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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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Getting Wasted by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Isshinryu karate founder Shimabuku used to say "All bottles are good." This is supposedly a reference to different styles or techniques found in the martial arts. Students t ... Read on »
Breaking The Cycle of Violence by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Are we becoming more violent? Any casual observer of world news could conclude so: Arab Spring, the recent English riots and other events of this ilk are supposedly lin ... Read on »
Kata: Theatrics vs. Function by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The Karate Thoughts Blog has a piece on tournament kata that caught my eye. While I agree that kata "is a rehearsal for an unfortunate, grave situation" I believe that t ... Read on »
Judomaster! by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts With the current trend of comic book superhero flicks (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, with more to follow I'm sure) here's a character I'd like to see on the silver sc ... Read on »
The Modern Bully by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Has anyone noticed the new War on Bullying? Bullying has been getting a lot of press and has become quite the catch phrase. Bullying or peer intimidation pervades many a ... Read on »
Karate Moves We Could Do Without by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Have you ever witnessed a technique that was touted as effective that you either felt to be unsuitable or could never work under almost any conditions? Here's my shor ... Read on »
Deadly Targets by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts In martial arts, especially karate, the concept of "one-strike-one-kill" probably was derived from earlier weapons systems. In Chinese lore dim mak is regarded as the deat ... Read on »
Dealing With Multiple Attackers by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts I visited a dojo recently that touts itself as traditional. Karate schools seem to do that more and more now with the influx of new styles, MMA and "reality" combat. Aft ... Read on »
Something a Little Different by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Recently I watched a rather unique movie that, although could be best described as a crime-drama, has distinct martial arts undertones. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai ... Read on »
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 »