|Posted by Shihan Tatro on December 22, 2010 at 12:08 PM||comments (0)|
With the hustle of the holidays, it's important to remember why we celebrate...Christ's birth. If you celebrate something different this season, don't deny christians their celebration, or their right to say, "MERRY CHRISTMAS!"
|Posted by Shihan Tatro on December 15, 2010 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
This year has been terrible for me. I've been unemployed for 10 months of it, suffered with kidney stones through most of it, my back went out recently and as soon as I recover from that, I get the flu. "Seven times down, eight times up."
|Posted by Shihan Tatro on November 30, 2010 at 7:56 AM||comments (0)|
If you've read "My Way", you'd know about my new job and the "training" of climbing 7 stories of stairs. Well, it appears those stairs have gotten the better of me. I've been down with back pain for over a week now. I guess age is a determining factor here, but can't help but believe my 10 months of not being on a roof left my back weaker than I knew. Or, it could be the 2-3hr drive each way into D.C., or combination of both, either way, I'm out for a while.
|Posted by Shihan Tatro on November 16, 2010 at 4:13 PM||comments (0)|
The new challenge becomes stairs. New project at work is 7 stories...aerobic training especially with 40-50lbs of tools, and I make them a training tool while I'm working. I wonder if my boss knows he's paying me to get some training in? Fortunately the work on the roof is flat, so when we finally get there we can rest.
I'm finding that being back to work is not only financially, but physically beneficial to me.
|Posted by Shihan Tatro on October 19, 2010 at 10:43 AM||comments (0)|
I started a new job recently. I'm a roofer by trade, but have been unemployed for the last 10 months. The current project at this new job has an 8/12 pitch, which is pretty steep. Normally, I'm used to walking that pitch, but for the last 10 months the only exercise my legs have been getting has been karate training.
I have to admit that the first few days spending 9 hrs. on that pitch made my legs feel like my first Black Belt test. But, yesterday at 4:30pm I was striding up that roof like a young man of 57. The difference being, I'll pay for it later. lol
|Posted by Shihan Tatro on October 14, 2010 at 10:32 AM||comments (0)|
Last Sat., Sempai Dave and I attended Master Holman's tournament here in Hagerstown, MD. It was well attended and Sempai Dave took 3 firsts, while garnered 2 firsts and Grand Champ Weapons. Not bad for a couple of old farts.
Comraderie in the martial arts is nothing new and it was on full display at the tournament. In my youth, (lol...late 30's early 40's) I competed regularly in tournaments maintaining a top ranking in the old Professional Karate League and NASKA. Many of those old peers are still at it...making the Senior Blackbelt division the largest at the event. But, it is always the youth that bring the biggest joy to these events. Their energy fills the building as they strive to do their best. And how could you ask for more?
|Posted by Shihan Tatro on August 8, 2010 at 11:28 AM||comments (0)|
After being relatively inactive for more than a year, I restarted my training about a year ago. Being 56, I knew that it would be more productive to ease into my training rather than dive in, which is stressful enough on even 19 yr. old bodies. This worked well as my body re-acclimated to regular training and I was able to resume full training within a few months.
That's the good. The bad is that once my external body (muscles) acclimated to regular training, my internal systems seem to be struggling. I've been hampered by severe IBS and kidney stones which have impaired my training to some degree. I'm hoping that my continued return to the physical fitness required for Kyokushin training will help improve my internal fitness. The IBS has caused bloating in my abdomen which makes me appear in far worse shape than I actually am. That's the ugly. That and my face...I mean have you seen my pic??
|Posted by Shihan Tatro on July 13, 2010 at 9:46 AM||comments (0)|
I was recently asked to teach a Sai kata to some students of the Jung Sim Do system which has no Sai forms. I felt that Kusanku Sai was too long, so I adapted a kata that they already knew ot the Sai. Pinan number 2 is a japanese form but is part of the curriculum for Jung Sim Do, so I used it. This way, I didn't have to teach a new form, just how to adapt the old form to include a pair of Sai.
So, yesterday I went to the dojo and met with a couple of Master Garry Holman's higher ranking students to teach the form. After going over the basic positions and teaching the "flipping" action we managed to go thru the form fairly quickly.
What struck me most was the interest Master Holman's students had in not just the use of the Sai in kata, but the history of the Sai and it's applications. Many people are interested in just mimicking a form, not so interested in bunkai (application). To truly understand any form/kata one must understand the practical application. To truly understand practical application, one must study at least some history. These students seemed to understand this. They also understood that adapting this Okinawan weapons form to their Korean art would require examining the bunkai and adapting it to their system. This is encouraging. I wish all students would apply this type of thinking to their martial arts practice.
|Posted by Shihan Tatro on July 6, 2010 at 9:13 AM||comments (0)|
I've resumed training in my backyard, to supplement the 3 times per week at the dojo. I've been joined recently by Sempai Dave Johnson who's moved into the area. I look forward to working with him. As two "old timers" we've approached our training with plenty of warm-up to aide old muscles. Having an experienced sempai like Sempai Dave, forces me to focus on varying levels of technique and application, plus helps as an experienced "uke". (partner/opponent)
As we've trained over the last couple of weeks, we've managed to garner the attention of some neighborhood boys. Standing at the gate, the young boys watched intently. Just as in any other "dojo", Sempai Dave went to the gate to great our visitors. Before I knew it, he had them practicing stances and teaching them to "Osu".(pay respects) A couple hours later, a knock on the door produces the young boys with their Mom, who wanted to know how much for lessons. We discussed the procedure and I re-emphasized with the boys that being respectful was a requirement for training. She thanked me and left, but I hope to see them at class tonight.
But even if they don't show-up, Sempai Dave and I represented martial arts well. Those two boys will know that respect is a crucial part karate. Hopefully, we will be able to continue to train these young boys, but regardless, the proper foundation has been laid.
|Posted by Shihan Tatro on June 28, 2010 at 6:52 PM||comments (3)|
I've recently been training alot in my back yard again. Most of this recent work has been on Okinawan weaponry, which brings back memories of my Okinawan weapons instructors. One of those instructors belonged to the Shobayashi Shorin-ryu karate organization. Shobayashi means "small pine", referring to the Small Pine trees under which the founders trained.
This weapons training involved remembering Tonfa and Sai Kata I used to compete with 15 yrs ago. Part of that training includes applying Kyokushin principles of motion, stances and bunkai to the more rigid Okinawa systems. After the 5th consecutive time thru Kusanku Sai No Kata, I paused and looked at the two Small Pine trees in my back yard. Suddenly the words "Shobayashi Kyokushin" popped into my mind.
Technically, it should be called Shobayashi Kyokushin Kobudo, but since Kyokushin Kobudo is almost non-existent, I've learned alot about weaponry from others. I've adapted these techniques to reflect Kyokushin principles. I think this is an accurate discription of the Okinawan weapons training I've had over the last 25 yrs...Shobayashi Kyokushin Kobudo.