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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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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 »
Anko Itosu's Ten Lessons of Karate by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Anko Itosu (1832-1916), an Okinawan Shuri-te master, was a progenitor to what would eventually develop into one of the major systems of modern karate: Shorin-ryu. Shorin is ... Read on »
How To Register Your Hands As Deadly Weapons by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Yesterday I received an email from a novice practitioner. I've included my reply. Mr. Vesia, I've been following your blog and I have a question. Is it true that black ... Read on »
Karate Characters by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants. - Gichin Funakoshi I've previously pos ... Read on »
Self-Defense For The Road Warrior by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The following is a story taken from a news report dated 2/15/13: A Newton man was held on bail after allegedly pulling a gun on another driver in an apparent case ... Read on »
The Way of Walking Alone by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), the infamous ronin who bested sixty men in duels during Japan's Edo period also had a soft side as he created works of ink paintings, calligrap ... Read on »
When Buddhists Attack by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Donn Draeger once referred to Japanese martial arts as "plastic Zen". To really understand the Japanese martial ways (budo), says Draeger, one is required to appreciate ... Read on »
Never Bring A Gun To A Swordfight by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Patterson's post on gun violence includes an image of a street sign proclaiming that "Real Men Use Fists" with a slash through a revolver that made me think of firearm u ... Read on »
A Worthy Cause by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The Karate for Life Foundation is a registered not-for-profit corporation whose aim is to promote life skills development and battle HIV/AIDS in Uganda and beyond throug ... Read on »
Isshinryu's Heritage Called Into Question by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts In a recent Classical Fighting Arts magazine (Vol. 2, No. 23) an article was written from the viewpoint that Isshinryu founder Tatsuo Shimabuku never trained under the O ... Read on »
Unique Wooden Dummy by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts This awesome wooden dummy that I found on reddit caught my eye. The muk yan jong is a staple in a few Chinese boxing styles, especially Wing Chun. The image was origi ... Read on »
Karate or Karate-Kobudo? by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Recently I found myself training at a Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu school working indigenous Okinawan weapons: kobudo. The chief instructor asked me to advance with my bo (st ... Read on »
Return of The Dojo by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Season 2 of Enter The Dojo kicks off as Master Ken discusses how the A-bomb ended the Civil War, tips on outsmarting your mirror image, and his promotion to 11th degree blac ... Read on »
Martial Arts "Products" We Could Do Without by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts This particular item reminded me of a post I saw over at Wim Demeere's blog about one of the Gracies bragging on Twitter how he turned the tables on a couple of mugger ... Read on »
Open Hand Basics and Bunkai by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts In Isshinryu karate there are fifteen upper body basics taught utilizing a variety of hand strikes and/or blocking combinations, mostly from seisan-dachi, the system's ... Read on »
Awareness by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The eye must see all sides. The ear must listen in all directions. - from the Kenpo Gokui The Zen monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, advises to practice mindful awareness with ... Read on »