Mixed Martial Arts Resources

Here you will find information, knowledge, wisdom, quotes, and resources to enhance your martial arts experience.  

I guarantee you will find information here what you will not find anywhere else.

As mentioned several times, if you are an instructor, this BLOG, will be highly beneficial to you.  Feel free to use any or all of this for your teachings, your newsletters, marketing material, whatever.  Cite this website as the resource, not to give me credit, just in the interest of assisting in propagating this BLOG.

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 because what I am about to describe will be difficult to imagine—imagine that you have decided to write a 400+ page reference book on oriental martial arts.  Now imagi...

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 training.  But to the mid-level students, instructors know that kata can become routine, and, frankly, boring at times.  They assume that doing a kata from start to f...

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 execute taolu, tae kwon do has poomse.  All three of these martial art styles originated in different countries and different times, yet one common aspect is the us...

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 principles and others, you will be an even greater combatant.

I’ll discuss all four of them at a summary level and then will write in detail on ea...

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 descriptions of body mechanics, to the importance of mobility, to, of course, amazing descriptions and accompanying illustrations of key tai chi postures and sequenc...

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-defense.  Their skills are a natural talent; they just do not know it because they are not tapping into them.  That’s what Karate, boxing, and other martial arts trai...

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 that the extra power is worth the practice.  Also, a flying technique can be very confusing to an opponent because he/she won't know where it's intended target i...

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 simplest way to illustrate this interrelationship is a gun.  A gun is effective.  But a gun is not accessible (you cannot carry with you all the time) nor practic...

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 front of our youth.  They are always very age appropriate and sophisticated enough (although I’m not saying they are sophisticated per se; it’s Hollywood) to ke...

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 to kick, but can't explain what parts of the foot they kick with.  Fundamentals...it all starts with fundamentals.  

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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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