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John V. Patient Expert

Long Island, New York
My background is in Isshinryu karate. I write from a broad perspective, and value all aspects of the martial arts.
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The Isshinryu Front-Kick: Varieties, Chambering and Distance by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The front-kick is the most basic kick taught in karate, tae kwon do, or just about any striking style in martial arts. To execute, the knee is pulled up to waist-level (cham ... Read on »
The Family Tree of Fighting by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts (Click on image to expand) This is interesting. I've never heard of Muslim Kung-Fu, Glima, Indian Kickboxing, Gatka or Wheelchair Fencing until I stumbled upon th ... Read on »
Looks That Kill: The Alpha-Male Face by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts A friend sent over the image above that made me think of somebody I used to train with. (The meme is titled Becoming A Black Belt: Expectation vs. Reality.) "Alan" was a ... Read on »
Blast From The Past by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Those guys could use a little more room. (I gotta get me some barbells like that!) Now go check out this fine article on Okinawa's history of karate and kobudo . ... Read on »
Self-Defense We'd Like To See by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Master Ken's quick tutorial on how to counter a two-handed wrist grab. Wait for it... Read on »
Too Extreme For The UFC by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Years ago I went to an Eskrima workshop that was offered at the karate school that I was attending at the time. Eskrima is a Filipino martial art that employs the use ... Read on »
Translations of Chinese Martial Arts Manuals by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts For those into Chinese boxing and weapons systems here's a site written by Paul Brennan that translates into English an impressive collection of original Chinese works ... Read on »
Leaving My Style by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts I have decided to embark on a new path. It is with a heavy heart that I will no longer be associated in any way with Isshinryu karate. You read that right. This is no joke, ... Read on »
Lower Back Issues by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts A typical karate class commences with jumbi undo (warm up exercises) to prevent injuries sustained during heavy sparring, drills or other complex movements. Still, being abl ... Read on »
Teenage Samaritan Defends Kid Against Bully by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts When 16-year-old Roman Rodriguez walked out of his father's Kenpo karate school in Holyoke, MA little did he realize that his training mettle would be sorely tested . There ... Read on »
Muay Thai Freedom Fighters by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts At the Khlong Phai prison, Thai prisoners vie for an early release for successful participation in sanctioned Muay Thai kickboxing matches against foreign combatants. Th ... Read on »
How To Debunk A Scam Artist by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Meet Jukka Lampila, the Finnish founder of the EFO system - Empty Force martial arts. Lampila wears a hakama which I think is used to convey the idea that he has had some tr ... Read on »
The Knockout Game by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts In the past couple of weeks the media has been running stories about what appears to be a growing trend in the urban jungle. Young hoods are targeting solitary victims with ... Read on »
The "Right" of Self-Defense by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Sam Harris recently posted a fine roundtable discussion examining the legal ramifications of using deadly force in the event of a potentially violent altercation. The ... Read on »
New Female Taekwondo Uniforms: Sexist or Innovative? by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) is considering a redesigned dobok to be worn by female competitors . The model designed by Juanjo Padrós [director of the Andorra T ... Read on »
This Is A Traditional Dojo by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Saturday I visited a karate school in Queens, NY where a longtime friend of mine now trains. As a visiting student from a different style I respectfully took my place in the ... Read on »
Aaron Banks: Martial Arts' Ultimate Promoter by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts This past May, Aaron Banks, the prolific martial arts promoter of tournaments and exhibitions, passed away. It was sometime during the first week of May; the exact date ... Read on »
Learn To Fight Like George Zimmerman! by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Kokopelli's Gym, a "fight training center" that offers MMA in Longwood, Florida is trying out a rather controversial marketing ploy on their website guaranteed to make you c ... Read on »
Creative Ways To Train Kata by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts I came across an interesting article on different ways to approach kata training at Jesse's karate blog . Here are several that caught my eye; I'll follow ... Read on »