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whistlekick Martial Arts Radio is the only bi-weekly podcast devoted to the traditional martial arts in all forms. We dig into what makes martial artists tick, their history and experience… and tell some great stories in the process. It’s all about bringing martial artists together and learning from one another. Our guests include the famous and the unknown, from taekwondo, karate, hapkido, capoeira, kungfu, FMA, HEMA and everything else you can imagine.

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whistlekick Martial Arts Radio is the only bi-weekly podcast devoted to the traditional martial arts in all forms. We dig into what makes martial artists tick, their history and experience… and tell some great stories in the process. It’s all about bringing martial artists together and learning from one another. Our guests include the famous and the unknown, from taekwondo, karate, hapkido, capoeira, kungfu, FMA, HEMA and everything else you can imagine.

    Episode 911 - Preserving Legacy and Evolving Your Art

    Episode 911 - Preserving Legacy and Evolving Your Art

    SUMMARY
    Andrew and Victor explore the topic of preserving legacy and evolving martial arts. They discuss the challenges of teaching and practicing different martial arts styles and systems, and how to maintain the integrity of the art while allowing for evolution. They touch on the importance of lineage and tradition, as well as the need for adaptation and personalization. The conversation also delves into the role of forms in martial arts and the potential for modification and interpretation. The conversation explores the idea of evolving martial arts while preserving their legacy. The hosts discuss the importance of understanding the reasons behind traditional forms and techniques and the need to adapt them for different scenarios, such as tournaments or physical limitations. They emphasize the value of cross-training and learning from different instructors to broaden one's perspective and improve as a martial artist. The hosts also encourage students to think about what they want to do with their martial arts and continue asking themselves that question to ensure ongoing growth and evolution.
    TAKEAWAYS
    * Preserving legacy in martial arts involves maintaining the integrity of the art while allowing for evolution and adaptation.
    * Lineage and tradition are important in martial arts, but they should not hinder the growth and development of the art.
    * Teaching martial arts requires finding a balance between preserving what was taught by previous instructors and making necessary adjustments for the present and future.
    * The concept of preserving legacy and evolving martial arts is a complex and ongoing conversation that requires open-mindedness and a willingness to learn and grow. Understanding the reasons behind traditional forms and techniques is important.
    * Adapting techniques for different scenarios, such as tournaments or physical limitations, is acceptable.
    * Cross-training and learning from different instructors can broaden one's perspective and improve as a martial artist.
    * Continuously asking oneself what they want to do with their martial arts ensures ongoing growth and evolution.

    • 44 min
    Episode 910 - Kyoshi Marcus Traynor

    Episode 910 - Kyoshi Marcus Traynor

    SUMMARY
    In this episode, Kyoshi Marcus Traynor discusses with Jeremy the culture of hard training and the unique environment of his martial arts school. He emphasizes the importance of creating a welcoming and encouraging culture where students of all ages and abilities can thrive. Kyoshi Traynor shares personal stories of how martial arts training helped him overcome challenges and build confidence. He highlights the enduring nature of traditional martial arts and the impact it can have on individuals' lives. He also discusses the value of tangible achievements in martial arts and the role of teaching in his own martial arts journey. He shares how he discovered his passion for martial arts and the challenges he faced in pursuing it as a career, highlighting the importance of confidence and discipline gained from martial arts training and how it can transform lives. He emphasizes the need for martial artists to support and collaborate with each other, creating opportunities for cross-training and growth. Overall, he encourages individuals to never stop learning and improving, as there is always room for growth.
    TAKEAWAYS
    * Creating a welcoming and encouraging culture is essential for the success and growth of a martial arts school.
    * Martial arts training can help individuals overcome challenges, build confidence, and develop a sense of belonging.
    * The enduring nature of traditional martial arts provides a strong foundation for personal growth and development.
    * Tangible achievements in martial arts, such as earning a black belt, can have a profound impact on individuals' self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. Martial arts can be a fulfilling career path, despite societal perceptions.
    * The economic realities of college education should be carefully considered, as alternative paths may lead to greater success.
    * Martial arts training can have a profound impact on students' lives, instilling confidence and discipline.
    * Martial arts is not limited to athletes and can benefit individuals of all backgrounds.
    * Confidence gained from martial arts can extend beyond the training mat and positively impact various aspects of life.
    * Overcoming fear and pushing through challenges is a key aspect of martial arts training.
    * Imposter syndrome and insecurities are common, but martial arts can help individuals overcome them.
    * Creating opportunities for cross-training and collaboration can foster a sense of community and growth within the martial arts world.
    * Breaking down barriers and fostering inclusivity in martial arts can lead to a stronger and more supportive community.
    * Never stop learning and improving, as there is always room for growth in martial arts and in life.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 909 - State Change Management with Matt Thomas

    Episode 909 - State Change Management with Matt Thomas

    SUMMARY
    In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew are joined by Matt Thomas and they discuss state change management and its application in martial arts. State change management involves identifying and optimizing different states to achieve desired outcomes. They explore the use of breath work to manage states and prime the body for peak performance. Matt demonstrates the Fire Breath technique, which involves hyper ventilation-style breathing to psych up before a match. He also explains the Calm Down breath technique, which focuses on exhaling longer than inhaling to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. These techniques can be used in both training and competition to enhance performance. This conversation explores the connection between the body and mind and the impact of breathwork on performance in chess boxing and other activities. The guest, Matt, shares various breathing techniques for relaxation and peak performance, such as box breathing and the 4-7-8 breath. He explains how breathwork can help control the body's response to stress and improve focus and decision-making. The conversation also delves into the mental shift required in chess boxing and the importance of harmony and triumph in winning. Matt discusses the F.I.G.H.T. acronym for peak performance and the potential applications of breathwork in different situations. Lastly, he shares his efforts to grow the sport of chess boxing and offers resources for those interested in learning more about breathwork and state change management.
    TAKEAWAYS
    *Breathwork can have a significant impact on performance by controlling the body's response to stress and improving focus and decision-making.
    *Different breathing techniques, such as box breathing and the 4-7-8 breath, can be used for relaxation and peak performance in various situations.
    *In chess boxing, breathwork helps shift the brain's focus from spontaneous cognition to idea evaluation, improving performance in both chess and boxing.
    *Harmony and triumph, rather than just winning, are important aspects of peak performance.
    *Breathwork can be applied in different areas of life, such as difficult conversations or important presentations, to achieve desired states and outcomes.
    *The sport of chess boxing is growing, and there are opportunities to participate in alternate formats, such as point sparring or non-contact versions.

    • 58 min
    Episode 908 - Sensei Greta Genovese

    Episode 908 - Sensei Greta Genovese

    SUMMARY
    In this episode, Sensei Greta Genovese shares her martial arts journey and the challenges she faced as a female martial artist. She discusses her experience in opening a martial arts school and the growth she has experienced as an instructor. Sensei Genovese emphasizes the importance of teaching with a balance of strictness and playfulness, and encourages adults to start martial arts at any age. She also shares her perspective on personal growth and the continuous learning process in martial arts.
    TAKEAWAYS
    *Teaching martial arts requires a balance of strictness and playfulness to keep students engaged and motivated.
    *Age should not be a barrier to starting martial arts, as it offers physical and psychological benefits at any stage of life.
    *Personal growth in martial arts comes from continuous learning and challenging oneself.
    *Opening a martial arts school can be a rewarding experience, but it requires dedication and the ability to adapt to different students' needs.
    *As an instructor, it is important to focus on students' strengths and not be overly picky about their mistakes.

    CHAPTERS
    00:00 Introduction and Sponsor
    00:30 Introduction to Sensei Greta Genovese
    06:10 Opening a Martial Arts School
    10:41 Teaching Martial Arts and Challenges
    14:06 Experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
    24:05 Genovese's Perspective on Personal Growth
    27:40 Balancing Strictness and Playfulness in Teaching
    29:43 Encouraging Adults to Start Martial Arts
    38:00 Challenges of Teaching Your Own Child
    41:24 Keeping Yourself Challenged as an Instructor
    45:02 Message to Potential Martial Arts Students
    This episode is sponsored by Kataaro. Please check out their site at Kataaro Custom Martial Arts Products - Kataaro. And use the code WK10 to save 10% off your order. And be sure to ask them about a wholesale account for school owners!

    • 55 min
    Episode 907 - Rank Stripes or Not: 2 Schools of Thought

    Episode 907 - Rank Stripes or Not: 2 Schools of Thought

    SUMMARY
    In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss the use of rank stripes on martial arts belts. 2 schools of thought. You can have them, or you can not. They start by introducing the Whistlekick belt, made by Kataaro, and its unique design. The conversation then delves into the different perspectives on rank stripes, with Jeremy expressing his dislike for stripes used as a way to brag. Andrew shares his evolving views on rank stripes and how they can be beneficial in showing progression. They also discuss the benefits of not having rank stripes and the potential issues that can arise with their use. The episode concludes with a call for feedback from listeners.
    TAKEAWAYS
    *Rank stripes can be a way to show progression and encourage continued training.
    *The use of rank stripes should not be solely motivated by ego or bragging.
    *Not having rank stripes can simplify the belt system and reduce the emphasis on rank.
    *Different schools have different approaches to rank stripes, and there is no right or wrong way.
     
    This episode is sponsored by Kataaro. Please check out their site at Kataaro Custom Martial Arts Products - Kataaro. And use the code WK10 to save 10% off your order. And be sure to ask them about a wholesale account for school owners!

    • 25 min
    Episode 906 - Tashi Tim Caves

    Episode 906 - Tashi Tim Caves

    SUMMARY
    In this episode, Tashi Tim Caves shares his martial arts journey and his transition from engineering to teaching math. He discusses his early training, his enjoyment of teaching, and the challenges of teaching martial arts in a school setting. Tashi also talks about his training curriculum, which includes styles such as Harimau Silat, Dikiti Tirsia Sirads Kali, Northern Mantis Kung Fu, and Shaolin Kung Fu. He reflects on his years of training and the overlap between different styles. Overall, Tashi's story highlights the passion and dedication he has for both martial arts and teaching. In this conversation, Jeremy discusses with him, his experience teaching different martial arts styles, his training schedule, and his track and field background. He also talks about the similarities between individual sports and martial arts, his future plans, and the importance of self-critique and improvement. Lastly he shares advice he would give to his younger self and encourages listeners to train and balance their commitments.
    TAKEAWAYS
    *Tashi Tim Caves started his martial arts journey at the age of seven and has been training for over 20 years.
    *He transitioned from engineering to teaching math and enjoys the opportunity to help students understand and reach their goals.
    *Tashi's training curriculum includes styles such as Harimau Silat, Dikiti Tirsia Sirads Kali, Northern Mantis Kung Fu, and Shaolin Kung Fu.
    *He finds that there is overlap and fluidity between these styles, allowing for a comprehensive and integrated training experience. Teaching different martial arts styles requires adapting and finding ways to make it work for all students.
    *Maintaining a consistent training schedule is important for progress and improvement.
    *Individual sports, like track and field and martial arts, offer opportunities for personal growth and support from a group.
    *Filming forms and techniques can serve as a valuable reference for self-critique and improvement.
    *Opening a martial arts school requires a significant time and energy commitment, and it's important to consider personal preferences and priorities.
    *Balancing training and teaching requires effective communication and finding ways to manage multiple commitments.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
167 Ratings

167 Ratings

kansaskenpo ,

Honest perspectives

Hello Sir, I have been listening for quite some time now. You are my favorite martial arts podcast. I am a Kenpo practitioner for the past 17 years and I really enjoy your interviews, thoughts and rapid fire questions. Keep up the good work. I will keep listening . Ms Higgs from Ks

Chickles72 ,

Great Podcast

I am rather new to the world of martial arts and I stumbled onto this podcast and I am so grateful! The guests and discussions have enriched my study and my approach to karate.

Jsblum ,

Great way to find a community in the martial arts

One of the weird things about training in the martial arts is that because there are so many, the chances of meeting another martial artist of the same style and who shares the same practices you do (that didn’t go to your school or have the same instructor) can sometimes be challenging, especially in some parts of the world and with less mainstream styles. Plus, there can be a lot of petty, unnecessary squabbling between styles that divides, rather than unites us (those of you who remember the style wars in the early 90s when UFC was just beginning may well remember one public example; in some ways, little has changed). All this is ironic, since when it comes to the general public, we’re pretty much all the same. So the great thing about this show (and Whistlekick as a entity in general) is that there is something for everyone, as their mission is to unite rather than divide, question rather than grandfather in, respect tradition but not be bound by it. I have listened to the show for years, not just for the quality of the topics and diversity of the guests, but for myriad ways in which it has provided food for thought and ways to think about and enhance my own practice. Give it a listen! You will find a whole community waiting for you.

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