Why most Karate Manuals Suck…

As someone with a degree in education and additional certifications in teaching on top of it, I have to say, most karate manuals suck. I have had the pleasure of owning a wide variety of manuals over the years and have reviewed hundreds that I’ve simply chosen where not worth purchasing. On my personal FBContinue reading “Why most Karate Manuals Suck…”

Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!

Originally Written in 2018-ish by Matt Sheridan There is a phrase that is commonly used in some mainland Japanese styles of karate and their offshoots that Okinawans strongly dislike. Thing is this is actually three phrases: Osu, Osu, and Ossu. You may notice that there are some practitioners that seem to use Osu as aContinue reading “Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!”

Karate-Obi Preview

For some odd reason I’m the guy many people thinks is obsessed with belts, due to my research on the history of the belt system. However, I haven’t actually owned very many belts, nor have I owned many belts from varying companies. All my original colored belts, and my original black belt, were made byContinue reading “Karate-Obi Preview”

Gatekeeping in Martial Arts

Originally written in 2016 when I was the admin on the Ryukyu Martial Arts (Research and Discussion) group page as well as the Okinawan, Japanese, and Korean Karate (History, Research, and Discussion) group page on FaceBook. gate·keep·ing/ˈɡātˌkēpiNG/noun 1. the activity of controlling, and usually limiting, general access to something. gate·keep·er/ˈɡātˌkēpər/noun an attendant at a gateContinue reading “Gatekeeping in Martial Arts”

Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!

Originally Written in 2018-ish by Matt Sheridan There is a phrase that is commonly used in some mainland Japanese styles of karate and their offshoots that Okinawans strongly dislike. Thing is this is actually three phrases: Osu, Osu, and Ossu. You may notice that there are some practitioners that seem to use Osu as aContinue reading “Osu, Oss, and Ossu: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means!”

Judo Techniques: Names or Not?

When it comes to the “names” of most Judo Waza (技), there is one fact that is extremely important to memorize, most Judo Waza DON’T HAVE NAMES! Radical idea to some, but for those who know what these “names” translate to it becomes extremely evident that most are just generally agreed upon descriptions of theContinue reading “Judo Techniques: Names or Not?”

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”

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”