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!”

Why I Joined the WMKA

The World Matsubayashi Ryu Karate Dō Association is often attributed to Shoshin Nagamine. However, it was actually the brain child of, and started by, an American instructor living in New York, USA. There are some things about the association that are strange to me, such as how they deny the fact Kinsei Taba was onceContinue reading “Why I Joined the WMKA”

You Should Never Have to tell Your own Abuse Story!

I just wanted to take the time to thank my friends who have shared my story. So far only a small handful (three people) have been kind and brave enough to do so. Last June I was diagnosed with Suicidal Depression and Complex PTSD, after being harassed by martial artist for years. Unfortunately 100% ofContinue reading “You Should Never Have to tell Your own Abuse Story!”

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!”

Techniques of Matsubayashi Ryu: Japanese with Kanji

From The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do by Shoshin Nagamine, Typed up by Matt Sheridan, so all mistakes are mine alone. :p Kamae-Kata (構え方) Soto-Hachiji Shizentai-Dachi (外八字自然体立ち) Chokuritsu-Fudo-Dachi (直立不動立ち) Heisoku-Dachi (閉足立ち) Tachi-Kata (立ち方) Shizentai-Dachi (自然体立ち) Soto-Hachiji Shizentai-Dachi (外八字自然体立ち) Hidari-Ashi-Mae Shizentai-Dachi (左足前自然体立ち) Migi-Ashi-Mae Shizentai-Dachi (右足前自然体立ち) Jun-Shizentai-Dachi (准自然体立ち) Chokuristu-Fudo-Dachi (直立不動立ち) Heisoku-Dachi (閉足立ち) Neko-Ashi-Dachi (猫足立ち) Jigotai-Dachi/ Shiko-Dachi (自護体立ち・四股立ち) Naihanchi-Dachi/Continue reading “Techniques of Matsubayashi Ryu: Japanese with Kanji”

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?”

So Matt Sheridan, What is your Background? Seriously!

Right, so as previously explained I first joined Taekwondo at the age of six. However my life always has a way of throwing me for a loop. When I was seven years old my dad took an early retirement from the United States Air Force, where he worked as a airplane mechanic, and relocated myContinue reading “So Matt Sheridan, What is your Background? Seriously!”

My Introduction to Martial Arts: Matt the Ninja Turtle?

This is a basic rundown of my thought process behind joining martial arts. Like most young children, born in the late ‘80s. I grew up wanting to be a Ninja Turtle. The dream was to fight The Foot Clan (the evils of the world). At the age of six my parents took my two siblingsContinue reading “My Introduction to Martial Arts: Matt the Ninja Turtle?”