Hikite: The Pulling Hand

When you are standing in the on-guard position, both of your hands are passive, because they are both waiting to be put to action whether it be to punch, parry, cover, you get the idea. Once you start throwing punches, those hands are now active, simple I know. Now if we are throwing punches, one of the other hands will be passive. The question is how can we make both of our hands active…

Brown Belt Acquired

October was definitely a busy month for me, from preparing for a kudo tournament, beginning work on my website, to a number of other ventures that I am juggling. I am going to fill you in on whats going on in this little¬†brown mans life…

What is the one thing that every tradesman has in common, it’s their tools. The artist has the pencil or the paintbrush, the gymnast has their body, the plumber has their tool belt, and the lawyer has his brain and mouth. How about the combat athlete? The combat athlete has their equipment….

My experience with Onnits Alpha Brain

The next day, I wake up rested. My brain is clear, I take alpha brain with breakfast. At work, I still drank two to three cups of coffee, no adverse effects. Just clear and active. But later into the day, my stomach was a little weird. Most likely from the coffee. Had kudo that evening, I was in the zone that night. No anxiety, just relaxed and calm. During sparring, I have to spar with some good black belts…

Power from the ground up

I hope you aren’t the type of person that skips leg day, if so, you may be killing your punching power at its foundation. So you think just because you are running miles upon miles, that you will be putting people on their backs left and right, you are mistaken. Now don’t get me wrong…

Compartmentalization: The bane of fluidity for the martial artist

IAh! yes, its compartmentalization. What’s that you might ask, it just means that we divide things into discrete categories, simple right. How does this influence our performance? Here’s an example; let’s say you train Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at each session, you practice…¬†

USA National Kudo Team: Support of Kudo team

There are many countries from around the world participating in the Kudo World Tournamnet, its a major competition that occurs every 4 years. Its purpose is to decides the best Kudo competitor in a number of different weight and height categories….

The Countdown: Back in the mask!

So back in June, I participated in a tournament, well it was really only two matches, but tournament makes everything sound 100 times better than it actually is. Anyway, one of my friends and martial arts brothers from University at Buffalo came to Osaka to hang out with this little brown man and to watch my matches…

My Kettlebell Hell

This video is actually about one of my conditioning routines. When I competed last year, I had an issue with maintaining my strength for long periods of time and so my coach decided that I needed to really focus on my conditioning after my regular training…

My Combat Wrestling matches from 2017 CW Asian Championship

I’m going to show you guys my matches from the 2017 Combat Wrestling Asian Championship. Now before we start the video, I want you all to know that I was disappointed with my performance at that time…

Flowcharts: The Simplest Tool For Improvement!

Okay, it’s not good for me to just assume you are familiar with flowcharts so here’s an explanation; a flowchart is a diagram that represents a process…

Leg kick series: low line kicks

The first kick we will cover is the low line side kick, pretty self-explanatory, it’s a sidekick that is aimed at the hips or lower. This kick is incorporated in many other martial arts systems, when aimed at the knee it’s called the kansetsu geri in karate, and the chasse frontal bas in Savate just to name a few…

Kudos Potential in America: Part Two

Hello and welcome to part two of my two-part Kudos potential in America series, thank you very much for being so patient as I made my final touches to this…

Kudos Potential in America: Part One

It still boggles my mind how Kudo has yet to pick up traction in the United States of America. Now I know that many Americans look at any martial art with a gi and find it hard to believe that it could hold any merit when compared to the already established mixed martial arts that have swept the nation since the introduction of…

My strength and conditioning for martial arts

So each of the exercises in my training menu has some kind of carry over into my martial art training, I know that there may be some people who have an opinion when it comes to strength and conditioning…

Blast from the Past: Leg Kicks Suck!

Leg kicks; if you are on the receiving end of them, then they are the bane of your very existence. They hurt bad and linger, slowly giving you lead feet as a fight goes on. When people hear about leg kicks, they immediately think about Thai boxing, can’t blame them…

The return to kudo

So November was the last month of training at M.I. Sports here in Japan, the owners decided to close the doors because of personal reasons, which I can definitely understand. It was sad, I made some really good friends during my time wrestling there…

Kudo, Sambo and wrestling oh my!

So this year marked my second year of training in Kudo here in Japan, as of September that is. Along the way I have faced some road blocks that have made me stagnant from time to time this year…

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