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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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Push-Ups for Martial Arts by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Karate classes normally commence with some form of stretching and exercise routine (junbi undo) that almost always includes push-ups. I thought I'd seen and done all the var ... Read on »
Surviving a Home Invasion by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Has anyone taken measures to ward off the possibility of a home invasion? Certainly, the very thought of one should be horrifying. But what to do? Keep a bat or some oth ... Read on »
MMA: Sport or Spectacle? by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts A co-worker asked me recently if I thought mixed martial arts was a "sport." Sport as a word has a wide range. Badminton is a sport. So are billiards. I think what my fr ... Read on »
Karate Point Fighting by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts In traditional karate bouts a point system is used to determine the winner. There are numerous ways for scoring point-matches in karate. A point (ippon) is called when t ... Read on »
Titles, Bowing and other Lunacy by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts This post was inspired by Charles James' article, Titles and Respect . The following is based on my experiences in this matter of tradition and etiquette. I called my ... Read on »
Hocus Pocus by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Here is a gentleman that I first encountered in an aikido forum, one Seigo Okamoto of Daito-ryu aikijujutsu. This is unlike anything I've ever seen in Daito-ryu. ... Read on »
Vertical vs. Horizontal Punches by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts In Isshinryu karate the vertical punch is considered a staple but it's hardly unique to the system. Supposedly at one time the standing fist was the predominant method o ... Read on »
Making Time by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Eighty percent of success is showing up. - Woody Allen A teacher once said to me that all competitors are winners no matter what happens. Just by showing up they've a ... Read on »
Wanted: Black Belt Testing Tips by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Are you a black belt? Can you help? What would be your best advice to someone preparing to grade for their black belt? It doesn't really matter whether you're a black belt ... Read on »
Boxers Who Could've Been Martial Artists by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Dojo Rat's recent musings over Western boxing's influence on Asian martial arts got me thinking about some of history's greatest pugilists. DR claims that boxing doesn't re ... Read on »
Stylin' by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts My first exposure to martial arts training was in an American hybrid style called Tai Zen which was billed as a cross between karate and jiu-jitsu. I was thirteen and ... Read on »
What's 'Your' Kata? by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts When I used to go out to compete, I was also a spectator. Most competitors leave right after their matches, but I would stick around to get some ideas. The black belt ... Read on »
My Top Ten Reading List by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Reading is fundamental. I like the web, I'm a bit of an internet junkie, but when push comes to shove, I really prefer books as my main reading source for my martial arts ... Read on »
Cold Case of Brutality by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts In my last post I discussed how easily lawsuits could be levied against reputable school owners, given certain conditions. Occasionally, however, legal action is warranted ... Read on »
Dealing With Lawsuits by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Every now and then I'll go down to train at a local school. This place does some cross training in other styles in addition to karate which I think gives this club a fresh ... Read on »
Getting Your Priorities Straight by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts I find it interesting that karate teaches methods of mayhem alongside of social responsibility. At least that's what most schools strive for. Budo (martial ways) and b ... Read on »
Breath, Ki and Altered States by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Karate was once defined by a certain high level instructor I know as an endeavor that is both hard and painful - hard as in difficult, not the external or linear asp ... Read on »
Some Thoughts About 'My Style' by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts I'm the last person who will tout Isshinryu karate as a superior method of practical self-defense over others. As I have said here more than once, the style one learns ... Read on »
My Journey With The Grandmaster by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Good resources on traditional martial arts, let alone Okinawan karate, are a hard find these days. With the influx of sportive and new fangled modern systems devised by ... Read on »
Fancy Kicks by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The other night while watching some MMA (something I rarely do) I noticed that the arsenal of some of these fighters contained low kicks to the thigh, a la Muay Thai. ... Read on »