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

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...

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...

March 13, 2017

Wisdom from Roy Cadiente, Kyoshi, 6th Dan, Goju Ryu

Usually I tell my students that they already have a natural instinct or ability to protect themselves.  It is inherent in our DNA.  We as humans are wired for survival, and most everyone has the instinct for self-defen...

January 23, 2017

Paul "Semtex" Daley secured his win against "Irish" Brennan Ward with an incredible flying knee to the head at the Bellatore 170 on Saturday Jan 21.  If you ever had doubts about the additional power you can get with a flying technique, this knockout will convince you...

December 31, 2016

Wondering how to pick a self-defense tool?  Use the APE test; Accessible, Practical, and Effective.  A self-defense tool that is good enough for you or your loved ones must meet all three of these criteria before being selected as your tool of choice.  


The s...

December 4, 2016

I just got done watching Kung Fu Panda 3 on cross country flight.  Here’s my review. 

Two Thumbs Up

I’ve really appreciated the Kung Fu Panda series mainly because they are an amazing media to get the virtues of martial arts (read…kung fu) into the mainstream and in...

October 6, 2016

Here's an intentionally short video on the 5 striking surfaces of the foot.  This really is a primer for a more elaborate video that I will do soon.

Please share this with all beginning students...and with those senior students who take it for granted that they know how...

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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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