Hello everyone and welcome to my website, is the natural progression of the a karate nerd in japan blog that I started three years ago. At that time, I wasn't thinking about doing anything with my blog, it was just a way to record my experiences here in Japan. Also as a way of maintaining my English level, which was a complete failure. Anyway, the names Emmanuell, but to many of the people who know it, its Manny. I grew up in Upstate New York on a diet of Kung Fu flicks and Sonny Chiba movies... Yeah, I am a little messed up in the head, but that's fine. My martial arts journey started during my sophomore year of high school, the math teacher happened to be a black belt in Meibukan Goju Ryu and had some experience in boxing and Kajukenbo. A really nice guy, but a strict teacher, I left that class with bumps and bruises on a regular basis. Come to think of it, I even broke one of my knuckles there.
In University, I had the chance to practice a plethora of combat sports; boxing, judo, Seido Karate, Sanshou and many more. I was primarily a striker and even to this day, I havent changed much. I coached a number of ammy kickboxers during my time as a university student and gained alot of experience. But, I was looking for something that was a little rough and tumble. I search and searched until I found a video of Daido Juku on Youtube, after seeing the match structure, I knew I had finally found what I was looking for and it was history at that point. I came to Japan for work and to get my black belt in Daido Juku/Kudo. I want to open my own gym where I can teach Kudo and apply my experience to the curriculum.

That is me in a nutshell, enjoy the content and happy training!

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