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…”

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”

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”

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”

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”