Kamaekata of Matsubayashi Ryu

Last time we discussed the five main categories of techniques Nagamine Shoshin Sensei layed out in The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do. As a quick reminder: Kamaekata (構方): Methods of Posture/ Readiness.Tachikata (立方): Methods of Standing.Semekata (攻め方): Methods of Attack.Ukekata (受方): Methods of Defense/ Receiving.Kerikata (蹴り方): Methods of Kicking.Tachi as a stand alone word and Prefix-dachiContinue reading “Kamaekata of Matsubayashi Ryu”

Basic Movements of Matsubayashi Ryu

“The basic movements are largely divided into five categories: Kamaekata; Tachikata; Semekata; Ukekata; Kerikata.”-Nagamine Shoshin Sensei Today, we are going to do a cultural dive into this sentence and translate these terms. Firstly it is important to note the use of the suffix -kata. This is not the same Kata as what you are accustomedContinue reading “Basic Movements of Matsubayashi Ryu”

So Matt Sheridan, what about your teaching experience?

Previously I gave a breakdown of my training experience and certifications within the martial arts. Primarily doing so so that people would stop harassing my buddy Noah Legel. Then people started demanding to know about my teaching experience. As it’s no secret lets discuss it. Shall we? As previously mentioned I went through the WorldContinue reading “So Matt Sheridan, what about your teaching experience?”

White Pants VS Dyed Pants

This may be a topic that will make a few guys squirm in their chair, but as you know I do not shy away from such topics. If you didn’t know when a female human being reaches a certain age they begin menstruation. Part of this process is the sluffing off of a blood richContinue reading “White Pants VS Dyed Pants”

Some Traditional Japanese Clothing

By: Matt Sheridan Over the years I’ve heard many speculations about where the Karate-gi and Judo-gi came from. And while sometimes these myths and dogmatic teachings come close. Most of them show a general lack of understanding of historical Japanese attire. To help alleviate this problem, I’ve compiled a pretty long list of Japanese clothingContinue reading “Some Traditional Japanese Clothing”

How Practitioners Retire Belts

Every individual, school, association, and style develop their own customs and culture as time progresses. One thing that varies greatly is how people retire their belts. Some people view belts as sacred objects to be honored and respected. Others view belts as a utilitarian garment. Yet, most reside somewhere in the middle. Some retire theirContinue reading “How Practitioners Retire Belts”

How to Get Away from Reliance on Belts

By Matt S.Originally Posted August 24th, 2018 I am often known for the fact that I’ve spent the better part of a decade studying the history of the belt system. The history is something I would say I am very enthusiastic about. However when it comes to the practice of utilizing belts systems I amContinue reading “How to Get Away from Reliance on Belts”

From Menkyo to Menjo

Originaly Published in Totally Taekwondo Magazine March 2016 So have you noticed research often leaves you with more questions? After exploring the history of the belt system and the Kyu/Dan system I was left with one question, “What came before these things?” And the answer was surprisingly easy to find. Prior to the introduction ofContinue reading “From Menkyo to Menjo”

The many historical names of Karate

One important thing to understand is that the name of karate, and it’s various styles, have changed many times throughout history. When it comes to the names of individual styles, such as Shotokan, Goju Ryu, Matsubayashi Ryu, etc. we have to remember that on Okinawa this wasn’t really a thing until after Karate was introducedContinue reading “The many historical names of Karate”

History of the Belt System

Originally published in Totally Taekwondo Magazine in the April 2015 edition. However this is a living document that continues to be edited as new information is learned. As all research projects should. In 1883 Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo (柔道), began what would develop into not only the belt system but also the kyuContinue reading “History of the Belt System”