Boston shuts down the Imposter Syndrome at a break moment and the rest is left in the dust.  

    We are never 100% prepared for our promotion. A martial arts promotion for a new belt, or a promotion at work. The Idea is about potential, not about the present skills. Of course, competency is essential, but the potential is the driver of the day. The imposter is not going to shape your karate or your work.

    The Movie, Shane

    The 1953 movie Shane is an example of how a person, even if not a fictional gunfighter has a message for us all. We take a dive into the relationship between the protagonist, Shane, and the young boy, Joey. This is an exchange is an example of owning what you have earned. And owning it in a healthy manner. It is only seven words uttered my Shane that demonstrates this owning.

    The movie is about how one might start thinking about facing the imposter syndrome. This position, or posture and how it bleeds into karate skills and the imposter.

    Here is a link to a clip from the movie Shane. If you enjoy Westerns, this movie is for you. If you enjoy stories about doing the right thing even when it cost you, then this is a movie for you.

    Putting a Bow on Karate Skills and The Imposter

    Not only is it a good story, the cinematography striking. You are going to say “Whoa,” as you channel your best Joe Rogan response to the film. And while you are laughing at your response keep in mind Karate Skills and The Imposter, they are not at odds.

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    Kris Wilder is a martial artist based in Seattle Washington. He has authored many martial art books, including the classic, The Way of Kata. Making no apologies for his obsession of Football he can be found telling any who will listen about the nuances of the Canadian Football League.

    • 22 min
    Hidden Karate Making Life Better

    Hidden Karate Making Life Better

    Hidden Karate makes life better. Martial arts teach punching and kicking of course. Martial arts also teach things like spirit, stick-to-itiveness, work ethic, discipline, and more intangibles.

    The Work Ethic

    Work ethic is valued high by society, others, and self. Let us reverse this order, it is self, others, and society. I will always argue a moment, work, or exploration begins with self.

    Keep working hard, that is not the answer. An executive drove me crazy with the worst management line ever said. You will be as angry as I was when you hear it. “Work smarter not harder.”

    Getting mad is a poor means of motivation. When we are translating emotions, angry equals failure. A madman may mean angry, but I would say it is mad. Insane like the Mad Hatter of the Victorian age who was working with Mercury. These hat makers went crazy, mad because of the poison.

    Taking The Moment

    It’s a good thing to take a moment. Creating a specific time with a quality to it for studying how you might work better. Then if you choose, you can hang up and think after receiving the message. This is helpful in finding the hidden karate making life better.

    Do more than expected

    That is on you. End of the story. If you do more than expected, extra effort is required. When you undertake this you are on the correct path. Think about it this way. You go to a car dealership and they put in more effort. The car dealership has a well-equipped showroom and delicious food. Doors are getting opened. “We can do that, no extra charge,” “Let me wash it.” Now the question, “Do you provide yourself with the same service? Do you do more than is expected for yourself?”

    Punctuality the first proof of human behavior

    I distinguish between people who are on time and people who are acclimated to being late. When you are late you are telling me how to live, what you value, and how to hold others. I am not satisfied with this behavior you are unreliable. It is the way I often measure the world. While preparing this podcast, I made a discovery; I have no friends who are habitually late. Without any thought I have let them drift away, no longer being part of my world.

    Have a positive attitude

    That is a standard comment, we have all heard it. Let’s look at that comment in the terms of the school. Martial arts instructor should be looking for people who are self-confident and motivated people. Or more importantly look for people who spend the effort regardless of ability.

    The people who are seeking hidden karate that makes life better. And remember the instructor sets the tone, dower or upbeat these are the two choices.

    And the final tip of the day, never let the other person write the contract in a negotiation.

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    Kris Wilder is a martial artist based in Seattle Washington.

    • 27 min

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