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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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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 »
Finale by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The point of the composition is not to get to the end of the composition. If that were so, the best composers would be the ones that got to the end the fastest. And there ... Read on »
Striking Distance by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Middle-Aged Martial Artist recently penned a post about punching range, in particular how boxers use "reach" to their advantage. In the Sweet Science, having long arms is ... Read on »
Size Matters by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Yesterday while I was at work making a delivery in the parking lot of a busy village, I noticed a smattering of people heading towards a popular chain karate school. It wa ... Read on »
David Carradine Found Dead by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The following is a story taken from a report dated Thursday, 6/4/09: Actor David Carradine has been found hanged in a hotel room in Bankok. Thai authorities believe t ... Read on »
The Art of Forgetting by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts One of my favorite authors on the martial arts is Donn Draeger. I find his material to contain a wealth of information and has been a reliable source for a number of m ... Read on »
Racist Bully Gets Thrashed by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts A Canadian teenager was recently charged with assault after he punched a classmate from his school in the nose following racial taunts. The defendant, who emigrated from Sou ... Read on »
Stay Hungry by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts In the koryu (classical) martial arts, trophies and rank - with the exception of a teaching license - are decried as egoic trappings, or at the very least unnecessary. In ... Read on »
Discerning Self-Defense Techniques by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Rank doesn't mean anything, an instructor of mine once said. It's what you know that counts. Knowledge really is power. Making your knowledge work when it counts is the bo ... Read on »
Take A Stance by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts For all the stances karate students are required to learn - and there are many - most trainees adopt only one or two for sparring. A real popular one is the side-stanc ... Read on »
Scare Tactics by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Joe Lewis, sport karate's first badass from the 60s, is said to have had the ability to detect kyo (weakness) in his opponents. Whether in mind, body or spirit, Lewis woul ... Read on »
Tell It To The Marines by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The US Marines. The few and the proud. And what better icon than the Corps to infuse the ideologies of karate with? If you think about it, there are some striking simi ... Read on »
A Work In Progress by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Pablo Casals, one of the great cellists of the twentieth century, never missed daily practice with his instrument for decades. One day someone asked him, "Señor Casals, yo ... Read on »
T-Shirts, Christianity and MMA by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Style and blasphemy merge with the new Jesus Didn't Tap line of sportswear for the devout grappler that include images of the Lord performing his favorite submission moves ... Read on »
Making The Kata-Kumite Connection by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts The kata must always be practiced correctly. Real combat is another matter. - Gichin Funakoshi Here's a pertinent question raised by Michele over at Just A Thought ... Read on »
'Tis The Season by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Yes, now you can adorn your Christmas tree with these decorative karate figurines. Tradition will never be the same. Happy Holidays! Read on »
Top Ten Most Annoying Things in the Martial Arts by John V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts We all know the virtues of the martial arts and ways. But whether you're a newcomer or a longtime devotee there are undoubtedly some aspects of martial arts culture th ... Read on »