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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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The Way of Spock by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Striking Thought's post on Captain Kirk's fighting prowess immediately conjured up images of his first officer's skill in Vulcan kyushu waza. Kirk was a hack compared to ... Read on »
Bizarre Self-Defense by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts An email I received entitled "13 Things Your Burglar Won't Tell You" included a piece about one Val Glinka who teaches a peculiar self-defense tip at an Ohio public scho ... Read on »
Cultivating Wisdom by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The classic Chinese text, the Bubishi, was passed down through numerous generations of teachers to students of quanfa (kung fu) until it finally arrived in Okinawa in the m ... Read on »
Tale of Two Students by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The following accounts are true and happened this past week. Names have been changed for obvious reasons. Marge has been training at our school for about three years. She ... Read on »
Master Ken Needs Your Help by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Master Ken wants people in the martial arts community to spread the word about his reality show which chronicles the most lethal martial art known to man: Ameri-Do-Te. Ac ... Read on »
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 »