“Gaseous Expansion is the concept of ‘filling the volume’ of the defensive situation at hand.” (Quoted from Advanced American Kenpo Concepts article on Gaseous Expansion) It is the natural adaptations to the chain of events that occur once a defensive situation begins. By altering small aspects of your technique, you can adapt your reaction to […]
Over the years, perhaps decades, I’ve notice a trend in marital arts uniforms. Back when I started training there were two choices, black or the white gi (karate uniform). The sleeves usually came down to your wrist and the pant legs stopped at the ankles. For many arts, the traditional length of pants and sleeves […]
Last week, the entire school took the two-day belt test and all passed. Congratulations to everyone who are now higher ranks and thank you to those who helped make the test a success.
It is always a special honor to attend another school’s Black Belt test. The students are performing at peak skill. The air is serious and focused. You, as the visitor, get to observe the martial arts style’s unique customs for graduating Black Belts. The variations are fascinating. The art of traditional Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu (KGS) […]
Kajukenbo was found in 1947 combining western boxing, judo, jujutsu, kenpo karate, Tang Soo Do and kung fu. Brief histories of this art can be found here and here. Grandmaster Sonny Gascon trained in Kajukenbo and developed Karazenpo go Shinjutsu. This would eventually transform into Shaolin Kempo Karate. Some would argue that the arts are so […]
Meditation develops the ability to listen to your body, not a physical hearing of talking arms or other silly notions. I’m talking sensing what your body is feeling. This manifests as knowing when you are tired, what types of foods you should eat or if you need to work out more. You should also sense […]