Training and Diet

Check out this area for posts on training and diet.  You'll see training tips, routines and resources for yourself or if you are an instructor I'll be posting training tips and drills that you can use with your own students (ever used X-Ray paper to practice kicks??).  

I will also be posting all sorts of info here about diet and nutrition.  While I'm not a nutritionist, I know nutrition very well.  My goal here is to provide you with information and choices for you to determine what's best for you.

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 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 28, 2016

Bruce Lee was well ahead of his time in terms of fitness knowledge and focus.  He was doing plyometrics before it was even a term, literally. Plyometrics as a term was first used in 1975 and Bruce incorporated them into his training the 50's and 60's.  Bruce was conceiving of training equipment and one of his earliest students / good friend / craftsman George Lee would build them long before personal athletic equipment was an...

December 11, 2016

If you are a martial arts instructor and haven't been educating your students about the importance of training the posterior chain for martial arts performance, then read on.  This is a critical, yet easily understandable concept that will make you a better instructor and your students better as well.

The posterior chain is an anatomy term that refers to the combination of the gluteals muscles, the ham strings, and the erector...

November 15, 2016

Here’s one of many drills that will be posted on this blog.  Feel free to use the diagram however you want.  I created it as a .png so you photoshoppers can edit it to include your own drills in the grey boxes.  Feel free to cut and paste any or all of the below.

For each drill I will address five areas:  (1) Purpose;  (2) Description; (3) Equipment required;  (4) Audience (That is, for what level and age group the dr...

September 25, 2016

Check out this great article from Outside magazine.  Running, still one of the best forms of exercise for overall cardio vascular fitness, is essential to our martial arts training.  If you want to be a fit martial artist, you need to run.  Just resign yourself to that and do it.

This article is awesome.  It breaks down 10 ways for you to become a better and faster runner.  And the better and faster a runner you are,...

September 24, 2016

I generally don't like "diets."  They represent a change to your behavior that by and large is not sustainable.  This zero belly diet is not a diet, even though it's called a diet...it's the best life style plan that I have yet to uncover, and I have uncovered dozens.  The plan simply says that for every meal you need a protein, a fiber, and a good fat (some olive oil, avocados, etc.), period.  Your carbs are captured in the f...

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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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