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7 I West Coast Wrap-up


Master Emil Farkas details Western contributions to the Martial Arts.

8 I Grandmaster Jhoon G. Rhee

The “Father of Tae Kwon Do in America” keeps busy even after turning 80 years old.

14 I Social Media Marketing Part 2

25 I Cool apparel.

More tips on staying on top of technology.

18 I Words of Wizdom


GM Keith D. Yates Shares the Secrets of Building Confident Kids.

20 I MAGI® Benefits Expanding

Why you should be a member of MAGI®.

22 I Hall of Fame Profile


American Karate pioneer J. Pat Burleson.

26 I Favorite Fighting Techniques from the Masters TM

Fighting techniques from Hanshi Tony Annesi.

28 I The Voice of Tradition Grandmaster Dan Tosh on Kata for Combat. TM

29 I Martial Arts Marketplace




Reviews of new products.


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30 I Kung Fu Korner Sifu Karen Schlachter expounds on Learning



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33 I An American Samurai Prof. Gary Lee discusses the “Draw.” 36 I Sport Karate Roundup


Grandmaster Joe Corley on the next generation.

38 I The Masters Self-Defense Series



Facing an assailant with a club by GM Ric Black.

40 I Jim Mather’s Karate Life


Improving Math Skills Through Karate Drills.

42 I Nutritional Self Defense Dr. Craig Rubenstein on Athletic Supplements: TM

Science or Hype?

44 I MMA Evolution is Nothing New

Dr. Ted Gambordella tells you why.

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Official Karate Magazine™ is the “official” publication of Martial Arts Grandmasters International®. It is a 21st Century version of the original Official Karate that was published from June 1969 to Winter 1995 by founding editor Al Weiss and Charlton Publications. We are published quarterly in digital format with a printed “annual” issue. MAGI® is a dynamic association of traditional and modern martial arts practitioners. Since 1994, we have strived to fulfill our mission to recognize and register kyu/gup students, black belts, masters, and grandmasters of various martial arts styles organizations, Asian and Western self-defense systems, and fighting arts. Editor and Publisher: Andrew S. Linick, Ph.D. Managing Editor and Creative Director: Keith D. Yates Editorial Consultant: David Weiss Contributors: Tony Annesi, Ric Black, Cezar Borkowski, Joe Corley, Linda Denley, Emil Farkas, MAGI® Member Benefits Membership in MAGI® will afford you the opportunity to have an affiliation with the first-generation pioneers who sit on our Board of Advisors. Of course you can share in their wisdom in the pages of Official Karate magazine (a subscription is included in your membership) but you can also take advantage of a direct dialogue with these Grandmasters through our websites and Facebook pages. You can proudly display the impressive MAGI® membership certificates, colorful uniform patches, and even attention-getting trademark protected four color window decals that proclaim you are an “affiliated” professional MAGI® school. (It’s considered the ‘BBB’ in the MA industry) You will receive big discounts on high-quality Asian weapons, books, videos & DVD’s, e-books, t-shirts, equipment bags, and even professional custom framing for MAGI™ certificates and for your own school certificates. We are adding new features and benefits all the time so click on and “LIKE” us at You can also go to



Sound Off! We are very excited about the new Official Karate magazine. Congrats to Grandmasters Andrew Linick and Keith Yates on a job well done. We would be proud to celebrate its return and the Grandmasters they have pulled together at the Battle of Atlanta (June 23–24) and online in the interim! How about a reunion for Grandmasters and Official Karate at the Battle of Atlanta? —Joe Corley Congratulations! Enjoyed this “in the day” and great to see you bring a great publication back! —Guy James I’m looking forward to this publication coming back main stream. I know with GM Andrew Linick at the helm it will be a huge success. —Master Art Beins Hello all, This is Jim Wilson. I was a close friend to Al Weiss. Don Wilson is my brother. I would like to support this magazine in any way that I can. —James Wilson I remember when Official Karate came out. Sensei Urban had a section in it. John Kuhl was my older “Dojo Brother.” I miss them all. Siempre OOS! Soul~Ki. —Peter Flores, Sr. Al Weiss was a very good friend and, of course, I thought Official Karate was the only magazine to be read. For any further support needed, please let me know. —David Lassiter


EDITORIAL A Teacher Affects Eternity;

She nor He Can Never Tell Where Their Influence Stops


o matter who you are and what you have achieved you will find, if you think for a moment, that the people who influence you are people who believe in you. Those individuals who have said something profound or showed you something special that helped to bring out your best. Most people know that in a negative atmosphere men, women, boys and girls shrivel up; but in an atmosphere of fun, love, kindness, happiness they expand, and find encouragement and positive fellowship. The atmosphere within your Dojo, Kwoon, Shule or Temple provides that element for growth with every student when the GrandMaster, Sifu, Sensei has established it properly. Among the greatest gifts a parent and martial arts teacher can give anyone are the wisdom, the character, the standards that will help them to safely make their own decisions and provide for their own protection. So how and what do you teach? The crown and glory of life is character. It is the noblest possession of a person, constituting a rank in itself, and estate in the general good will; dignifying every station and exalting every position in society. It exercises a greater power than wealth and secures all the honor without the jealousies of fame. It carries with it an influence, which always tells; for it is the result of proved honor, rectitude, and consistency-qualities which, perhaps more than others, command the general confidence and respect of mankind. Martial arts present a terrific activity for the student who has a poor self-concept and struggles with low self-esteem. No assembly of people, whether scientists, business professionals, sports figures, entertainers or politicians could be or should be more impressive or important than the members of the teaching profession, for no group wields greater power and influence over the future than you. Remember it’s not just the

techniques that you teach it is how you carry yourself. How you treat each student and how you instruct them to carry themselves and treat others. We are Teachers and every student you have carries in his or her mind, heart or conscience a bit of you, Your influence, your example, your ideas and values keep marching on, how far into the future and into what realms of our spacious universe you will never know. Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing and fast enough so that it is not boring; like all arts, teaching is as much a matter of timing as of form or content; and masters of timing are rare in any art. The Best Teacher is not necessarily the one who possesses the most knowledge but the one who most effectively enables his students to believe in their ability to learn. Every instructor you should know your positive efforts, kindness, social skills enhancement, humor, assistance in character development, and academic instruction is very much appreciated and needed. The Children and Adults who come to your school should be safe there with you. And when that happens the martial arts tradition lives on as you help your students develop not just their martial skills but develop within them Honesty, Truth, Integrity, Discipline, Patience, Understanding, Compassion and Courage. By doing that you are truly a Master Teacher! Have a Magnificent Class Oso Tayari Casel

Oso Tayari Casel appeared on the cover of several issues of the original “Official Karate” Magazine. He is on the board of director of the Martial Arts Grandmasters International®.

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Sensei Emil Farkas

Western Influences


s a martial arts historian, I’d like to explore the importance the West has had on karate in the U.S. Unquestionably, karate first made its American appearance on the West Coast in the farthest Western State, Hawaii. Early Okinawan karate masters such as Kentsu Yabu and Choyun Miyagi demonstrated this empty hand combat system to Hawaiians in the late 1920s and instructors like James Mitose began teaching karate here in the late 1930s. On the continental United States, the first karate dojo was opened in Phoenix by Robert Trias in 1946. He was soon followed by Ed Parker, who became one of the best known early karate pioneers in the country. Unknown to most karate practitioners was the importance played by a West Coast martial artist, Bruce Tegnér. He was the first to author a mass paperback book on karate, which led thousands of readers to seek out dojos throughout the country. He was also the first fight choreographer to expose karate to American television audiences when in 1957 his student, Ricky Nelson, demonstrated karate on the popular show “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” The father of Shotokan karate in America, Tsutomu Oshima, first began teaching the world’s most popular karate style as early as 1955 in Los Angeles. In 1960 one of the world’s best known karate masters, Hidetaka Nishiyama, established his All America Karate Federation in Southern California. Within a few years, most of the big karate masters resided in the Western United States: Fumio Demura, Tak Kubota, Richard Kim, Yoshiaki Ajari, Kyoshi Yamazaki, Duke Moore, Gordon de Versola, Ralph Castro, Steve Armstrong, Gosei Yamaguchi, Ed Parker and others were training American karate

students by the thousands. The first major American karate tournament was held in Los Angeles in 1961 when Hidetake Nishiyama promoted his first All American Karate Tournament. Ed Parker’s famous Long Beach Internationals, which began in 1964, became the premier open karate tournament for many years. The West Coast also produced some of the greatest early karate champions including Chuck Norris, Mike Stone, Joe Lewis, Ron Marchini, John Natividad, Howard Jackson and Benny Urquidez, to name a few. For years, Black Belt, the premier martial arts magazine founded in Los Angeles in 1960, was the only publication dedicated to karate and helped popularize the sport. Full Contact Karate first premiered on the West Coast when Mike Anderson promoted the first World Full Contact Karate Championships in 1974 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Of course Hollywood has played a major role in promoting karate to the American public. Beginning in the early 1970s, dozens of movies featured karate and gave karate champions, like Chuck Norris, a chance to show case their skills on the big screen, and become genuine movie stars. Without a doubt, the West has played an important role in the establishment of karate in the United States and continues to do so to the present day.

From James Mitose to Bruce Tegner to Chuck Norris…the West has played an important role in the establishment of karate in the United States.

Master Emil Farkas is a prolific author and has established himself as top historian on the martial arts. He founded the Beverly Hills Karate Academy where he teaches many celebrities as well as training and coaching several champions. He was one of the original columnists for Official Karate magazine. Martial Arts Grandmasters International TM


Profile of a Grandmaster™

The Father Tae Kwon Do Great Grandmaster Jhoon G. Rhee


couple of years ago I was privileged to be invited to a historic celebration of 45 years of the martial arts in the U.S. Congress. Hundreds of VIPS had gather to wish Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee a happy 80th birthday and to honor his over four decades of teaching the martial arts in the halls of the United States Congress. The Caucus Room of the U.S. Capital Cannon Office Building was packed with with a veritable who’s who in the worlds of martial arts and politics from former representative Bob Livingston (R–LA) to grandmasters Y.K. Kim and Jong Soo Park. Guests also included Walter Anderson, publisher of Parade magazine, William Cecil, president of the Biltmore Estate, and His Excellency Duk-Soo Han, the Korean Ambassador to the United States. 8


For four and a half decades, unless he was outof-town teaching or speaking, Mr. Rhee has driven from his home in Virginia to the U.S. Capital before sunrise up to three-days-a-week to instruct members of congress in the House Gymnasium in the basement of the Rayburn Building on Independence Avenue. Over the years he has taught over 350 lawmakers and administration officials, promoting many of them to black belt, including Bob Livingston, Jesse Jackson Jr. (D–IL), Mike Espy (D– MS, former Secretary of Agriculture), Pete Hoekstra (R–MI), Carolyn Maloney (D–NY), Gene Taylor (D–MS), Nick Smith (R–MI), Bob Schaffer (R–CO), Howard Pollock (R– AK), Toby Roth (R–WI), Bob Borski (D–PA),

of in America By Keith D. Yates

Presenting an appreciation award from the U.S. Congress are the Hon. Bob Livingston; Hon. Dick Swett. Hon. Trent Franks, grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, Hon. Nick Smith, Theresa Rhee, Hon. James Symington, Hon. Toby Roth, Hon. Connoe Morella, Hon. Katherine Harris, and grandmaster Y.K. Kim. James Jeffords (R–VT) and Gerry Sikorski (D– MN). Of course as the longest teaching Tae Kwon Do instructor in the United States Rhee has trained and promoted some of the biggest names in the martial arts as well. Allen Steen was his first black belt in America and became the International Grand Champion

at Ed Parker’s tournament in Long Beach in 1966. Pat Burleson is called the “grandfather of American sport karate,” because he won the very first national championship (a 1964 tournament put on, in fact, by Jhoon Rhee). Jeff Smith, John and Pat Worley, Ishmael Robles, and John Chung are all national Continued on next page Martial Arts Grandmasters International TM


back to the U.S.A. and begin teaching the Korean martial arts to help support himself as he went to the University of Texas. He was the first to teach, what would become Tae Kwon Do, in America (originally his style was Tang Soo Do). Besides being the “father” of the Korean arts in the U.S.A., Rhee is the father of musical forms (a staple in all martial arts competitions today) and the creator of the first foamrubber sparring pads (which revolutionized sport karate Mr. Rhee training with Bruce Lee. competition and helped it cross over into the champions who call Grandmaster Rhee their mainstream). For his contributions “Black instructor and friend. Belt Magazine” named him one of the top These champions were there that ten most influential martial artists of the 20th day as were noted martial artists such as century. Walter Anderson says Rhee is “one of Joe Lewis, Joe Corley, Steven Oliver, Dennis the great people of the world.” Representative Brown and dozens of other pioneers to credit Ike Skelton, Chairman of the Armed Forces Mr. Rhee with inspiring them to develop Committee called Rhee “a national treasure.” the arts in America. Besides well-known Remember President George Bush’s champions Rhee has taught celebrities as “Points of Lights” awards to outstanding diverse as Muhammad Ali (who contributors to American society? credits the Grandmaster with Jhoon Rhee was one of them. helping him develop his punches) Rhee was also named to the and motivational guru Tony list of the 203 Top American Robbins (who earned his black Immigrants (the only Korean belt and acknowledged Rhee as on that list). He has served on someone who helped shaped his several national councils such philosophy). Bruce Lee said that as the National Council on Grandmaster Rhee refined his Vocational Education and the kicking abilities. President’s Council on Physical Former U.S. Representative As a young captain in the Fitness. Ike Skelton, Chairman of the South Korean Army assigned to a In fact, physical fitness Armed Forces Committee U.S. airbase in America, Jhoon Rhee has been one of the hallmarks of arrived at the airport in San Francisco in 1956 Jhoon Rhee’s career. He still does a thousand and he says he encountered a “wonderland.” pushups and situps a day, can do full splits, He could not believe the prosperity in the and looks 50 rather than 80 years of age, United States. He had been sent to train in which led former-representative Dick Swett San Marcus, Texas, close to San Antonio. (D–NH) to comment that “Jhoon Rhee is like After a brief return to Korea Mr. Rhee came the humanoids in that sci-fy TV show—they

Jhoon Rhee is a national treasure.



A lineup of famous masters congratulated Grandmaster Rhee on his 80th Birthday.

Breaking bricks in the 1960s.

don’t age, and he is one of them!” For years he has demonstrated his 100 pushups in just sixty seconds—which he again showed at his birthday celebration (actually he did 103). He also broke two boards with a front snap kick while balancing a full glass of water on top of his head. In fact Rhee quipped that if he could balance that water perhaps Congress could balance the budget. Then turning serious Rhee remembered his time in the Korean army during the Korean War in the 1950s. “I fought side by side with young American soldiers,” he said, “who came to defend my motherland, a land they had never seen before. That touched me and I wanted to repay America.” But Grandmaster Rhee isn’t content to sit back now and reflect on his past accomplishments as a foundational figure for the United States, Rhee has become Continued on next page Martial Arts Grandmasters International TM


known as the “Father of Tae Kwon Do in Russia” as well. He has over 65 affiliated schools across the former Soviet Republics and travels there often to teach and promote the martial arts and its philosophies. In fact he left for Russia the week after the Washington D.C. celebration to promote his new book, “Truthtopia,” in which he lays out his “lead by example” philosophy . It can be summed up with a simple statement: “When I am truthful, my heart is beautiful; when my heart is beautiful, people love me; when people love me, I am happy.” Mr. Rhee says it can be a new social awakening campaign for a peaceful global society in the Third Millennium. And Jhoon Rhee might just see it through. He says he will gather everyone together for another celebration on his 100th birthday. “Truthtopia” is available for $24.95 (hardcover) and $19.95 (soft cover). That includes a DVD which features grandmaster Rhee’s “65 Years of My Taekwondo Way of Life” and his speech to the United Nations in April of 2007. Go to

Keith D. Yates, Vice-Chairman of the Karate Masters Hall of FameTM presented Jhoon Rhee, along with J. Pat Burleson, inductions into the Hall. You can get more information about this prestigious honor by going to


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oing social media marketing the right way is going to take time. If the owner of your dojo (maybe you?) isn’t well versed in the “ins-and-outs” of Facebook, Twitter, Google-Plus, YouTube, PinInterest, and the many other options in cyberspace, then maybe you just decide to throw up your hands and market the old fashioned way. Place a yellow page ad, do a demo at the shopping mall, and hope the students come. But that’s no way to run a successful business in the 21st century. Maybe you know all this but you are just a young brown belt and “master” is still carrying around a flip phone that he only turns on for emergencies. Maybe you are the new sales director for the school and you need to convince the boss that you need to dedicate a quarter of your time to social media marketing efforts?

How to persuade your Boss (Sensei or Grandmaster). Depending on the size of your dojo, association, club, or event, selling a marketing program in-house can be the hardest part of getting social media marketing initiatives off the ground. This reluctance is understandable. This is true even in the corporate world. After all, legal doesn’t want to expose any company or entity to risk, and the marketing VP doesn’t want to invite criticism. But hiding under the covers hoping social media will go away isn’t going to work. If you need to convince your boss, start by highlighting these measurable results and accountable outcomes:

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• More website visitors/students and conversions • More incoming links equals higher ratings in search engines • Better search engine optimization using targeted keywords/branding • Better customer interactions and engagement converts to more sales And, if that doesn’t work, use old-school peer pressure. If your competitors are active online, try this tactic. Go to Google and in the search field type link: http:// On the right side of the screen, you’ll see the number of incoming links Google finds for your home page. Now do the same with three of your largest competitors. How do you rank against them? Who’s got the biggest web presence? Hopefully the numbers are convincing enough to get your boss onboard, at least for a pilot program. Alliance with Co-workers System OK, “master” has given you the nod. Now you need to motivate your colleagues (by this I mean your fellow staff members and perhaps, even the students in your school). Start by finding out who already has a blog, who is active on Facebook, and who spends the lunch hour mesmerized by YouTube videos. You may be surprised to discover how many of your dojomates are already well versed in social media tools and are chomping at the bit to bring their continued on next page Martial Arts Grandmasters International TM


social interests inline with their work and to help pay back their martial arts teachers for everything they’ve gained from training. Of course, if you need further help, MAGI® is ready to step in. Surfing the Wave of Change Social media moves at lightening speed—the popular tools, the lingo, the stars, everything. The best way to keep up with it all is to watch for what the “geeks” are excited about. By geeks, I mean the tech community. The technology community seems to have a crystal ball into the future of the Web. Tech blogs, like BoingBoing, were some of the first weblogs to gain serious traffic. Techies were early RSS adopters, and now Twitter and FriendFeed are their darlings. PinInterest now has more visitors than Facebook and YouTube combined. You’ll be in the know if you keep an eye on the technology section of Digg,, or, though be prepared for a huge wave of information from these sources. Staying a Step Ahead has some great tips on the visual, and marketing impact of good web graphic design. It might not be bad to hire a professional copywriter or editor to look at your text, especially if you are trying to market your school or other profit centers. There are ways to word a pitch to generate maximum response. And nothing lessons your credibility like poor grammar and misspellings. Need Help in Getting Social Media Ready? A social media marketing expert from MAGI® (the parent organization of Official Karate MagazineTM) can be hired to consult with you by phone or in person to give you

some basic tips on the social web, helping ensure that your dojos website is prepared for the additional attention and interaction you’re likely to receive. About the Author —Dr. Andrew Linick, known as The Marketingologist™, is one of America’s leading authorities in direct response advertising and internet marketing. He’s an award-winning master copywriter and top martial arts consultant with 43 years of experience in marketing/pr and promoting martial arts products, seminars, and webinars. He is a sought after keynote speaker at worldwide events. Dr. Linick is the author of 12 books and over 500 articles and is the only industry expert to offer a 100% money-back guarantee on his advice-by-phone. Andrew is available on a limited basis for e-mail marketing campaigns, advertising campaigns in print or online. He knows how to lure the media to your site. For a FREE copy of his Successful Marketing Communications Audit email: Blitz4pr@ Just let Andrew know your products/services and the type of copy you need written (name/slogan/logo, space ads, mailings, etc.). If he is available to take your assignment, Barbara Deal will call you to set up a free initial consultation. Call Barbara at 631.924.3888 • 631.775.6075 email: • • • Sister Sites: • • •

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WANT MY CHILD TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT.” Isn’t this a comment that we often hear parents say when they are considering martial arts lessons? A lack of confidence can be seen in little kids, in teenagers and even adults. What is self-confidence? It is a belief that one has value. It is an optimistic viewpoint about one’s abilities. And it is the belief that one will be accepted and appreciated by others. The opposite of these feelings is poor self-esteem. In little kids self-confidence can be improved by positive feedback by parents and teachers. Children who hear lots of praise and encouragement are on well on the road to building a sense of self-esteem. In teenagers poor self-esteem can be caused by all kinds of issues related to the onset of adolescence. Awkwardness, loneliness, and peer pressure intensify during these years. Some adolescents act out to gain attention. Others withdraw. Self-destructive behavior such as smoking, drinking and drug taking is often due to poor selfimage problems. In both younger children and in teenagers selfconfidence is multi-faceted. In other words, a kid can feel confident in one area and not so in another. Maybe he is good at math but bad at sports. A kid’s overall self-image is directly related to the amount of importance he or she places on the perceived area of poor performance. Let’s say that kid who makes good grades but is physically awkward places more importance on his physical prowess than on his academic achievement. His lack of coordination on the baseball field has a greater impact on his overall self-image than his good grades. So even though he is a gifted academically, he suffers from poor self-esteem because he isn’t skilled at the things that he WANTS to be good at. Think about it. Even as adults, we would be unhappy if we were forced to do only those things we weren’t good at.

Confident Kids Kids actually do want to be corrected, they just don’t want to be ridiculed.

So what is a parent to do? Experts say that kids need to be encouraged to enjoy the things they are good at and to become better at the things they like. They need to be encouraged to do the things that bring out the best in them. This brings us to a critical question. What if the kid just isn’t good at the martial arts? What if she is really uncoordinated? What if he just can’t kick without almost falling over? If we listened strickly to some experts we would conclude that maybe these kids would be better off in a non-physical activity where they don’t have to face the embarrassment that their lack of coordination could cause. Of course, as a martial arts teacher I would disagree, at least in part. I don’t believe in FORCING a kid to participate in an activity that they just hate (other than school that is). But you have to give the activity a chance. Especially if it is an activity like martial arts that can so benefit a kid’s self-esteem (and that sometimes takes a while to produce results). Here is where the right type of instructor comes into play. There must be an environment in the classroom that fosters self-confidence and reduces the possibility of ridicule. All students have to be made to feel that they fit in, that they belong in the dojo. Teenagers especially need to feel like they are one of the group, that they aren’t left out. A teacher who encourages kids to become friends can help a lot in this area. Activities outside regular class hours can range from demonstrations at the mall to dojo parties. Kids have to be encouraged when they do something right and also when they do

something incorrectly. Children actually do want to be corrected, they just don’t want to be ridiculed. As grandmaster Jhoon Rhee says, “Always correct with a smile.” And speaking of what is correct and incorrect, address not just physical techniques but life in general. Talk to your students about what is the right and wrong way to approach different situations. You can tie it into the martial arts by talking about being safe, both physically and emotionally. Talk to your students about hanging around with the right kind of friends. A good martial artist can talk himself out of a bad situation without having to resort to a physical technique. That is still using your martial arts skills. Having the knowledge and the confidence to be able to avoid these kinds of situations goes a long way in developing self-esteem.

Grandmaster Keith D. Yates (teaching kids above) has written a children’s book called Young Samurai that discusses the character-building aspects of the martial arts, including self-confidence, through the story of a young mouse who takes up martial arts lessons. You can order it on his website at

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Grandmaster J. Pat Burleson won the first national karate championships.

Mike Stone and Pat Burleson in an intense fight in the early 1960s.

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Pat Burleson just turned 75, but the first national karate champ has the energy of a 25 year old. He is still teaching, still mentoring and still influencing generations of martial artists. He started his winning fighting career in Golden Gloves boxing back in high school before he went into the U.S. Navy in 1955 and he boxed in the Navy as well. Actually his boxing prowess got him into karate. “They called the boxing tournaments ‘smokers’ and we were putting one on in Iwakuni, Japan at the Marine Air Wing,” says Burleson. “Now in those days karate was really unheard of,” he continues. “There were judo schools and that was popular. So there was a judo instructor teaching at the Air Wing and he brought one of his karate friends to the ‘smoker.’ He was from a karate club at a tiny seaside village. They did a little demonstration and it was amazing to all of us because nobody had ever seen kicking before.” Burleson was so intrigued with that demonstration that he just had to try out that obscure art. As it turns out he had to go through quite a lot just to get to the classes. “I had to catch a train to go about 12 kilometers out of town to the little village. It was a segregated set-up and they were not too excited to see a Caucasian let alone an American serviceman,” he states. “It was only about 40 miles from Hiroshima where we has recently dropped the bomb. So I wasn’t real popular there. The remnants of destruction were still visible.”

“So they never really totally accepted me, “ he continues. “But because I was persistent they allowed me to train but I was not accepted into their brotherhood. I learned as much as I could however.” The style taught at that little out-ofthe-way dojo was Wado-Ryu. Burleson also managed to train with some other styles, like Bando, while he was stationed in the Pacific Rim. He came back to the States in March of 1959. Of course, there wasn’t any karate anywhere so he and his little brother gathered some guys in a garage and started working out with their boxing and karate skills. “We had three or four at first, and then 10, and then 20,” he says. “At that point I rented a little building and ran a classified ad that said karate and boxing lessons and was just overwhelmed with the response.” Before long Burleson heard about another karate school over in nearby Dallas. He drove over and met Allen Steen. “When I saw his side kick I thought, ‘holy crap, no one can kick like that!’ says Burleson. “He was hurting people left and right with it.” Steen and Burleson would drive the 200 miles down to Austin where Jhoon Rhee (Steens’ instructor) was teaching at the University of Texas. Steen asked Rhee if he would accept Mr. Burleson as a student. “He was just as gracious as can be. From the first day I met him until I talked to him on the phone yesterday, we have had

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almost a father/son relationship,“ says Burleson. Grandmaster Burleson earned his black belt from Rhee in 1962. Although technically he had earned his rank in Tae Kwon Do, Burleson used the term karate like many other early American practitioners. “Since I had actually studied karate in Japan it was easy for me to use that name,” says Burleson. “And most of us did use that word. Even Allen who had always studied under Rhee called his school a ‘karate school.’ Nobody outside of a very small circle knew of Tae Kwon Do. Most people had heard of karate by the early 1960s.” Rhee put on the first truly large tournament, the National Karate Championships, in Washington D.C. in 1964. There Burleson won by beating Mike Stone’s teacher, Herb Peters. Peters was the head Allen Steen

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instructor and coach of the karate club at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. The U.S. Army sent them around the country to compete. The early days of martial arts competition has rightly been called the “blood and guts” era. As one who lived through it, Burleson explains why. “There was a hodge podge of rules in those days because we were just trying to figure it all out. But you did have to really hit to score a point. It was built on the idea of “ippon,” the one-punch-kill concept,” he states. “The idea was they wouldn’t give out a point unless it would take the guy out of commission. Things moved more slowly by today’s standards but if you got hit you probably got a broken bone or knocked out. Again, all the emphasis was like in the days of Musashi—one-cut, one-kill. Of course I came up in boxing where we would hit

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multiple times and the guy might not go down until the fifteenth or twentieth punch. So it was an adjustment for me.” says Burleson. Boxing at least had gloves, karate didn’t (at least not until Jhoon Rhee invented them years later). As a result injuries were common. “Oh we were constantly injured,” says Burleson. “I’ve had fingers and toes broken on both hands and feet. I never came out of a big tournament, whether it was Chicago, Oklahoma City or D.C. that I wasn’t hurting. I made my chiropractor rich! In fact, we had a standing joke, where when I came in he’d ask ‘When is your next fight that I have to get you ready for?’ And then we would set up a series of appointments. They had this ultrasound machine that helped heal bruises. It worked great.” Burleson says that he and the other “pioneers” of American karate never realize they were setting the stage for future generations. “We had no clue,” he laughs. “If I would have had a magic mirror and could have looking forward to 2012 to see where the martial arts are today, I would be a gazillionare. No body knew where it was going. In fact, my father told me it was probably just a fad like the hula hoop.” It was men like Burleson blazed the trail for the modern karate teachers. “Right now anyone can open a karate school anywhere and be accepted as a professional and not harassed,’ he says. It was different in the 1960s. “I’ve been in a lot of street-fight situations just because I put the word ‘karate’ out on the plate glass window. In those days we had to back it up to people who would literally come in off the street. All of us old guys have those stories. In a small way we are a brick in the wall for those mixed martial artists of today.” Well, said Grandmaster Burleson, well said.

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2. Front hand extended in a feint to the face. 3. Follow with a low reverse punch after opponent blocks high.



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Kata For Combat


t has always been my belief that kata was one of the most advanced methods of developing an ability to fight in combat. This belief is not popular with those who don’t practice kata and perhaps for good reason. Most of those folks don’t have the time or patience to do it. In many of today’s cultures there is a fast results mentality; fast food, fast diets, fast body building (involves using steroids) and almost anything else you can think of. Sometimes this has more to do with ego and youthful ignorance or zealousness than anything else. To become truly powerful, with skills that seem to be beyond human requires a much deeper study. Great masters of the past who were very small and sometimes frail were able to defeat and beat their assailants into a pain ridden resemblance of the bully that attacked them. Today we see arm-crossed, attitude enhanced, self-absorbed ego maniacs professing to be masters or grandmasters of some sort of martial art or another. Let’s not confuse this with the “sport” of combat and young titans who go into the arena for our viewing pleasure. Those men and women are wonderful to watch and follow. They are similar to our movie and TV stars that we so much enjoy. They have a job to do and they get paid to entertain us. They get hurt and sometimes suffer irreversible damage for the



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sake of fleeting fame. God Bless them. However, they are not trying to be masters of an art, rather “the best of the best” and the top entertainer. Kata done correctly should be performed with both mind and body. In my opinion, from the very beginning and the Dei (bow), the magic starts. When you bow, you transcend to a different place in your mind. You leave your safe place in your training hall and go to a dangerous place where you are about to be attacked. Only then KATA can you use the kata as it was truly meant to be. As the first attacker advances, the movement is precise and effective, thwarting the attack and punishing the attacker; another attack, then another and yet another. These attacks come so fast that it appears you are doing more than one thing at a time. Of course this is not possible, even the fastest computer does only one thing at a time, although it may do one trillion things in a single second, it’s still one thing at a time. As you move through your kata, you are given to understand new rules about the combat that you are engaged in. Some katas allow you to move forward into the attack, which is so foreign to our brains that it defies logic and yet you pursue the preset movements given to you by your teacher. By the time you reach the end of this set of movements, you are spent, exhausted be-

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yond the physical. You begin to realize that the extreme exhaustion is due to the mind, body and spirit all working in unison and creating a super workout. As you continue to do this and other katas over the years, you realize that you can take the movements out of sequence and the techniques still work. Now you come to the realization that it’s not true that kata has limits. You begin to realize that there are an infinite number of techniques associated with kata. Bunkai is used only as another tool by your teacher and bunkai is not the key to kata, your mind is the key to kata. After you do the kata 1,000 times, it is similar to having 1,000 fights. The rest of your training, such as makiwara and body conditioning, are all that are left to do. It is not necessary to get your head punched in or to punch in another’s head to perfect the most efficient fighting skills possible; it is all possible with kata! Of course, if you cannot become completely immersed into the kata, you are no better off than sparring with someone who is letting you win, all the while being careful not to make you feel bad and quit training in their club. Kata training doesn’t work for everyone because they don’t have the ability to move into their own minds and actually visualize the attacker. If you can’t do that, you cannot improve and use the movements in case of a real attack. Kata allows you to remove the fear or a least reduce the fear of aggressive actions towards you and with enough training, you become “combat ready”. Domo Arigato, Dan Tosh is on the Board of Advisors of Martial Arts Grandmasters International® as well as the Karate Masters Hall of Fame®. Hanshi Tosh has been training in Shorin-ryu karate-do since 1958. You can contact him at

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Sifu Karen Schlachter

Learning How to Learn


his morning I learned of the death of another old time martial artist in our area. That makes three in the past few months. Every time we gather together on Facebook to mourn our fallen teachers and mentors we all send prayers to their families and students and thank them for their years of great teaching and competing in the close knit family of martial artists that I call home. We all have so many stories and words of wisdom that we have stored in our hearts about our teachers. Its time to share them with each other.       In the great book Iron and Silk there is a story about Mark Salzman who wanted to do something for the Master Teacher in China who had just taught him a beautiful form. He was so grateful for this form and asked the teacher, “Sir what can I do to thank you for sharing your knowledge with me?” The teacher looked surprised and said, “Practice! Of course!”      Practice! Yes, the greatest thanks we can give our teacher is to value his time and effort by practicing it, perfecting it, using it and sharing it!  Such a simple answer, such a volume of wisdom. My Sun Moon Fist teacher, Sifu Pete Perningotti always talked about our progress in class. He would be so excited to see a



student perform the movements of the form he had been taught a few days before with ease and grace. Skillful living meant skillful practice at home, outside alone or behind the closed door of the den, no one watching, over and over again, getting it right, finding the flow, yes, that’s it, got it. Do it again now....again... When the next class bowed in, the progress was there. Sifu Pete would give you the world if you met him on his kwan floor ready to learn the next moves not unsure about the last one. Practice, of course! Simple answer and profound. Progress and Practice were his favorite topics.      Another dear friend of mine, Master Peter Urban also believed in these topics but he added another P to the mix. He was also a huge proponent of Preparation. Master Urban loved sparring and loved hard training. He often talked to me about what a student needed to do to be prepared for class, competitions and life in general was to anticipate what could happen and be ready. We all know he valued the makiwara training and fully expected his students to train on their own makiwara at home without being told to do it, also some basic strength training and mental  exercises too. No one can dispute his focus and his

power and his incredible mind made us all marvel at his life accomplishments.      One day he and I were having lunch at a local diner and we were talking about life lessons that made us into the people we were today. He looked at the waitress and smiled and said she reminded him of his 8th grade teacher. I will call her Miss June in this article because I think that is correct. (I may be off on the minor details but the story is worth retelling for the wisdom he gave me) He and his best friend were madly in love with Miss June. She was Greek and his father was Greek, she was beautiful, she was very intelligent and she was kind. Master Urban loved being in the same room with her and loved watching her teach and loved watching her sit at her desk and grade papers etc. He loved everything about Miss June. His best friend and he spent hours doing homework and studying beyond the assignments in order to be ready in case they were called upon in class. They wanted her to be proud of them. It was so important to show Miss June how much they loved her and her class that they came up with what they thought was the perfect plan.        Every Friday Miss June gave the class an essay test about the week’s lessons. Each student was to write a page or two about the topic studied all week. Each paper was graded and counted toward the final grade. Miss June expected excellence and read every student’s paper and commented and corrected everything. Every Monday she would return the graded papers. Here’s the important part of this story: Once the essay was completed the students could put the paper in a tray on her desk and leave the class for the rest of the day. Miss June would sit at her desk at the front of the class and do her own paperwork and never looked up or checked the student’s work before permitting them to leave. Monday would come soon enough and everyone would know all the grades and comments. Master Urban and his friend decided that every week they would be the

first ones done and out of the class and that their papers would be perfect and they would get the coveted “A+” in big red letters on the top of the page. Their preparation for this competition was their extra study during the week and their attention to every word Miss June said in class. They were sure that this was the way to show their deep love for Miss June every week. Their gift to her was their perfect work as fast as they could write it and get it in that basket. She would read it and know that they worked all week to have the information ready for whatever topic she chose for the Friday essay. Showing their love for Miss June this way was worth having to leave her class early on Fridays. They were willing to sacrifice the extra time spent watching her grade papers just to show her how much they valued her as a teacher.     Wow! He sat there across from me in the diner laughing about how he could never figure out a way to hand in his work and stay there. It didn’t show her enough love. He still enjoyed telling that story but I had to comment that his discipline followed him along in so many other areas. His dojo life is filled with other Miss Junes in many different forms who earned his trust and admiration, and his devotion. Teachers like Mas Oyama and Yamaguchi Sensei would have never shared their arts with him had he not learned the lesson of being prepared in Miss June’s class. He was able to sit at the feet of the greatest Karate teachers in Japan and learn the inner secrets of hard training because he had mastered the arts of skillful practice, anticipation and preparedness. He learned how to learn.   Oss, Sir, I, for one, am thankful you did. Sifu Karen Schlachter has studied many arts including Kodokan Judo, Okinawan Shorin Ryu, Aikido, Sun Moon Fist Chinese Boxing and Yang Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong. She teaches Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong for Tranquil Seas Retreats, and is the Master Instructor at The Sun Moon Tao Institute. She is a Master Instructor in Karuna and Usui Reiki and An De Divine Healing. You can contact her at

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The Draw


ack in the 1960s weapons competitions had not yet been introduced into martial arts events around the country. Demonstrations often were either weapons or self defense techniques because they were spectacular but they had not yet made it into actual competition. Producers eventually got smart. The legendary karate Master, Sid Campbell was one of the first to introduce weapons competition on the west coast and the great Master Aaron Banks introduce weapons on the east coast. One of the Museum of Sport Karate’s™ all-time favorite martial arts weapons performers was was Hanshi Andrew Linick, who won countless weapon’s kata championships. He would dazzle thousands of spectators with his flawless skill and his rare talent mystified audiences and judges alike. His Okinawan weapons expertise included nunchaku, sai, bo, kama, tonfa and sword. Grandmaster Linick is known by his peers as the teacher’s teacher and the Okinawan Weapon’s Technician. Some of the other super stars of weapons in the sixties and seventies were Eric Lee, Al Dacascos, Tadashi Yamashita, Hidy Ohcai, Dale Kirby, Cindy Rothrock, Mark Dacascos, James Lew, Phillip Koppel, James Cook and many others. By the early seventies weapons had a division of their own and anything was allowed. Kung Fu staffs, all the Kobudo weapons, and even spears. At the 1981 Fort Worth Pro-Am, in Fort Worth, Texas, a competitor pulled a 357 Magnum pistol fill with blanks and shot at the judges. It was very loud and frighting. He was arrested, but it shook up the crowd. I hit the floor and dove behind a chair. I took third place that day. It

was the loudest third place I had ever won! To me, the most tenacious of all martial art weapons is the sword and I have studied it with great reverence. But often I saw it used improperly. It made me nervous when I saw someone wearing a sword upside down or touching the blade, or letting some one touch the blade. It hurt to see them drop the blade, or cut himself, or the uki. I’ve even seen a blade go into the audience and hit an innocent bystander! In those days there were no medics on hand and it was scary stuff. The sword draw should be pure, touched by no one except the competitor and the owner of the sword. Afterwards you clean your sword, oil your sword and clean your sword again. Why, because a good blade should be nourished, taken care of like a brother, with responsibility. The blade is your partner and you become one, because, in a different time, your life depended on it. I had a spectacular experience competing with the sword in Guatemala City in 1993. There were some 5,000 Guatemalans in the audience and their cheering was deafening. When I walked on stage and drew the sword, they became utterly silent, I could hear only the thunder, and the bright light of the lighting cracked around me in the huge outside dome. Special super star guest, Bill Ryusaki, said. “I have never seen someone awe and quiet a huge crowd like this since Bruce Lee performed at the Long Beach Internationals.” It was amazing! There is always someone at a Sport Karate, event if there is a weapons division, that draws a true sword. You never see the purest drawers competing at a sport karate event because drawing for them is not display. You may not see him or know he is there, but if you disrespect his sword he will continued on next page Martial Arts Grandmasters International TM



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let you know, yes I said “his sword.” Now, I do believe in competing with the sword and demonstrating the sword— Kubuki acting at it’s finest. But I understand those who do not wish to compete or perform in demonstrations. Theirs is a different world. In 1982 I started my journey in Shorin Ryu Karate Do with Sid Campbell and it was a great journey. He not only taught me Karate but weapons and particularly the art of the draw, he was my Sensei and friend. Here is part of a letter he wrote to me about the Museum of Sports Karate. It reveals what he thought about the art. “Being fortunate enough to be one of the first Americans to teach Okinawan karate in the United States and western world during karate’s “golden age” of the ‘60s, I was blessed to be a part this cultural evolution. “In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined that the martial disciplines would have reached that level of popularity in the past 40 some odd years. To see the art I love so much endure these sometimes tumultuous times and undergo so many innovative changes along the way while still retaining the quintessential essence of its original purpose and traditional values is truly astounding. “Perhaps what is just as incredible about this form of physical expression is that it emphasizes moral and ethical values that have helped develop some of the finest human beings that these past four decades of martial growth can produce. I must attribute this, at least in part, to the exceptional martial arts educators that have dedicated their life and energy to elevating the spirit of the warrior and teaching the arts that has been a way of life for a select few for the past fifteen hundred years.”

We miss you Uncle Sid.

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GM Joe Corley

The Next Generation of Bona Fide Champions with Human Ears! “Focus on your basics!,” your instructor yelled Champions; then in September Joe Lewis and at you. “It’s the basics that work!“ Mike Anderson invited the top 4 in each of the As I look back, reviewing where we’ve existing 4 weight divisions they knew from been, and as I plan forward to around the world, and a Joe They were not where I know we deserve to be, Lewis protégé had it broadcast I know that “basics principle” to wrestlers “working for ABC. be true. The ratings were It was just 38 short years on their “stand-up,” spectacular and laid the ago that Bill Superfoot Wallace, groundwork for the next 4 and their ears were decades of really great ratings Joe Lewis and Jeff Smith stepped out of the point karate this new sport, PKA Full not cauliflowers. for arena and into the full contact Contact Karate. I then decided ring, and a sport was born on it would be a good idea to ABC’s Wide World of Entertainment. That they challenge Superfoot for the title 8 months won was no accident, nor was it an evening of after that at the ‘75 Battle of Atlanta, and on luck. Each of them was a very bad dude. And their that night, I was bit by a bug that has fueled basics would hurt you. my personal fire ever since, even as Superfoot Their combined life tried to pummel me into experiences all developed submission. I knew the around the martial arts of martial arts could be big. front, side, back, round, Really big. And I knew ax and hook kicks, ridge, that television would be spear and knife hands the way. plus straight, hook It would be and uppercut punches. two years later that They were not wrestlers we would produce “working on their “standour first heavyweight up,” and their ears were championship featuring not cauliflowers. They Ross Scott and Jerry Corley interviews Brad Hefton for NBC sports. would go on to blast out Rhome for Ted Turner, dozens of opponents with after which CBS said to the most spectacular display of basics one me “you are a good spokesman for the sport, could imagine. and we want you to be the one to analyze this 1974 was a very good year for basics. Superfoot guy and these other fighters on The Battle of Atlanta had just turned five CBS.” We were on CBS Sports Spectacular for in April and had filled the Georgia Tech the next three years, and it was my pleasure Coliseum to watch the nation’s top fighters to cover great martial artists like Jeff Smith, in the Pat Johnson inspired Tournament of Benny Urquidez, Ross Scott, Jerry Rhome, 36


John Jackson, Paul Vizzio, Richard Jackson, Earnest Hart, Steve Shepherd, Jeff Gripper, Bobby Ryan and more. Then NBC asked me to cover Brad Hefton, Tom Hall, Jean Yves Theriault, Kerry Roop, Bob Thurman, Paul Vizzio, Yoel Judah, Richard Jackson, Joe Lewis and more. During that same time we presented 250 events on ESPN with dozens more names to emerge like Don Wilson, Jerry Trimble, Cliff Thomas, Ishmael Robles, Raymond McCallum, Rodney Batiste, and, well, you know them. Literally dozens. Great champions and challengers with great basics. Today we are in a new world of MMA, and the martial arts basics are sorely missing in what we see on the air. Today’s fight fans cannot see the difference, but when they do, they’ll enter our world. The same principles, the basics that built the above named champions into household names are in place to build the next generation of point stars and other martial arts stars into ring stars. We have already (quietly) picked the ones we know can do it, and we are now getting the “playing field” ready for their move. At the Battle of Atlanta 2012, we are re-emphasizing the basics. We have a Winner Takes All $5,000 purse for our field of 16, and we will get back on the path. Along the way, the enforcement of the rules of basics and the level of officiating in point fighting changed, even as the athletes’ basic skills exploded. The speed and power of today’s champions is incredible. Sadly, you can’t see it in the competition these days, because of the laxity in officiating and the way points have been called. That can all be fixed, albeit not easily, because the fighters of karate today really

do have great basics! The fight world will love them as they did all the great athletes above. There will be more sizzle and surrounding drama in our brave new world, but the core athletic skills of our champions will dwarf the wrestling skills of the other guys. Just watch: it will be those martial arts basics that will, long term, win the day! “It’s the basics!” As Peter Sellers said in The Magic Christian, “Now getting it ready for you!” Our it is a them, and it is / are the basics! Please stay tuned for… more round! Joe Corley is President of the PKA, the founder of the Battle of Atlanta and an inductee into the Karate Masters Hall of Fame®.

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Defense Against a Club





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Opponent advances with club


Advancing rapidly the defender moves forward with his arms open to block the attack


A double hand grasp on the opponent shoulders offers a firm hold well also blocking the swing


4. The defender leaps forward leaving the ground striking the attacker with his knee to the attackers sternum 5.

The attacker is subdued

Author: Dr. Ric Black is a Defense Tactics Master Instructor with the United States Police Defense Tactics Association (USPDTA) and a 50+ year martial arts veteran. He is assisted by Gary Winters, USPDTA Defense Tactics Instructor. Â Photographs: Robert DeMott a USPDTA Defense Tactics Instructor and a 45 year martial arts veteran.


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Jim Mather

Improving Math Skills Through Karate Drills


hile a graduate student in Education at Stanford in the 70s, I developed a program that attempted to reduce some of the dropout rate at local high schools. Drop out was high at the time, in excess of 30%. That meant that one out of every three high school students would quit before graduating. I haven’t followed dropout rates in several years and don’t know what the percentage would be today – hopefully far less but probably not. Many of those who dropped out were kids who had never done well at school. Their failure was often attributable to conditions that were no fault of their own. They were, for example, born with predispositions – such as ADHD or drug or alcohol addicted mothers, who passed their addictions or life-long collateral damage on to their unborn children. I discovered late in life that I was likely ADHD and been so all my life. I succeeded because of an inner drive to better myself, encouragement from my parents, and eventually the discipline acquired from my years in karatedo. A couple of school teachers along the way had also believed in me – although there had been many who hadn’t. “Butts in chairs” I later termed those

teachers who thought I could only be educated or work properly while sitting focused on whatever they were discussing at the chalkboard – as if a student couldn’t figure it out quickly on their own and become bored with her droning on and on about it. For me, things worked the exact opposite of the butt in chairs approach to education. I was most attentive and thoughtful when my body was busy, silencing a constant cry for action. I realized part of the dropout problem could be due to students suffering from the same condition and teachers unwilling or not bright enough to realize the problem was in their approach, not the student. As I’ve said before, a teacher is one who teaches. If a student doesn’t learn, the teacher has failed in his/her task, not the student. Good teachers – in the martial arts too – find ways to reach their students. Bad teachers attempt to make each student adapt to their teaching methods. So I developed what I called “Active Learning” drills, which used karate techniques to teach academic subjects, such as math, in a manner better suited for students like myself. (I used the same approach to teach a variety of academic subjects, not just math.) The value of these drills was in its ability to totally engage these students – physi-

If a student doesn’t learn, the teacher has failed in his/her task, not the student.



cally and mentally – while teaching them subjects that had previously turned them off. An added benefit of using karate to achieve this is pre-gang bangers – who comprised a significant percentage of dropouts in the schools in which I was involved – were attracted to the martial arts, so it wasn’t a nerdy thing to do. (There were a variety of other dynamics that I covered, which made the program and subsequent life choices more appealing to this segment of the population. Perhaps I’ll discuss these at some future point.) Let me give you an example of one of the math drills. 1) Have your students line up and take their right legs back. 2) Teach them how to throw a lead-hand jab, if they don’t know already. 3) Tell them “Every time I say ‘one’, you jab.” 4) Lead them through jab practice for single, double, even triple jabs – “One.” “One,one,” for doubles. “One, one, one,” for triples, etc. Now, tell them they should reverse punch each time you say “Two”. Repeat the same sequence as you did for jabs. “Two, two,” means they should throw double reverse punches with the same hand, etc. Then, tell them they should throw a rear leg front kicks each time you say “Three”. And do the same as above – “Three, three,” for doubles, etc. Lastly, do the same for front leg roundhouse kicks. They should throw a front leg roundhouse kick whenever you say “Four”, and follow that with practice of singles on command, doubles, triples, whatever you want to do. They should now know those four basic techniques, if they didn’t already. (If they already know them, then only repeat the counts, training them to execute the appropriate technique and the

appropriate number of reps as instructed.) Lead them through combinations based on the number system you’ve taught them. “One, two,” means they should throw a jab, followed by a reverse punch. “Four, two, four,” would be for a front leg roundhouse kicks, followed by a reverse punch, and another front leg roundhouse kick. “One, one, two,” would be a double jab and reverse punch. Do this for a while, so they’ve had a chance to practice the many combinations of techniques. Now, you’re ready to begin using the groundwork you’ve set to teach them math. Tell them “A One technique – a jab – is worth one. A Two technique – reverse punch – is worth two. A Three technique – a front kick – is worth three. And a Four technique – a front leg roundhouse – is worth four.” Point at a student and say something like the following: “Give me a combination of techniques that equals five.” The first person will often throw five jabs in a row. After he’s done, discuss the other options he had available – a jab and a front leg roundhouse kick. A jab and two reverse punches, etc. Point to a second student and ask him to give you techniques that would equal six, seven, eight, etc. After he is done, again go over the other options to make sure everyone starts thinking about the factors that, when added together, equal that number. You can do the same with most areas of basic math. Give these a try in your dojo. Students enjoy them and the parents of students struggling with math will see far greater value in their child being a part of your school, increasing retention. This column is taken from Jim Mather’s Karate Life Blog. Mr. Mather is a well known traditional karate master and historian. His blog traces his over 55 years in the arts including friendships with many icons and celebrities. He is on the Board of MAGI® and the Karate Masters Hall of Fame®.

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Nutritional self defense

™ Craig Rubenstein

Athletic Supplements: Science or Hype?


ou’ve heard all the Names and read all the Testimonials but have you read the science behind the most popular or “cutting edge” performance supplements. In this article we will grade each supplement by the science behind them. This rating system is simple and goes along with the concept of whether a glass is half or half empty. The highest rating is for the supplements that have consistently proven to be beneficial specifically for athletic performance. The half full or half empty rating is for those supplements that have not consistently proven to be beneficial or haven’t been studied enough for athletic performance to get Dr. R’s highest rating. The empty capsule speaks for itself. These supplements either have not been studied for or have consistently scientifically failed for athletic performance. The first list is of the sports performance supplements that have stood the test of time and scientific inquiry. Dr. R rates these with a full vitamin capsule CREATINE: Creatine monohydrate is the only form of creatine with the studies to back it up and it is proven best for athletes seeking peak performance in short-duration, high-intensity workouts. It has the ability to increase energy production in muscle cells and its effects may be enhance by taking it with juice or other carbohydrates. Typically a loading dose of 5 grams taken 4 times a day for 5 days is followed by a maintenance dose of 3 grams per day. Large amounts of



caffeine may reduce its effectiveness while small amount may enhance effectiveness. Do not use creatine if you have any kidney problems or if you take any medications that stress the kidneys.* WHEY PROTEIN: Whey protein is a highly digestible form of protein that is very hypoallergenic and is derived from milk. Most studies have shown that whey protein can enhance muscle growth in response to resistance training, enhance recovery from heavy exercise and possibly decrease muscle damage and soreness. The average athlete should never take more than 150 grams of whey protein a day as it may overload the liver. Most elite athletes take approximately 25 grams per day.* CAFFEINE: Over the past 40 years there has been a huge body of research on caffeine and exercise. Caffeine has shown to be beneficial in both endurance exercise/sports and in high intensity short duration activity. Although caffeine is generally considered safe most health professional warn of possible long term health effects. The latest studies show that consuming the amount of caffeine in regular cup of coffee is sufficient to enhance performance and taking much larger quantities may adversely affect performance.* This next list is for the supplements that may have value for athletes. They have good preliminary data but haven’t been studied enough specifically for sports performance or the data is controversial. I know you’ve heard

all the amazing stories about these but the science isn’t conclusive enough. If you try these, be honest about whether or not they work for you, otherwise you may be wasting your money. RIBOSE: Ribose is a naturally occurring sugar that plays a role in ATP (energy) production. It is claimed that it improves high power performance and improves recovery and muscle growth. Unfortunately the science just isn’t there yet.* BCAA’S: Muscle tissue is particularly high in branched-chain amino acids. It is claimed that branched chain amino acids build muscle, improves sports performance, and minimizes the effects of overtraining. Unfortunately the research is very inconclusive. There have not been enough positive scientific trials to put this supplement in the top group.* B-ALANINE: This supplement needs further study but preliminary data shows benefits in high intensity activities from sprinting to team and racquet sports. This could be a winner although it can have odd side effects and is costly.* CARNITINE: This is another supplement that needs further sport/exercise research. Some studies suggest that it can lengthen and optimize workouts while reducing pain after exercising. It appears more useful in acute (just before training/competing) dosing as opposed to constant dosing.* HMB: HMB has been used for weight training because it may help with muscle building by reducing the amount of muscle that breaks down during exercise. It is also thought to help prevent muscle damage during exercise. Unfortunately, the studies are very contradictory.*

CO-Q-10: This supplement has tremendous research in regard to heart disease and it is known that strenuous physical activity lowers blood levels of Co-Q-10. Unfortunately, while some studies have shown that CoQ10 improves athletic performance, many other studies have found no improvement.* The Don’t Waste Your Money List is next. This does not mean these supplements are useless for certain health conditions they just have not proven themselves to the scientific community specifically for sports performance. Inosine Tribulus Glucosamine Vanadyl Sulfate Boron Pyruvate The most important thing for any athlete is to design a diet that optimal for life. This includes organic foods containing high quality protein, fats/oils, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. This excludes pesticide, hormone and antibiotic laden foods as well as excess alcohol, white flour, sugars and white rice. Supplements never replace proper nutrition. A well designed diet is the foundation for optimal training and performance. Once you have accomplished this then you should add supplements to enhance your performance. *Consult with your doctor before beginning to take

any new supplement. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Craig Rubenstein was a team Chiropractor to the US Freestyle Ski Team in 1990. He is also a certified clinical nutritionist and a Fellow and Diplomate of the International Academy of Clinical Acupuncture. He operates his Park Avenue practice in NY and a satellite office in Suffolk County, Long Island.

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Jiujitsu notes ™

GM Ted Gambordella

MMA Evolution is Nothing New


have been practicing and teaching martial arts for 48 years and during that time I have seen several big “changes” happen in the world of combat sports and street fighting. But the more I see and learn the more I realize that nothing has really changed and everything is actually going back to the beginnings. And where did all fighting start in the world.....wrestling. Wrestling ruled the world of fighting for 2,000 years and if you got into a fight without a weapon, you usually would end up on the ground and the man who knew how to wrestle always won. If you knew how to take someone down and break their neck, arms, or choke them out. You won 90% of the fights in the world. Wrestling ruled for 2,000 years, but it was never taught in schools or classes so it never really caught on as a big time business. But it ruled and was stopped from being the king of fighting arts until Boxing. Boxing came along and ruled the American fight scene inside the ring and in the street for 150 years. The good boxer could win any street fight and beat up

anyone who didn’t know basic boxing skills, even people much larger than them. But it never became a big business. There were a few boxing schools, but not that many and it only appealed to really tough guys who liked to hurt people and more importantly didn’t mind getting hurt when the trained. Boxing ruled for 150 years and then came Karate. Everything changed dramatically with the the arrival of Karate in America in the late 1940s. Did you realize that karate is not really an ancient art. Karate (at least the Japanese version) was started in Japan by Gichin Funakoshi around 1915, but it didn’t really come to America until after World War II with the returning troops. But we are not doing a history lesson but a ‘teaching’ lesson so let’s talk about the impact of karate on combat sports... or street fights. Before karate came to America if you were in a fight you boxed, often poorly or rolled on the ground...even more poorly. Ninety nine percent of fights went to the bigger stronger man and no one was really training the masses in street fighting or self defense. But karate changed all that and now for the

Wrestling ruled the world of fighting for 2,000 years.



first time, with a lot of hard training (and the training was actually hard when karate first started, not like the “dance” dojos you find so often now) you had distinct significant advantages in a street fight... kicks. I remember my first few schoolyard and street fights and it was not pretty. It was “bad boxing” and “rotten rolling.” But then I learned to kick, and the next time the bad guy (I never started the fights) squared off, they found my foot in their face or ribs and the fight was over. They had no chance to block it and no defense against a good kick. It was like a “weapon from space.” No one had ever seen a kicker much less tried to block a kick. You won the fight because you did something that worked and no one had ever seen or had any defense against. But fast-forward 20 years and most people knew about kicks and most bad guys could block some kicks or defend enough to stop your kicks and beat your butt. Things went stale in the fight world, until “full contact kick-boxing” became a big deal and the great kickers who also knew how to punch ruled the rings and the sidewalks. That lasted about 15 years and then in the ‘90s the UFC came into being because of the $100,000 advertisements the Gracies used to run challenging anyone to a no-rules fight to the finish and beating all takers and doing it as easy as we used to beat those static boxers in the 1960s. Now the great

boxers and kickers found themselves on the ground and more importantly the man who put them there knew exactly what to do to keep them there and break their arms or put them to sleep. The average street fighter, boxer or karate champion had no chance against even average jiu jitsu players. Royce Gracie beat up four bad-ass street punks in one night to win three UFC championships. The Gracies dominated the fight world for 10 years. But then came Chuck Lidell, Tito Ortiz, Ken Shamrock, Guy Mezger and the people who knew wrestling, boxing, and karate and the table turned again. I used to rail against Chuck, thinking he had killed the great sport of MMA, when in reality what he had done was move it to the next level and return it to the beginning. Where boxing ruled again. If you know how to block kicks, you don’t get hurt with kicks. It you know how to stop a take down, and get up if you are taken down, you don’t get beat on the ground. So what has actually a happened is that “dirty boxing” has returned to rule the ring and the streets, but only for the best of the best. It takes 10 years to be really good in karate, 10 years to be good in wrestling and 10 years to be good in ground jiu jitsu. So the time frame has greatly increased if you want to be a great combat fighter, but the system and the techniques haven’t changed, in fact they have returned to the beginning.

It was like a “weapon from space.” No one had ever seen a kicker much less tried to block a kick.

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