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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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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 »
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 »