Century Versys

All Posts Dated January, 2017


My students will tell you it is rare that I lack something to say about the subject of self-defense or martial arts.  This week, I honestly struggled with what to write about.  It wasn’t that I had nothing on my mind, it was that I had too much! When this happens, I sit back and…


Being a good partner

The past 2 weeks in our karate classes, we have been working on some new partner drills. Doing partner drills can be challenging because not only do you have to learn the drill, but you also have to learn how to be a good partner so that your training partner can learn as well.  When…


a matter of perspective

In karate, bunkai is the analysis of kata; a way to determine the practical application of the movements. This process can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.  As an instructor, I teach basic bunkai to my students to try to get them to understand the movements; that it’s not…



Many people neglect flexibility in their fitness routines.  All of my students have been taught flexibility exercises, but few actually do them.  I have a limited amount of time with my students every week, so I like to take my instruction time in teaching them karate, not supervising them on basic calisthenics  and stretching. I…

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