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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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Magazines From Yesteryear by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts When it comes to my martial arts reading material I like books. And blogs, of course. Magazines never really appealed to me, but I did find a collection of memorable magazin ... Read on »
Faking To Win by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts In those days, when Japanese stylists threw a kick they never faked or feinted — the kick went straight to the target. They were not accustomed to someone faking a kick to ... Read on »
The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts In 1917 Gichin Funakoshi, an elementary school teacher and Okinawan-te master, traveled to mainland Japan in a preliminary effort to introduce his fighting art to government ... Read on »
Martial Arts For The Blind by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Devin Fernandez, right, demonstrates self-defense with a student. A martial arts program has been established on Long Island geared specifically for the blind . In ... Read on »
Bullshido in Japan? by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Apparently the Japanese have a sense of humor. Right? I'm hoping this is Poe's law in action. Sadly, I'm not completely convinced this is a gag. Read on »
Ultimate Martial-Arts Book Review by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts I've been asked a number of times, "Is it possible to learn martial arts from a book?" Many scoff at such an idea, and until recently so did I. Then I chanced upon a literar ... Read on »
Risky Business by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts How you train is how it happens. That's an old martial arts maxim. You want to train as realistically as possible. But this is fraught with problems. Your dojo is not a back ... Read on »
Some Thoughts About Kata by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts "Mike" is a green belt with about two years of training. He'll be graduating from law school soon; smart kid. He has good questions, always, among them this time-honored one ... Read on »
Got Racism? by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts This is a flyer from the first professional kickboxing card held in the US. I first chanced upon this image from the book Al Weiss' the Official History of Karate in A ... Read on »
Misperceptions by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Look at this poster. The guy on the left is depicted as a musclebound thug covered in tattoos with cauliflower ears engaging in a blood sport. Maybe we should be grat ... Read on »
The Reluctant Point-Fighter by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The attitude of destroying the enemy with one cut is based on the attitude of "going in" to the attack. If not, your spirit is lacking and your resolve is less than comple ... Read on »
Patience by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts A schoolboy was playing truant in the street when he saw an old woman grinding an iron pestle on a stone. Being curious, the boy asked the old woman what she was doing. ... Read on »
Profile of a Martial Arts Cult Leader by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Here's a story about a guy from my neck of the woods that exemplifies what a martial arts cult is all about. For years he's adorned lampposts and telephone poles with ... Read on »
On Using Deadly Force by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Conflict Research Group International (CRGI) represents a coalition of professionals pertaining to self-defense for citizens and their legal ramifications. On this pa ... Read on »
The Art of Fighting Without Fighting by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Somebody recently asked me which are the best techniques to use in a "real street fight." Are grappling moves superior to striking methods? Should punches be favored over ki ... Read on »
The Shin as a Weapon by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Yesterday I received an email from a reader regarding my last post on the perils of hand conditioning . Here's part of it Been training in ----- for about a year. In my s ... Read on »
Iron Fist Training by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Let me state that this is not a tutorial on how to develop manos de piedra - "hands of stone" - which is the famous moniker of prizefighter Roberto Duran. My use of a pr ... Read on »
Realistic Kung-Fu Fight Scene by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Here's a short clip featuring a Xing Yi Quan man dishing out some abuse on multiple attackers. The dramatization utilizes moves from one of the style's forms or toalu. Xing ... Read on »
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 »