30 Years of Martial Arts

From motivation to goal setting and from self defense to fight commentary...it's all here!

There is only one basic principle of self defense:  apply the most effective weapon as soon as possible to the most vulnerable point of your enemy!

- Bruce Lee, Tao of Gung Fu

“Necessity is the mother of invention” is not a cliché but a precept that has been demonstrated throughout history.  The romans needed a means of transporting water throughout their empire, so they built the aqueduct.  Needing a means of defending themselves without we...

April 25, 2020

Book Review:  Martial Arts Encyclopedia (previously published under the titles of Martial Arts: Traditions, History, People and The Original Martial Arts Encyclopedia: Tradition, History, Pioneers)

By Matthew R. Hemenez

Imagine -- you might have to close your eyes becaus...

February 6, 2020

PART II  A Modern View of Kata, a Venerable Training Tool

By Roland Cadiente and Matthew Hemenez

PART 2 of 4

Why do we do kata?  

Every instructor realizes that to new students, kata is fresh and interesting.  To advanced students, kata is an essential part of karate train...

January 21, 2020

“Kata is the sheet music of karate. 

With it, you can practice anytime, anywhere. 

You can be your own teacher.”

      Roy Cadiente, Kyoshi, Founder OCIGK

By Roland Cadiente and Matthew Hemenez

PART I - What is Kata?

Karate people practice kata, kung fu artists exe...

May 26, 2019

Does size matter in fighting and self-defense?  NO, training will always defeat size.  But that’s not all.

Anyone who trains in a martial art always wonders how they will emerge from hand-to-hand combat.  Often mentally sizing potential opponents, asking themselves...

October 15, 2018

Article 1:The Concept of Sparring

Article 2:Stances and hand placement

Article 3:Combinations, combinations, combinations

Article 4:The Four Fundamentals of Sparring:Speed, Distance, Power, Timing (Already written, read here)

This is part one of a 4-part series to layout t...

September 15, 2018

Everyone needs to start a new discipline somewhere.  Everyone can also improve what they’ve been doing for years.  This article will layout the most useful foundation for fighting.  Master these four principles alone, and you will be a great fighter.  Master these four...

June 22, 2017

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tai Chi, Angus Clark, 2000

That this book is approaching 20 years old has no effect on the tremendous value that this book could be to anyone interested in the multi-faceted art that is tai chi.  From exceptional illustrations and desc...

June 18, 2017

Genuine martial arts teach humility.  Humility is a true facet of strong character, especially for those who have actual skills and power that could justify otherwise.  Well, Bethe Correia apparently didn't take the lesson from her early classes as she attempts to lure...

May 18, 2017

9.85 of 10 people in a confrontational situation that leads to physical combat will start by punching to the face (that statistic is not legit, but I would put a lot in a wager that it's correct or near correct).  What those 9.85 people do not realize is that a punch t...

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Martial arts of some sort for over 30 years...with binders and hard drives full of so much 

information that we've wanted to share with our students in this blog we will do so.  

We hope you find the information within helpful, healthy, enlightening, informative, humorous and will otherwise add value to your martial arts journey and a more fulfilling life.

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About Me

I'm a business executive full-time.  I love my work, but my second passion--well it's a way of life--is karate.  I am Chief Instructor, Renshi, 4th Degree Black belt at OCIGK in southern California.  I look forward to sharing with you as I do with my students every day.  

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