Dento-teki Kyokushinkai Karate Organization

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Recovery cont

Posted by Shihan Tatro on February 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Since my last post, I've been in the hospital in Oct. w/ complications from chemo. Those complications weakened me further and it took me until early Jan. to fully recover.

Although I still have lung cancer, my energy level has been improved recently and I'm getting back into the dojo.

Cancer....it sucks.

Posted by Shihan Tatro on August 6, 2012 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (3)

I've recently been diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer that has moved to my lungs. According to the Dr., even with Chemotherapy treatment I will only live another 2 or so yrs....without about 1 yr.

Since the surgery that removed my bladder back in Nov., I've been recovering nicely, even back to light training. I even developed the Chisai Bushi no Tonfa kata that can be seen here on the Videos page. I continue to teach karate which is my life long passion.

My all time favorite...

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Recovery

Posted by Shihan Tatro on October 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently dealt with some bladder surgery and have been inactive for the past 4 weeks. Other than some light stretching I haven't trained at all. I just got back to work yesterday and realized I'm weaker than expected, but I'll get used to it.

Tonight I will do my first training. I'll take it easy and hopefully be able to complete entire class. Each class from here on, I will try to elevate my training by small increments. Within a few weeks I should be back to normal.

Seminars

Posted by Shihan Tatro on June 15, 2011 at 8:33 AM Comments comments (0)

As I prepare for a series of seminars on tonfa, sai, bo and bunkai, I've broken out the weapons to prepare. I train fairly regularly w/ bo (like everytime I pick up a broom, shovel or pool stick) as I instruct students. I've recently returned to competing w/ the tonfa, so I train fairly regularly w/ it. Back in Dec., Master Holman asked me to teach a couple of his students the Sai, but I've done little w/ it since. So, I'll have to include time for Sai practice.

My strength is Tonfa. I...

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Summer Time

Posted by Shihan Tatro on June 1, 2011 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Summer training doesn't really alter much other than more water breaks. But intensity levels stay the same, let the summer heat do it's job and re-hydrate often. However, summertime does create opportune time to work on less aerobic training, such as muchimi, katecki-te, ippons or advanced work chushi stone or kamae jars.

It's probably a good idea on really hot days to incorporate discussions of bunkai or history, so education continues while bodies rest. I try to have handouts of subj...

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Why I teach.

Posted by Shihan Tatro on May 4, 2011 at 8:49 PM Comments comments (0)

Probably the singe most rewarding moment for the traditiional karate teacher is when you finally see the "light go on" for the students.

Teaching the concepts of Muchimi, (rooting) Ki or meditation are difficult.  Since they involve internal organs or concepts you can't as easily demonstrate these ideas.  But, the experience karate teacher knows drills and tests that helps develop and prove/disprove these concepts.  Using these drills does not guanantee immediate sucess.&...

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Article to appear in next issue Kickzone Mag.

Posted by Shihan Tatro on April 9, 2011 at 2:03 PM Comments comments (6)

What is Kyokushin?

By Shihan Larry Tatro

Kyokushin! When I first heard that word, my instinct was to say, “Bless you.” Then, I found out that Kyokushin means, “in search of the ultimate truth. I think that epitomizes what all martial artists do in training. We search for the truth within us, to reach our limits, then exceed them to reveal the ultimate truth…the person we CAN be. The true martial artist is pushing his or her own personal envelope, in an ongo...

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3/10/11

Posted by Shihan Tatro on March 10, 2011 at 9:44 PM Comments comments (0)

We've had numerous "intro" students is class over the last few weeks.  With these brand new faces, we're forced to slow the pace of class somewhat.  This slow down helps the sempai to fine tuene their techniques, but too much will eventually hinder any students progress.  Fortunately, this swell of new students has temporarily ended and we can focus on more advanced material.  I appreciate the patience my sempai have shown during this time.

You're always a white belt.

Posted by Shihan Tatro on February 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM Comments comments (0)

A bunch of newcomers to class recently, has turned the focus to basic kihon in class. The pace and attention to detail is different when you've got first week kohai. (juniors)  I use the opportunity to remind the sempai (seniors) that all techniques come from the kihon.  This is time for them to work on applying various belt level qualities to their basic techniques.

The ranking system of Kyokushinkai is both systematic and symbolic.  The White belt represents the empty c...

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Do

Posted by Shihan Tatro on January 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM Comments comments (0)

Do, means a couple things.  Performing an action or applying knowledge to a subject, as in; "I'm going to do push-ups."  In Japanese, do means way or path, as in; Karate-do.  One who follows the "way" of karate.

Both applications are paramount to karate training.  Not only must the karateka follow the way of karate, abiding in its values of hard work and a spirit of "Osu", but he/she also has to DO the work.  Performing the techniques repetitively improves muscl...

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