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whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

whistlekick Martial Arts Radio is a bi-weekly podcast interviewing traditional martial artists. We hear their stories and journeys, the way they overcame challenges and learn how to be better people through the guests martial arts experiences. Past guests have included many famous martial artists from Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu and other disciplines.

Episodes

Episode 224 - Grandmaster James Faralli
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Episode 224 - Grandmaster James Faralli

Grand Master James Faralli is a Hapkido instructor and the force behind the American Hapkido Alliance.

Grand Master James Faralli - Episode 224

I have an addictive personality, which translates as whatever happens to be that I am into, I have to be a hundred and ten percent...

Most people struggle to move forward in life when they start out under unfortunate circumstances. Some even perpetuate the troubles that held them back. Today’s guest, Grand Master James Faralli, is not one of those people. He belongs to an immigrant family from Germany that went straight to live on a military base and his experience was far from great. Grand Master Faralli is a military man who later on suffered an injury that would threaten his martial arts career. Let’s listen to his extraordinary story of his journey of acceptance, hard-work, and resilience in the martial arts.

 

Episode 223 - Getting Teens Into Martial Arts
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Episode 223 - Getting Teens Into Martial Arts

Episode 222 - Mr. Julio Fernandez
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Episode 222 - Mr. Julio Fernandez

Mr. Julio Fernandez is an accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner who hails from Brazil, now living in Vermont, USA.

Mr. Julio Foca Fernandez - Episode 222

Sometimes, our love for another career or sport can bring us to martial arts. This is true for Mr. Julio Fernandez who was a pro surfer prior to his commitment to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has called only one man his instructor, a man with a very recognizable name. Mr. Fernandez is a true multi-talented martial artist who has great love for teaching what he has learned. Listen to the episode to know more about the story of Mr. Julio Fernandez.

 

Episode 221 - KickAI - Interview with Founder Jan-Eric Wargelin
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Episode 221 - KickAI - Interview with Founder Jan-Eric Wargelin

In this episode, Jeremy talks with Jan-Eric Wargelin from Helsinki, Finland. He is the founder of KickAI and a Taekwondo practitioner.

KickAI - Interview with Founder Jan-Eric Wargelin - Episode 221

KickAi is an app-based hardware product for martial artists that helps in improving kicks. It allows you to record and analyze data of your training. Listen to Jeremy as he talks with Mr. Jan-Eric Wargelin about this innovative product, for us, Martial Artists!

While we're excited for Kick.AI, please know that we are not officially endorsing the product. Further, we received no money for this episode nor do we receive a commission if you purchase. We simply wanted to share something new and exciting with our listeners.

Episode 220 - Mr. Scott Bolon
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Episode 220 - Mr. Scott Bolon

Mr. Scott Bolon is a regular listener of the show and he is currently training in several martial arts disciplines.

Mr. Scott Bolon - Episode 220

...Martial arts is a grind, its about repetitions. Its about creating that natural automatic movement and so you can't burn out...

Training with four different martial arts disciplines at the same time is not a simple feat. Our guest for today, Mr. Scott Bolon, is definitely a person on a mission to prove that failure is not a reason to quit but a fuel to success. Let us listen to the story of Mr. Bolon’s journey into the martial arts and how he emerged as a winner despite how hard the situation in his life was.

 

   

 

 

Episode 219 - How whistlekick Gear was Born
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Episode 219 - How whistlekick Gear was Born

In this episode, Jeremy talks about how whistlekick Sparring Gear and Apparel came into life. 

How whistlekick Gear was Born - Episode 219

Some of you listeners might be dying to know the whole story about how whistlekick Sparring Gear and Apparel become the go to gear that we love today. Well, this is your lucky day. Jeremy talks about the idea, the plan, and the product. Yes, from start to finish. You will know about the toughest as well as the happiest part of the journey in creating whistlekick. Let's listen to Jeremy as he unfolds the story of whistlekick.

Episode 218 - Sifu Rick Wong
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Episode 218 - Sifu Rick Wong

Sifu Rick Wong is a martial artist and physical therapist raised in New York and now living in Massachusetts.

Sifu Rick Wong - Episode 218

One’s affinity for martial arts may come from their heritage. That is definitely the case for Sifu Rick Wong who fell in love with martial arts as soon as he saw Kung fu movies. Kung fu has taught him to be resilient with challenges, and to keep quitting off his list of options. Sifu Wong has trained with some of the pillars of Chinese martial arts, including the great Sifu Bow-sim Mark. Certainly, he has become successful with his career as a Physical Therapist, a father, and a martial artist.

 

Episode 217 - Top 5 Things Wrong with Martial Artists
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Episode 217 - Top 5 Things Wrong with Martial Artists

In this episode, Jeremy talks about some of the things that make martial artists look bad for other people and martial arts itself.

Top 5 Things Wrong with Martial Artists - Episode 217

We are not perfect. That is true for everyone of us whether be martial artist or not because it is simply how we are as people. We have mistakes that we commit and wrongs that we do. As martial artists, we must be open to be criticized for these things so that we have a bigger room for improving both our art and self. In this episode, Jeremy analyzes the common and most important things that we as martial artists do wrong. Listen to learn more!

Episode 216 - Shihan Chris Casamassa
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Episode 216 - Shihan Chris Casamassa

Shihan Chris Casamassa is a martial artist, school owner, and actor best known for his role as Scorpion in the Mortal Kombat films.

Shihan Chris Casamassa - Episode 216

...After that you know martial arts, what I found is it's one of those things that if you don't use it, you'll lose it...

Shihan Chris Casamassa as Scorpion[/caption]

Nearly everyone loves movies, and for the majority of our listeners - and guests- martial arts movies are an opportunity to see the pursuit we're so passionate about brought to the next level. For Shihan Casamassa, though, everything is at that next level. His time in competition, his pursuit of acting, his writing, his teaching - all of them exemplify the whistlekick motto - never settle.

He's worked with the best, and his acting had him side by side with legends, including some past guests of this show. Through it all, he's maintained an open mind and a willingness to continue working as hard as he ever has.

Episode 215 - Taking a Break from Martial Arts
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Episode 215 - Taking a Break from Martial Arts

In this episode, Jeremy talks about the importance of taking a break from your martial arts training.

Taking a Break from Martial Arts – Episode 215

Let us admit, we need to take a break sometimes from all the stuffs that we do like work, school and all other things that keep us busy. We can say the same about our martial arts training. Taking a break from the physicality of the art can give you a new sense of direction and make you feel refreshed. It can help us reflect on the right things so we can put them on the right perspective. Listen to the episode and find out how to make your breaks worthwhile.

Episode 214 - Grandmaster David Oliver
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Episode 214 - Grandmaster David Oliver

Grandmaster David Oliver - Episode 214

...You trained a lot longer, you got more experience in life than they are. And mainly, to be honest with them and not to try and make out that you're someone you're not.

There are times in life where success doesn't seem possible. At a listener's suggestion, I reached out to GM David Oliver and invited him to come on the show. He accepted, but the hurdles we jumped through to make this episode happen were unlike anything I've experienced in the history of the show. From various technical issues to scheduling challenges, it seemed that some greater force was trying to keep me from speaking with him. Fortunately, Grandmaster Oliver was accommodating and we were able to work through everything.

In the end, the episode came out great. This is a man with more than 50 years in Taekwondo. Someone who actually knew General Choi. He's dedicated his life to martial arts and now the organization he oversees has more than 25,000 members. It was an honor to speak with him and I hope you take as much wisdom from our conversation as I did.

Episode 213 - Martial Arts Humor
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Episode 213 - Martial Arts Humor

In this episode, Jeremy talks about how humor and laughter can make martial arts both interesting and fun at the same time.

Martial Arts Humor - Episode 213

Most people, especially those who are unfamiliar, look at martial arts as serious and physically challenging. In reality, it's actually very funny. From the names of the moves to teachers who use humor and even Chuck Norris "facts." If you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? This episode is all about the lighter side of what we do, and how it has an impact on not only who you are, but your training. Listen as Jeremy explains how laughter can make things better and more!

 

Episode 212 - Sifu Jean Lukitsh
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Episode 212 - Sifu Jean Lukitsh

Sifu Jean Lukitsh is a Chinese martial arts practitioner from Boston with connections to some very famous martial artists.

Sifu Jean Lukitsh - Episode 212

"I just saw a miracle, she held that woman up all by herself!" and I said, that wasn't a miracle, that was Kung Fu. They all laughed but its true. 

It was from a recent conversation with an upcoming guest that I learned about Sifu Jean Lukitsh. After exchanging a few emails I knew this would be one incredible interview. As the photos arrived featuring Sifu Lukitsh and everyone from Donnie Yen to Jackie Chan, it was clear that we'd hear some great stories. Having trained under Bow-sim Mark, Donnie Yen's Mother, Sifu Jean Lukitsh has ties to some incredible martial artists, but it was her passion and dedication that originally brought her to Boston.

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Episode 211 - Improving Martial Arts Events
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Episode 211 - Improving Martial Arts Events

In this episode, Jeremy talks about a number of ways you can improve your martial arts events.

Improving Martial Arts Events - Episode 211

Are you thinking about organizing an event for your martial arts school? Maybe, you are in the planning stage of your first event or already preparing for another one. Well, this episode is for you. Jeremy breaks down some of the important details of organizing a martial arts event including how to make their attendance worth their time and money. In the fast-paced world that we are living in, making these events worthwhile, not only for the students but for instructors as well, is definitely the way to a successful event. Listen to the episode and find out more!

Episode 210 - Mr. John Stork
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Episode 210 - Mr. John Stork

Mr. John Stork is not your typical martial artist. Aside from training with two of the show’s wonderful guests, he is a talented circus and street performer with a solid foundation in martial arts. John’s love for the arts was drawn from his fascination in movies and television, just like many of us. An accomplished individual with great experiences, he shares his stories and aspirations here on the show.

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Episode 209 - How the World Sees Martial Artists
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Episode 209 - How the World Sees Martial Artists

In this episode, Jeremy talks about how martial artists look from both outside and inside the martial arts. How the World Sees Martial Artists - Episode 209

Let’s face it, there are different opinions about martial artists - both from a non-martial arts perspective and even from other martial artists. Does the world favor martial artists or do they just see us as violent individuals? This episode covers a controversial theme and you will have to listen to find out.

Episode 208 – Sensei JD Swanson
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Episode 208 – Sensei JD Swanson

Many of us dream of training with martial arts heroes – those we look up to so much. Sensei J.D. Swanson has done more than dream, he’s been fortunate enough to train with a number of karate greats. Sensei Swanson has been successful not only in martial arts but in academics, as a University Professor.

 

Episode 207 - Why There Is No Right Way
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Episode 207 - Why There Is No Right Way

Every one is unique and so is their training. However, we cannot seem to stop comparing our journey to other people’s journey and we criticize others to the point that we impose our ways on them. That simply makes no sense. There are different disciplines, combinations, and dynamics that go along with Martial Arts such that we cannot simply have a single, right way. Listen to Jeremy as he dissects Martial Arts as a unique experience for every artist and more.

Episode 206 - Soke Newton James
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Episode 206 - Soke Newton James

As our show has grown, so has our reach. We're being listened to in more countries (134 at last count) and we're hearing from more international guests. Today's guest is both international and American, at least when it comes to martial arts. Soke Newton James was born in Jamaica, and that's when he found karate. Life finds him in the US now, and we're fortunate enough to have him on the show.

Episode 205 - Martial Arts Basics Drills
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Episode 205 - Martial Arts Basics Drills

In this episode, we'll go over Jeremy's Top 12 drills for getting better at martial arts basics.

Martial Arts Basics Drills - Episode 205

Let's face it, practicing your basics can get tedious. It doesn't matter how important you understand them to be, how fundamental they are, they're... basic. The more exciting they can become, they more you'll practice, and the better the martial artist you'll become. Here are Jeremy's Top 12 Drills for Martial Arts basics. Of course, there's much more detail in the episode.

  1. Stationary
  2. Moving
  3. With your eyes closed
  4. Facing a mirror
  5. Aiming at a target
  6. For power on a heavy bag
  7. For speed (see Episode 203 - Developing Speed for more)
  8. With a moving target
  9. As part of a cardio workout
  10. Slowly
  11. With visualization
  12. In forms

 

Episode 204 - Dr. Peder Piering
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Episode 204 - Dr. Peder Piering

Dr. Peder Piering is a Taekwondo practitioner from Wisconsin and author of the book Master Mental Toughness.

Dr. Peder Piering - Episode 204

Most often the competition is with yourself. Can I make this stretch a little bit further? Can I kick fraction of an inch higher?How can I not perfect your form but get that form does as well as it can possibly be done and this competition happens day in and day out.

Today's guest has a story that will resonate for many of us - especially those who started martial arts as an adult. Dr. Peder Piering discovered martial arts could not only bring his family closer together, it allowed him to rediscover the joy he had as a competitive athlete in his earlier years. As a sports psychologist, he's learned how each of the two sides of his life not only brings value to the other but to his clients.

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Episode 203 - Developing Speed
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Episode 203 - Developing Speed

We all understand the importance of getting faster as martial artists, but how often do we work on it? And if you want to work on it, how do you go about it? This episode covers a number of concepts and drills that will help you get faster at everything you do.

Episode 202 - Mr. Ron Amram
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Episode 202 - Mr. Ron Amram

Mr. Ron Amram is a multi-disciplined martial arts instructor and school owner from Australia with an excellent story.

Mr. Ron Amram - Episode 202

 I don't have a dial, I have a switch - it's on its off, you know there is no 30%, there is no 50%, there is no 70%, I do 100% right on. And with the Martial Arts at the moment, it's completely on.

When I first learned of Mr. Ron Amram it was on his blog, which is part of his school's website. As I read through an article I found myself nodding along - feeling like he and I could have had the same upbringing. I was reading an article written by someone who understood not only the traditions we hold dear in martial arts, but also made space for improving on those traditions where it made sense.

Which is why I am so pleased to have him on the show today. Mr. Amram is kind, open and funny. I enjoyed my time with him and I hope you do as well.

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Episode 201 - 200th Episode Debrief
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Episode 201 - 200th Episode Debrief

Episode 200 - whistlekick Martial Arts Radio Live Show Celebration
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Episode 200 - whistlekick Martial Arts Radio Live Show Celebration

For episode 200 we recorded and streamed live over both Facebook Live and Instagram. We saved the video, which you can watch below. You can also listen to the audio. Thank you to everyone that helped make the show a success, especially all of the listeners.

Episode 199 - Question & Answer #3
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Episode 199 - Question & Answer #3

On today's episode, we bring you the third installment of our question and answer series, as well as give you some information on the upcoming episode 200.

Question & Answer #3 - Episode 199

On this episode, we answer the following questions from listeners:

  • How much do the skills learned in one martial art translate to another?
  • Will the diversity of kicks used by Yair Rodriguez in his defeat of BJ Penn mean more interest in traditional martial arts like karate, taekwondo or kung fu?
  • What is the right amount of contact for martial arts training?
  • What would you say to someone that wants to start martial arts but feels that it's not something they're able to do?

Episode 198 - Mr. Mark Divine
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Episode 198 - Mr. Mark Divine

Mr. Mark Divine is a former Navy SEAL and author with deep roots in traditional karate. He's a powerful speaker with solid advice.

Mr. Mark Divine - Episode 198

Every MartialArt was an evolution of a former art and now it's time to look at them and say ok, preserve the integrity of the original but let's evolve this for both modern era and western mind.

Mr. Mark Divine is a man I respected long before we set up this conversation. As an author, a SEAL, legendary coach in the CrossFit community and proponent of developing mental strength, he's been doing great work for a long time. I knew his background included a fair amount of martial arts, but I had no idea how much - or how strongly he attributed his personal growth to that foundation.

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Episode 197 - Don't Compare Martial Arts Journeys
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Episode 197 - Don't Compare Martial Arts Journeys

All too often people compare their journey in the martial arts to the journey of someone else. This doesn't do anyone any good.

Don't Compare Martial Arts Journeys - Episode 197

In this episode, Jeremy talks about how individual a journey through the martial arts can be, and why making comparisons to the journies of others is so detrimental.

 

Episode 196 - Miss Caitlin Dechelle
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Episode 196 - Miss Caitlin Dechelle

Miss Caitlin Dechelle is a world-champion martial arts competitor turned actress, known for her athleticism and stunt work.

Miss Caitlin Dechelle - Episode 196  

I think all the years of martial arts I've taught myself to be so guarded and so strong and so resilient to the outside.

When it comes to stunts and Hollywood, there are a number of names that many martial artists recognize. Most of that name recognition comes from their time on screen, though. We have far fewer individuals we look to and call "ours," people who share stories similar to ours. Today's guest is one of the exceptions. Competing worldwide on the NASKA circuit led Miss Caitlin Dechelle to a Jackie Chan movie and, ultimately, a career. We get to go behind the curtain with her today and find out not only how that happened, but why it's been the realization of a dream.

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Episode 195 - Jeremy Unplugged
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Episode 195 - Jeremy Unplugged

Episode 194 - Sensei Richard Hubbard
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Episode 194 - Sensei Richard Hubbard

Sensei Richard Hubbard is a thoughtful, multi-disciplined martial artist from New Hampshire.

Sensei Richard Hubbard - Episode 194

We also bring the meditative practice at the end of the training session and sometimes at the beginning too. So I do it a minute before class or five minutes or ten minutes after class and that is a very important thing because it allows you to clear away a lot of noise. 

I honestly don't remember when it happened, but it did. Maybe this happens to you - you're on social media and notice someone that has a ton of mutual connections, so you reach out. That's what happened with Sensei Richard Hubbard - I don't know who friended who, or when, but it happened. We had a few good conversations online and then finally met at Sensei Terry Dow's event, the Martial Arts Symposium. We hit it off, and I had the chance to visit his dojo a few weeks later.

We all fantasize about training in multiple martial arts, but few have done it. Even fewer have done it to the degree Sensei Hubbard has. He's a bit of a paradox in the world of martial arts - he's classically trained but always open to new ideas that might dramatically change what he does. He's a proponent of meditation, but at times his classes aren't that formal. These might seem like contradictions, but that's only until you spend some time talking with him.

Episode 193 - Martial Arts Drills For Creating Stress
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Episode 193 - Martial Arts Drills For Creating Stress

Stress isn't just a part of daily life, it's something that can interfere with your martial arts training. When it comes to self-defense, stress can render your training useless.

Martial Arts Drills for Creating Stress - Episode 193

Stress is a part of life, even for martial artists. While stress can have a lot of negative effects on your life outside of training, it can have even greater effects in a self-defense situation. The very thing many of us train for, at least in part, is a completely different situation than the way most train for. In today's episode, we talk about stress and how to best replicate it inside your training environments. That way, if you're ever forced to use your skill, you'll have the best chance of applying it well.

On today's episode, we reference Episode 113 - Different Training Environments

Episode 192 - Master Chip Townsend
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Episode 192 - Master Chip Townsend

Master Chip Townsend is a Taekwondo practitioner & school owner from Texas with a passion for breaking and inspiring others.

Master Chip Townsend - Episode 192

I have tried hard for the last 15 to 20 years to really grab hold of the mindset that no matter how bad something goes there is something for me to learn.

During last year's US Open broadcast on ESPN, I witnessed a man break 4 baseball bats with his shin. I remember cringing as I watched it. I kept thinking the man who went through that had to be an impressive martial artist, if not also a bit crazy. Fast forward to now and I get to speak with this gentleman, Master Chip Townsend. I came away from our time knowing I was only half right. This man is an impressive martial artist, but he's not crazy. He is immensely passionate about what he does and he's always looking to push his own boundaries. Enjoy.

We're constantly innovating and working on new products, and now it's time for you to let us know what you want to see. Is there a martial arts product you think needs to be invented, or one you want to see improved in some way? Reach out to us and let's see if we can make your idea a reality.

Episode 191 - Motivating Martial Artists
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Episode 191 - Motivating Martial Artists

In this episode, we talk about ways to motivate people - specifically martial artists - that don't involve a promotion or other external symbol, like a trophy.

Motivating Martial Artists - Episode 191

On last week's Thursday episode, 189, we talked about martial arts participation awards and how they can be damaging to martial artists, especially children. There was some great conversation on the subject afterward, both on social media and via email. Everyone, regardless of agreeing, found the conversation beneficial.

Today's episode is a follow-up, to dig deeper into motivation in the hopes that listeners walk away with more methods of motivating those around them. While the episode is written primarily for martial arts instructors looking to motivate students, the strategies will apply to nearly any other circumstances.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Identifying what motivates people
  • Praise vs criticism and how much of each to offer
  • Goal setting
  • Loving the journey
  • Rewards

Episode 190 - Kyoshi David Seeger & Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger
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Episode 190 - Kyoshi David Seeger & Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger

Kyoshi David Seeger & Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger are karate practitioners from New York, best known for their video The Karate Rap

Kyoshi David Seeger & Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger - Episode 190

You have to be good, you have to be the one that is on the right for the karate to even work.You have to have a pure heart.You can't be the bad guy.

If you have martial arts friends on social media, or your non-martial arts friends like to pick on you, you've probably seen The Karate Rap. This video is everything we love to pick on about martial arts, done in a true 80's-style music video. Every few months it surfaces, usually when a friend posts it to my Facebook page. I can't help but watch all over again, silently loving the cheesiness of it yet respecting the accuracy of so much of what is said and done in the video.

Recently someone reached out and asked that we find the person behind the video and talk to them. It turns out that person was actually a couple, Kyoshi David Seeger and his wife, Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger. I reached out, we scheduled, and they're here for you today in our first-ever two-person interview. Not only do we talk about The Karate Rap, and give you a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff on one of my favorite pieces of martial arts cultural history, but we talk about them - their love of training, and how a martial arts marriage can work so well. I had a lot of fun talking to these two and I hope you enjoy listening.

Episode 189 - Participation Awards
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Episode 189 - Participation Awards

On today's episode, Jeremy talks about his feelings on participation awards - trophies, medals, ribbons, etc - and why they should never be handed out at martial arts competitions.

Participation Awards - Episode 189

One of the subjects that I find increasingly frustrating is the inclusion of participation awards at martial arts events. Handing a child a ribbon for showing up not only sends the wrong message, it sends a counter-message to everything else we teach them in martial arts. ~jeremy

 

 

Episode 188 - Mr. Tristan Creeley
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Episode 188 - Mr. Tristan Creeley

Mr. Tristan Creeley - Mr. C - is a taekwondo martial arts instructor, competitor, filmmaker & artist from Maine.

Mr. Tristan Creeley - Episode 188

It won't work to have a positive state of mind.I can easily not have that kind of mind so I would say believe in yourself, cultivate that confidence has surround you with positive people and build resilience.

Mr. Tristan Creeley and I go back - way back. As teenagers growing up in Maine we were at the same tournaments, knew the same people, and I even competed against his brother a few times. I wouldn't say we were friends because we didn't know each other well, but I respected him a great deal.

Now with whistlekick I am again traveling to tournaments and seeing people I haven't seen in 20 years. Shortly after founding whistlekick, Mr. Creeley moved back to Maine and started showing up again at tournaments. Most impressive to me was that he refused to accept any physical limitations of age - he was constantly pushing his body and his technique, refining his form and adding new elements. It was a joy to watch him, whether it was his forms or his fighting. Now he's on the show, and we're having the longest conversation we've ever had. Enjoy.

For this episode, we want you to be aware of our return policy - did you know we don't have a restocking fee? Or silly maximums on time for returns? We give you a month to check out what we send you. If you don't like it, so long as it's not damaged or heavily used, we'll take it back. But let's be honest... you won't send our stuff back.

Episode 187 - Talking Donnie Yen
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Episode 187 - Talking Donnie Yen

We bring you an exclusive interview with Sifu James Banks, who grew up with Donnie Yen and trained with his mother, Bow-sim Mark.

Talking Donnie Yen - Episode 187

How often do you meet someone who not only has met, but friended and trained with one of the most legendary martial artists of the modern era? That's what today's show is all about. Sifu James Banks talks about his childhood friend and offers some insight into why he's become the amazing martial arts action star he is today.

You should check out our profile episode of Donnie Yen for more history and context.

 

 

Episode 186 - Mr. Iain Abernethy
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Episode 186 - Mr. Iain Abernethy

Mr. Iain Abernethy is a well-known martial arts podcaster and expert on the practical application of Karate.

Mr. Iain Abernethy - Episode 186

Looking back, one of the first time in my life when I decided I want to do this, I put the effort in and I can see myself making progress and that revolution you can do that, you can apply yourself to something to make progress. That a very addictive feeling.

Mr. Iain Abernethy is not your typical martial artist. In some ways, he's very much like other guests we've had - passionate about martial arts, dedicated to his training and determined to give back to the practice that has given him so much. In other ways, he's so focused on what he does, other martial artists, myself included, are blown away. He's someone I've wanted to speak with for a long time, and now it's happening. Enjoy.

Who do you want us to talk to? We work hard to bring you a diverse set of guests from all styles and perspectives. If there's someone you're dying to hear from, let us know, we'll see what we can do. There's a form on the contact page you can use.

For show notes and other episodes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/186-iain-abernathy/

Episode 185 - Top 10 Reasons to Read Martial Arts Books
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Episode 185 - Top 10 Reasons to Read Martial Arts Books

 

On this episode, Sensei Jaredd Wilson joins us to offer his top ten reasons why all martial artists should be reading martial arts books.

Top 10 Reasons to Read Martial Arts Books - Episode 185

Sensei Jaredd Wilson is now our top returning guest, as he comes back for a third installment. He reached out wanting to talk about martial arts books, something he feels strongly about. We fall down the rabbit hole and talk about the top 10 reasons why martial arts books are good for every martial artist.

You can find Sensei Wilson on his other two appearances, his interview and his participation in the chat on McDojos.

Books discussed today include Karate-Do: My Way of Life and Grand Master Jhoon Rhee 's book, Trutopia. We also mention Mr. Gershon Ben Keren 's episode.

Episode 184 - Sensei Phil Knight
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Episode 184 - Sensei Phil Knight

Sensei Phil Knight is a Karate practitioner from Yorkshire, England with a passion for so-called nerdy pursuits. We talk about the intersection of martial arts and martial arts culture in everything from movies and television to comic books.

Sensei Phil Knight - Episode 184

You can never be arrogant in any situation evolving martial arts, you really have to listen to people, try and judge what's going around you and may be even do a bit of research before you think upgrading about the club you are actually grading at.

Sensei Phil Knight comes to us from England, and we get into some great stuff. We talk about martial arts culture, including comic books and how they've had an effect on so many of us. Sensei Phil, as he asked me to call him, strikes me as a very thoughtful martial artist, and I think you'll agree with me. Let's welcome him to the show.

We recently upgraded our martial arts products website and it's time to tell the world! Now you can receive notifications when products come back in stock, keep items in your shopping cart and get to them later, and a lot more. Find our stuff at whistlekick.com - and thanks for checking it out.

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/184-phil-knight/

Episode 183 - Conversations with Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr.
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Episode 183 - Conversations with Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr.

Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr. is a well-known jujutsu practitioner and instructor. Jeremy had the chance to sit down with him for a conversation at the 2017 Martial Arts Symposium.

Conversations with Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr. - Episode 183

Soke Michael DePasquale is a legend in the world of jujutsu that hasn't yet been on the show. It's not for a lack of trying on either side, though! He's a busy man and it was great to finally chat with him while we had a chance to record it. He'll be back for our standard interview, but today's episode gives you a glimpse into his life and some of the great stories he has. Some people live a life of martial arts, Soke DePasquale embodies it.

Last week we featured another great conversation from the 2017 Martial Arts Symposium in Manchester, NH. This one with Hanshi Bruce Juchnik and Bill "Superfoot" Wallace. You can even watch a video of it. Check out that episode here.

If you'd like to learn more about Soke DePasquale, the best place to start is his website.

 

Episode 182 - Coach Mike Chen
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Episode 182 - Coach Mike Chen

Coach Mike Chen is a Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) practitioner from New Hampshire. He's an excellent storyteller who brings solid perspective to his time on the show.

Coach Mike Chen - Episode 182

The hardest thing you are ever going to have to do in your martial art's career is stepping onto the mat for the first time to put on that white belt.

Coach Mike Chen comes to us from a listener introduction. As we hear him tell his tale of martial arts we hear someone who found their destiny, lives a martial arts lifestyle and fully embraces what that means. We get into some deep conversations and he doesn't hold back. I enjoyed his perspective and openness to the things we discussed and I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation.

 

We've put a lot of time into our Martial Arts Calendar website, which features a free place to post your martial arts competitions, seminars, charitable events, rank promotions and anything else that might be of interest to other martial artists. It is, and always will be, free to use and post to. Help us add to it and let's grow the martial arts together.

Episode 181 - Hanshi Bruce Juchnik Interviews Bill "Superfoot" Wallace
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Episode 181 - Hanshi Bruce Juchnik Interviews Bill "Superfoot" Wallace

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik interviews Bill Wallace - aka Superfoot - at the 2017 Martial Arts Symposium in Manchester, NH.

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik Interviews Bill "Superfoot" Wallace - Episode 181

On Saturday, April 8th, we were fortunate enough to record Hanshi Bruce Juchnik as he reminisced and interviewed Grand Master Bill "Superfoot" Wallace during one of the breakout sessions. The conversation includes discussion on many of Bill Wallace's opponents and friends, including Skipper Mullins, Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis & a lot more.

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik knows a lot of the details of these stories and the two are able to have a great conversation. If you're a fan of the 60s and 70s martial arts era, this interview is right up your alley. There's a lot of wisdom shared in the interview, and you can tell the two men enjoyed their time and have a lot of respect for each other.

This was our first interview ever recorded with video, and while there are a lot of things we can do better, we're proud to bring it to you as is. Stick around until the very end for a special audio bonus of GM Bill Wallace teasing Jeremy. For show notes and other episodes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/181-bruce-juchnik-bill-wallace/

Episode 180 - Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee
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Episode 180 - Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee is a legend in the world of Taekwondo, some even refer to him as the Father of American Tae Kwon Do.

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee - Episode 180

It's hard to be in the martial arts and not know who Jhoon Rhee is - though there are certainly some who don't. When you talk about Taekwondo's start in the USA, you're really talking about Grandmaster Rhee. A friend to Bruce Lee, he's a central figure in parts of Mr. Alex Gillis's work, A Killing Art.

There's something particularly special about speaking to someone who has been training as long as Grandmaster Rhee. While not in the best of health, he was willing to take time out of his day to speak with me about martial arts, philosophy, and his beliefs on the intersection of the two.

Back on episode 14, we were lucky enough to speak with Bill "Superfoot" Wallace. Some of you asked for a transcript of the show, and with permission, we've gone ahead and done that. You can find affordable versions for both Kindle and in paperback over at Amazon.

Episode 179 - Teaching at a Martial Arts Seminar
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Episode 179 - Teaching at a Martial Arts Seminar

Teaching advanced students can be a challenge, especially at a martial arts seminar or when you visit another school. You only have a limited amount of time to work with, and you're unlikely to have additional time to follow up.

Teaching at a Martial Arts Seminar  - Episode 179

Many martial artists enjoy passing on the things they've learned. It's fairly easy to teach things to your own students - you get to work with them week after week and make sure they progress. You guide them through the concepts you're imparting and watch them grow. The same can not be said of teaching someone else's students, however.

Whether it's a martial arts seminar you're asked to teach at or you're a guest lecturer at someone's school, there's a skill to teaching in this way. Just as teaching your own students takes time, teaching someone else's requires practice and a few other things. On today's episode, we delve into the elements that make someone a successful - and requested - instructor in this format.

Topics covered in this episode include

  • Remembering why you're teaching
  • Setting goals for your classes
  • The importance of repetition
  • The different methods of learning and how to teach to them
  • How to handle someone that asks lots of questions
  • How to handle someone that doesn't get it
  • Making sure you're invited to return

If you're looking for martial arts seminars, or you'd like to advertise one you're promoting, don't forget our amazing FREE resource, MartialArtsCalendar.com

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Episode 178 - Sensei Jeremy Bays
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Episode 178 - Sensei Jeremy Bays

Sensei Jeremy Bays is a taekwondo practitioner with a diverse extracurricular background, an excellent sense of humor and a passion for archery.

Sensei Jeremy Bays - Episode 178

A belt was something to hold up your pants or tie your gi together. It wasn't really a big of a deal for me so I was a white belt for five, six, seven years. 

It's common to find a strong sense of humor among martial artists, especially those that teach. After all, what we've chosen to do for our recreation - and for some, career - is a bit crazy. Today's guest has as strong a sense of humor as we've had on this show.

Sensei Jeremy Bays doesn't sound like your typical guest on this show - which is exactly why I was glad to have him on. While most of our guests have diversified their lives within martial arts, studying different styles under different instructors, Sensei Bays studies different pursuits entirely. With time in as a bow-maker, a comedian, and a Pastor, you can imagine the wanderings that some of our conversations took.

 

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Episode 177 - A Little Bit of Martial Arts Unity
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Episode 177 - A Little Bit of Martial Arts Unity

You don't have to spend much time in the martial arts to see that we have a shadowy side. The infighting and tearing down of those that aren't that different from the rest holds the martial arts back.

A Little Bit of Martial Arts Unity - Episode 177

On today's episode, we tackle a subject close to Jeremy's heart - building unity in the martial arts. This episode covers

  • Where we could improve our mutual support as an industry.
  • The harm that our current mindset has on us.
  • Examples of other industries doing it better.
  • How we can start making progress.

On today's episode, we referenced Episode 105 - Helping People Find the Right Martial Arts School

The magazine mentioned on the show is Taekwondo Life.

Episode 176 - Mr. John Hackleman
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Episode 176 - Mr. John Hackleman

Mr. John Hackleman is a Kajukenbo aka Hawaiian Kempo practitioner. He's also the founder of the training center The Pit and respected MMA coach to well-known fighters including Chuck Liddell.

Mr. John Hackleman - Episode 176

Kids in Hawaii can fight. The way I was treated in my High School, I was treated like the star quarterback for the football team because I was a martial artist fighter, I was a golden glove boxer. The teachers, the principal, the administration...

You don't have to go far into the world of Mixed Martial Arts to hear of today's guest. Mr. John Hackleman has built a career out of training some of the best in the world and in the process, his facility, The Pit, has become legendary. The man some call the Pitmaster is more than a great coach, he has a foundation in Hawaiian Kempo (Kenpo).

It was thanks to a past guest I was introduced to Mr. Hackleman, and our conversation was a great one. He's a no-nonsense sort of martial artist but pays homage to his roots in a way that some of the more modern practitioners don't seem to do. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him and look forward to everything he has in store.

Some time ago we told you about a book and course we released to help you hold the best martial arts events possible. The course is out, the book is out and it's time to step up your events. Find the print and digital versions of the book on Amazon and the course is available at KarateTournamentBook.com - not just for tournaments, and not just for karate, the book and course will help you make the most of any martial arts event you put on.

For full show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/176-john-hackleman/

Episode 175 - The Top 10 Reasons to Practice Forms
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Episode 175 - The Top 10 Reasons to Practice Forms

The practice of martial arts forms can be a controversial topic. Whether you call them kata, poomsae (poomse), tul, patterns, routines, sequences, forms or something else, they're important to your development as a martial artist. Here are our top 10 reasons why they should be part of every martial artist's training.

The Top 10 Reasons to Practice Forms - Episode 175

On today's episode of Martial Arts Radio we discuss the top ten reasons for practicing forms. Here's the outline:

Forms have been around as long as martial arts has, so it's unlikely that their practice is a waste of time, for any style.

  1. Forms build muscle memory for techniques.
  2. Forms develop movement outside of the pressure of combat.
  3. Forms are something you can practice on your own.
  4. Forms add variety to our training.
  5. They're fun, or at least can be.
  6. Practicing forms helps develop physical aspects of martial arts.
  7. They help with the development of non-physical aspects.
  8. Forms make you think about what you're doing.
  9. Forms provide unification within a school or a system.
  10. Forms can prime central nervous systems conditioning and build stronger neural pathways.

Episode 174 - Sensei Jesse Enkamp
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Episode 174 - Sensei Jesse Enkamp

Sensei Jesse Enkamp is the host of Karate by Jesse and a self-proclaimed Karate nerd.

Sensei Jesse Enkamp - Episode 174

Generations of masters have come before us, and to not use their collective knowledge to improve our current understanding and practice of karate would be foolish in my opinion.

If you spend any time on social media looking at martial arts content, you'll know today's guest. Sensei Jesse Enkamp is the mind behind all of the wonderful material coming out of Karate by Jesse, and he's as passionate a martial artist as we've ever had on this show. The self-proclaimed karate nerd talks about his past, his goals in the martial arts and why he cares so much about what he's doing. If you've ever wondered what makes this guy tick, you're about to find out. Let's welcome him to the show.

Hey, do you like your shins? Do you hate clashing shins when you're sparring? If you do, you should check out our shin guards. Let's be honest, shin guards are sweaty, ours are, too. But, they're less sweaty than others and they actually stay in place. Not to mention we put an extra layer of foam right over your tibia - your shin bone - so you're sure to survive those brutal shin clashes. At events, I demo our shin guards by shin kicking door frames - full force. Check them out today at whistlekick.com

Episode 173 - The Paradox of Belts
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Episode 173 - The Paradox of Belts

On today's episode, we discuss how martial arts belts are a contradiction - we respect them and hold them as important, yet our treatment of them varies between schools and even within a school

Episode 172 - Coach Greg Amundson
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Episode 172 - Coach Greg Amundson

Coach Greg Amundson is a practitioner of Aikido, Krav Maga & Jujitsu as well as a CrossFit athlete & coach, and author.

Coach Greg Amundson - Episode 172 "Being busy means we're at the mercy of other people. And being busy means that we're reactive. And being reactive is not the path of a warrior."

Coach Greg Amundson's professional resume reads like a modern day James Bond - CrossFit athlete, author, law enforcement, DEA special agent, fitness coach, business owner. That's not even the entire list. Even more impressive, many of those things happened at the same time, and quite a few are still happening. A legend in the CrossFit world, Coach Amundson has deep roots as a martial artist. Roots, according to him, that have given him the ability to live the life he now leads.

An amazing storyteller, Coach Greg Amundson took to our format and ran. Weaving together tales from his childhood, recent past and even appropriate legends he's been known to share in his classes. We discuss what it means to be a true warrior, and what the martial arts mind can accomplish. It was an honor and a privilege to speak with someone I've admired for a long time.

~jeremy

Today we want to remind everyone of all the things we offer - and why we do it. We've never been secretive about our business model, which is all about growing the martial arts industry. See, it's our belief that the more people participating in martial arts, the more customers we'll have. That's why we bring you this podcast, our Martial Arts Memes site and, most recently, Martial Arts Calendar - all for free. As our martial arts realm grows, we all benefit. Thanks for supporting that vision.

Episode 171 - Coach Daniel Wu
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Episode 171 - Coach Daniel Wu

Coach Daniel Wu is an actor, director and former Wushu competitor best known for his role as Sunny in AMC's Martial Arts show, Into the Badlands.

Coach Daniel Wu - Episode 171

"Fighting against somebody and you're backed into the corner it's up to you to figure out how to get out of there. You can give up, you can get knocked out, or you can fight your way back out. And, eventually, you figure out how to fight your way back out, and you learn from that. That is a direct correlation to life in general."

Listeners know I've been a fan of Into the Badlands since it aired. In fact, prior to even airing, I was excited.  Based on what I'd seen in trailers I was talking about on this very show. Here we are, a couple years later and Season 2 is about to air. As part of the promotional efforts for the show, AMC reached out to us and asked us to host Miss Emily Beecham (who plays The Widow) and Mr. Daniel Wu (who plays the lead character, Sunny) on the show. We said yes, of course, and here we are.

Coach Daniel, as he asked me to call him when I explained our traditions and etiquette for the show, didn't shy away from any subject that came up. We had some great conversation about martial arts philosophy and about how martial arts training changes as you age (which was fairly consistent with how we presented it on Episode 160)

Our conversations range from his upbringing to his admiration for the likes of Jet Li, Jackie Chan & Bruce Lee. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

~jeremy

 

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http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/171-daniel-wu/

Episode 170 – Miss Emily Beecham
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Episode 170 – Miss Emily Beecham

Miss Emily Beecham plays Minerva (aka The Widow) on the AMC Martial Arts show, Into The Badlands.

Miss Emily Beecham – Episode 170

I was blessed to have AMC approach us and inquire about interviews for both Miss Emily Beecham and Mr. Daniel Wu. Of course, we said yes, and did what we could to make schedules work (which, as you might imagine, was a bit difficult due to their extensive commitments.) It was an honor to speak with Miss Beecham, and we get some good insight into her character, Minerva, better known as The Widow.

We discuss what it’s like on set, her injuries, the way she views her character, and a lot more. It’s a fun conversation and one that gives you some great behind-the-scenes information into not only her life, but her character and the show overall.

For photos, video, and other show notes on this and other episodes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/170-emily-beecham/

Episode 169 - Sensei Damion Lupo
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Episode 169 - Sensei Damion Lupo

Sensei Damion Lupo is a long-time Aikido practitioner, author and the founder of Yokido, a fusion of Yoga and Aikido.

Sensei Damion Lupo - Episode 169

"If I'm in on something, you better look out, because I'm going all the way to wherever it is."

It's funny how things happen, sometimes. I was practicing some self-defense with a friend a couple months back and we got to talking about Yoga. Our conversation steered towards the similarities between martial arts and yoga, and the synergy that existed between the two. He mentioned someone who had fused them - a martial arts and yoga hybrid. Just a short time later, completely by coincidence, I was speaking with the very man he spoke of, Sensei Damion Lupo.

All of our guests are different, if you've listened to more than a few episodes, you know that. I enjoy finding common ground with each of our guests, but I also really appreciate where we differ. It's these different perspectives that have the most to offer me, and I found a fair amount of that in my time with Sensei Lupo. With a foundation rooted in martial arts, he views the world - and all its parts - with an attention that few people seem to have.

Did you know we sponsor the website MartialArtsMemes.com? Whenever we find a great martial art meme or someone sends one to us, we post it at our Martial Arts Memes website. Do check it out, have a laugh, and don't forget to send us any that we're missing!

 

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Episode 168 - Reconciling Martial Arts Tradition with New Information
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Episode 168 - Reconciling Martial Arts Tradition with New Information

For show notes and other episodes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/168-tradition-new-martial-arts-progress

Episode 167 - Sempai Alysa Giudici
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Episode 167 - Sempai Alysa Giudici

Sempai Alysa Giudici - Episode 167

Remember to always be a role model. To always just be humble and work hard no matter if anyone's watching or not.

It was from a news article online that I first discovered Sempai Alysa Giudici. We've had some younger martial artists on the show, and she certainly fits that profile. Every one of them has a common thread, though - their dedication to martial arts far surpasses their years. Sempai Giudici showed a maturity in the news article that inspired me to reach out. We chatted a bit and I knew that she belonged on the show. Here we are.

Our conversation is both expected and unexpected. On the one hand, we have a passionate martial artist who has no trouble describing their love for what they do. On the other, her focus and dedication are not typical of individuals her age, even martial artists with years of training. She's an exceptional individual and someone I greatly enjoyed speaking with.

We're proud to announce the release of the first edition of the book version of our Martial Arts Event course. How Not To Hold a Martial Arts Tournament is available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook, and soon to be available in print. The advice in our book and course is equally applicable to events of all sizes & all styles. While much of the book and course talks about competition, the instructions will be just as helpful for other martial arts events such as seminars.

Episode 166 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie
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Episode 166 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a martial arts movie release in 2000. The film has had a strong cultural impact on martial arts in the US.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie - Episode 166

Starring Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun Fat, Ziyi Zhang

In this episode you'll learn about:

  • What is Jet Li's connection to the movie?
  • What language issues led them to dub the movie in some areas?
  • What unexpected person edited the subtitles?
  • Who did the stunts?
  • What book series does it come from?
  • What famed director choreographed the fight scenes?

And more!

Episode 165 - Mr. Andrew Freund
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Episode 165 - Mr. Andrew Freund

Mr. Andrew Freund is a sumo practitioner and the promoter of the US Sumo Open with a background in kendo, tai chi & aikido.

Mr. Andrew Freund - Episode 165

"And when I reflect back on it, if someone had done something only for business, they might get great results, but there would probably be something lacking in terms of integrity, the authenticity and the passion."

It hit me one day that there's a martial art we never talk about in traditional circles. It's rarely in media and yet, it seems like the traditions are older than our interpretations of most traditional martial arts. So it was I went looking for someone we could talk to about the art of Sumo.

When you research Sumo in the United States, you inevitably find information about today's guest. As a sumo practitioner, event promoter, talent agent and so much more, Mr. Andrew Freund has dedicated his life to the art of Sumo. It was very clear after some research that this was the man to have on the show, and I'm so pleased he accepted the invitation.

Did you know we have several different styles of t-shirts available right now? That's right. With sizes that will fit nearly anyone, there's probably one you'd love to wear. Check out our shirts, and everything we offer, at whistlekick.com

Episode 164 - Conversations on Martial Arts Competition
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Episode 164 - Conversations on Martial Arts Competition

We bring back two past guests that are passionate about martial arts competition - Master Huzon Alexander and Mr. Richard Osborn. We chat about what we're doing wrong - and right - in the current competitive landscape.

Conversations on Martial Arts Competition - Episode 164

On today's episode we discuss the following subjects and more:

  • What is the landscape of martial arts competition today?
  • What elements of martial arts competitions are we getting right?
  • Where could we improve with competitive martial arts?
  • How have things changed for the competitive martial art scene over the last few decades?

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You can find Master Huzon Alexander & Mr. Richard Osborn on their previous episodes, linked by their name.

We talk about two individuals we're hoping to have on the show soon - Mr. Ross Levine & Mr. Raymond Daniels.

For full show notes & other episodes, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/164-martial-arts-competition/

Episode 163 - Sensei Ando Mierzwa
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Episode 163 - Sensei Ando Mierzwa

Sensei Ando Mierzwa is a longtime martial arts practitioner and the host of the Fight for a Happy Life podcast.

Sensei Ando Mierzwa - Episode 163

"If your tricks aren't working, you better find new tricks."

My first experience with Sensei Ando was sort of a strange one, at least, not one you might expect. In an effort to promote martial arts podcast overall, we put together a post we titled "Best Martial Arts Podcasts." It's no secret that we're not the only martial arts podcast, and I honestly listen to several of them. I always liked the material Sensei Ando included in his episodes, so we put him on the list.

That led to some social media conversation and a number of emails. A bit over a year later we connected again and decided it was time that we get to put him through our questions. That brings us to now when we have a chance to hear from the man who reminds of the importance of a smile at the end of each one of his episodes.

What are you wearing right now? If it's not a pair of our Cloud9 sweatpants, you're not as comfortable as you could be. :) Find them at whistlekick.com, and buy yourself two pairs... otherwise, you're not going to want to take them off long enough to wash. (In all seriousness, this is a complaint we hear from parents that have purchased a pair for their children!)

Episode 162 - Martial Arts Forms Drills
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Episode 162 - Martial Arts Forms Drills

25 Drills to Improve Your Martial Arts Forms - Kata, Poomsae, Tul, Patterns, Routines... etc

Martial Arts Forms Drills - Episode 162

On today's episode, we tackle 25 different ways you can improve your martial arts forms. See the list below, but listen to the episode for explanations, notes, and a few tangents.

Practice performing your martial arts forms...

  1. With your eyes closed
  2. Facing different directions
  3. Backwards
  4. Mirrored (Left becomes right)
  5. Both mirrored & backward

For the rest of the list, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/162-martial-arts-forms-drills/

 

On today's episode, we referenced Episode 158 - Resistance Training for Martial Arts. You may also want to check out Episode 113 - Different Training Environments.

Episode 161 - Mr. Randy Moy
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Episode 161 - Mr. Randy Moy

Mr. Randy Moy is a practitioner of Chinese martial arts from Massachusetts, with a beginning in Wing Chun and current training in Tai Chi.

Mr. Randy Moy - Episode 161

Martial arts is a life practice. That doesn't mean you practice for the rest of your life, but I think what makes things powerful with me is that it's really incorporated into my life.

Today's guest is a thoughtful martial artist. Mr. Randy Moy struck me from the outset as a very contemplative person and someone with a lot to share. Today's episode brings us inside his life and his transition from Wing Chun to Tai Chi. While today's episode isn't full of high-impact stories, it's easily one of the most quotable interviews we've had.

We've started making some of our podcast episodes available as eBooks. Do you know a martial artist that doesn't have an interest in listening to these shows, but might enjoy reading some of the best ones? Be sure to recommend our books. Our first interview - none other than Bill Wallace - is available here. Find our eBooks on Amazon in the Kindle store.

 

For show notes and other episodes please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/161-randy-moy/

Episode 160 - Martial Arts Training As You Age
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Episode 160 - Martial Arts Training As You Age

In this episode, we explore real-world strategies for continuing martial arts training as your body ages. Tips and mindset advice for the older martial artists, or those that hope to be.

Martial Arts Training As You Age - Episode 160

Sleep Smarter Book

Episode 77 - Martial Arts Recovery & Rehab

Episode 159 - Mr. Jon Call aka Jujimufu
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Episode 159 - Mr. Jon Call aka Jujimufu

Mr. Jon Call is better known by his online handle Jujimufu. With deep roots in traditional martial arts, he's gone on to fame for his tricking, strength, flexibility, and general athleticism.

Mr. Jon Call aka Jujimufu - Episode 159

I can still get stronger, I can still build more muscle, I can still learn new moves. I'm still 31, I've got more years in me before I see a slower decline.

I first learned of today's guest through an online video someone shared. I was stunned at his strength and flexibility, especially considering his large size. It was clear this was a man with extreme athleticism. While I'm no tricker, I admire the movements many of them are capable of and I see the influence they've had on martial arts competitions.

It wasn't until I heard him on fitness podcast that I learned Mr. Jon Call started his journey as a traditional martial artist. The man many know only as Jujimufu, who gained notoriety on America's Got Talent for doing a split across two chairs while holding a weighted barbell overhead, came from the same beginnings as most of us. When I heard more of his story I knew we had to have him on the show.

 

For full show notes, with lots of photos and videos and more, check out:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/159-jon-call-jujimufu/

Episode 158 - Resistance Training for Martial Arts
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Episode 158 - Resistance Training for Martial Arts

In this episode, we explore why resistance training is so beneficial in martial arts, how to get started, equipment to consider and what to watch for so you can get the most out of the time while reducing your risk for injury.

Resistance Training for Martial Arts - Episode 158

Topics from today's episode:

  • What is resistance training?
  • Benefits of resistance training for martial artists.
  • Places resistance training shows up in martial arts
  • Why martial artists need more physical conditioning.
  • How often should you train like this?
  • How to avoid getting "too big."
  • How to train and what to train.
  • Training at a gym vs at home and what equipment to use.
  • How to incorporate resistance training into a martial arts class.
  • The importance of keeping the training varied, but not too varied.
  • Why full range of motion movement is important.
  • Training for power, speed, and strength.
  • Why martial artists do well with physical conditioning training.

You should check out the blog post we wrote to accompany this episode at whistlekick.com, titled The Top 10 Bodyweight Movements For a Martial Arts Class.

Episode 157 - Sensei Roberto Davila
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Episode 157 - Sensei Roberto Davila

Sensei Roberto Davila is an Arnis & Jujitsu practitioner from Massachusetts, born in Puerto Rico.

Sensei Roberto Davila - Episode 157

I don't think the guy on the street is going to care if I have injuries or not, so I have to find new ways, as I'm slowing down, you know , to make it more simple and very effective.

I had heard stories of today's guest months before I had spoken with him. Months, even, before a listener to the show suggested him and introduced us. The martial arts world can be very small, and today's interview again reminds me of that. I've known Sensei Davila's instructor for some time, as we were introduced by a few past guests. [His instructor's interview was lost due to technical issues and we're in the process of rescheduling.]

Sensei Davila holds nothing back in this episode as he talks about two very different times in his life. Early on, he was a troubled youth, engaged in some of the worst behavior someone can. After finding martial arts, however, he changed. This dramatic shift is seen in the stories he tells and the emotion with which he tells them. It is an honest, open and thoughtful episode that I hope you enjoy.

Episode 156 - Everyone Needs a Teacher
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Episode 156 - Everyone Needs a Teacher

On today's episode, we tackle the importance of having an instructor, no matter what your rank and experience.

Everyone Needs a Teacher - Episode 156

On today's episode, we discuss why it's so critical that every martial artist has someone to learn from - at least one person. Jeremy riffs without a transcript on this installment of the show, talking about some of his varied training experiences and encouraging listeners to take responsibility for their training, even if that makes difficult decisions or having tough conversations.

On this episode, Jeremy references past guest Sensei Earl Smith from episode 17.

 

For other episodes please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/156-everyone-needs-teacher/

Episode 155 - Mr. Charles Murdock
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Episode 155 - Mr. Charles Murdock

Mr. Charles Murdock is a Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) practitioner with roots in Aikido and Karate.

Mr. Charles Murdock - Episode 155

"You know, he always had this idea of these three legs on a stool. You had your work life, you had your family life and you had your training life. And that when something was going off in one of them you could always lean on the other two."

The more time I spend with this show, and meeting martial artists - in person and virtually - the more I realize the lines between location and style are blurry. It is from these blurry lines that today's guest comes to us. Instructor to a personal friend of mine, Mr. Charles Murdock is a practitioner of Historical European Martial Arts - often called HEMA - who started life with Asian martial arts. He talks to us today about those roots and what he's up to today, and how it all comes together.

Today's product of note is a second mention of our new Horizon colorway of sparring gear. We have some great new photos that really showcase the incredible depth and variances in the swirl color process. Check out all four colors at whistlekick.com

Episode 154 - Question & Answer #2
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Episode 154 - Question & Answer #2

On today's episode, we tackle why repetition of forms is important, how all martial artists could improve with a single focus, ways to improve your sparring and how to self-train with weapons.

Question & Answer #2 - Episode 154

In this episode we handle these four questions:

  1. If the newer martial arts forms a student learns contain more complex and advanced movements and sequences, why continue to work on the old ones?
  2. What is one thing could all martial artists improve?
  3. I find sparring overwhelming, how do I get better so it doesn't feel so daunting?
  4. My school doesn't teach martial arts weapons but I want to learn how to use them, at least a little. What can I do?

If you like this format, check out our first question & answer show.

Episode 153 - Miss Elise Lenahan
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Episode 153 - Miss Elise Lenahan

Miss Elise Lenahan is a taekwondo black belt as well as a black belt in the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program (MCMAP).

Miss Elise Lenahan - Episode 153

Martial arts isn't just about your form or anything like that, it's about your mentality towards it. If you don't come into it with an open mind, I think sometimes it's really difficult to work with other people, because you're like, you're not supposed to do it that way you're supposed to do it this way. But, sometimes you didn't see that this other way has another advantage for somebody else.

Today's guest is someone I've known for years, but she's on here for a reason. Miss Elise Lenahan is the only person I know - though there are certainly others - to have earned a black belt in a traditional martial art (in this case Taekwondo) and a black belt in the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). On this episode, we discuss what the process of attaining each was like for her, the differences between the two and what she's taken from her varied experience as a martial artist.

Today's featured product is our sparring gloves. When we developed the gloves, we took a hard look at why everyone else's gloves seemed to fail so quickly. Through our better materials, smarter design and extra reinforcement, we've created gloves that simply don't fail. Personally, my pair is now 4 years old. I may not spar as much as some of you out there, but these have had some use. You can learn more about our gloves and maybe get yourself a pair at whistlekick.com

 

For full show notes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/153-elise-lenahan/

Episode 152 - Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 2
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Episode 152 - Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 2

Mrs. April Pettengill, Sensei Katie Jordan and Miss Jessica Henderson return to discuss topics related to women's involvement in the martial arts world.

Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 2 - Episode 152

Last week's Part 1 of the two-part series on women in the martial arts was our best-ever debut for a Thursday episode. We knew there was demand for these conversations but we had no idea how much. Thank you to everyone for sharing and listening. If you haven't heard it, please check out Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 1. There's no need to hear part 1 before part 2, as they're completely independent shows.

We hear from Mrs. April Pettengill, Sensei Katie Jordan, and Miss Jessica Henderson along with host Jeremy Lesniak as they discuss a number of topics related to women and gender differences in the context of martial arts. We discuss everything from classes to uniforms to psychology, with the hope that both male and female listeners will come away with a better understanding and give some thought to subjects that affect us all.

Episode 151 - Soke Joe Droual
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Episode 151 - Soke Joe Droual

Soke Joe Droual is a long-time martial arts instructor from New York. His background includes karate, jiu-jitsu, Kobudo and kung fu.

Soke Joe Droual - Episode 151

The master teacher is the master student, and we're always learning. And I think that that ties in with the martial arts community realizing that their whole lifetime is learning something that is very old, the traditions are showing respect and kindness to everybody and to themselves. Self-development and that is actually, that grounding and that respect, I think, is at the heart of all martial arts.

Soke Joe Droual comes to us from Long Island, New York. A long-time practitioner and instructor, Soke Joe has dedicated his life to martial arts - and you can hear it in his words. On today's episode, we hear why Soke Joe Droual continues to train after so many years, why martial arts is like music and his views on the personal development side of martial arts.

We've seen a lot of sparring gear head out of the warehouse lately - even more so than the weeks leading up to Christmas. Remember, we have four colors now and not a single pair of boots has that silly toe strap. If you want sparring gear that lasts longer and gives better grip on the floor, whistlekick boots are what you want. Find them online at whistlekick.com

Episode 150 - Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 1
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Episode 150 - Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 1

We unpack some of the differences - and similarities - between male and female martial artists with two past guests, Renshi Lisa Magiera and Master Amanda Meltzer.

Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 1 - Episode 150

Over the last few months, we've had some listeners ask for more group conversations. Feedback on the Women in Martial Arts episode was very positive, and some listeners asked for more discussion, with women. We've combined those two ideas and brought back Renshi Lisa Magiera and Master Amanda Meltzer to discuss a few subjects related to women in martial arts. This is not an episode that's "for women," and I suspect it will make a lot of people think about some things, regardless of gender.

During this episode we reference our past episode on Helping People Find the Right Martial Arts School.

Episode 149 - Sensei Cheryl Murphy
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Episode 149 - Sensei Cheryl Murphy

Sensei Cheryl Murphy is a competitive karate practitioner, best known for her sparring and being a member of Team USA.

Sensei Cheryl Murphy - Episode 151

 Being able to pull myself up from my bootstraps. Of course, you still have your support system, in order to thrive from.

A lot of our guests come from referrals of past guests, and so it was we were introduced to Sensei Cheryl Murphy. We've heard from a number of martial artists who enjoy competing - and some who compete at a very high level. You may see Sensei Murphy at the Olympics in 2020, though, and that would be a first for our guests. As a competitive kumite fighter, Sensei Murphy travels the world sparring. She has numerous national and world titles to her name, but here on the show we learn why competing is so important to her, why she's still passionate about martial arts and how her Mom has been such a strong influence on her life.

You know whistlekick as making awesome sparring gear - and we certainly do that. But we also have a line of apparel that you should check out. Comfortable sweatpants, functional t-shirts and a lot more. Find everything we offer at our online store at whistlekick.com

Episode 148 - President Theodore Roosevelt & Judo
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Episode 148 - President Theodore Roosevelt & Judo

For show notes please visit: 

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/148-theodore-roosevelt-judo/

Episode 147 - Mr. Michael Staples
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Episode 147 - Mr. Michael Staples

Mr. Michael Staples is a well-respected authority on Chinese martial arts, with several books to his credit. He's written about and studied Kung fu, White Crane and other styles with some of the American pioneers.

Mr. Michael Staples - Episode 147

...but Ron is like a ballet dancer. He's just snipping things left and right, he's not getting hit at all. He's being carried into unique angles. At one point he just kind of pops up in the air and flips around with the back of his head and just smacks Steve in the forehead.

We've been fortunate enough to have a number of guests on the show that have talked about the early days of martial arts in America. Today's guest brings us that perspective on the Chinese martial arts and his early days training in California. We hear several times how Mr. Michael Staples life was altered dramatically, and seemingly by forces beyond understanding. What you hear in today's episode is the story of someone who was destined to be the martial artist they became.

Our sparring helmets are the most comfortable head protection you'll ever wear in a martial arts class. If you don't like them, we'll give you your money back. With free shipping every day, there's no risk. Check them out at whistlekick.com

 

For full show notes please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/147-michael-staples/

Episode 146 - Zen in the Martial Arts
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Episode 146 - Zen in the Martial Arts

Zen in the Martial Arts is a classic martial art book written by Joe Hyams. It was recently selected as the #1 martial arts book by guests of this show.

Zen in the Martial Arts - Episode 146

You can read our post on the Top Ten Martial Arts Books as selected by our guests.

It’s time for episode 146 of whistlekick Martial Arts radio, and we’re going to talk about an amazing book that has come up in conversation a lot on this show – Zen in the Martial Arts. Not a reader? You should still stick around because this isn’t a book review.

Let me introduce myself. I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host on this show. My name is Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick makes the best sparring gear you can get as well as some great apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome all of you new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back.

All our past episodes, show notes, and some other good stuff is at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. From that site, you can sign up for our newsletter, and I hope you do because we offer exclusive content to subscribers, discounts and it's the only place to find out about upcoming guests.

Today’s episode has a full transcript available on the website.

Short Summary of Zen in the Martial Arts

Zen in the Martial Arts, for all of the impact it has had on several generations of martial artists, is short. It’s 140 pages of a small book, and it’s not small font. That might make you think that it’s incomplete, or otherwise lacking, but that isn’t the case.

Reviews for the book continue nearly 40 years later, and on the popular book review sites, the poorest rating I could find was 4.1 out of 5. Amazon, which is known for having the most reviews, shows it as 4.6 of 5.

There are 28 chapters, each one with a title that seems ripped from a classic kung fu movie – Empty your cup, Active Inactvitiy, Extend Your Ki. The chapters are short, most around 5 or 6 pages, and begin with a relevant photo. Most end with a bit of wisdom, like this one: “Life unfolds on a great sheet called Time, and once finished it is gone forever.”

The book discusses some great names from our history, including Ed Parker & Bruce Lee. The chapters tell stories from the author’s time training.

About the Author of Zen in the Martial Arts

Joe Hyams, while beloved by martial artists for the book he wrote, was not best known as a martial artist or martial arts author. He was a writer, sure, but primarily a celebrity writer. During his career, he wrote or co-wrote books on Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and Chuck Norris.

He studied martial arts for more than 50 years. Beginning with fencing and then, through an introduction by music composer Bronislau Kaper, met Ed Parker. He became one of Parker’s first private students, then soon after, one of his first black belts.

He trained privately with Bruce Lee for two years and introduced him to Hollywood. Hyams was a big piece of Bruce Lee’s start in films. It’s hard to believe that as big of an impact as this book has had, Joe Hyams’ contributions to the martial arts community, via Bruce Lee, were so much greater.

He died in 2008 at age 85.

Why Zen in the Martial Arts is Special

Most martial arts books are about martial arts or some metaphysical subject. Often times they’re written by people who really know martial arts, but aren’t so good at writing.

Mr. Hyams was a writer and a skilled one at that. He wrote newspaper columns, books, movie scripts… Clearly a varied and masterful writer.

He was also very good at conveying his point simply, something that the very best martial artists seem able to do. This book is 140 pages because Mr. Hyams didn’t need more.

While it has a tremendous amount of martial arts content, it’s not a book exclusively for martial artists. According to Melissa Hyams, his wife at the time he passed in 2008, said the book “isn't really about martial arts. It's about life and philosophy, and how to turn a negative into a positive, how to defuse a situation by the way you handle it. That's what he'll most be remembered for."

To illustrate this, I’ll read to you one of the shortest chapters, “Anger without Action,” which is just over one page:

My History with Zen in the Martial Arts

I don’t remember when my Mother first picked up the book. I have vague memories of it being a gift, and it was likely a gift to her. She started training in 1985, so I’d guess it was in our home between 1985 and 1987. I would have been between 6 and 8, which seems about right.

It was always out. Sometimes on the coffee table, sometimes in the bathroom. It was the first nonchildren's book I read and it’s certainly the book I read most. I’d guess I’ve read it all the way through a dozen times.

It was the bits of wisdom that struck me most. I memorized them before I understood most of them, and as I grew up, life and martial arts showed me what these parables meant. “When you seek it, you cannot find it,” “The angry man will defeat himself in battle as well as in life,” and other sayings had a tremendous influence on me.

In fact, as I think back on my life and my time in the martial arts, behind my instructors and my Mother, this book was the third most influential element.

The copy I have now sits on my bookshelf, unread. Which is ironic and something I plan to change. I think it will end up in the same place in my home that it did when I was a child.

Wrapping Up

Have you, like many of our guests, read this classic? It’s still available in new copies, and it’s pretty inexpensive. You can find used copies for a few dollars, digital copies or audiobook versions if that’s your think. If you haven’t read it, you should.

I want to know what you think, and you can post your thoughts in the comments at the website - You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram – just search whistlekick. Or, just leave us a comment on the show notes page at whistlekickMartialArtsRadio.com

If you want to be a guest on the show or maybe you have an idea for a show topic, go ahead and fill out the form on the website. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter so you can stay up on everything we do. You can learn more about our products at whistlekick.com

That’s all for today. Until next time, Train hard, smile and have a great day.

 

Episode 145 - Mr. Kevin Galloway
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Episode 145 - Mr. Kevin Galloway

Mr. Kevin Galloway is a passionate martial arts instructor, school owner and tournament promoter. His stories show an immense dedication to the arts and his students.

Mr. Kevin Galloway - Episode 145

You can tell a real black belt. They don't get too excited, they don't get too low, don't get too high. But what they have is the confidence to resolve any conflict, up until, "I'm just going to walk away."

Way back on Episode 31 we had the chance to hear from a good friend of the show, Mr. Cory Rose. Since then he's been every bit as good of a friend, and today's guest comes from that friendship. Mr. Kevin Galloway is a longtime practitioner of both karate and taekwondo, now operating a school and hosting a competition in Oklahoma.

Mr. Galloway opens up about life, his family, his students and what makes a good instructor. The stories range from the emotional to the humorous, and you'll probably find yourself laughing along - and maybe even tearing up.

Today we're announcing a brand new colorway for our gear - Horizon. This is our first colorway using our exclusive UniqueDip color process, which guarantees that every single piece of gear is a little different from the rest, just as you are. Horizon is a slick blue and white blend that is sure to be a hit. Read more at the official announcement, here. Check it out, or the rest of our colors, at whistlekick.com

For full show notes, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/145-kevin-galloway/

Episode 144 - Difficult Students
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Episode 144 - Difficult Students

Conversation and Strategies on Handling Challenging Martial Arts Students - Adults & Children

Difficult Students - Episode 144

Today's episode is completely off the cuff - no notes, no transcript no guest - just host Jeremy giving you his thoughts on handling challenging individuals in your martial arts school. These tips apply whether you're an instructor, school owner or student. Thanks for listening.

Episode 143 - Mrs. April Pettengill
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Episode 143 - Mrs. April Pettengill

Mrs. April Pettengill is an ITF Taekwondo practitioner & school owner from Northern Vermont who started training later in life.

Mrs. April Pettengill - Episode 143

The whole idea that you learn in martial arts, that you have integrity, and you do what you have to do and take responsibility for that, that...that's a big deal.

Mrs. April Pettengill is not our typical guest. While she's a passionate martial artist, like everyone that comes on the show, she's not a lifelong practitioner. In her own words, she came to taekwondo later in life and originally didn't think it was for her. As time passed she realized that she'd found her calling, eventually taking over her instructor's school. She now teaches adults and children and seems to enjoy every minute of it.

Today's product of note is our super-comfy sweatpants - Cloud9. Check 'em out!

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/143-april-pettengill/

 

Episode 142 - James Mitose (Profile)
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Episode 142 - James Mitose (Profile)

James Mitose (Profile) - Episode 142

It’s time for episode 142 of whistlekick Martial Arts radio, and we’re going to profile a man who’s come up in several conversations over the last few months, James Mitose.

Let me introduce myself. I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host on this show. My name is Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick makes the best sparring gear you can buy as well as some great apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome all of you new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back.

All our past episodes, show notes, and some other good stuff is at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. From that site, you can sign up for our newsletter, and I hope you do because we offer exclusive content to subscribers, discounts and it's the only place to find out about upcoming guests. Today’s episode has a full transcript and some old photos of our subject.

For transcript, photos, show notes & more, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/142-james-mitose/

Episode 141 - Grandmaster Rick Alemany
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Episode 141 - Grandmaster Rick Alemany

Grandmaster Rick Alemany is a prominent figure in the world of American Kenpo Karate.

Grandmaster Rick Alemany - Episode 141

"I just set a goal that I wanted to be the best that I could be."

It was from the efforts of two past guests that we get to hear from Grandmaster Rick Alemany today. Both Professor Brannon Beliso and Mr. Daniel Hartz coordinated with each other and with our guest. They then reached out to us to coordinate it. Personally, I'm glad they did, because I truly enjoyed my conversations with him. Prior to the episode recording, I had a few calls with him, to coordinate schedule and talk about the show. Each time I came away feeling that this man is someone special, and someone I was honored to speak with. I hope that you enjoy hearing what he says and that your reaction is as positive.

 

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/141-rick-alemany/

Episode 140 - Self-Defense Tools
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Episode 140 - Self-Defense Tools

...That doesn’t mean the training of weapons is only for practical purposes, but for this episode, we are going to limit the conversation to that. We’re actually going to restrict our conversation to non-obvious self-defense tools, which excludes firearms, stun guns and pepper sprays. While these are great tools, and I carry two of the three often, they’re definitely weapons. It’s hard to claim otherwise, which makes them a bit less appropriate for a martial arts conversation.

 

For a full transcript, photos & show notes, please visit:  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/episode-140-self-defense-tools/

Episode 139 - Conversations with Master Brendan Goodall
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Episode 139 - Conversations with Master Brendan Goodall

Past guest Master Brendan Goodall returned to chat with Jeremy about a variety of martial arts topics.

Conversations with Master Brendan Goodall - Episode 139

For today's episode I had a chat with Master Goodall as we drove out to evening plans on Thanksgiving Day. We talk about a variety of martial arts subjects from motivation to instruction, to working with kids. You can check out our previous episode with Master Brendan Goodall, all the way back on Episode 10.

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Episode 138 - Martial Arts Family
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Episode 138 - Martial Arts Family

We're all part of a martial arts family, simply by sharing the common bond of training for self-improvement.

Martial Arts Family - Episode 138

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Episode 137 - Sensei Brandon Benenati
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Episode 137 - Sensei Brandon Benenati

Sensei Brandon Benenati - Episode 137

I've known Sensei Brandon Benenati for a couple years, first introduced to him by Master Adam Grogin, from all the way back on episode 5. I had the chance to attend 2015's Super Summer Seminars with him and really enjoyed his personality and approach to martial arts. He's a dedicated, passionate martial artist who truly enjoys his life - and his training.

On today' episode, we talk about where he's come from, where he's headed, and why martial arts continues as something he's pursuing.

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Episode 136 - Sensei Katie Jordan
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Episode 136 - Sensei Katie Jordan

Sensei Katie Jordan is a Shotokan karate practitioner from Maine, now living in Massachusetts.

Sensei Katie Jordan - Episode 136

I really think competition makes people better. You see different fighters, you see different styles, you see what works for people and what doesn't.

I first met Sensei Katie Jordan in 2015 at a competition. Since that time I've had the opportunity to watch her referee, compete and otherwise embody martial arts. Sensei Jordan is a woman who had dedicated her life to martial arts training, and that dedication shows. On today's episode, we hear about her deep love for the arts, for her instructor and for the many people she's met along the way. What we hear today is insight and passion that shows a tremendous level of maturity. Enjoy.

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Episode 135 - Women in Martial Arts
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Episode 135 - Women in Martial Arts

Most of our guests are men, it's true. Some have even accused the martial arts realm of being inherently sexist. We talk about this and more today.

Women in Martial Arts - Episode 135

On today's episode, we discuss why there are so few women on the show, sexism, the case against mandatory white training pants and a lot more. While this episode is not the grand conversation of women's issues in martial arts that we hope to have, it is the primer to set the stage for that conversation. 

 

Episode 134 - Kyoshi Jose Dimacali
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Episode 134 - Kyoshi Jose Dimacali

Kyoshi Jose Dimacali - Episode 134

I'm not your friend, I say. I'm better than your friend - I'm your instructor. Because friends sometimes steer you the wrong way. Instructors are going to try to bring you to the right path.

I first met Kyoshi Jose Dimacali in 2015 at the Twin State Martial Arts Championships. We were still offering the 60-Second Pushup Challenge, and Kyoshi was encouraged to participate by his instructor, Hanshi Richard Bernard. He absolutely dominated the men's division that day (74), and it was one of the few times that Hanshi Bernard didn't take away the victory.

However, that was not the first time I had heard of Kyoshi. People spoke very highly of his skill and his dominance when it came to his forms performances. Over the next year, I had the opportunity to speak with him several times and I realized that not only is Kyoshi Dimacali an excellent competitor, but an excellent martial artist and a great person. Today's episode solidifies my opinions of him as he tells an emotional tale of martial arts, family, and motivation. I hope you enjoy it.

~jeremy

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Episode 133 - Michelle Yeoh (Profile)
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Episode 133 - Michelle Yeoh (Profile)

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Episode 132 - Mr. Daniel Hartz
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Episode 132 - Mr. Daniel Hartz

Mr. Daniel Hartz - Episode 132 Mr. Hartz just after having Sensei Smith demonstrate a choke. Wearing a NoSweat Tee.

You may recognize the name of today's guest from his appearance on Episode 100. Mr. Daniel Hartz was the interviewer for my episode of the show, and it's been an honor to have him back for his turn at the table. While there are no firm rules about who we have on the show, we generally only extend the invitation to black belts. Mr. Hartz recently earned his black belt at a weekend-long testing ceremony I was fortunate enough to participate in.

On today's episode, we learn a lot about not only Mr. Hartz, but about what it is that draws people to martial arts and keeps them there. As a recent black belt, Mr. Hartz doesn't have the decades of training many of our guests do, which gives him a different perspective on training. He's very open about himself and his love for the arts, which I suspect will resonate for most listeners. It certainly did for me.

~jeremy

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Episode 131 - Martial Arts Etiquette
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Episode 131 - Martial Arts Etiquette

On today's episode, we discuss the important of etiquette in a martial arts class. We also tackle how to handle attending class with a different group of people, where martial arts etiquette might be different.

Martial Arts Etiquette - Episode 131

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Episode 130 - Sensei Fumio Demura (Interview)
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Episode 130 - Sensei Fumio Demura (Interview)

On episode 107 we released a profile of Sensei Fumio Demura. After several conversations with people that knew Sensei, it didn't seem likely that we'd be able to have him on the show. It's no secret that his health isn't great and, despite that, he's still very busy. So we went ahead and released our profile episode to honor him and all of his accomplishments. He's certainly a figure that martial artists should know.

From that episode, the folks at The Real Miyagi, the documentary outlining Sensei's life, reached out to us. After some back and forth they were able to put us in touch with Demura Sensei by email... and the rest is (now) history. What follows is an uncut discussion between Sensei Fumio Demura and host Jeremy Lesniak.

 

Episode 129 - Dealing with Setbacks
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Episode 129 - Dealing with Setbacks

Advice on how to handle martial arts related setbacks.

Dealing with Setbacks - Episode 129

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Episode 128 - Renshi Lisa Magiera
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Episode 128 - Renshi Lisa Magiera

But that front kick that's done on a bag isn't truly owned by the student until they're in a free-thinking, sparring situation and they see the opening and they're like "Oh, now it's time for a front kick."

Renshi Lisa Magiera occupies an interesting place in the martial arts world, at least for listeners to this show. Over the episodes, we've spoken of various guests in a familial sense, as they tie to my place in the martial arts world. We've heard from older siblings, Uncles, and others. Renshi Lisa Magiera is best described as my sister.

Just a short time after I left Maine for College, Renshi moved to the area and starting training at the karate school I grew up in. She ultimately purchased it and continues to operate it today. She learned the same things by the same people, and we have many things in common because of that. Interestingly, we had very little overlap as my College visits to home rarely involved martial arts, as I was there for holidays and weekends. We've built a strong friendship over the last few years, though.

This episode is a lot of fun, for both of us, and hopefully, everyone else enjoys it, too.

~jeremy

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Episode 127 - Rights & Privileges of Rank
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Episode 127 - Rights & Privileges of Rank

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Episode 126 - Mr. Dale Frye
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Episode 126 - Mr. Dale Frye

Mr. Dale Frye, aka "Sunshine," is a world champion kickboxer turned actor and stuntman.

Mr. Dale Frye - Episode 126

I said, wait a minute. We just sat here and beat on each other for six rounds, and it was fun. And it's like, maybe we need to be looked at or something.

Mr Dale Frye has done a lot. From winning world-titles in kickboxing to an acting resume that's been impressive for decades. Whether it's kicks or stunts or acting, Mr. Frye, also known by his fighting name, Sunshine, has left his mark. We had a good chat and I think you'll enjoy it.  Let's welcome him to the show.

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Episode 125 - Sparring Drills
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Episode 125 - Sparring Drills

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Episode 124 - Shihan Grant Campbell
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Episode 124 - Shihan Grant Campbell

I first met Shihan Grant Campbell during the March 2016 Superfoot black belt gathering in Florida. It was during this same assembly that I met Kyoshi Kevin Hudson, and, of course, Sensei Terry Dow and Bill Wallace were there. I met a lot of people that weekend, and everyone was very skilled, and a great person to work with. There was one person, though, that stood out for me in the way he helped me through that weekend.

We've all worked with martial arts practitioners that seem to understand us, to know our journey, and to make us better. Shihan Campbell was that person for me, at least on that weekend. I enjoyed his help with the physical aspects of our training, but also really appreciated his humor and stories during meals and downtime. I knew that he was someone we needed to have on the show.

The scheduling took some time, as he's very busy with training, teaching, and travelling, but we made it happen. Listen in, you'll see that it was worth the wait.

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Episode 123 - Jean-Claude Van Damme (Profile)
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Episode 123 - Jean-Claude Van Damme (Profile)

What are you doing? I know what you’re doing. You’re getting ready to listen to today’s episode of Martial Arts Radio. Well, here we are. Episode 123 is coming at you in just a moment, and it’s all about Jean-Claude Van Damme.

I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host, Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick, if you don’t know, makes the absolute best sparring gear, apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome all of our new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back again.

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When we take a look at our sales, we’re seeing a lot of our sparring helmets go out to people that do MMA, kickboxing and other sports that are really outside traditional martial arts. Why? Probably because there’s nothing more comfortable and protective than a whistlekick helmet. Just like the rest of our gear, it holds up amazingly well. Check them out at whistlekick.com.

 

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Episode 122 - Renshi Craig Sargent
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Episode 122 - Renshi Craig Sargent

Renshi Craig Sargent - Episode 122

Over the last year and a half, there have been guests that I've wanted to get to know better. I've known today's guest for a few years, and despite quite a few conversations, I felt like there was a lot more than I knew. It wasn't more than 15 minutes into today's episode before I realized my instincts were correct- Renshi Craig Sargent had a lot more to say than I'd heard during our brief talks.

Right from the beginning, he opens up, and he takes us on a ride like few have with this show. I can say I know Renshi Sargent much better, now, and I look forward to seeing him more at tournaments and other events.

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Episode 121 - Question & Answer #1
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Episode 121 - Question & Answer #1

On today's episode we answer four burning questions submitted by the audience.

Question & Answer #1 - Episode 121

Today’s episode will be a bit different- because we’re always trying to change things up and bring you some variety. If you follow us on social media, you know we ask a lot of questions – because we want to know what you think about things.

But through those questions comes conversation, and questions coming back to us. And today we’re going to answer some of the questions that you’ve written in. If you like this show and want to see more of this format, let us know and, ideally, send in a question yourself.

Here are the questions we tackle on today's episode:

Q: What do you think Bruce Lee’s career would have looked like if he was alive today?

Q: I’m 18 and love martial arts. I’ve been training since I was 9 but now I’m at college and don’t have very many options to continue my training. There’s a martial arts club on campus but it’s very different from what I’m used to. I’m missing my dojo back home but it’s too far to drive. What should I do?

Q: How long should I stop training if I become injured? I’ve recently messed up my shoulder and it’s getting better, but I really miss my training. Can I just go in and take it easy?

Q: If you had to spend the next year training alone with only one famous martial artist or actor, who would it be?

On today's episode, we mentioned our episode on Martial Arts training in a car, Episode 95.

Episode 120 - Hanshi Bruce Juchnik
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Episode 120 - Hanshi Bruce Juchnik

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik is a living encyclopedia. When you talk about the most famous martial artists - Joe Lewis, Robert Trias, Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace, James Mitose - he's right there in the mix. In some of the stories, he's on the fringes, but can tell you about the major players and what really happened. In others, he takes center stage and helps connect the dots on some of the most important elements of our past.

And history is very important to Hanshi Juchnik. He knows where he came from and he believes you should, too. As important as punching and kicking is, that's how important knowing your lineage is to Hanshi Bruce Juchnik. It was a pleasure to have him on the show and connect many of the different stories we've already heard, as well as point us in the direction of some guests we'll be having on in the future.

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Episode 119 - Group Chat: McDojos
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Episode 119 - Group Chat: McDojos

McDojos, and all that they mean to the martial arts community, are the topic of conversation today on our first-ever group chat.

Group Chat: McDojos - Episode 119

Today's episode is a bit different - it's our first group conversation. A few weeks ago, we were approached by Sensei Robert Ingram. Sensei Ingram is the man behind the McDojo Life brand. McDojo Life is a martial arts entertainment group that brings you humorous martial arts content. Most of their content is published through social media. McDojo Life has quite a large following, and for good reason - their stuff is funny!

We also brought back a past guest, whistlekick's good friend & host of the Martial Thoughts podcast, Sensei Jaredd Wilson. Jeremy joins the two of them to discuss McDojos, integrity in martial arts instruction and instructors and a lot more.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a McDojo is a derogatory term that refers to a martial arts school that doesn't live up to the standards others set. It's completely subjective, and we discuss that as part of the show. We had a great conversation and all three of us enjoyed the time together. If you like this format, please let us know and we'll look at doing more of them. Thanks for listening and have an amazing day! 

During the episode, we talked about Episode 69, our episode where we talk about martial arts instructors & integrity.

On today's episode, we reference the Redneck Jiu Jitsu YouTube Channel

For More Information on Sensei Ingram and McDojo Life

You can find McDojo Life on Instagram, YouTubeFacebook & Twitter. Soon, the website McDojoLife.com will be active.

For More Information on Sensei Jaredd Wilson and Martial Thoughts

You can find Sensei Jaredd Wilson on Episode 76, his previous podcast appearance. You can find the Martial Thoughts podcast here, website.

Episode 118 - Kancho Matt Brown
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Episode 118 - Kancho Matt Brown

I first met Kancho Brown at a multi-instructor seminar in early summer of 2016. I was impressed with his skill, but more so his personality. We quickly became friends and I found myself thrilled at his stories and sense of humor. I knew he was someone that needed to come on the show, and we spent a few months coordinating schedules... BUT... he's here now and it's time for his tales. Let's welcome him to the show.

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Episode 117 - Tony Jaa (Profile)
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Episode 117 - Tony Jaa (Profile)

Hi. Guess what? It’s time for another episode of whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, and this is episode 117, and it’s our long-awaited profile of the amazing Tony Jaa.

I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host, Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick, if you don’t know, makes the absolute best sparring gear, apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome the new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back again.

All of our past podcast episodes, show notes and a lot more are at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. From that site you can sign up for our newsletter, and I really suggest you do so, because we offer exclusive content to subscribers, discounts and it's the only place to find out about upcoming guests.

You’ve probably heard me talk about our sparring gear before. Heck, it’s the whole reason I founded whistlekick. But what you may not know, unless you’re subscribing to the newsletter (hint-hint!) is that we now have our top-notch sparring gear in a brand new color. Blue! It’s an awesome blue, and the gear looks incredible. Check it out at whistlekick.com.

So, today we’re talking about Tony Jaa. When his name pops up, people think about the Ong Bak movies and his unique martial arts choreography. But how did he get started? What makes him tick? Well, I’ll tell you.

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Episode 116 - Mestre Efraim Silva
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Episode 116 - Mestre Efraim Silva

As with a number of our guests, it was from a news article that we first learned of Mestre Efraim Silva. Native to Brazil, Mestre Silva has been living in Connecticut for a number of years and has been spreading Capoeira throughout New England via his school. It took us some time to find a day to record as he's very much in demand teaching seminars throughout the United States.

It was, to be blunt, very much worth the wait. Mestre Efraim talks of his early challenges in Brazil, his struggles to open a school here in the US and the positive changes he has had in the lives of his students. It's a powerful episode and one that may leave you feeling inspired and, at times, overwhelmed. It certainly did for me. Enjoy.

~jeremy

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Episode 115 - Money & Martial Arts Competition
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Episode 115 - Money & Martial Arts Competition

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We’ve talked on this show about competition and its role in martial arts. We ask our guests about their competitive experience and we’ve even done full episodes on martial arts tournaments.

One of the things I’ve seen lately on social media revolves around criticism of the way money is handed out at competitions. Some are calling for equal payouts for men’s and women’s divisions. Others are calling for parity between the adult and senior divisions.

Money is, of course, important. While I would agree with the adage, “money doesn’t buy happiness,” it’s hard to be happy when you don’t have any. Let’s explore the ties between money and competitive martial arts.

Episode 114 - Mr. Gershon Ben Keren
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Episode 114 - Mr. Gershon Ben Keren

Mr. Gershon Ben Keren is a Krav Maga instructor, author and school owner.

Mr. Gershon Gen Keren - Episode 114

It really doesn't matter how you solve that problem, whether you solve that problem by picking up an improvised weapon, whether you solve that problem through de-escalation or you solve it through disengagement.

Frequent listeners know that we try to bring on people from different martial arts. It's important to be a well-rounded martial artist, and part of that involves learning about the different perspectives that different martial artists have - especially those that train in less-common arts. While we've had a few guests on the show that trained in Krav Maga, none of them have defined themselves as Krav Maga practitioners. And until recently, I wasn't even aware of how old Krav Maga was. So, when Mr. Gershon Ben Keren came to my attention as Krav Maga practitioner who started training long before the current wave, he seemed the perfect candidate to have on the show.

While Mr. Ben Keren isn't here to represent Krav Maga, being the first person steeped in that art on the show carried a bit of responsibility with it. I was very honest with him of this, but also let him know that the episode was about him and not his chosen art. I think we both did a good job of placing him first but also giving you some information on the history of the style, which was important in giving you context for our guest.

I really enjoyed getting to know Mr. Ben Keren, and with his school only a few hours away, it's just a matter of time before I pop by for a visit. Let's welcome him to the show.

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Episode 113 - Different Training Environments
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Episode 113 - Different Training Environments

Martial arts training in different locations - and different types of locations - can yield strong benefits.

Different Training Environments - Episode 113

Show transcript below.

What is up everyone? It’s time for another episode of whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, and here we are with episode 113. And today we’re going to talk about training in different environments.

I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host, Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick, if you don’t know, makes the absolute best sparring gear, apparel, and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome the new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back again.

All of our past podcast episodes, show notes and a lot more are at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. From that site, you can sign up for our newsletter, and I really suggest you do so, because we offer exclusive content to subscribers, discounts and it's the only place to find out about upcoming guests.

As the weather starts cooling, you might be in the market for something warmer – whether you’re headed to training, the gym or just looking for something comfortable, our sweatpants are it. Seriously, people love these things. I have a few pairs and through the winter months, they’re pretty much all I wear.

Let’s talk about your training. Specifically, where you train. If you’re like me, like most people, the vast majority of your training is at your dojo, dojang, academy, training hall or whatever you call it at your school. You might have mats or a hardwood floor. But the surface probably doesn’t change. The lighting is probably the same and if you’re like most schools, you always face the same direction.

For some martial artists, this routine can pose a problem. It really comes down to two things – engagement and practicality.

By engagement, I mean that your surroundings have a lot to do with the energy you invest to your training. Different people, different locations and different sights, sounds and smells seem to wake people up and inspire them to train harder.

By practicality, I mean that we adapt to our surroundings and aren’t quite as adept at taking action in strange environments. This doesn’t just go for martial arts, but for anything. It’s not a martial arts problem, it’s a human being problem.

Let’s talk about the engagement challenge first. If you’ve been listening to the show you know that I’m an advocate for training with different instructors, attending seminars and otherwise varying your education. Of course, that will require you to go to different places and you’ll learn differently because of those environments, but what about the rest of the time?

One of the most interesting things I ever saw in a martial arts class was when an instructor had a kid’s class turn 90 degrees and face a different wall. It was like a different group of children. They were suddenly attentive, powerful and really invested in the class.

About 10 minutes later, as the energy level waned, the instructor did it again. Sure, there was likely some benefit from the small break the kids had, but I have no doubt that looking at a different wall was enough to wake up the children’s senses. In fact, I’ve done this myself when I teach children, and even adults, if they seem to be fading.

There are other ways to up the engagement in your regular-old training facility. Changing the lighting can be huge. Adding a colored light or turning off some of the lights completely changes the space. Drawing the shades, kicking parents and visitors out for just one night, and even putting sunglasses on everyone can make a huge impact. Anything that alters the sensory input will prompt a response. The longer someone has been training, chances are, the stronger the response.

Let’s talk about the actual physical space now. You can change it all you want, but at some point, you have to consider that it’s exactly the same space. There’s benefit to training outside that space as we’ve already discussed.

Where, though, can and should you train?

If you want to freak out a younger or newer student, take them to a crowded park and ask them to do a form. Chances are, they’ll panic. Will they panic if they’re attacked in that same place? Chances are they’ll be more willing to use their skills, but that anxiety that comes up from people watching them is still important to address.

Training outside, in different weather conditions, with strangers watching, adds a whole new dynamic to training. If you’ve ever been part of a demonstration, you’ve probably witnessed this whether you realized it or not. People act differently in different environments. Some people seem to draw strength from training in a wooded environment, others do better during a beach training.

My challenge to you is to go out and try training in different environments. In fact, I’m going to give you a checklist right now and I’d urge you to try checking them off in the next month. Even for 15 minutes, try practicing in your car, in a public park, in the woods, at the beach or a pool, in front of your house, in your bedroom and on top of something high-up like a tall building. Try and do at least one of these at night, one during a good rainstorm, one while it’s hot and another while cold. Be present during your training and see what you observe. There are lessons to be learned from each of these and all of them make you a better martial artist.

The elements and locations that you find most challenging are the ones that will yield the greatest benefits if your practice embraces them.

I’d love to see photos of listeners training outside, training in the rain or in other non-conventional places. Do you have a favorite location to train outside of your school? Where is it and why do you like it? Whatever your comments, let us know. You can comment on the show notes at whistlekickMartialArtsRadio.com or on social media - we're on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram - all with the username whistlekick.

If you want to be a guest on the show or maybe you have an idea for a show topic, go ahead and fill out the form on the website. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter so you can stay up on everything we do. You can learn more about our products at whistlekick.com, like all of our great shirts, and you can check out our awesome line of sparring gear there or on Amazon.

That’s all for today, so, until next time, Train hard, smile and have a great day.

 

Episode 112 - Kyoshi Kevin Hudson
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Episode 112 - Kyoshi Kevin Hudson

It was during my time at the Superfoot camp in Florida in March of 2016 that I first met Kyoshi Kevin Hudson. A tall man with a southern accent and a constant smile, he quickly became one of my favorite people I met that weekend. He quickly showed himself to be a skilled and passionate martial artist, which are the two primary criteria for coming on this show. It took a little bit of time to make the scheduling work, but it was worth the wait.

This episode is one where we hear a lot about Kyoshi Hudson's love- not just for Martial Arts, but for people & for life in general. It's hard not to feel good after speaking with him, and that comes through in this episode. Enjoy.

~jeremy

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For full show notes and other episodes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/112-kevin-hudson/

Episode 111 - Karate in the Olympics
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Episode 111 - Karate in the Olympics

Karate will be in the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Let's talk about what that means to the martial arts.

During the show we reference the following websites.

Official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Page on Karate - https://tokyo2020.jp/en/games/sport/olympic/karate/

Official World Karate Federation (WKF) rules - http://www.wkf.net/pdf/competition_rules_version9_2015_en1.pdf

Black Belt Magazine pieces on how the Olympics have impacted Judo and Taekwondo

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For more information, other episodes, an episode transcript and a lot more, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/111-karate-olympics/

Episode 110 - Mr. Simon Scher
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Episode 110 - Mr. Simon Scher

We love guest suggestions from the audience. So when one of our listeners suggested Mr. Simon Scher as a guest, it didn't take long for us to realize we had been missing out in not inviting this impressive man on the show.

Once we realized he was only a few hours away from HQ, we ended up attending a Superfoot seminar together and even have some collaborations in the works. Mr. Scher is well known for his prolific social media releases, including photos and video of him kicking everything in sight. He's a kind and thoughtful man, with a great sense of humor.

Enjoy the episode and when you're done, check out some of his videos. They're well done and entertaining. While he does have a Taekwondo background, his instruction offers something for people of all arts. Personally, I've found Mr. Scher to be a great guy and I'm looking forward to more collaborations with him in the future. ~jeremy

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For show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/110-simon-scher/

Episode 109 - whistlekick Update Show
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Episode 109 - whistlekick Update Show

There’s nothing fancy or special about today’s episode – but it is the first episode where we’ve told you what’s going on at whistlekick behind the scenes. Like this episode? Hate it? Let us know. It will help us determine whether to do it again. Thanks for listening!

Episode 108 - Mr. Tony Blauer - Part 2
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Episode 108 - Mr. Tony Blauer - Part 2

This is part 2 of our episode with Mr. Tony Blauer. Please listen to part 1 first.

Episode 108 - Mr. Tony Blauer - Part 1
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Episode 108 - Mr. Tony Blauer - Part 1

Mr. Tony Blauer is here to upset the apple cart a bit. Some will claim he's not a martial artist, but if you check our definition of a martial artist, you'll see that he certainly is. What Mr. Blauer has done exceptionally well throughout his career is look at martial arts, combat, and self-defense in a different way. He's not someone who will simply accept the words of another. That's not to say he's not respectful, but he challenges convention when he sees it to be appropriate. In a sense, he's a martial arts researcher.

What follows is our longest show yet. Mr. Blauer gave an incredible amount of his time and geared the conversation to our audience - traditional martial arts & martial artists. You may love this episode, which has been split into two parts, or you may hate it. Regardless, you're going to think about martial arts, your training, self-defense and more. Our intention in bringing you this episode is not to steer you to sign up for anything from anyone. (Disclosure: we have never, and will never, taken any financial incentives from guests for them coming on the show.) Our intention is that you listen, consider Mr. Blauer's words, and look at your life and your training.

For the clean version of this episode, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/108-tony-blauer/

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Episode 107 - Fumio Demura (Profile)
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Episode 107 - Fumio Demura (Profile)

Not long after moving the US Demura got a gig doing martial arts demonstrations at the Japanese Deer Park, a local attraction in California. The shows were different from martial arts demonstrations of the day, which showcased martial artists coming close but not making contact. Demura’s demonstrations featured people reacting to this near contact, making it look like a fight. While there were likely others offering demonstrations this way, these demos at the Deer Park were certainly popularized by Fumio Demura and he’s sometimes credited with developing the method.

He was the stunt double for Pat Morita, who played Miyagi, in the karate kid movies. It was Chuck Norris who introduced Demura to the production people for The Karate Kid. He was originally intended to be Miyagi, but he knew his English wasn’t good enough. From there he became the stunt double.

 It’s hard to talk about Fumio Demura without mentioning the amazing movie from 2015, The Real Miyagi. What started as a crowdfunding project really turned into an amazing film. It’s a well-done documentary on the life of Shihan Demura and it’s available on Netflix as well as DVD. The cast is a who’s who of martial artists and martial arts actors, including Billy Blanks, Pat Johnson, Dolph Lundgren, Pat Morita, Christine Bannon Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Bill Wallace, Michael Jai White and many more.

Episode 106 - Mr. Alex Gillis
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Episode 106 - Mr. Alex Gillis

Over the course of this show, we've had a few trends with mentions of movies & actors. But when it comes to books, there are only a few we've heard about consistently. Joe Hyams Zen in the Martial Arts, Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings and Alex Gillis's A Killing Art. The first two authors have passed away, but Mr. Gillis is alive and well, so we invited him to come on the show.

You can learn a lot about Mr. Gillis from the way he wrote the book, and you can learn about the book from our conversation with the man. Thoughtful, thorough and dedicated are words that you can use to describe either.

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/106-alex-gillis/

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Episode 105 - Helping People Find the Right Martial Arts School
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Episode 105 - Helping People Find the Right Martial Arts School

Lately, I’ve been noticing something that’s really starting to irritate me. Someone will mention their desire to explore martial arts, usually on social media. What comes back is a barrage of “my school is best” and “my art is best” posts.

Now, we’ve talked a lot about that but when we talk about it in the context of a potential martial artist, all we’re doing is turning them off from ever training. See, people don’t like to make bad decisions. And if multiple people that they respect offer contradictory opinions… they’re likely to make no choice.

And if you’ve been listening to the show for a while, you know that one of our goals here at whistlekick is to get more people to train. After all, martial artists make the world a better place.

So it really does all of us a disservice to answer that question – What martial art should I do – with such a direct answer. If you sold cars, houses or even cheese – would you even answer the question, what car, house or cheese should I get?

Of course not. You’d ask questions. In sales, they’re called qualifying questions. And guess what? If you’re even thinking of answering the question, you’re a sales person. And you have a duty to the person asking the question, the people you train with and the martial arts community as a whole to help them correctly.

Just as you shouldn’t teach at a martial arts school if you’re not willing to give your students the best instruction you can, you shouldn’t engage with someone on the question of what art to take.

Let’s now go through the questions you should be asking and how to handle this whole situation.

For full show notes, please visit:  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/105-find-martial-arts-school/

 

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Episode 104 - Sensei Ashida Kim
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Episode 104 - Sensei Ashida Kim

Today's episode is with well-known martial artist and ninjitsu practitioner Sensei Ashida Kim. While I had heard his name before, I'll confess that I didn't know a lot about him. When a past guest suggested he would be someone good to speak with, I did a bit of research and found that this man's resume is pretty incredible. While much of the writings on the internet about Sensei Kim are very strongly opinionated - both in his favor and not - I was more concerned with his stories. As we always do on the show, we give our guests the opportunity to speak freely and talk about that which they want to. That's exactly what we did here - and it's a great episode.

Sensei Kim is a prolific author and has written a number of books still available. We discuss a few of them during the episode and you can learn more at his website, linked below.

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Episode 103 - Muscle Memory
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Episode 103 - Muscle Memory

Muscle memory is when your body does something automatically. Muscles remember what to do by repeating something many times. Sometimes this is called motor learning. In martial arts, this is the ability to, say, throw a punch without thinking about all of the small things required - which knuckles to use, twisting the hand, the retracted hand, etc. 

There's a bad side to motor learning - like when throwing a technique, someone throws it to the same place without thinking. Every time.

There are ways to expand muscle memory and not be locked in to only a few patterns. Practice things differently. Routine is the enemy. It’s not that we don’t want muscle memory, it’s that we don’t want it to limit us. Work different heights, different body placements, different combinations. Strange combinations. Different speeds. When you slow things down you can focus on the movements and make adjustments. That's something we should all be doing anyway.

Jeremy offers his favorite drill for combatting the negative effects of motor learning.

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Episode 102 - Datu Tim Hartman
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Episode 102 - Datu Tim Hartman

 

"Martial arts develops character. Martial sports reveals character."

Welcome to episode 102 of Martial Arts Radio, where today we get to hear from Datu Tim Hartman. Datu Hartman is a living legend in the world of Filipino martial arts and has offered numerous seminars across the globe. As a lifelong practitioner of Filipino arts, Datu Hartman has watched the growth of the various disciplines, including arnis, escrima, kali and the various approaches and styles to these arts. We hear about the man's past, what keeps him inspired to train and why he's still so passionate not only about martial arts, but about passing on what he's learned to newer students.

 

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For full show notes, including links, photos and video, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/102-tim-hartman/

 

Episode 101 - Necessity of Having Different Styles
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Episode 101 - Necessity of Having Different Styles

Necessity of Having Different Styles - Episode 101

Have you ever wondered why some martial artists get into such heated discussions over one style versus another? How about the difference between honoring the style as it was laid out, artistically, and personal progress in your martial arts? We talk about not only the benefit of having different martial arts styles available to those that want to train, but the necessity.

During the episode, we make reference to some past episodes on the definition of a martial art, Bruce Lee and our episode with Grandmaster Victor Moore.

Episode 100 - Sensei Jeremy Lesniak
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Episode 100 - Sensei Jeremy Lesniak

On episode 100 we hear from the whistlekick founder, and our regular host, Sensei Jeremy Lesniak. Throughout his martial arts career, he has achieved a black belt in no less than three different disciplines. A native to New England, Sensei Jeremy is a friend to many schools. Not just as a great resource for the best sparring gear, but someone you may see at a seminar, or as a guest instructor. Sensei Lesniak started martial arts at a young age but continues to demonstrate his passion for martial arts to this day. I've had the pleasure to work with him as a student in one of my seminars, and as a guest instructor in my home dojo.

~Daniel Hartz, host for Episode 100.

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Episode 99 - Why I Train
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Episode 99 - Why I Train

On Episode 99 host Jeremy Lesniak goes over the 9 reasons why he continues to practice martial arts. 

For show notes and other episodes, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/099-why-train/

Episode 98 - Mr. Tom Bisio
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Episode 98 - Mr. Tom Bisio

Today's episode is with Mr. Tom Bisio, a practitioner and instructor of Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan. We spend a lot of time discussing the martial arts overall as well as the internal martial arts, Mr. Bisio's focus both as practitioner and instructor. His background is diverse, though, and he's able to tie together a lot of the elements of martial arts, including some we don't typically think about around health and healing. It's clear from speaking with him that he's on an educational mission of sorts, making efforts to bring new and revised knowledge to those that are interested and in various forms.

 

For show notes and other episodes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/098-tom-bisio/

Episode 97 - Steven Seagal (Profile)
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Episode 97 - Steven Seagal (Profile)

On today's episode of Martial Arts Radio we're talking about the legendary martial artist and martial arts movie actor, Steven Seagal. We talk about Seagal's history, including his martial arts training and how he got into the movie industry. We don't pull any punches here, being honest and fair about Steven Seagal with regard to his skills, acting and off-screen actions. You're sure to learn things about him you didn't before, so tune in and check it out. Thanks for listening.

 

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/097-steven-seagal/

Episode 96 - Master Amanda Meltzer
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Episode 96 - Master Amanda Meltzer

On today's show, we talk to Master Amanda Meltzer, a taekwondo practitioner from New Hampshire. Master Meltzer is a less common example of someone who came to martial arts later in life, at least with respect to the guests we have on our show. What's always interesting about these examples is we get a clearer picture as to why someone takes up martial arts as an adult. Here we get a very clear picture and understand how taekwondo has not only become a family affair but also grown her family.

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For other episodes & show notes please visit:  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/096-amanda-meltzer/ 

Episode 95 - Become a Better Martial Artist in the Car
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Episode 95 - Become a Better Martial Artist in the Car

Becoming a Better Martial Artist in the Car - Episode 95

Today's episode covers suggestions for reclaiming the time you spend in your vehicle in order to become a better martial artist.

  1. Podcasts - we mentioned the popular blog post we wrote last year on Best Martial Arts Podcasts
  2. Hand Dexterity
  3. Hand Mobility
  4. Cut Your Fingernails
  5. Focus Practice
  6. Hand Conditioning
  7. Driving Barefoot
  8. Anticipation of Other Cars, People & Animals
  9. Electronic Recovery Units
  10. Hand Strengthening

Episode 94 - Sifu Gary Cecil
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Episode 94 - Sifu Gary Cecil

On episode 94 we get to talk with Sifu Gary Cecil, a Kung Fu instructor who was suggested as a guest by one of his students. We had a great conversation and I found myself really interested in some of the things Sifu Cecil had to say. You might think that, close to 100 episodes in, we've heard everything - every background someone comes from and every way that you can view the martial arts. But that's clearly not the case, as Sifu Cecil gave us plenty to think about.

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For more info and full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/094-gary-cecil/

Episode 93 - What is a Martial Art
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Episode 93 - What is a Martial Art

Over the last few months we've been honing in on a definition for martial arts. Well, on episode 93 we jump in headlong and see if we can flesh it out. This may go down as a controversial episode, but that's okay. We take an academic, thought out approach and apply what we've learned from the many guests we've had on the show. In the end, what we have is good... but could it be better?

Episode 92 - Sabumnim Scott Pribyl
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Episode 92 - Sabumnim Scott Pribyl

On episode 92 we're joined by a man with an incredible story. Sabumnim Scott Pribyl started martial arts training as a late teenager and really took to it. He credits his professional success to the lessons he learned in the martial arts and also his survival of an incident that literally no other person is known to have survived. He's an incredible man and tells some amazing stories. Enjoy.

Episode 91 - Billy Jack (Movie Profile)
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Episode 91 - Billy Jack (Movie Profile)

On today's episode, we give our popular profile treatment to one of the oldest and most beloved martial arts movies of all time, Billy Jack. We cover the history of the movie, trivia, and much more. If you're at all a fan of Billy Jack, you should really give this episode a listen. And if you're not, listen anyway, because maybe you will be afterwards.

Episode 90 – Sensei Scott Lombardo
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Episode 90 – Sensei Scott Lombardo

Today we get a chance to speak with Isshinryu karateka and founder of Veterans Martial Arts Training, Sensei Scott Lombardo. Veterans Martial Arts Training (V-MAT) is a free martial arts program for United State Military Veterans based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. When we learned about the program, we knew it sounded like something we wanted to help promote, so we reached out to Sensei Lombardo immediately. Fortunately, he accepted our offer to appear on the show.

While we do spend some time talking about the organization, most of our time is spent getting to know Sensei Scott Lombardo and hearing his stories. A longtime martial artist practicing karate, Sensei Lombardo shares great stories about the ups and downs he’s experienced through his life, and he doesn’t hold anything back. We get a pretty good window into this man and what makes him tick. This episode runs the range of emotions and we hope you enjoy it. Thanks for listening.

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Episode 89 - Martial Arts Weapons
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Episode 89 - Martial Arts Weapons

Today we talk about the history and usage of martial arts weapons. We squash some stories that get thrown around, give you reasons for why you should do some weapons training and even help you understand how weapons training can improve your unarmed martial arts.

We talk about the origins of Asian martial arts weapons, the loss of Korean swordsmanship, the similarities and differences between weapons arts of different regions and why weapons are usually (but not always) taught after learning empty-handed techniques.

On today's episode we made reference to Episode 88 with Guro Chris Thompson and Episode 78 with Sir Gemini Asonte.

Episode 88 - Guro Chris Thompson
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Episode 88 - Guro Chris Thompson

Today's episode brings us Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) practitioner Guro Chris Thompson. With a background in Goju Karate, Guro Chris found his passion in a very different style - and we talk today about that transition. While not as well know as karate, Filipino arts are starting to receive global acceptance and recognition. If you're unfamiliar with the systems of the island nation, you'll learn a bit about their origins today, including why they're so diverse in their approaches.

I had a lot of fun talking to Guro Chris, as I do with all of our guests. (You've all likely figured that out by now. I truly enjoy what I do.) We'll be having Guro Chris Thompson as one of our featured instructors this summer at the Martial Arts Weekend, so check that out! Sign up soon, because space is limited.

Today's featured whistlekick product is our shinguards. Double-thick over the tibia (shin bone) they hold up very well against both time and your partners or opponents. One of our favorite ways to demonstrate them is to kick door frames with our shins while wearing them at events. That brings a lot of attention!

Episode 87 - Martial Artists Are Their Own Worst Enemies
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Episode 87 - Martial Artists Are Their Own Worst Enemies

When we consider the space that martial arts occupies in the Western world, specifically the United States, it's easy to see the impact. Our movies are full of martial arts-inspired fight scenes. Popular culture lifts up the skilled fighters from the UFC. A man who has been dead for forty years is one of our most recognized icons. Yet, when we break down the numbers, martial arts participation in the United States is around 5 million people, or 1.5% of the population. Compare that to approximately 3.5% globally, and you can see a large disparity.

Why is that the case? I'm sure there are a multitude of factors, but the one we're discussing today is foundational - the attitude that martial artists have for each other. If you're a martial artist, and you've been genuinely criticized for what you do, there's a good chance that criticism came from a martial artist. Within our ranks we have a large percentage of participants that are so concerned with historical accuracy or theoretical superiority that they'll let their opinions create rifts in the martial arts community.

It's not helping anyone and it needs to stop.

On today's episode, we're talking about the ways martial artists cut each other down, rather than lift up. The politics, the infighting, the "my art is better than yours" debates and so on. We explore where these attitudes came from, why they've carried on and how they're hurting us. Later, we talk about how we can move past them and what the impact of just such a world might be.

At whistlekick we have a very foundational belief - that the world would be a better place if everyone spent time in martial arts training. Clearing out this stumbling block - the popularity of what is, essentially, bullying within our own community - is essential to reaching that goal. Thank you for listening and, if you found value in today's episode, please share it with others. Train hard, smile, and have a great day.

Episode 86 - Miss Jessica Henderson
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Episode 86 - Miss Jessica Henderson

Today's episode is with one of my long-time martial arts friends, Miss Jessica Henderson. Over the last year we've heard from a lot of different people - different styles, different paths and different outlooks on the arts. I believe strongly that everyone has a story to tell - wisdom to share. Miss Henderson is no different, and the fact I was able to sit down with her in person was a bonus.

Most of our guests started their martial arts training as young children. For those that started at an older age, most of them have been training for decades and they don't have full memory of the context of what it was life to start their journey. Heck, few of the guests have more than a few memories of that time as so many years have passed. Miss Henderson, though, is different. With just over 10 years of training, she remembers what it was like to start training at 16 and we spend a fair amount of time talking about that. You'll hear through our conversation that her step in the martial arts was pivotal for her, and I don't think it's an exaggeration to say it completely transformed her life. Thanks for listening.

Your humble host

Jeremy

Episode 85 - Martial Arts Curriculum
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Episode 85 - Martial Arts Curriculum

Today's show topic started as an email from a listener. This listener was feeling conflict with the vast amounts of information that was expected to be taught to students at their martial arts school. As they wrote, on the one hand, diversity of techniques is very much in line with the artistic side of what we do. Yet, on the other hand, it makes it more challenging to achieve a level of proficiency with any of it.

It's a great subject, and we tackled it for today's episode. We offer suggestions on how to break down the problem and how to make improvements in your school as an instructor or owner. If you're a student, we offer some advice, too, on how to deal with a large body of training information.

Episode 84 - Master Chris LaCava
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Episode 84 - Master Chris LaCava

Today's episode is with another of the wonderful martial artists I first met in 2015 at the Super Summer Seminars event. (As of this episode, the others we've heard from that came out of this weekend are Sensei Katie Murphy & Kyoshi Dave Kovar) We didn't get a lot of time together, but I had a good feeling about him and what he offered as an instructor. I then saw him in January at Sifu Alan Goldberg's Hall of Honors Mega Weekend in New Jersey and again had a chance to learn from him. I knew it was time to get him on the show, and here we are.

Today's episode could have easily gone off the rails, as you have two self-proclaimed martial arts "nerds" in conversation that also share a similar sense of humor. While we absolutely wander at times, I felt the places we ended up were wonderful. This show has always welcomed tangents, and our time with Master Chris LaCava was no different. I hope you enjoy the conversation, and I'll guess that you'll share at least a few laughs with us.

Your host, Jeremy

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Episode 83 - Destination Training
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Episode 83 - Destination Training

 

Most people that have trained in the martial arts for a time have had some type of external training - meaning training outside their typical location from people other than their typical instructor(s). These could be seminars or visiting another school, whether it's of a similar style or something completely different. There's a lot of value in learning different things, even the same things from different people. Everyone learns a bit differently and having another set of eyes watching over you can really hone your skills. This is why martial arts schools with several instructors (that are on the same page) often turn out better students than the schools with a single instructor.

Along all of these lines is destination training. These opportunities can look very different - they may be a seminar series covering different topics or an intensive training focused on a single martial arts subject. The value here isn't just in getting other people to look over what you're doing - it goes so much deeper. When you travel for your training and stay overnight, it changes your mindset. You're typically with other people who are doing the same thing. Thus, everyone that is participating really values their training time. These events are rarely free, so you get people that have made a financial sacrifice to be there.

Many of these events, maybe even most, are presented as a "camp" experience, either with people sleeping outside or in spartan conditions. Some involve sleeping in university dorms over the summer or in cabins. For many attendees, it's not the training that they find most valuable from these experiences but the relationships they build. When you get a group of martial artists together, they tend to talk about... martial arts. There's a lot of sharing that goes on outside the training space and this is just as much the reason everyone should attend such an event.

For that reason we're hosting our own, held this year from July 8th - July 10th, 2016. You can learn more at MartialArtsWeekend.com Today's episode will talk about what we're doing, and why we're doing it, but it's not a commercial. Our format came out of a lot of discussion with martial artists about what they liked and didn't like from their destination training. Whether you have attended one of these sessions or not, or even if you have no interest in attending, you will still find today's episode valuable, so check it out.

Episode 82 – Mr. Michael Rowe
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Episode 82 – Mr. Michael Rowe

Today’s episode is with Mr. Michael Rowe, a martial artist with as diverse a training history as anyone I’ve ever seen. With experience in Karate, ninjitsu, taekwondo, hapkido, and a lot more, under a number of different instructors, Mr. Rowe brings a lot to the table. An insightful man, his stories are wonderful – they’re entertaining, they’re honest and they’re real. So sit back, and let’s hear from today’s guest.

 

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For full show notes and other episodes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/082-michael-rowe/

 

Episode 81 - Martial Arts Warmups
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Episode 81 - Martial Arts Warmups

n today's episode we're talking about martial arts warmups and the four phases of an effective warmup and how most martial arts classes miss the boat. These are: low-risk cardiovascular movement, joint mobility, intensifying cardiovascular movement, flexibility (aka stretching). We discuss what they are, how to handle them, why to approach them in this order, how long to do them and so much more. If you're often feeling like you spend your first 15 minutes of class just "getting going" it could be due to a poor warm-up. Check out the episode and let us know what you think.

For full show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/081-martial-arts-warmups/

Episode 80 - Mr. Taimak Guarriello
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Episode 80 - Mr. Taimak Guarriello

Our guest today is the star of one of the most-beloved martial arts films of all-time, Mr. Taimak Guarriello. The Last Dragon is one of those rare martial arts films that had an impact that transcended martial arts culture, and could be felt in general society. Here we are 80 episodes in, and the news of his Mr. Guarriello's appearance created more buzz than any other guest we've had. While even his first name is synonymous with his role in the 1985 movie, there's a lot more to him than his time as Leroy Green, both as a man and as a martial artist. We get to know a lot about both of those sides, and I hope you enjoy your time with him.

 

For show notes and a lot more, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/080-taimak-guarriello/

Episode 79 - Everyone Needs Something to Call Their Own
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Episode 79 - Everyone Needs Something to Call Their Own

Today's episode is very different. Over the last few months, we've bumped into a recurring theme from our guests. That theme being the support martial arts provided to them during difficult times, especially as children. I've been struggling with how to tell my piece of this story, and whether or not to even tell it. In the end, I felt it was important to share simply because it may help provide context to someone who hasn't experienced the same sense that I felt as a child - that many of our guests felt. It is my sincere hope that, as a result of this episode, some of us may become a bit more conscious of the need for everyone, especially children, to have something in their lives that they can feel joyful passion towards- whether that be martial arts or something else. I feel strongly that it is this sense of ownership - this sense of belonging - that can help everyone (again, especially children) traverse challenging times in their lives.

To put it another way, We all need something we can look to and claim as our own. To have an external manifestation of our identity. Whether that's martial arts or not, I don't think it matters. For me it was (and is) being a martial artist. If you know someone without that outlet - that passion they can identify with, please help them find it. It may be the most important thing you ever do for them.

Thank you for listening. ~jeremy

For other episodes, show notes and more, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/079-everyone-needs-something/

Episode 78 - Sir Gemini Asonte
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Episode 78 - Sir Gemini Asonte

Today on Martial Arts Radio we have an interesting guest, unlike anyone we've had on before. Over the last 10-20 years, we've seen a growing diversity in the martial arts world. We can no longer consider martial arts to simply be the arts of Korea, Japan and China (as well as their derivatives). We now see arts coming out of nearly every country and region on the global stage. Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) is in that mix, too.

One of the challenges for these "other" arts is our ability, as a community that is mostly rooted in Asia, to understand them. Which is why today's guest is so exciting. Sir Gemini Asonte is not only a skilled practitioner of Historical European Martial Arts, but he has an extensive background in Asian martial arts, including taekwondo, various styles of karate, aikijutsu, boxing, savate... and more. This gives him context for what most of us, as Asian art practitioners, are thinking when we see someone engaged in HEMA.

[For the record, this is not meant to say that this show is only for those practicing Asian martial arts. It's just a question of numbers and, if we're honest, most martial artists today are practicing something from that region.]

Sir Gemini gives us a wonderful look inside his world and shows us that, while there are major differences, there's a lot more common ground than you may think. Listen as we get a glimpse into martial arts from a time and place that is very different from what most of us think about when we're practicing.

Episode 77 - Martial Arts Recovery & Rehab
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Episode 77 - Martial Arts Recovery & Rehab

On today's episode of Martial Arts Radio, we tackle the sensitive subject of handling the aches & pains that turn into worse problems. As martial artists, we're often taught to push through the pain, but that can have disastrous long term effects. We give you real strategies for preventing those injuries, recovering from everyday training and knowing when to take a step back or even get some help. It's a solid episode that tackles the challenges head on, but without any deep medical information. You won't be an expert after this episode, but you will be able to develop your own plan for getting the most out of your training, reducing the risk of injury and keeping your forward martial arts progress. Because after all, martial arts isn't just something you do when you're young, and we want to make sure you can train long into your old age. Thanks for listening, it's episode 77.

 

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Episode 76 - Sensei Jaredd Wilson
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Episode 76 - Sensei Jaredd Wilson

Today we get to talk to someone that, in some ways, is very much a mirror of myself. Sensei Jaredd Wilson is a martial artist with experience in Aikido, Silat and Kenjutsu, but he also hosts a podcast about the martial arts, called Martial Thoughts. And in a very new development, it looks like we'll be seeing him at the first-ever whistlekick Martial Arts Weekend in July, 2016.

We became friends over social media and decided it would be fun to have each other on as guests. We've done that and I really enjoyed my time talking with Sensei Wilson, both on his show and here, on Episode 76. Sensei Wilson has a strong love for the martial arts, martial arts culture and seems to genuinely believe, as many of our guests do, that there's nothing like martial arts training for developing better people and improving the world.

So check it out. ~jeremy

 

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/sensei-jaredd-wilson/

Episode 75 - Avoiding Fights
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Episode 75 - Avoiding Fights

On today's episode we offer up some strategies for avoiding fights, including creative situations for diffusing the situations that often lead to fights. This list is certainly not complete, but covers the  seven primary strategies for getting yourself out of a rough situation and avoiding combat altogether.

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/075-avoiding-fights/

Episode 74 - Mr. Jeremiah Grossman
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Episode 74 - Mr. Jeremiah Grossman

Today's episode features our first conversation with someone who trains primarily in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Mr. Jeremiah Grossman started his martial arts training in other styles but found his calling later when he switched. With the strong ties we often hear of between BJJ and mixed martial arts, you might go into this episode thinking we're going to have a wholly different conversation than normal. But we didn't. Mr. Grossman is every bit the martial artist that our other guests have been, and I really enjoyed our conversation. But enough of that, let's hear from our guest. ~jeremy

 

For full show notes and a lot more, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/074-jeremiah-grossman/

Episode 73 - Enter the Dragon (Movie Profile)
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Episode 73 - Enter the Dragon (Movie Profile)

Welcome to the Martial Arts Radio profile of the classic martial arts movie, Enter the Dragon. On today's episode we talk about the history of the film, trivia and a lot more. Check it out - you'll be sure to know a lot more about this film than you did before.

 

For full show notes, lots of photos, fun videos and more, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/enter-the-dragon/

Episode 72 - Grandmaster John Pellegrini
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Episode 72 - Grandmaster John Pellegrini

Grandmaster John Pellegrini is a well-known martial artist with a list of credentials and accolades that few will accomplish, in any industry. He's a sought-after seminar instructor and routinely travels around the world sharing his knowledge. Many of his seminar attendees have said he's a must-see, and it was one of those attendees that reached out and asked us to bring him on the show. We rarely resist a user suggestion for a guest, as you all have been so great with suggestions in the past.

As you might expect, pinning GM Pellegrini down for a conversation was challenging due to his extensive travel schedule. We had to book out much more in advance than we normally do, but it was well worth it. Here is a man who loves the martial arts, loves what it has done for him and is doing what he can to give back. He feels strongly, as most of the guests on our show do, that martial arts is something everyone should train in. Listen on for more of what he has to say, and enjoy.

PS - during our personal conversation after the episode, Grandmaster Pellegrini shared a bit that we tacked on at the end, so be sure to listen through the outro. ~jeremy

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For full show notes and other episodes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/072-john-pellegrini/

Episode 71 - Martial Arts Benefits for Children
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Episode 71 - Martial Arts Benefits for Children

Now, today’s episode is a little different. We had a member of the whistlekick online community write in with a suggestion that we discuss the benefits or martial arts for children, but from the idea that any martial arts training can be a benefit to any child. We thought it was an interesting topic, so we reached out to one of our past guests, Master Tanya Panizzo. As a school owner, instructor, parent of a child in martial arts and also the pioneer of a very progressive autism spectrum disorder –only class, we thought she’d have some good things to say. And she did. So, check this out.

 

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Episode 70 - Mr. Aaron Wayne-Duke
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Episode 70 - Mr. Aaron Wayne-Duke

And I think that's where I've learned the greatest lesson is... you know, my ego should have stayed outside the door. And if I'd have kept it outside the door, I think I would have been able to process things better. ~Aaron Wayne-Duke

Today we're joined by Mr. Aaron Wayne-Duke. Mr. Duke is a practitioner of taekwondo & hapkido, an author, and a truly passionate fan of martial arts and martial art culture. We had a great conversation that wandered all over the map, just the way I like them. Rather than trying and give you an index for our chat, I'd rather just let you listen...

~jeremy

 

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/070-aaron-wayne-duke/

Episode 69 - Martial Arts Instructors & Integrity
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Episode 69 - Martial Arts Instructors & Integrity

On today's show we tackle a tough topic - the media's attention on the bad seeds in the martial arts. It seems that reporters love talking about those of us that can't walk an ethical path, and it makes the rest of us look bad. What do we do? Listen in for some ideas.

 

For a full transcript and more, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/069-martial-arts-integrity/

Episode 68 - Sensei Rocky DiRico
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Episode 68 - Sensei Rocky DiRico

Today we're joined by Sensei Rocky DiRico, an excellent martial artist and accomplished competitor. Sensei DiRico, like all of our guests, loves the martial arts. Unlike other guests, though, he's made competition a core part of his training, having been ranked #1 in the nation or world by NASKA, NBL and PKL rating organizations. He also spent a ten-year stint at the top of the KRANE rankings - all of these accomplishments coming after he turned 35. He is widely regarded as the most accomplished senior competitor in the history of sport martial arts. We spend some time talking about that, but also his traditional roots & how he got started.

In an amazing example of how small the world truly is, both Sensei DiRico and my instructor started their careers in teaching martial arts in the same town, teaching out of the exact same building, two years about. Despite that, they've never met.

Today's featured product is our line of insanely comfortable sweatpants.

 

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/068-rocky-dirico/

Episode 67 - The Karate Kid (Movie Profile)
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Episode 67 - The Karate Kid (Movie Profile)

On today's episode of Martial Arts Radio we talk about one of our top-referenced film from our interviews, The Karate Kid. Tons of trivia, behinds the scenes and blooper info, celebrities that didn't get parts and so much more.

 

For full show notes and lots of pictures and videos, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/067-the-karate-kid/

Episode 66 - Professor Gary Dill
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Episode 66 - Professor Gary Dill

Today's episode brings us Professor Gary Dill, a multi-disciplined martial artist best known for being one of the few remaining original students of Jeet Kune Do, the martial art pioneered by Bruce Lee. While this is absolutely not an episode about Bruce Lee, it's impossible to discuss Professor Dill's history and views on martial arts without the legend's name being thrown around.

During our chat after the episode closed, Professor Dill shared some additional stories that he gave us permission to share, and those are tacked on at the very end of the episode. Everything he shared was great and this will definitely be an episode that gets some attention. Thanks for listening, and enjoy.

Your host, Jeremy

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For full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/066-gary-dill/

Episode 65 - Finding Motivation for Your Martial Arts Training
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Episode 65 - Finding Motivation for Your Martial Arts Training

Today's episode comes out of discussions that have happened on this very show. We've had a number of guests admit openly that they've found themselves uninspired with their training at times, even bored. I've faced that myself, but I've always managed to move through it. I thought it time that we do an episode on this taboo subject and offer some suggestions on how you can beat the martial arts training blues.

 

~jeremy, Your host.

 

For full show notes, including a ton of motivational posters and a transcript, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/065-martial-arts-motivation/

Episode 64 - Hanshi Richard Bernard
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Episode 64 - Hanshi Richard Bernard

On today's episode of Martial Arts Radio we're joined by Hanshi Richard Bernard, a long-time Goju-Ryu karate practitioner from New England. I first met Hanshi Bernard at a competition, but I had no idea at the time that I influenced him in devoting so much of his time to competing. Our conversation was a lot of fun for me, as I've only spent short bits of time talking with the man that most refer to only as "Hanshi." I think what most impresses me about this man is his humility. A tremendous martial artist, instructor and competitor, he will always be the first to praise the actions of another, especially if they best him in competition. His desire to succeed is strong (which he may have learned from his instructor) but, at least in my experience, it has never clouded his integrity or his willingness to take an honest look at himself. There's a reason he's become a favorite among many at New England competitions, and if you listen to this episode, you'll understand.

Your host,Jeremy

 

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/064-richard-bernard/

Episode 63 - Donnie Yen (Profile)
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Episode 63 - Donnie Yen (Profile)

On today's episode we talk about Donnie Yen, who seems to be providing a martial arts flair to nearly everything these days. Fresh off Ip Man 3, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny and with upcoming roles in XXX: The Return of Xander Cage and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we thought it was time to learn more about the man. Listen in and follow along below for his history, martial arts experience and so much more.

For full show notes, including a transcript, lots of photos, videos, links and so much more, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/063-donnie-yen/

Episode 62 - Mr. John DeBlasio
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Episode 62 - Mr. John DeBlasio

I met Mr. John DeBlasio during my recent trip the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors Mega Weekend in Atlantic City, NJ. I was making my first pass on the exhibition floor and Bill Wallace was standing there talking to him. Shortly after I ended up speaking with Mr. DeBlasio and really enjoyed our conversation. It was clear that this man was not only a true martial artist, but also a good guy and a passionate (and successful) actor. I knew he'd be a great guest for the show.

His acting credits include TV shows like Blue Bloods, Elementary and The Sopranos and movies like Talons of the Eagle with Billy Blanks and The Cobbler with Adam Sandler.

And what a guest he turned out to be. This episode has a bit of everything - humorous stories, serious moments & amazing advice all from a man who is clearly walking the path of a martial artist. Mr. DeBlasio knows his history and does a great job of bringing us on his journey. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.

Your humble host, Jeremy

Today's featured product is our whistlekick Sparring Helmet.

Episode 61 - Martial Arts Belts & Rank
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Episode 61 - Martial Arts Belts & Rank

On today's episode we tackle the delicate subject of martial arts belts, martial arts rank, and testings within our world. History, differences, pros and cons, suggestions and so much more.

For full show notes and transcript, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/061-martial-arts-belts-rank/

Episode 60 - Soke-Dai David Nemeroff
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Episode 60 - Soke-Dai David Nemeroff

Here we are, it's episode 60 and we're joined by Soke-Dai David Nemeroff. He's a diverse martial artist with 10 black belts and quite a few related interests. As a school owner, instructor, author, event promoter, Soke-Dai Nemeroff comes to us today to share his stories, and we get some great ones.

If you've wondered about the different perspectives martial artists have after training in different martial arts, you may find this episode interesting. Soke-Dai Nemeroff is primarily an Aikido practitioner, and that certainly comes through in his stories and his view of life and the martial arts. We talk about his time in Japan, challenges and even some of the ways he gives back.

As we always try to do, we're bringing you another episode with some wonderful stories that we hope keeps you entertained and inspired.

Today's featured product - whistlekick Original Sparring Boots

 

For full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/060-david-nemeroff/

Episode 59 - Mr. Mike Andrus
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Episode 59 - Mr. Mike Andrus

On episode 59 we're joined by Sho-Dai Soke Mike Andrus, who asked that we call him Mr. Mike. The conversation is an entertaining and insightful one, with Mr. Mike sharing a lot of wisdom and really opening himself up. We get to know a bit of the man behind the belt, and he has some great things to say. As martial artists, author, instructor & seminar presenter, Mr. Mike has met with, trained and trained under some absolutely wonderful people. He brings a lot of energy to what he does, including his time on this episode.

 

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/059-mike-andrus/

Episode 58 - Jackie Chan Profile
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Episode 58 - Jackie Chan Profile

On today's episode we profile Jackie Chan, the famed actor, producer, director, singer... let's just say this is a renaissance man in the truest definition. Follow along below for a heavily-linked show transcript with videos, photos and tons of fun and rare facts. Hopefully, someday we'll have the real Jackie Chan on the show, but until then, this will have to do.

 

For show notes and a full transcript, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/058-jackie-chan/

Episode 57 - Hanshi Ron Martin
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Episode 57 - Hanshi Ron Martin

Our guest on this episode is Hanshi Ron Martin, a man with an amazing martial arts career. Captain of the first US Karate team, Hanshi Martin has toured the world competing, and came up on the better end against most of the best of his day. As you might expect of a martial artist from the "blood and guts" era, he has some incredible stories and he shares them here today.

 

For full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/057-ron-martin/

Episode 56 - Martial Arts Conditioning
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Episode 56 - Martial Arts Conditioning

On today's show we talk about martial arts conditioning - strength, cardiovascular and flexibility. We discuss methods for improving them, common mistakes and how you can get the most out of your training and become a better martial artist.

 

For full show notes, photos, videos and a transcript, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/56-martial-arts-conditioning/

Episode 55 - Sensei Andrea Harkins
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Episode 55 - Sensei Andrea Harkins

 

On today's episode we're joined by Sensei Andrea Harkins, a martial artist from Florida. Sensei Andrea, as she asked I call her, is an author and blogger that runs a martial arts school in Florida with her husband. Whereas most of our guests have been training since they were children, Sensei Andrea started in her 20s which gives her an entirely different perspective. She was great about sharing that perspective with us and offers up some excellent stories.

Sensei Andrea is an active writer, contributing articles to not only her own publications but also some very well-respected online magazines. Read on for the show notes below to see where you can find her writing. We'll be updating this page when her book does come out, so stay tuned.

Today's featured product is our whistlekick ball cap, available in two styles. Head on over to the website to order - they've been really popular!

Show Notes

The Martial Arts Woman - Sensei Andrea's Website & Blog. Also the title of her upcoming book.

Andrea's professional and personal Facebook pages, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter accounts.

Sensei Andrea also writes for masuccess.com & worldmartialartsmagazine.com

While we didn't get into it on the show, Sensei Andrea is also a noted public speaker and life coach. You can learn more about those aspects of her at her website.

Don't forget, there are lots of ways you can help this show grow. The easiest one is to head over to iTunes and leave a review. Here's a direct link to the show webpage for iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whistlekick-martial-arts-radio/id986000331

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/055-andrea-harkins/

Episode 54 - Martial Arts Instincts
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Episode 54 - Martial Arts Instincts

Instincts - Episode 54

What does having a strong sense of instinct have to do with being a good martial artist? How can you develop your instincts? We explore these questions and a lot more in today's episode.

 

For a full transcript of this show, head over to  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/054-instincts/

 

Episode 53 - Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle
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Episode 53 - Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle

 

Today we talk with Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle, or Dr. T as he's commonly referred to. A martial artist with over 55 years experience, numerous awards and decorations, it was an honor to have him on the show. Dr. T's passion is around bullying education and prevention, which is why he founded the organization Martial Arts for Peace. We talk about the path that brought him to founding the organization and the life events that showed him how important the issue of bullying was, decades before anyone else was talking about it.

Our conversation doesn't always follow the path you might expect, however. We talk about Dr. T's conversations with Linda Lee Cadwell (Bruce Lee's Widow) and her opinion of what Bruce Lee might have thought about his work. The thread of bullying weaves throughout the episode and Dr. T's answers to the questions, but there's a lot more to this man and his work than bullying. I found him to be very thoughtful and very authentic. I haven't spoken with many people who have shouldered a cause for as long as Dr. T, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for that.

Your humble host, Jeremy Lesniak

 

For full show notes, please visit  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/053-terrence-webster-doyle/

Episode 52 - Tournaments
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Episode 52 - Tournaments

Tournaments - Episode 52 Bill Wallace, Jeff Smith & Joe Lewis

Our tournament - whistlekick Martial Arts Showdown

History of Modern Sport Karate - a great reference if you're interested in digging deeper.

Full episode transcript, photos, video and more can be found at  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/052-tournaments/

 

Episode 51: Mr. Donavan Barrett
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Episode 51: Mr. Donavan Barrett

 

Today we get some time with Mr. Donavan Barrett, a WTF taekwondo practitioner from the gulf coast of Florida. Mr. Barrett is an exceptional kicker with amazing flexibility and a great passion for the martial arts. We first met him on social media and after a lot of conversation, we selected him as one of our Brand Ambassadors. While we do what we can to help our partners, we're not talking to Mr. Barrett (or Mr. Donavan as he's called in his dojang) because of our relationship with him. Rather, we think he's an exceptional martial artist with great stories and a passion for sharing his passion. It doesn't take long in the episode for you to understand just how much this young man loves what he does.

Mr. Donavan talks extensively about the inspiration he takes from martial arts idols and pioneers such as Chloe Bruce, Ronda Rousey and Bill Wallace. As with most of our guests, he opens up about who he is and the impact martial arts has had on his life. His strength of character is certainly admirable and his self-confidence and willingness to share openly is worth noting. This is likely to be an episode that inspires others for some time.

 

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For full show notes please visit  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/051-donavan-barrett/

Episode 50 - Jet Li
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Episode 50 - Jet Li

Today's episode is all about one of our favorite martial arts actors, Jet Li. We jump headfirst into his history with the martial arts and his impact on the martial arts movie world. If you're at all a fan of him or his movies, you won't want to miss this episode. We referenced a number of resources for this episode, including his Wikipedia page.

 

For full show notes, video clips & show transcript please visit:  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/050-jet-li/

Episode 49 - Sije Cheyenne Lachapelle
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Episode 49 - Sije Cheyenne Lachapelle

Leave your problems at the door. Leave whatever you have that's wrong, whatever's going on that's inside you, that you're not sharing... leave it at the door.

Today we have Sije Cheyenne Lachapelle, a kung fu practitioner from Worcester, Massachusetts. Most of the guests on Martial Arts Radio are suggestions, and Sije Lachapelle is no exception. This time, however, the suggestion didn't come from a previous guest or a listener - but rather someone I went to school with. See, Sije Lachapelle and I have one major thing in common, and that's our university of choice. I'm a graduate of Clark University in Worcester where she now trains. Her competitive success led to some local publicity which then caught the eye of a friend. I reached out, we chatted, and that brings us to now.

Sije Lachapelle is one of the few Chinese martial arts stylists we've had on the show, and at least for now, is the youngest. As with many who start young in the martial arts, Sije Cheyenne Lachapelle carries with her a maturity and a confidence that are beyond her years. I enjoyed our conversation and found her passion for the martial arts very grounding, her insights compelling. What you won't hear in this conversation is our time after the recording ended - we talked for quite a while about martial arts, Worcester and life in general. We share a mutual admiration for another Worcester, MA martial artist, Shihan Wayne Mello. (In fact, it was Shihan Mello that was partly responsible for me attending school in Worcester. I was very excited at the prospect of training with him.)

Please enjoy the episode,Your host - Jeremy Lesniak

For full show notes please visit:  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/049-cheyenne-lachapelle/

Episode 48 - Martial Arts Movies
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Episode 48 - Martial Arts Movies

Perhaps more than any other pursuit, film is woven into our culture. Martial arts school owners, in particular, know the impact that The Karate Kid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other films had on encouraging society to seek out martial arts instruction.

But do you know your martial arts film history? How about the impact these films have had on society? We’re going to explore these topics and more on today’s episode.

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The Battle of Dingjunshan - 1905, first martial arts film

Bad Day at Black Rock - 1955 American film

Top grossing martial arts films

For full show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/048-martial-arts-movies/

Episode 47 - Master Ken & Mr. Matt Page
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Episode 47 - Master Ken & Mr. Matt Page

Master Ken & Mr. Matt Page - Episode 47 They beat the crap out of him, you know? Took his belt away. Foot stomped him, put cigarettes out on him. Threw him in the dumpster. And so I felt responsible, you know? Because I had given him the confidence too early. So I went to see him in the hospital, and I saw him laying there all beat up and broken. And that's when I demoted him.

Today we have a very different episode of Martial Arts Radio. Episode 47 marks our first interview of a fictional character, Master Ken, the beloved start of the breakout YouTube hit, Enter the Dojo. Our first portion of the episode is with the legendary founder of Ameri-Do-Te himself. Later, we're joined by Matt Page, the actor behind the character.

If you're not familiar with the show, it's a biting, sarcastic and sometimes all-to-true portrayal of the traditional martial arts. If you're willing to laugh at the martial arts, and maybe a bit at yourself, you'll enjoy it. With over 150 thousand subscribers, Enter the Dojo may be one of the most successful martial arts-related independent productions of all time.

There are some surprises in this episode that I hope you'll enjoy. While I rarely spend much time with a guest before their appearance, there's usually a bit of pre-show. Master Ken, Mr. Page & I spent very little time in the pre-show, electing to just sort of let it happen. That was the right call, and I have to say, this episode was a blast. Enjoy. ~jeremy

Show Notes

 

Matt Page, the man behind Master Ken

Actor - Jean Claude Van Damme

Movies - Double Impact (Bolo Yeung Fight Scene), Bloodsport (Final Fight Scene)

Enter The Dojo Show website and on YouTube

Master Ken on Facebook, Instagram, TwitterIMDb or Schedule a Live Appearance

Ameri-Do-Te on Facebook

Matt Page on IMDb

If you've never watched the Enter the Dojo show, the video below is not a full episode, but a wonderful introduction to the creativity and sense of humor it brings.

 

 

Episode 46 - Mr. Chris Sutton
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Episode 46 - Mr. Chris Sutton

Mr. Chris Sutton - Episode 46 Reevaluate everything that you're doing to add value to yourself, to your family, to your bottom line. If it's working, keep doing it. If it's not, adjust it.

Today we're joined by Mr. Chris Sutton. With a broad and varied resume, Mr. Sutton is not the typical guest to Martial Arts Radio. But before you doubt his martial arts credibility, he holds a number of accolades, including being the last person to receive a black belt from Joe Lewis. Mr. Sutton has, like some of our other guests, extracted the self-defense aspects of his martial arts training and not only refined it, but developed it into a system all it's own. He tells some powerful stories and really opens up. You're going to like this one.

Today's featured product is the whistlekick Original Sparring Boot, which uses better materials and design to increase comfort and durability, all without that annoying toe strap. 

Show Notes

more stuff

COBRA Self Defense on YouTube, Facebook

Chris Sutton's Martial Arts & Fitness Inc.

Self Defense Training for Realtors

Become A Certified COBRA Instructor

www.BullyActionPlan.com

www.CobraFitCerified.com

Take The COBRA Academy Student Version On -Line

Episode 45 - The Spiritual Side of Martial Arts
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Episode 45 - The Spiritual Side of Martial Arts

The Spiritual Side of Martial Arts - Episode 45

[The text below is excerpted from today's show]

Today we're talking about the spiritual aspects of martial arts. Let me be clear here - we're not talking about religion.

Martial arts isn't just a physical pursuit, as anyone knows. Martial arts is a method of personal development. This concept goes all the way back to the generally-accepted origin of what we today call traditional martial arts.

It was the Indian monk Bodhidharma who developed martial arts as a way of keeping the monks of the Shaolin temple in physical shape. He found that the monk's focus on meditation left them mentally strong but physically weak. So, he gave them a set of exercises to strengthen their bodies. The combat aspects were secondary even then, just as they are for most of us now.

Today's featured whistlekick product is our line of sweatshirts. We have several styles, including pullover and zip-up, in a variety of colors. Check them out at our web store.

It was the Japanese swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, known to many today as the author of the Book of the Five Rings, who said that the more he looked for proficiency and efficiency in his training, the more he looked for proficiency and efficiency in all things. He began to look for the deeper purpose in everything that he did.

There's a story of a Master of the Japanese Tea Ceremony from the province of Tasa – a man without any martial arts skill but with great meditative and spiritual strength. He accidentally gave offense to a Samurai and was challenged to a duel...

Episode 44 - Sifu Angel Durinick
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Episode 44 - Sifu Angel Durinick

Sifu Angel Durinick - Episode 44 Always surround yourself with people who push you to make yourself a better person.

On today's episode we have Sifu Angel Durinick (Cummings) - a former competitor on the New England martial arts scene, which is how we connected with her. A lifelong martial artist training in multiple disciplines, Sifu Durinick joins us to share openly about her life. She speaks candidly about these difficulties and how her martial arts experience helped her.

This episode isn't a sob-fest, though. Quite the opposite, in fact. Sifu Durinick is clearly a strong and motivated woman, and you can't help but feel inspired listening to her speak.

Our featured product for this episode is our sparring gloves - comfortable, lightweight, durable and breathable.

Show Notes

Movies: Bloodsport, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, neither are available for streamingActors: Jackie Chan, Jet Li

The ladder scene that Sifu Durinick and I discussed wasn't from Rumble in the Bronx as I'd remembered, but from First Strike. Here it is below.

Episode 43 - Talking Chuck Norris
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Episode 43 - Talking Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris - Episode 43

We had some great feedback on our recent Bruce Lee episode, so we thought we'd give the same treatment to the legendary Chuck Norris. As with the other episode, we did a fair amount of research in an effort to give you information on the man that many know only by his role in Walker Texas Ranger or his endorsement of the Total Gym.

He is a legitimate martial artist and was a dominant competitor back in the 60s and 70s. He defeated a number of great names, including Joe Lewis, Skipper Mullins, Victor Moore, Ron Marchini and Steve Sanders.

Listen as we give you some real facts about the man and his past while answering questions such as - is he done making movies? How did he get started in acting? Was Tangsoodo really his first experience with the martial arts? And many more. You're not going to be a Chuck Norris expert when you're done listening, but you'll know more than you did before.

This episode's featured product is the NoSweat line of base layer tee shirts. 100% polyester, lightweight shirts are great under your uniform or for working out...or just hanging out.

For full show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/043-chuck-norris/

Episode 42 - Rabbi G
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Episode 42 - Rabbi G

Rabbi G - Episode 42 No matter what you're facing in your life, you can breathe in the light and blow out the darkness.

Today's episode of Martial Arts Radio is a bit different. You may have noticed that from the title - we haven't had a guest that uses a religious title over a martial arts one. However, today is special. We're joined by Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg who prefers to be called Rabbi G. We've mentioned the organization Kids Kicking Cancer on the show before, but this time we have the founder as our guest. Rabbi G is a martial artist, but he's taken his martial arts training in a very different direction.

Rather than attempt to summarize his story, you should just listen. Rabbi G speaks at length about his past and the various occurrences that ultimately led to his founding of the Kids Kicking Cancer organization.

 

 

Show Notes

Book: A Perfect God Created an Imperfect World Perfectly: 30 Life Lessons from Kids Kicking Cancer

The Pfizer / Jonas Brothers video that Rabbi G mentioned

kidskickingcancer.org - The organization that Rabbi G founded

You can find Rabbi G on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Today's featured product, whistlekick Shin Guards

 

Rabbi G's Bio

Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg (Rabbi G) holds a First Degree Black Belt in the Korean art of Choi Kwon Do. He first provided a therapeutic martial arts program when he was the Director at Camp Simcha from 1990 to 2002. Having lost his first child to leukemia at 2 years old, Rabbi Goldberg brings his personal experience and sensitivity to dealing with children and families facing life-threatening illness. His commitment to ease the pain of very sick children and his dream of bringing healing through the empowering focus of the martial arts resulted in the creation of the Kids Kicking Cancer organization in June, 1999. RabbiGoldberg was a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader's Award (2004) and the McCarty Cancer Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year Award (2004). He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Rabbi Goldberg received his BA from Yeshiva University, summa cum laude. Ordination and graduate training were also at Yeshiva University.

Episode 41 - The Martial Arts in MMA
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Episode 41 - The Martial Arts in MMA

Where is the Martial Arts in MMA?

On today's episode, we go deep into the world of mixed martial arts. There's a lot of talk lately about martial artists being bad fighters, the uselessness of traditional martial arts and a lot more. We explore those topics and a lot more as we separate the MMA from the TMA (traditional martial arts). This may prove to be a controversial episode, so hold on.

This episode's featured product - our t-shirts

UFC 5 - Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock

Sage Northcutt

Ronda Rousey refuses to touch gloves with Holly Holm

Movie Pick - All the best "my art is better than yours" movies are unavailable on Netflix, so this week's pick doesn't quite fit the theme of the show. Mortal Kombat

 

Episode 40 - Master Antony Graf
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Episode 40 - Master Antony Graf

I couldn't be happier with what we're doing, but I just don't want to be the person that is too comfortable. I want to try and grow and expand.

On today's show we're joined by Master Antony Graf, an amazing taekwondo practitioner from Florida. He was an alternate to the Olympic USA Taekwondo team in 2004 & 2008, a 7x member of the US National Team and Pan Am Games team, he took a silver medal at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, was twice on the ESPN "Titan Game" team, named USAT Athlete of the Year and has earned a multitude of medals in domestic and international competition.

Master Graf is also a martial arts school owner in Miami, Florida as well as a founding partner in Juice Athlete Compound - a company developed to offer programming and resources to athletes. We spend time talking about his competitive career, of course, but also go into his past and his love of the arts. It's a great episode, so check it out.

 

For full show notes please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/040-antony-graf/

Episode 39 - Talking Bruce Lee
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Episode 39 - Talking Bruce Lee

On today's episode, we dive into a bit of Bruce Lee's past and what ultimately made him the martial arts icon he is today. Could we ever have another like him? What might have happened if he lived on? We tackle these questions, more and also offer up some facts about the legend that you may not know about.

 

For full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/039-bruce-lee

Episode 38: Master Tanya Panizzo
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Episode 38: Master Tanya Panizzo

Master Tanya Panizzo: Episode 38 Instead of worrying on the belt, or worrying about your promoting and your ranking, be present in the moment. What do your feet feel like when they step onto the mat?

Master Tanya Panizzo is a lifelong martial artist and instructor in the WTF style of Taekwondo. As a school owner, promoter and competition coach, Master Panizzo displays her passion for the martial arts by helping to bring the best out of those she trains and trains with. After ten years in the automotive industry, she realized that her heart was not in her engineering job but in taekwondo. Listen as she discusses the whirlwind that was her life as she made this transition, the challenges involved and the success she has seen.

Show Notes

Movie: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Unavailable for Streaming)Actor: Jackie Chan

Though we were unable to find video proof, it does appear that Bruce Lee was a skilled dancer - specifically the Cha Cha.

Books: Living the Martial Way, The Book of the Samurai, Protecting the Gift

The kid imitating Bruce Lee's nunchaku routine from Game of Death.

MidWestTaekwondo.com & on Facebook

FightingSpiritSafety.com

Episode 37: November 26th, 2015
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Episode 37: November 26th, 2015

November 26th, 2015 - Episode 37

This episode has nothing to do with Thanksgiving.

  • We'll be interviewing the founder of the Kids Kicking Cancer organization mentioned on episode 35.
  • If you haven't checked out Episode 36 with Mr. John Graden, you should. Some of his points have a few people riled up which is creating great discussion.
  • Into the Badlands is out, and it's pretty good!

Today's featured product is the whistlekick Sparring Helmet. It's a more comfortable, longer-lasting take on the sparring helmets many of you are wearing.

“You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning Karate is not very different from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of Karate.” – Gichin Funakoshi

Movie of the week - Tai Chi Master starring Michelle Yeoh and Jet Li, available for streaming on Netflix.

News

Episode 36 - Mr. John Graden
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Episode 36 - Mr. John Graden

I think the decision to join a school starts with the leadership, so the first style to evaluate is the teaching style of the instructor.

Mr. John Graden is nothing if not a well-known figure in the martial arts community. The founder of several martial arts associations, student under numerous legends and now best-selling author, Mr. Graden knows the martial arts at several levels. A revered consultant on martial arts business, Mr. Graden joins us today to give a glimpse into his martial arts path. Having trained with high-caliber martial artists like Walt Bone and Joe Lewis, you know he has great stories. Not only does he deliver them, but with a sense of humor, too. Throughout the conversation Mr. Graden is ready to challenge martial arts convention and make you think with his logical criticisms of some of the ideas many martial artists (myself included) hold dear. This is an episode you may well be listening to more than once.

Your host, Jeremy

Show Notes

Movies: Enter the Dragon (unavailable for streaming), Raging Bull (unavailable for streaming), Excalibur (unavailable for streaming)

MartialArtsTeachers.com - Martial Arts Teacher's AssociationJohnGraden.com - Mr. Graden's personal website, including rare photos and links to his booksjohn@johngraden.com

Mr. Graden mentioned the Batman/Green Hornet crossover episode. It's titled "A Piece of the Action" and was released in 1967. Here's a clip with some highlights from that episode.

November 19, 2015 - Episode 35
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November 19, 2015 - Episode 35

November 19, 2015 - Episode 35

Featured Product - whistlekick Sparring Gloves. More comfortable, cut shorter & more durable than the competition. Check them out at our store.

Kids Kicking Cancer - remember we've already confirmed with the founder to be on the show. Look for that in the next few weeks.

If you haven't already, please check out Monday's episode with Mr. Richard Osborn. We talk a lot about competition and how it's shaped him.

Movie pick - Ip Man, available for streaming on Netflix.

Lastly, here's the quote and the image I mentioned: Martial Arts is one of the rare pursuits that will give back exactly, and only, what you put in.

Episode 34 - Mr. Richard Osborn, Jr.
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Episode 34 - Mr. Richard Osborn, Jr.

I'm still growing as a martial artist, I'm still trying to build. And I'm still trying to bring people along with me...

Today we're joined by Mr. Richard Osborn, a taekwondo practitioner, school owner, competitor and event promoter from Missouri. Mr. Osborn speaks warmly about his time as a competitor, often waking up early to travel hundreds of miles to attend an event. We've had some guests that have had strong ties to the competitive world, but perhaps none has been more influenced by their time in competition than Mr. Osborn.

 

For full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/034-richard-osborn

Episode 33 - November 12, 2015
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Episode 33 - November 12, 2015

Today's episode of Martial Arts Radio is new - our first ever non-interview episode. We'll be releasing one of these per week, but we need your help. We want to make this a great show, and just as you all have helped guide us with guest suggestions and other feedback, we want to ask the same of you here. Please give it a listen and let you know what you like and don't like about it.

Today we talk about AMC's upcoming show, Into the Badlands, which debuts Sunday.

Today's quote:

There is a difference between a fighter and a martial artist. A fighter is training for a purpose: he has a fight. I'm a martial artist. I don't train for a fight. I train for myself. I'm training all the time. My goal is perfection, but I will never reach perfection. - Georges St-Pierre.

Movie Pick:

Falcon Rising starring Michael Jai White

We end the show talking about the strong possibility that Karate will become an Olympic sport when Japan hosts in 2020.

Episode 32: Sensei Robb Buckland
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Episode 32: Sensei Robb Buckland

If we lead with a fighter's heart, that's all we can ask for. To change one student's life... that's a big thing.

I'll set the scene for you. We just finished up a day of exhibiting at a martial arts tournament and went out to eat with the promoter and a few others. I come back from getting my food at the buffet and see a man sitting at the chair across from me. The man is quite a bit larger than anyone else in the room, and when he shakes my hand, it becomes lost in his. Sensei Robb Buckland is, in a word, intimidating. However, the smile on his face evened out any intimidation I felt.

Throughout our meal, Sensei Buckland shared amazing stories with everyone at the table. He holds a black belt from Joe Lewis and knows many of our past guests very well. I knew that this man needed to come on the show as a guest, and he was quite willing. The stories on today's episode are as wonderful as any we've had, but they carry with them a sense of humor that (arguably) no guest has. There were times I had to mute my microphone to keep from laughing over his words, and I suspect you'll find yourself laughing as well.

That doesn't mean that you should question Sensei Buckland's skill. He is a skilled and legitimate martial artist and has trained with a vast number of amazing practitioners. A Google image search of his name will show you the legendary friends he has, and listening to this episode will help you understand why he has earned their respect. Enjoy.

 

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/032-robb-buckland

Episode 31: Mr. Cory Rose
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Episode 31: Mr. Cory Rose

Everybody thinks they know who they are, but I thought I knew who I was, too. And then I realized that I didn't, really.

Today's episode features Mr. Cory Rose, a taekwondo practitioner from Oklahoma. Mr. Rose is a longtime martial artist with a great story. We don't want to give away too much, but Mr. Rose credits his life to the arts, and in a far different way than other guests have done. We had a great conversation and discuss how martial arts has influenced his life as well as connected a number of dots on his path. A humble man, Mr. Rose opens up about every subject that comes up, which makes for a great episode.

 

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/031-cory-rose

Episode 30 - Master Gordon White
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Episode 30 - Master Gordon White

On episode 30 we're joined by Master Gordon White, a WTF taekwondo practitioner, instructor, school owner, organization president and former international-level gold medal competitor. That's quite the resume. (For those of you unfamiliar with taekwondo, no, WTF doesn't stand for that thing you may think it does - it stands for World Taekwondo Federation, which is the style of taekwondo sparring that's in the Olympics.) Master White and I are extended taekwondo family, as both he and my instructor trained under the same man. I guess that makes him my Uncle. Well, whatever it makes him, we had a great conversation and really dug into some deep subject matter. I hope you enjoy this episode.

~jeremy

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/030-gordon-white

Episode 29 - Kyoshi Dave Kovar
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Episode 29 - Kyoshi Dave Kovar

I probably still do tons wrong, I still don't have all the answers, but I'm a lot better than I was ten years ago.

On this episode, we have Kyoshi Dave Kovar, an exciting martial artist, and an incredible teacher. I met Kyoshi Kovar back in July at the Super Summer Seminars event, the same place I met Sensei Katie Murphy and a number of other amazing martial artists. I was fortunate enough to work with him during a self-defense seminar and I was blown away. His reputation is certainly deserved.

Kyoshi Kovar was kind enough to appear on the show and we had a great conversation. As with most of our guests, he absolutely loves the martial arts, but I might venture that his love is greater than most. Not content with being a great martial arts instructor, Kyoshi Kovar is now regarded as an excellent instructor of instructors - both of martial arts skills as well as martial arts business.

~jeremy / Founder & Host

For full show notes, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/029-dave-kovar

Episode 28 - Mr. Mike Chat
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Episode 28 - Mr. Mike Chat

On episode 28 we're joined by a very well-known martial artists, Mr. Mike Chat. Mr. Chat is probably best known for his role as the Blue Ranger in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, but there's a lot more on his resume. From television to movies to the competition circuit, Mr. Chat has done just about everything there is to do as a martial artist. He's the co-founder of XMA - Xtreme Martial Arts - which has become a global martial arts system.

Mr. Chat joined us by phone from California as we talk about all of it - honestly, we learn a lot about him during this episode. From the reverence he has for Sammon Hung to his adoration for his original instructor, Mr. Chat is very quick to give credit to others for helping him reach his successes.

 

For full show notes, including Mr. Chat's movie picks, please visit: 

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/028-mike-chat

Episode 27: Mr. Cecil Washington
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Episode 27: Mr. Cecil Washington

Today's episode is with Mr. Cecil Washington, founder of the blended martial arts style of Cecil Ryu. Mr. Washington trains and teaches in Maryland. His background is diverse, with training primarily in Taekwondo and Judo. As passionate about the martial arts as any of our previous guests, Mr. Washington and I had a good chat, and one that went on quite a bit longer than what we recorded. I thoroughly enjoy talking to our guests, especially when they have interesting things to say. This conversation was full of wonderful tangents, the best reading list yet from a guest as well as wonderfully entertaining stories, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

 

For full show notes, please visit

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/027-cecil-washington

Episode 26: Shihan Christine Bannon-Rodrigues
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Episode 26: Shihan Christine Bannon-Rodrigues

When we decided to launch this podcast, and it became clear I'd be the one hosting it, I had a few goals. First, I wanted our show to be something martial artists loved to listen to. Second, I wanted to bring on world-famous guests that would lend credibility to the show. Third, I wanted to interview my martial arts heroes. I can't promise we've done the first, but I can certainly say that the second and third goals have happened. The latest in that line of heroes is Shihan Christine Bannon-Rodrigues.

Shihan Bannon-Rodrigues is a legend in the martial arts world, having achieved every goal she set out for in the sport martial arts world. I remember her from the 90s, as a teenager on the competitive circuit. Everyone knew who she was, especially in New England. Some would refer to her by first name only, and everyone knew who she was.

Pardon my gushing here but it truly was an honor to speak to Shihan Chris, as she asked me to call her. We had a great chat and she was very open with her stories. Shihan Christine Bannon-Rodrigues is an incredible martial artist that has rounded out her resume with competition, instruction, acting, stunt work and choreography. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation.

 

For full show notes please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/026-shihan-chr…nnon-rodrigues

Episode 25 : Sifu Alan Goldberg
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Episode 25 : Sifu Alan Goldberg

Today we're joined by Sifu Alan Goldberg. You may know Sifu Goldberg from a variety of ways, be it as the publisher of Action Martial Arts Magazine, The Annual Hall of Honors gathering in New Jersey or as a highly acclaimed Wing Chung instructor. As with all of the guests we have here on Martial Arts Radio, Sifu Goldberg loves the martial arts. But unlike other guests, he's found numerous ways to make it part of his life. From teaching to his events to helping others build their businesses and promote movies, Sifu Goldberg is as busy a man as I've met. We had a great conversation and I enjoyed my time with him.

 

Full show notes available at 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/025-sifu-alan-goldberg/

Episode 24: Sensei Samuel Gagnon
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Episode 24: Sensei Samuel Gagnon

 Today we're joined by Sensei Samuel Gagnon from Montreal, Canada. Sensei Gagnon is an accomplished kenpo karate martial artist as not only a competitor, but also as a coach and instructor. He's been involved in a number of martial arts teams, and has several world titles under his belt. His story is one of a man that truly loves the martial arts and he's dedicated his life to it. It's hard not to feel sentimental listening to him talk about the sport and the lifestyle that means so much to him. 

 

For full show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/024-sensei-samuel-gagnon/

Episode 23: Sensei Terry Dow
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Episode 23: Sensei Terry Dow

I first met Sensei Dow during the planning stages of our Superfoot Seminar, with Bill "Superfoot" Wallace (who was on the show). Through that process I learned we had a lot of mutual martial arts friends and what a great martial artist he is.

Sensei Dow operates a martial arts and fitness studio in Manchester, NH that is also the official Northeast headquarters for Superfoot Systems - the kickboxing system created by Bill Wallace. Those are certainly big shoes to fill, but I can personally attest that if anyone can fill them, it's Sensei Dow.

As with all of our guests, though, it was more Sensei Dow's story that I wanted to hear. Sure, his relationship with Superfoot was a critical part of his life - but how did he meet him? What chain of events led him to where he is now? Well, we have the answers in this episode.

For full show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/023-sensei-terry-dow/

Episode 22: Sensei Katie Murphy
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Episode 22: Sensei Katie Murphy

I first met Sensei Katie Murphy at the 2015 Super Summer Seminars in Herkimer, NY. I met a lot of tremendous martial artists that weekend and made some good friends, that's for sure. There was something about Sensei Murphy that stuck with me, though.

Katie Murphy is the real deal; a kind person, an exceptional martial artist and a gifted teacher. I took away a lot from my time in her seminar that weekend and I knew I had to reach out to her to be on the show. Fortunately, she agreed and we had a great time recording this episode. Sensei Murphy offers an inspiring martial arts tale that is full of candor and complexity. Many listeners will surely relate to things that she says about her time training, including such challenges as dealing with boredom in the martial arts. I hope you enjoy this episode.

 

For full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/022-sensei-katie-murphy/

Episode 21: Professor Brannon Beliso
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Episode 21: Professor Brannon Beliso

This episode is with Professor Brannon Beliso, a Kenpo Karate practitioner, instructor, school owner and martial arts consultant from the bay area of California. Professor Beliso grew up with martial arts, first training under his father, Lenny Beliso. We talk about his early childhood and love for the martial arts, some missteps he made on his path and how all of it combined to bring him to where he is today.

If there's one thing you'll pick up instantly from Professor Beliso, it's his passion for life. It's clear that this man loves what he's doing and where he is. If you're feeling down or in need of some inspiration, this will be a great episode to listen to.

For full show notes please visit the episode page of our website.

Episode 20: GrandMaster Victor Moore
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Episode 20: GrandMaster Victor Moore

This episode is with an amazing man, GrandMaster Victor Moore. Often referred to as Vic Moore, this man is the real deal and some have referred to him as "the Jackie Robinson of Martial Arts." I must confess that I originally found some of his stories difficult to believe. When we first spoke, which was a week before we recorded this episode, I was floored at what he said. After that lengthy phone call I went off to do some research. I scoured the internet and spoke with martial artists that remember the 60s and 70s. I came back with a unanimous sentiment - GrandMaster Moore is the real deal, and what he says is the truth.

There are a few people in the martial arts that have interacted with a number of the greats. We've had some of them on this show, but no one to this time has known more of the greats than this man. I had a lot of fun listening to his stories, and you'll hear through the episode that I learned to just listen when he spoke. Even today he is a force in the martial arts and one that I was honored to speak with.

We discussed quite a few famous people in this episode, including Bruce Lee, George Dillman, Rod van Clief, Skipper Mullins, Jhoon Rhee, Melvin Wise, John Osaka, Ron Williams, Ray Hughes, Harvey Eubanks, Mike Foster, Ed Parker, Robert Trias, Joe Lewis, Mike Stone, Bill Wallace.

Show notes here.

Episode 19: Hanshi George Alexander
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Episode 19: Hanshi George Alexander

This week's episode is with Hanshi George Alexander, Shorin Ryu practitioner and president of the International Shorin Ryu Karate Kobudo Federation. His martial arts history dates back to 1964 and he's been very active ever since. Along the way, he's trained with some amazing people and racked up a long list of ranks held in different styles. He shared a lot of wonderful stories and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to him. Hanshi Alexander represents the "old school" of martial arts well and is truly passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience.

Episode 18: Master Leonard Yordan
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Episode 18: Master Leonard Yordan

"Be the best person that you can be, and that's how you end up paying things forward, because you make somebody else better by being that way, too."

This week's episode is with Master Leonard Yordan, a tae kwon do practitioner from Vermont. He and I go back quite a few years as I've trained with his Dad since 2006. But I didn't bring him on because of that relationship. Even before I knew him well I knew how unique he was. Master Yordan has a presence that draws others in. He's an exceptional martial artist and instructor, as anyone that has witnessed his classes or competition can attest to. That magnetic personality comes through in this episode with some incredible stories that get quite personal at times.

We've heard from a few of Master Yordan's students in past episodes, specifically episode #2 and #15. Listening to these episodes as a set you can get a good idea of who Master Yordan is from different perspectives as his students mention him specifically. I've had the pleasure of training with "Master Y" on a number of occasions and have found him to be an exceptional instructor.

Episode 17: Sensei Earl Smith
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Episode 17: Sensei Earl Smith

Episode 17 is with Sensei Earl Smith, an instructor & practitioner of Kenpo-Jujitsu as well as Escrima. I've had the opportunity to train with Sensei Smith a few times and I can honestly say that he loves what he does. His passion for the arts comes through in this episode as we find ourselves referring to love for the martial arts as a zombie-like infection. I admit, the analogy sounds odd, but when you listen, I think you'll understand it better.

There are those that teach martial arts to better themselves, or for their job, or out of duty to pass on what they've learned. Every one of those reasons is honorable and valid, yet Sensei Smith seems to find a fourth reason - he truly loves martial arts.

Episode 16: Hanshi Jim Smith
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Episode 16: Hanshi Jim Smith

"And we're all trying to do the same thing - we're trying to teach. To me, it just opened my horizons tremendously.  And I think I'm a better teacher for it."

This episode is with Hanshi Jim Smith, a Goju practitioner from New York and the founder of the Goju-Te style of Karate. Despite holding a 10th dan (degree) rank, Hanshi smith is as humble a black belt as I've met and also an avid competitor. In fact, I don't know of anyone that competes as actively as Hanshi Smith. It's clear that he loves martial arts and loves competing, so I was excited to get him on the show.

I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation as Hanshi Smith shared wonderful stories and great insights. I'm sure we could have talked all day, and I look forward to our next conversation.

Episode 15: Master Fred Forsberg
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Episode 15: Master Fred Forsberg

On today's show we have Master Fred Forsberg, a tae kwon do practitioner from Vermont. As with many of the guests you've heard on the show, I know Master Forsberg somewhat as we train in the same group of tae kwon do schools. But, as with most people, there's a lot more to who they are than the bit they share on a daily basis, and Master Forsberg was no different. He welcomed me into his home and shared his stories, as openly and honestly as anyone has. Again, as with other guests, we see how martial arts training has helped him through some difficult times. So here we go.

Episode 14: Bill "Superfoot" Wallace
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Episode 14: Bill "Superfoot" Wallace

"Have a blast. Have an absolute ball. Because it's something you can do absolutely forever, your entire life. And it's just fun... so do it."

What can you say about Bill Wallace that hasn't already been said? An amazing martial artist, undefeated fighter and the greatest kicker ever...he truly deserves the name Superfoot. In his 70s, Mr. Wallace can still put his foot on your head before you can move, and without stretching. His is a legacy that has been well documented and I was completely honored to get the time to talk to him.

In this episode, we hear stories about Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Joe Lewis and some other names you may recognize. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did recording. Actually, that's probably impossible, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

Show Notes Here

Episode 13: Master Freddie LaPan
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Episode 13: Master Freddie LaPan

Today's episode is with an amazing martial artist and a bit of a home-grown hero. Master LaPan isn't physically intimidating or aggressive, yet he's achieved tremendous success fighting across the globe. I can personally attest to his amazing footwork and dominance in the sparring ring. Yet, there's a lot more to this man than what he does in the ring and I was able to record him talking about it. I only knew Freddie (as he asked me to call him) a bit before we sat down for this episode, but I'd say I know him much better now.

His story exemplifies the notion of getting up when knocked down. With multiple joint replacements at a young age, Master LaPan persevered where most would have quit. He continues to train and teach, most recently starting a competition seminar series titled Ultimate Edge. I missed attending the last seinar due to a prior commitment, but I'm looking forward to getting my turn at training with this gifted martial artist.

Episode 12: Master Joe Lenahan
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Episode 12: Master Joe Lenahan

This episode is with Vermont tae kwon do instructor & school owner Master Joe Lenahan. Master Lenahan and I have been friends for many years and I'm lucky enough to train with him from time to time. He's been training quite a long time and is truly passionate about martial arts. Unlike many of our guests, he's a quiet person and it took a little convincing to get him on the show. But I'm glad that we did as he had great stories and insights to share, as I knew he would.

Episode 11 - Doshu Allan Viernes
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Episode 11 - Doshu Allan Viernes

Today's episode is with Doshu Allan Viernes, a martial arts instructor, competitor and school owner from Maine. I've known of Doshu Viernes for many years and even attended a sparring class with a friend at his dojo back in the 90s. He's the Grand Master of jukado, a style developed by his Mother.

Our conversation was a deep one as we explored the psychological benefits of martial arts training during his time in the military. He has some excellent insights that really got me thinking. Doshu Allan has great stories to tell and I'm sure we only scratched the surface during our discussion. I thoroughly enjoyed our time together and I hope that comes through.

Episode 10: Master Brendan Goodall
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Episode 10: Master Brendan Goodall

This week's episode of the show is with a man I know very well, Master Brendan Goodall. I've known him for my entire time in tae kwon do and am happy to call him friend and brother. (We're not related by blood, but his family has been very kind to me). Past listeners will notice the lack of a formal title in addressing Master Goodall - and that was intentional. Brendan and I agreed that in order to give the best interview possible, it needed to be natural... and calling him anything but Brendan would have been unnatural.

We had a good time with this chat and in listening to it later, I think that comes through. This was also the first time using the portable recording studio, and I was quite pleased with the quality. Our discussion had some interesting turns, including a point where you get to learn a bit about me and my martial arts background. I truly hope this one is as fun to listen to as it was for us to record.

Episode 9: Shihan Andy Campbell
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Episode 9: Shihan Andy Campbell

This episode of Martial Arts Radio is with a man I've grown to like a great deal, despite only knowing him for a short time. Shihan Andy Campbell is about as passionate about the martial arts as anyone I've met, and he does nothing to hide that fact. As a full-time Shotokan karate school owner, he speaks openly about the joy he takes in sharing his knowledge. An accomplished martial arts competitor, Shihan Andy Campbell continues to compete alongside his friends, family and students.

Episode 8: Eddie Andujar
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Episode 8: Eddie Andujar

On today's show we have Eddie Andujar, a karate practitioner from Massachusetts. I've gotten to know Mr. Andujar a bit from the martial arts events I visit through whistlekick, and really liked his story. Honestly, it's not  always a happy one, even compared to some  of our past guests. But it's a good story and there's a lot to take away from it. The martial arts has played a tremendous role in Eddie's life, and I think you'll agree that he's taken a lot from it.

Episode 7 - Master Liza Jost
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Episode 7 - Master Liza Jost

Today's episode of the podcast features a great interview with a woman that I didn't know very well, despite having many mutual friends and acquaintances. Master Liza Jost is a long-time tae kwon do student from Vermont now living abroad. She's calling Germany home for now but was in Thailand during our interview. Our conversation was a great one and it's clear that she has maturity and insight beyond her 20-something years.

Episode 6: Shihan Wayne Mello
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Episode 6: Shihan Wayne Mello

This week's episode of whistlekick Martial Arts Radio features an interview with a man I respect very much. As both an individual and a martial artist, Shihan Mello is great. I was lucky enough to meet him in my teens on the tournament circuit and then attend college in a town where I could train with him. I've always remembered those years fondly as I learned a great deal from him.

Episode 5: Master Adam Grogin
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Episode 5: Master Adam Grogin

On this week's episode of whistlekick Martial Arts Radio we interview Master Adam Grogin, a lifelong tae kwon do student turned instructor, competitor and tournament promoter. I've very quickly learned what an impressive man he is and how dedicated he is to growing the martial arts in his area, through both competition and building relationships.

Our chat was a great one and we discussed a lot of great points - his thoughts on competition and instruction, his martial arts heroes and he even tells some great stories about past tournaments. Enjoy!

Episode 4: "Machina" Michelle Moreau
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Episode 4: "Machina" Michelle Moreau

This week's interview is with an old friend, Michelle Moreau, though her martial arts family calls her "Machina." She's a nine-year tae kwon do veteran and black belt hailing from Vermont. I'm not sure when I first met Machina, but she's been around as long as I've been training martial arts in Vermont. We had a good chat, and things got emotional when we talked about the struggles martial arts has helped her through. I'm sure you'll enjoy this episode.

Episode 1: Master Huzon Alexander
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Episode 1: Master Huzon Alexander

Today's interview is with Master Huzon Alexander, a martial arts instructor from southern Vermont. I first met Master Alexander 20 years ago when we were both competing on the New England martial arts circuit. I stepped away from competition for a while, but when I came back to start whistlekick, he was one of the first people to offer his support. It only seemed fitting that he be the first guest on whistlekick Martial Arts Radio.

In this episode we talk about Master Alexander's martial arts history, especially his time in competition. He's competed in more martial arts disciplines than anyone I know and had tremendous success. It's an inspirational interview with an inspiring man. I hope you enjoy it.

Episode 2: Mr. Glen Stafford
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Episode 2: Mr. Glen Stafford

Today’s interview is with Mr. Glen Stafford, a tae kwon do practitioner and a good friend. We met here in Vermont through affiliated martial arts schools, though he now lives in Tennessee. Mr. Stafford’s story is one that spans four decades, a thousand miles and includes a pretty amazing journey through a medical setback. It’s an inspirational interview and one that you won’t want to miss.

Episode 3: Sabumnim Jake Daniele
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Episode 3: Sabumnim Jake Daniele

Today's interview is with Sabumnim Jake Daniele, a tae kwon do instructor from Freeport, Maine. I met Sabumnim Jake on the IPPONE competition circuit in 2014. The first time I met him was at a tournament in Sanford, Maine, when we had our booths setup next to each other. This was the first event whistlekick operated the now-(sort of) famous pushup challenge. Sabumnim Jake saw that few people were engaging with it, so he pushed a lot of his students to participate, which made the whole day a lot more fun for us.

In this episode of whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, Sabumnim Jake and I talk about his 20-year history in tae kwon do and how his martial arts school puts a strong emphasis on family. It's a great interview with a young man who will, I have no doubt, leave a strong and positive mark on the martial arts world through his lifetime.

Episode 225 - Sensei Ando Interviews Jeremy on Fight for a Happy Life
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Episode 225 - Sensei Ando Interviews Jeremy on Fight for a Happy Life

This episode is a rebroadcast of Episode 51 of Fight for a Happy Life with Sensei Ando Mierzwa where he interviewed Jeremy about more of his personal side and of course, how to fight for a happy life!

 

Episode 224 - Grandmaster James Faralli
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Episode 224 - Grandmaster James Faralli

Grand Master James Faralli is a Hapkido instructor and the force behind the American Hapkido Alliance.

Grand Master James Faralli - Episode 224

I have an addictive personality, which translates as whatever happens to be that I am into, I have to be a hundred and ten percent...

Most people struggle to move forward in life when they start out under unfortunate circumstances. Some even perpetuate the troubles that held them back. Today’s guest, Grand Master James Faralli, is not one of those people. He belongs to an immigrant family from Germany that went straight to live on a military base and his experience was far from great. Grand Master Faralli is a military man who later on suffered an injury that would threaten his martial arts career. Let’s listen to his extraordinary story of his journey of acceptance, hard-work, and resilience in the martial arts.

 

Episode 223 - Getting Teens Into Martial Arts
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Episode 223 - Getting Teens Into Martial Arts

Episode 222 - Mr. Julio Fernandez
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Episode 222 - Mr. Julio Fernandez

Mr. Julio Fernandez is an accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner who hails from Brazil, now living in Vermont, USA.

Mr. Julio Foca Fernandez - Episode 222

Sometimes, our love for another career or sport can bring us to martial arts. This is true for Mr. Julio Fernandez who was a pro surfer prior to his commitment to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has called only one man his instructor, a man with a very recognizable name. Mr. Fernandez is a true multi-talented martial artist who has great love for teaching what he has learned. Listen to the episode to know more about the story of Mr. Julio Fernandez.

 

Episode 221 - KickAI - Interview with Founder Jan-Eric Wargelin
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Episode 221 - KickAI - Interview with Founder Jan-Eric Wargelin

In this episode, Jeremy talks with Jan-Eric Wargelin from Helsinki, Finland. He is the founder of KickAI and a Taekwondo practitioner.

KickAI - Interview with Founder Jan-Eric Wargelin - Episode 221

KickAi is an app-based hardware product for martial artists that helps in improving kicks. It allows you to record and analyze data of your training. Listen to Jeremy as he talks with Mr. Jan-Eric Wargelin about this innovative product, for us, Martial Artists!

While we're excited for Kick.AI, please know that we are not officially endorsing the product. Further, we received no money for this episode nor do we receive a commission if you purchase. We simply wanted to share something new and exciting with our listeners.

Episode 220 - Mr. Scott Bolon
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Episode 220 - Mr. Scott Bolon

Mr. Scott Bolon is a regular listener of the show and he is currently training in several martial arts disciplines.

Mr. Scott Bolon - Episode 220

...Martial arts is a grind, its about repetitions. Its about creating that natural automatic movement and so you can't burn out...

Training with four different martial arts disciplines at the same time is not a simple feat. Our guest for today, Mr. Scott Bolon, is definitely a person on a mission to prove that failure is not a reason to quit but a fuel to success. Let us listen to the story of Mr. Bolon’s journey into the martial arts and how he emerged as a winner despite how hard the situation in his life was.

 

   

 

 

Episode 219 - How whistlekick Gear was Born
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Episode 219 - How whistlekick Gear was Born

In this episode, Jeremy talks about how whistlekick Sparring Gear and Apparel came into life. 

How whistlekick Gear was Born - Episode 219

Some of you listeners might be dying to know the whole story about how whistlekick Sparring Gear and Apparel become the go to gear that we love today. Well, this is your lucky day. Jeremy talks about the idea, the plan, and the product. Yes, from start to finish. You will know about the toughest as well as the happiest part of the journey in creating whistlekick. Let's listen to Jeremy as he unfolds the story of whistlekick.

Episode 218 - Sifu Rick Wong
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Episode 218 - Sifu Rick Wong

Sifu Rick Wong is a martial artist and physical therapist raised in New York and now living in Massachusetts.

Sifu Rick Wong - Episode 218

One’s affinity for martial arts may come from their heritage. That is definitely the case for Sifu Rick Wong who fell in love with martial arts as soon as he saw Kung fu movies. Kung fu has taught him to be resilient with challenges, and to keep quitting off his list of options. Sifu Wong has trained with some of the pillars of Chinese martial arts, including the great Sifu Bow-sim Mark. Certainly, he has become successful with his career as a Physical Therapist, a father, and a martial artist.

 

Episode 217 - Top 5 Things Wrong with Martial Artists
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Episode 217 - Top 5 Things Wrong with Martial Artists

In this episode, Jeremy talks about some of the things that make martial artists look bad for other people and martial arts itself.

Top 5 Things Wrong with Martial Artists - Episode 217

We are not perfect. That is true for everyone of us whether be martial artist or not because it is simply how we are as people. We have mistakes that we commit and wrongs that we do. As martial artists, we must be open to be criticized for these things so that we have a bigger room for improving both our art and self. In this episode, Jeremy analyzes the common and most important things that we as martial artists do wrong. Listen to learn more!

Episode 216 - Shihan Chris Casamassa
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Episode 216 - Shihan Chris Casamassa

Shihan Chris Casamassa is a martial artist, school owner, and actor best known for his role as Scorpion in the Mortal Kombat films.

Shihan Chris Casamassa - Episode 216

...After that you know martial arts, what I found is it's one of those things that if you don't use it, you'll lose it...

Shihan Chris Casamassa as Scorpion[/caption]

Nearly everyone loves movies, and for the majority of our listeners - and guests- martial arts movies are an opportunity to see the pursuit we're so passionate about brought to the next level. For Shihan Casamassa, though, everything is at that next level. His time in competition, his pursuit of acting, his writing, his teaching - all of them exemplify the whistlekick motto - never settle.

He's worked with the best, and his acting had him side by side with legends, including some past guests of this show. Through it all, he's maintained an open mind and a willingness to continue working as hard as he ever has.

Episode 215 - Taking a Break from Martial Arts
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Episode 215 - Taking a Break from Martial Arts

In this episode, Jeremy talks about the importance of taking a break from your martial arts training.

Taking a Break from Martial Arts – Episode 215

Let us admit, we need to take a break sometimes from all the stuffs that we do like work, school and all other things that keep us busy. We can say the same about our martial arts training. Taking a break from the physicality of the art can give you a new sense of direction and make you feel refreshed. It can help us reflect on the right things so we can put them on the right perspective. Listen to the episode and find out how to make your breaks worthwhile.

Episode 214 - Grandmaster David Oliver
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Episode 214 - Grandmaster David Oliver

Grandmaster David Oliver - Episode 214

...You trained a lot longer, you got more experience in life than they are. And mainly, to be honest with them and not to try and make out that you're someone you're not.

There are times in life where success doesn't seem possible. At a listener's suggestion, I reached out to GM David Oliver and invited him to come on the show. He accepted, but the hurdles we jumped through to make this episode happen were unlike anything I've experienced in the history of the show. From various technical issues to scheduling challenges, it seemed that some greater force was trying to keep me from speaking with him. Fortunately, Grandmaster Oliver was accommodating and we were able to work through everything.

In the end, the episode came out great. This is a man with more than 50 years in Taekwondo. Someone who actually knew General Choi. He's dedicated his life to martial arts and now the organization he oversees has more than 25,000 members. It was an honor to speak with him and I hope you take as much wisdom from our conversation as I did.

Episode 213 - Martial Arts Humor
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Episode 213 - Martial Arts Humor

In this episode, Jeremy talks about how humor and laughter can make martial arts both interesting and fun at the same time.

Martial Arts Humor - Episode 213

Most people, especially those who are unfamiliar, look at martial arts as serious and physically challenging. In reality, it's actually very funny. From the names of the moves to teachers who use humor and even Chuck Norris "facts." If you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? This episode is all about the lighter side of what we do, and how it has an impact on not only who you are, but your training. Listen as Jeremy explains how laughter can make things better and more!

 

Episode 212 - Sifu Jean Lukitsh
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Episode 212 - Sifu Jean Lukitsh

Sifu Jean Lukitsh is a Chinese martial arts practitioner from Boston with connections to some very famous martial artists.

Sifu Jean Lukitsh - Episode 212

"I just saw a miracle, she held that woman up all by herself!" and I said, that wasn't a miracle, that was Kung Fu. They all laughed but its true. 

It was from a recent conversation with an upcoming guest that I learned about Sifu Jean Lukitsh. After exchanging a few emails I knew this would be one incredible interview. As the photos arrived featuring Sifu Lukitsh and everyone from Donnie Yen to Jackie Chan, it was clear that we'd hear some great stories. Having trained under Bow-sim Mark, Donnie Yen's Mother, Sifu Jean Lukitsh has ties to some incredible martial artists, but it was her passion and dedication that originally brought her to Boston.

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Episode 211 - Improving Martial Arts Events
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Episode 211 - Improving Martial Arts Events

In this episode, Jeremy talks about a number of ways you can improve your martial arts events.

Improving Martial Arts Events - Episode 211

Are you thinking about organizing an event for your martial arts school? Maybe, you are in the planning stage of your first event or already preparing for another one. Well, this episode is for you. Jeremy breaks down some of the important details of organizing a martial arts event including how to make their attendance worth their time and money. In the fast-paced world that we are living in, making these events worthwhile, not only for the students but for instructors as well, is definitely the way to a successful event. Listen to the episode and find out more!

Episode 210 - Mr. John Stork
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Episode 210 - Mr. John Stork

Mr. John Stork is not your typical martial artist. Aside from training with two of the show’s wonderful guests, he is a talented circus and street performer with a solid foundation in martial arts. John’s love for the arts was drawn from his fascination in movies and television, just like many of us. An accomplished individual with great experiences, he shares his stories and aspirations here on the show.

We've mentioned our sparring gear on the show a fair amount - because it's our bread and butter. It's the thing we started making because we wanted it so badly, and it's the way we finance everything else, like this show. We've had a lot of support from listeners over the last couple years, but if you're a school owner or buyer for a pro shop, please check out our wholesale site. We'd love to earn your business.

Episode 209 - How the World Sees Martial Artists
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Episode 209 - How the World Sees Martial Artists

In this episode, Jeremy talks about how martial artists look from both outside and inside the martial arts. How the World Sees Martial Artists - Episode 209

Let’s face it, there are different opinions about martial artists - both from a non-martial arts perspective and even from other martial artists. Does the world favor martial artists or do they just see us as violent individuals? This episode covers a controversial theme and you will have to listen to find out.

Episode 208 – Sensei JD Swanson
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Episode 208 – Sensei JD Swanson

Many of us dream of training with martial arts heroes – those we look up to so much. Sensei J.D. Swanson has done more than dream, he’s been fortunate enough to train with a number of karate greats. Sensei Swanson has been successful not only in martial arts but in academics, as a University Professor.

 

Episode 207 - Why There Is No Right Way
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Episode 207 - Why There Is No Right Way

Every one is unique and so is their training. However, we cannot seem to stop comparing our journey to other people’s journey and we criticize others to the point that we impose our ways on them. That simply makes no sense. There are different disciplines, combinations, and dynamics that go along with Martial Arts such that we cannot simply have a single, right way. Listen to Jeremy as he dissects Martial Arts as a unique experience for every artist and more.

Episode 206 - Soke Newton James
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Episode 206 - Soke Newton James

As our show has grown, so has our reach. We're being listened to in more countries (134 at last count) and we're hearing from more international guests. Today's guest is both international and American, at least when it comes to martial arts. Soke Newton James was born in Jamaica, and that's when he found karate. Life finds him in the US now, and we're fortunate enough to have him on the show.

Episode 205 - Martial Arts Basics Drills
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Episode 205 - Martial Arts Basics Drills

In this episode, we'll go over Jeremy's Top 12 drills for getting better at martial arts basics.

Martial Arts Basics Drills - Episode 205

Let's face it, practicing your basics can get tedious. It doesn't matter how important you understand them to be, how fundamental they are, they're... basic. The more exciting they can become, they more you'll practice, and the better the martial artist you'll become. Here are Jeremy's Top 12 Drills for Martial Arts basics. Of course, there's much more detail in the episode.

  1. Stationary
  2. Moving
  3. With your eyes closed
  4. Facing a mirror
  5. Aiming at a target
  6. For power on a heavy bag
  7. For speed (see Episode 203 - Developing Speed for more)
  8. With a moving target
  9. As part of a cardio workout
  10. Slowly
  11. With visualization
  12. In forms

 

Episode 204 - Dr. Peder Piering
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Episode 204 - Dr. Peder Piering

Dr. Peder Piering is a Taekwondo practitioner from Wisconsin and author of the book Master Mental Toughness.

Dr. Peder Piering - Episode 204

Most often the competition is with yourself. Can I make this stretch a little bit further? Can I kick fraction of an inch higher?How can I not perfect your form but get that form does as well as it can possibly be done and this competition happens day in and day out.

Today's guest has a story that will resonate for many of us - especially those who started martial arts as an adult. Dr. Peder Piering discovered martial arts could not only bring his family closer together, it allowed him to rediscover the joy he had as a competitive athlete in his earlier years. As a sports psychologist, he's learned how each of the two sides of his life not only brings value to the other but to his clients.

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Episode 203 - Developing Speed
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Episode 203 - Developing Speed

We all understand the importance of getting faster as martial artists, but how often do we work on it? And if you want to work on it, how do you go about it? This episode covers a number of concepts and drills that will help you get faster at everything you do.

Episode 202 - Mr. Ron Amram
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Episode 202 - Mr. Ron Amram

Mr. Ron Amram is a multi-disciplined martial arts instructor and school owner from Australia with an excellent story.

Mr. Ron Amram - Episode 202

 I don't have a dial, I have a switch - it's on its off, you know there is no 30%, there is no 50%, there is no 70%, I do 100% right on. And with the Martial Arts at the moment, it's completely on.

When I first learned of Mr. Ron Amram it was on his blog, which is part of his school's website. As I read through an article I found myself nodding along - feeling like he and I could have had the same upbringing. I was reading an article written by someone who understood not only the traditions we hold dear in martial arts, but also made space for improving on those traditions where it made sense.

Which is why I am so pleased to have him on the show today. Mr. Amram is kind, open and funny. I enjoyed my time with him and I hope you do as well.

Need some sparring gloves? Our traditionally-styled martial arts gloves bring you more comfort than any other style of glove - they're breathable and lightweight, yet still tournament legal. Check them out at whistlekick.com - and yes we do ship internationally.

Episode 201 - 200th Episode Debrief
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Episode 201 - 200th Episode Debrief

Episode 200 - whistlekick Martial Arts Radio Live Show Celebration
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Episode 200 - whistlekick Martial Arts Radio Live Show Celebration

For episode 200 we recorded and streamed live over both Facebook Live and Instagram. We saved the video, which you can watch below. You can also listen to the audio. Thank you to everyone that helped make the show a success, especially all of the listeners.

Episode 199 - Question & Answer #3
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Episode 199 - Question & Answer #3

On today's episode, we bring you the third installment of our question and answer series, as well as give you some information on the upcoming episode 200.

Question & Answer #3 - Episode 199

On this episode, we answer the following questions from listeners:

  • How much do the skills learned in one martial art translate to another?
  • Will the diversity of kicks used by Yair Rodriguez in his defeat of BJ Penn mean more interest in traditional martial arts like karate, taekwondo or kung fu?
  • What is the right amount of contact for martial arts training?
  • What would you say to someone that wants to start martial arts but feels that it's not something they're able to do?

Episode 198 - Mr. Mark Divine
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Episode 198 - Mr. Mark Divine

Mr. Mark Divine is a former Navy SEAL and author with deep roots in traditional karate. He's a powerful speaker with solid advice.

Mr. Mark Divine - Episode 198

Every MartialArt was an evolution of a former art and now it's time to look at them and say ok, preserve the integrity of the original but let's evolve this for both modern era and western mind.

Mr. Mark Divine is a man I respected long before we set up this conversation. As an author, a SEAL, legendary coach in the CrossFit community and proponent of developing mental strength, he's been doing great work for a long time. I knew his background included a fair amount of martial arts, but I had no idea how much - or how strongly he attributed his personal growth to that foundation.

If there's one element of sparring gear we're known for, it's really our boots. While all of our gear is comfortable, durable and lightweight, our sparring boots are the closest option you'll find to sparring barefoot. Check them out, and all of our stuff, at whistlekick.com

Episode 197 - Don't Compare Martial Arts Journeys
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Episode 197 - Don't Compare Martial Arts Journeys

All too often people compare their journey in the martial arts to the journey of someone else. This doesn't do anyone any good.

Don't Compare Martial Arts Journeys - Episode 197

In this episode, Jeremy talks about how individual a journey through the martial arts can be, and why making comparisons to the journies of others is so detrimental.

 

Episode 196 - Miss Caitlin Dechelle
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Episode 196 - Miss Caitlin Dechelle

Miss Caitlin Dechelle is a world-champion martial arts competitor turned actress, known for her athleticism and stunt work.

Miss Caitlin Dechelle - Episode 196  

I think all the years of martial arts I've taught myself to be so guarded and so strong and so resilient to the outside.

When it comes to stunts and Hollywood, there are a number of names that many martial artists recognize. Most of that name recognition comes from their time on screen, though. We have far fewer individuals we look to and call "ours," people who share stories similar to ours. Today's guest is one of the exceptions. Competing worldwide on the NASKA circuit led Miss Caitlin Dechelle to a Jackie Chan movie and, ultimately, a career. We get to go behind the curtain with her today and find out not only how that happened, but why it's been the realization of a dream.

We designed our noSweat Tees to be the perfect layer for under your martial arts uniform - but they work just as well around town or in the gym. Lightweight, comfortable polyester and our Never Settle slogan will make this your favorite shirt. We build them to last, so you'll be wearing yours for a long time. Find them, and the rest of our great stuff, at them to last, so you'll be wearing yours for a long time. Find them, and the rest of our great stuff, at whistlekick.com

Episode 195 - Jeremy Unplugged
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Episode 195 - Jeremy Unplugged

Episode 194 - Sensei Richard Hubbard
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Episode 194 - Sensei Richard Hubbard

Sensei Richard Hubbard is a thoughtful, multi-disciplined martial artist from New Hampshire.

Sensei Richard Hubbard - Episode 194

We also bring the meditative practice at the end of the training session and sometimes at the beginning too. So I do it a minute before class or five minutes or ten minutes after class and that is a very important thing because it allows you to clear away a lot of noise. 

I honestly don't remember when it happened, but it did. Maybe this happens to you - you're on social media and notice someone that has a ton of mutual connections, so you reach out. That's what happened with Sensei Richard Hubbard - I don't know who friended who, or when, but it happened. We had a few good conversations online and then finally met at Sensei Terry Dow's event, the Martial Arts Symposium. We hit it off, and I had the chance to visit his dojo a few weeks later.

We all fantasize about training in multiple martial arts, but few have done it. Even fewer have done it to the degree Sensei Hubbard has. He's a bit of a paradox in the world of martial arts - he's classically trained but always open to new ideas that might dramatically change what he does. He's a proponent of meditation, but at times his classes aren't that formal. These might seem like contradictions, but that's only until you spend some time talking with him.

Episode 193 - Martial Arts Drills For Creating Stress
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Episode 193 - Martial Arts Drills For Creating Stress

Stress isn't just a part of daily life, it's something that can interfere with your martial arts training. When it comes to self-defense, stress can render your training useless.

Martial Arts Drills for Creating Stress - Episode 193

Stress is a part of life, even for martial artists. While stress can have a lot of negative effects on your life outside of training, it can have even greater effects in a self-defense situation. The very thing many of us train for, at least in part, is a completely different situation than the way most train for. In today's episode, we talk about stress and how to best replicate it inside your training environments. That way, if you're ever forced to use your skill, you'll have the best chance of applying it well.

On today's episode, we reference Episode 113 - Different Training Environments

Episode 192 - Master Chip Townsend
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Episode 192 - Master Chip Townsend

Master Chip Townsend is a Taekwondo practitioner & school owner from Texas with a passion for breaking and inspiring others.

Master Chip Townsend - Episode 192

I have tried hard for the last 15 to 20 years to really grab hold of the mindset that no matter how bad something goes there is something for me to learn.

During last year's US Open broadcast on ESPN, I witnessed a man break 4 baseball bats with his shin. I remember cringing as I watched it. I kept thinking the man who went through that had to be an impressive martial artist, if not also a bit crazy. Fast forward to now and I get to speak with this gentleman, Master Chip Townsend. I came away from our time knowing I was only half right. This man is an impressive martial artist, but he's not crazy. He is immensely passionate about what he does and he's always looking to push his own boundaries. Enjoy.

We're constantly innovating and working on new products, and now it's time for you to let us know what you want to see. Is there a martial arts product you think needs to be invented, or one you want to see improved in some way? Reach out to us and let's see if we can make your idea a reality.

Episode 191 - Motivating Martial Artists
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Episode 191 - Motivating Martial Artists

In this episode, we talk about ways to motivate people - specifically martial artists - that don't involve a promotion or other external symbol, like a trophy.

Motivating Martial Artists - Episode 191

On last week's Thursday episode, 189, we talked about martial arts participation awards and how they can be damaging to martial artists, especially children. There was some great conversation on the subject afterward, both on social media and via email. Everyone, regardless of agreeing, found the conversation beneficial.

Today's episode is a follow-up, to dig deeper into motivation in the hopes that listeners walk away with more methods of motivating those around them. While the episode is written primarily for martial arts instructors looking to motivate students, the strategies will apply to nearly any other circumstances.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Identifying what motivates people
  • Praise vs criticism and how much of each to offer
  • Goal setting
  • Loving the journey
  • Rewards

Episode 190 - Kyoshi David Seeger & Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger
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Episode 190 - Kyoshi David Seeger & Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger

Kyoshi David Seeger & Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger are karate practitioners from New York, best known for their video The Karate Rap

Kyoshi David Seeger & Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger - Episode 190

You have to be good, you have to be the one that is on the right for the karate to even work.You have to have a pure heart.You can't be the bad guy.

If you have martial arts friends on social media, or your non-martial arts friends like to pick on you, you've probably seen The Karate Rap. This video is everything we love to pick on about martial arts, done in a true 80's-style music video. Every few months it surfaces, usually when a friend posts it to my Facebook page. I can't help but watch all over again, silently loving the cheesiness of it yet respecting the accuracy of so much of what is said and done in the video.

Recently someone reached out and asked that we find the person behind the video and talk to them. It turns out that person was actually a couple, Kyoshi David Seeger and his wife, Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger. I reached out, we scheduled, and they're here for you today in our first-ever two-person interview. Not only do we talk about The Karate Rap, and give you a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff on one of my favorite pieces of martial arts cultural history, but we talk about them - their love of training, and how a martial arts marriage can work so well. I had a lot of fun talking to these two and I hope you enjoy listening.

Episode 189 - Participation Awards
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Episode 189 - Participation Awards

On today's episode, Jeremy talks about his feelings on participation awards - trophies, medals, ribbons, etc - and why they should never be handed out at martial arts competitions.

Participation Awards - Episode 189

One of the subjects that I find increasingly frustrating is the inclusion of participation awards at martial arts events. Handing a child a ribbon for showing up not only sends the wrong message, it sends a counter-message to everything else we teach them in martial arts. ~jeremy

 

 

Episode 188 - Mr. Tristan Creeley
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Episode 188 - Mr. Tristan Creeley

Mr. Tristan Creeley - Mr. C - is a taekwondo martial arts instructor, competitor, filmmaker & artist from Maine.

Mr. Tristan Creeley - Episode 188

It won't work to have a positive state of mind.I can easily not have that kind of mind so I would say believe in yourself, cultivate that confidence has surround you with positive people and build resilience.

Mr. Tristan Creeley and I go back - way back. As teenagers growing up in Maine we were at the same tournaments, knew the same people, and I even competed against his brother a few times. I wouldn't say we were friends because we didn't know each other well, but I respected him a great deal.

Now with whistlekick I am again traveling to tournaments and seeing people I haven't seen in 20 years. Shortly after founding whistlekick, Mr. Creeley moved back to Maine and started showing up again at tournaments. Most impressive to me was that he refused to accept any physical limitations of age - he was constantly pushing his body and his technique, refining his form and adding new elements. It was a joy to watch him, whether it was his forms or his fighting. Now he's on the show, and we're having the longest conversation we've ever had. Enjoy.

For this episode, we want you to be aware of our return policy - did you know we don't have a restocking fee? Or silly maximums on time for returns? We give you a month to check out what we send you. If you don't like it, so long as it's not damaged or heavily used, we'll take it back. But let's be honest... you won't send our stuff back.

Episode 187 - Talking Donnie Yen
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Episode 187 - Talking Donnie Yen

We bring you an exclusive interview with Sifu James Banks, who grew up with Donnie Yen and trained with his mother, Bow-sim Mark.

Talking Donnie Yen - Episode 187

How often do you meet someone who not only has met, but friended and trained with one of the most legendary martial artists of the modern era? That's what today's show is all about. Sifu James Banks talks about his childhood friend and offers some insight into why he's become the amazing martial arts action star he is today.

You should check out our profile episode of Donnie Yen for more history and context.

 

 

Episode 186 - Mr. Iain Abernethy
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Episode 186 - Mr. Iain Abernethy

Mr. Iain Abernethy is a well-known martial arts podcaster and expert on the practical application of Karate.

Mr. Iain Abernethy - Episode 186

Looking back, one of the first time in my life when I decided I want to do this, I put the effort in and I can see myself making progress and that revolution you can do that, you can apply yourself to something to make progress. That a very addictive feeling.

Mr. Iain Abernethy is not your typical martial artist. In some ways, he's very much like other guests we've had - passionate about martial arts, dedicated to his training and determined to give back to the practice that has given him so much. In other ways, he's so focused on what he does, other martial artists, myself included, are blown away. He's someone I've wanted to speak with for a long time, and now it's happening. Enjoy.

Who do you want us to talk to? We work hard to bring you a diverse set of guests from all styles and perspectives. If there's someone you're dying to hear from, let us know, we'll see what we can do. There's a form on the contact page you can use.

For show notes and other episodes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/186-iain-abernathy/

Episode 185 - Top 10 Reasons to Read Martial Arts Books
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Episode 185 - Top 10 Reasons to Read Martial Arts Books

 

On this episode, Sensei Jaredd Wilson joins us to offer his top ten reasons why all martial artists should be reading martial arts books.

Top 10 Reasons to Read Martial Arts Books - Episode 185

Sensei Jaredd Wilson is now our top returning guest, as he comes back for a third installment. He reached out wanting to talk about martial arts books, something he feels strongly about. We fall down the rabbit hole and talk about the top 10 reasons why martial arts books are good for every martial artist.

You can find Sensei Wilson on his other two appearances, his interview and his participation in the chat on McDojos.

Books discussed today include Karate-Do: My Way of Life and Grand Master Jhoon Rhee 's book, Trutopia. We also mention Mr. Gershon Ben Keren 's episode.

Episode 184 - Sensei Phil Knight
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Episode 184 - Sensei Phil Knight

Sensei Phil Knight is a Karate practitioner from Yorkshire, England with a passion for so-called nerdy pursuits. We talk about the intersection of martial arts and martial arts culture in everything from movies and television to comic books.

Sensei Phil Knight - Episode 184

You can never be arrogant in any situation evolving martial arts, you really have to listen to people, try and judge what's going around you and may be even do a bit of research before you think upgrading about the club you are actually grading at.

Sensei Phil Knight comes to us from England, and we get into some great stuff. We talk about martial arts culture, including comic books and how they've had an effect on so many of us. Sensei Phil, as he asked me to call him, strikes me as a very thoughtful martial artist, and I think you'll agree with me. Let's welcome him to the show.

We recently upgraded our martial arts products website and it's time to tell the world! Now you can receive notifications when products come back in stock, keep items in your shopping cart and get to them later, and a lot more. Find our stuff at whistlekick.com - and thanks for checking it out.

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/184-phil-knight/

Episode 183 - Conversations with Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr.
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Episode 183 - Conversations with Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr.

Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr. is a well-known jujutsu practitioner and instructor. Jeremy had the chance to sit down with him for a conversation at the 2017 Martial Arts Symposium.

Conversations with Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr. - Episode 183

Soke Michael DePasquale is a legend in the world of jujutsu that hasn't yet been on the show. It's not for a lack of trying on either side, though! He's a busy man and it was great to finally chat with him while we had a chance to record it. He'll be back for our standard interview, but today's episode gives you a glimpse into his life and some of the great stories he has. Some people live a life of martial arts, Soke DePasquale embodies it.

Last week we featured another great conversation from the 2017 Martial Arts Symposium in Manchester, NH. This one with Hanshi Bruce Juchnik and Bill "Superfoot" Wallace. You can even watch a video of it. Check out that episode here.

If you'd like to learn more about Soke DePasquale, the best place to start is his website.

 

Episode 182 - Coach Mike Chen
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Episode 182 - Coach Mike Chen

Coach Mike Chen is a Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) practitioner from New Hampshire. He's an excellent storyteller who brings solid perspective to his time on the show.

Coach Mike Chen - Episode 182

The hardest thing you are ever going to have to do in your martial art's career is stepping onto the mat for the first time to put on that white belt.

Coach Mike Chen comes to us from a listener introduction. As we hear him tell his tale of martial arts we hear someone who found their destiny, lives a martial arts lifestyle and fully embraces what that means. We get into some deep conversations and he doesn't hold back. I enjoyed his perspective and openness to the things we discussed and I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation.

 

We've put a lot of time into our Martial Arts Calendar website, which features a free place to post your martial arts competitions, seminars, charitable events, rank promotions and anything else that might be of interest to other martial artists. It is, and always will be, free to use and post to. Help us add to it and let's grow the martial arts together.

Episode 181 - Hanshi Bruce Juchnik Interviews Bill "Superfoot" Wallace
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Episode 181 - Hanshi Bruce Juchnik Interviews Bill "Superfoot" Wallace

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik interviews Bill Wallace - aka Superfoot - at the 2017 Martial Arts Symposium in Manchester, NH.

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik Interviews Bill "Superfoot" Wallace - Episode 181

On Saturday, April 8th, we were fortunate enough to record Hanshi Bruce Juchnik as he reminisced and interviewed Grand Master Bill "Superfoot" Wallace during one of the breakout sessions. The conversation includes discussion on many of Bill Wallace's opponents and friends, including Skipper Mullins, Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis & a lot more.

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik knows a lot of the details of these stories and the two are able to have a great conversation. If you're a fan of the 60s and 70s martial arts era, this interview is right up your alley. There's a lot of wisdom shared in the interview, and you can tell the two men enjoyed their time and have a lot of respect for each other.

This was our first interview ever recorded with video, and while there are a lot of things we can do better, we're proud to bring it to you as is. Stick around until the very end for a special audio bonus of GM Bill Wallace teasing Jeremy. For show notes and other episodes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/181-bruce-juchnik-bill-wallace/

Episode 180 - Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee
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Episode 180 - Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee is a legend in the world of Taekwondo, some even refer to him as the Father of American Tae Kwon Do.

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee - Episode 180

It's hard to be in the martial arts and not know who Jhoon Rhee is - though there are certainly some who don't. When you talk about Taekwondo's start in the USA, you're really talking about Grandmaster Rhee. A friend to Bruce Lee, he's a central figure in parts of Mr. Alex Gillis's work, A Killing Art.

There's something particularly special about speaking to someone who has been training as long as Grandmaster Rhee. While not in the best of health, he was willing to take time out of his day to speak with me about martial arts, philosophy, and his beliefs on the intersection of the two.

Back on episode 14, we were lucky enough to speak with Bill "Superfoot" Wallace. Some of you asked for a transcript of the show, and with permission, we've gone ahead and done that. You can find affordable versions for both Kindle and in paperback over at Amazon.

Episode 179 - Teaching at a Martial Arts Seminar
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Episode 179 - Teaching at a Martial Arts Seminar

Teaching advanced students can be a challenge, especially at a martial arts seminar or when you visit another school. You only have a limited amount of time to work with, and you're unlikely to have additional time to follow up.

Teaching at a Martial Arts Seminar  - Episode 179

Many martial artists enjoy passing on the things they've learned. It's fairly easy to teach things to your own students - you get to work with them week after week and make sure they progress. You guide them through the concepts you're imparting and watch them grow. The same can not be said of teaching someone else's students, however.

Whether it's a martial arts seminar you're asked to teach at or you're a guest lecturer at someone's school, there's a skill to teaching in this way. Just as teaching your own students takes time, teaching someone else's requires practice and a few other things. On today's episode, we delve into the elements that make someone a successful - and requested - instructor in this format.

Topics covered in this episode include

  • Remembering why you're teaching
  • Setting goals for your classes
  • The importance of repetition
  • The different methods of learning and how to teach to them
  • How to handle someone that asks lots of questions
  • How to handle someone that doesn't get it
  • Making sure you're invited to return

If you're looking for martial arts seminars, or you'd like to advertise one you're promoting, don't forget our amazing FREE resource, MartialArtsCalendar.com

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/179-teaching-martial-arts-seminar/

 

Episode 178 - Sensei Jeremy Bays
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Episode 178 - Sensei Jeremy Bays

Sensei Jeremy Bays is a taekwondo practitioner with a diverse extracurricular background, an excellent sense of humor and a passion for archery.

Sensei Jeremy Bays - Episode 178

A belt was something to hold up your pants or tie your gi together. It wasn't really a big of a deal for me so I was a white belt for five, six, seven years. 

It's common to find a strong sense of humor among martial artists, especially those that teach. After all, what we've chosen to do for our recreation - and for some, career - is a bit crazy. Today's guest has as strong a sense of humor as we've had on this show.

Sensei Jeremy Bays doesn't sound like your typical guest on this show - which is exactly why I was glad to have him on. While most of our guests have diversified their lives within martial arts, studying different styles under different instructors, Sensei Bays studies different pursuits entirely. With time in as a bow-maker, a comedian, and a Pastor, you can imagine the wanderings that some of our conversations took.

 

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Episode 177 - A Little Bit of Martial Arts Unity
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Episode 177 - A Little Bit of Martial Arts Unity

You don't have to spend much time in the martial arts to see that we have a shadowy side. The infighting and tearing down of those that aren't that different from the rest holds the martial arts back.

A Little Bit of Martial Arts Unity - Episode 177

On today's episode, we tackle a subject close to Jeremy's heart - building unity in the martial arts. This episode covers

  • Where we could improve our mutual support as an industry.
  • The harm that our current mindset has on us.
  • Examples of other industries doing it better.
  • How we can start making progress.

On today's episode, we referenced Episode 105 - Helping People Find the Right Martial Arts School

The magazine mentioned on the show is Taekwondo Life.

Episode 176 - Mr. John Hackleman
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Episode 176 - Mr. John Hackleman

Mr. John Hackleman is a Kajukenbo aka Hawaiian Kempo practitioner. He's also the founder of the training center The Pit and respected MMA coach to well-known fighters including Chuck Liddell.

Mr. John Hackleman - Episode 176

Kids in Hawaii can fight. The way I was treated in my High School, I was treated like the star quarterback for the football team because I was a martial artist fighter, I was a golden glove boxer. The teachers, the principal, the administration...

You don't have to go far into the world of Mixed Martial Arts to hear of today's guest. Mr. John Hackleman has built a career out of training some of the best in the world and in the process, his facility, The Pit, has become legendary. The man some call the Pitmaster is more than a great coach, he has a foundation in Hawaiian Kempo (Kenpo).

It was thanks to a past guest I was introduced to Mr. Hackleman, and our conversation was a great one. He's a no-nonsense sort of martial artist but pays homage to his roots in a way that some of the more modern practitioners don't seem to do. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him and look forward to everything he has in store.

Some time ago we told you about a book and course we released to help you hold the best martial arts events possible. The course is out, the book is out and it's time to step up your events. Find the print and digital versions of the book on Amazon and the course is available at KarateTournamentBook.com - not just for tournaments, and not just for karate, the book and course will help you make the most of any martial arts event you put on.

For full show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/176-john-hackleman/

Episode 175 - The Top 10 Reasons to Practice Forms
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Episode 175 - The Top 10 Reasons to Practice Forms

The practice of martial arts forms can be a controversial topic. Whether you call them kata, poomsae (poomse), tul, patterns, routines, sequences, forms or something else, they're important to your development as a martial artist. Here are our top 10 reasons why they should be part of every martial artist's training.

The Top 10 Reasons to Practice Forms - Episode 175

On today's episode of Martial Arts Radio we discuss the top ten reasons for practicing forms. Here's the outline:

Forms have been around as long as martial arts has, so it's unlikely that their practice is a waste of time, for any style.

  1. Forms build muscle memory for techniques.
  2. Forms develop movement outside of the pressure of combat.
  3. Forms are something you can practice on your own.
  4. Forms add variety to our training.
  5. They're fun, or at least can be.
  6. Practicing forms helps develop physical aspects of martial arts.
  7. They help with the development of non-physical aspects.
  8. Forms make you think about what you're doing.
  9. Forms provide unification within a school or a system.
  10. Forms can prime central nervous systems conditioning and build stronger neural pathways.

Episode 174 - Sensei Jesse Enkamp
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Episode 174 - Sensei Jesse Enkamp

Sensei Jesse Enkamp is the host of Karate by Jesse and a self-proclaimed Karate nerd.

Sensei Jesse Enkamp - Episode 174

Generations of masters have come before us, and to not use their collective knowledge to improve our current understanding and practice of karate would be foolish in my opinion.

If you spend any time on social media looking at martial arts content, you'll know today's guest. Sensei Jesse Enkamp is the mind behind all of the wonderful material coming out of Karate by Jesse, and he's as passionate a martial artist as we've ever had on this show. The self-proclaimed karate nerd talks about his past, his goals in the martial arts and why he cares so much about what he's doing. If you've ever wondered what makes this guy tick, you're about to find out. Let's welcome him to the show.

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Episode 173 - The Paradox of Belts
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Episode 173 - The Paradox of Belts

On today's episode, we discuss how martial arts belts are a contradiction - we respect them and hold them as important, yet our treatment of them varies between schools and even within a school

Episode 172 - Coach Greg Amundson
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Episode 172 - Coach Greg Amundson

Coach Greg Amundson is a practitioner of Aikido, Krav Maga & Jujitsu as well as a CrossFit athlete & coach, and author.

Coach Greg Amundson - Episode 172 "Being busy means we're at the mercy of other people. And being busy means that we're reactive. And being reactive is not the path of a warrior."

Coach Greg Amundson's professional resume reads like a modern day James Bond - CrossFit athlete, author, law enforcement, DEA special agent, fitness coach, business owner. That's not even the entire list. Even more impressive, many of those things happened at the same time, and quite a few are still happening. A legend in the CrossFit world, Coach Amundson has deep roots as a martial artist. Roots, according to him, that have given him the ability to live the life he now leads.

An amazing storyteller, Coach Greg Amundson took to our format and ran. Weaving together tales from his childhood, recent past and even appropriate legends he's been known to share in his classes. We discuss what it means to be a true warrior, and what the martial arts mind can accomplish. It was an honor and a privilege to speak with someone I've admired for a long time.

~jeremy

Today we want to remind everyone of all the things we offer - and why we do it. We've never been secretive about our business model, which is all about growing the martial arts industry. See, it's our belief that the more people participating in martial arts, the more customers we'll have. That's why we bring you this podcast, our Martial Arts Memes site and, most recently, Martial Arts Calendar - all for free. As our martial arts realm grows, we all benefit. Thanks for supporting that vision.

Episode 171 - Coach Daniel Wu
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Episode 171 - Coach Daniel Wu

Coach Daniel Wu is an actor, director and former Wushu competitor best known for his role as Sunny in AMC's Martial Arts show, Into the Badlands.

Coach Daniel Wu - Episode 171

"Fighting against somebody and you're backed into the corner it's up to you to figure out how to get out of there. You can give up, you can get knocked out, or you can fight your way back out. And, eventually, you figure out how to fight your way back out, and you learn from that. That is a direct correlation to life in general."

Listeners know I've been a fan of Into the Badlands since it aired. In fact, prior to even airing, I was excited.  Based on what I'd seen in trailers I was talking about on this very show. Here we are, a couple years later and Season 2 is about to air. As part of the promotional efforts for the show, AMC reached out to us and asked us to host Miss Emily Beecham (who plays The Widow) and Mr. Daniel Wu (who plays the lead character, Sunny) on the show. We said yes, of course, and here we are.

Coach Daniel, as he asked me to call him when I explained our traditions and etiquette for the show, didn't shy away from any subject that came up. We had some great conversation about martial arts philosophy and about how martial arts training changes as you age (which was fairly consistent with how we presented it on Episode 160)

Our conversations range from his upbringing to his admiration for the likes of Jet Li, Jackie Chan & Bruce Lee. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

~jeremy

 

For photo, video & show notes from this episode and others, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/171-daniel-wu/

Episode 170 – Miss Emily Beecham
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Episode 170 – Miss Emily Beecham

Miss Emily Beecham plays Minerva (aka The Widow) on the AMC Martial Arts show, Into The Badlands.

Miss Emily Beecham – Episode 170

I was blessed to have AMC approach us and inquire about interviews for both Miss Emily Beecham and Mr. Daniel Wu. Of course, we said yes, and did what we could to make schedules work (which, as you might imagine, was a bit difficult due to their extensive commitments.) It was an honor to speak with Miss Beecham, and we get some good insight into her character, Minerva, better known as The Widow.

We discuss what it’s like on set, her injuries, the way she views her character, and a lot more. It’s a fun conversation and one that gives you some great behind-the-scenes information into not only her life, but her character and the show overall.

For photos, video, and other show notes on this and other episodes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/170-emily-beecham/

Episode 169 - Sensei Damion Lupo
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Episode 169 - Sensei Damion Lupo

Sensei Damion Lupo is a long-time Aikido practitioner, author and the founder of Yokido, a fusion of Yoga and Aikido.

Sensei Damion Lupo - Episode 169

"If I'm in on something, you better look out, because I'm going all the way to wherever it is."

It's funny how things happen, sometimes. I was practicing some self-defense with a friend a couple months back and we got to talking about Yoga. Our conversation steered towards the similarities between martial arts and yoga, and the synergy that existed between the two. He mentioned someone who had fused them - a martial arts and yoga hybrid. Just a short time later, completely by coincidence, I was speaking with the very man he spoke of, Sensei Damion Lupo.

All of our guests are different, if you've listened to more than a few episodes, you know that. I enjoy finding common ground with each of our guests, but I also really appreciate where we differ. It's these different perspectives that have the most to offer me, and I found a fair amount of that in my time with Sensei Lupo. With a foundation rooted in martial arts, he views the world - and all its parts - with an attention that few people seem to have.

Did you know we sponsor the website MartialArtsMemes.com? Whenever we find a great martial art meme or someone sends one to us, we post it at our Martial Arts Memes website. Do check it out, have a laugh, and don't forget to send us any that we're missing!

 

For the rest of the show notes & other episodes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/169-damion-lupo/

Episode 168 - Reconciling Martial Arts Tradition with New Information
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Episode 168 - Reconciling Martial Arts Tradition with New Information

For show notes and other episodes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/168-tradition-new-martial-arts-progress

Episode 167 - Sempai Alysa Giudici
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Episode 167 - Sempai Alysa Giudici

Sempai Alysa Giudici - Episode 167

Remember to always be a role model. To always just be humble and work hard no matter if anyone's watching or not.

It was from a news article online that I first discovered Sempai Alysa Giudici. We've had some younger martial artists on the show, and she certainly fits that profile. Every one of them has a common thread, though - their dedication to martial arts far surpasses their years. Sempai Giudici showed a maturity in the news article that inspired me to reach out. We chatted a bit and I knew that she belonged on the show. Here we are.

Our conversation is both expected and unexpected. On the one hand, we have a passionate martial artist who has no trouble describing their love for what they do. On the other, her focus and dedication are not typical of individuals her age, even martial artists with years of training. She's an exceptional individual and someone I greatly enjoyed speaking with.

We're proud to announce the release of the first edition of the book version of our Martial Arts Event course. How Not To Hold a Martial Arts Tournament is available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook, and soon to be available in print. The advice in our book and course is equally applicable to events of all sizes & all styles. While much of the book and course talks about competition, the instructions will be just as helpful for other martial arts events such as seminars.

Episode 166 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie
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Episode 166 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a martial arts movie release in 2000. The film has had a strong cultural impact on martial arts in the US.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie - Episode 166

Starring Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun Fat, Ziyi Zhang

In this episode you'll learn about:

  • What is Jet Li's connection to the movie?
  • What language issues led them to dub the movie in some areas?
  • What unexpected person edited the subtitles?
  • Who did the stunts?
  • What book series does it come from?
  • What famed director choreographed the fight scenes?

And more!

Episode 165 - Mr. Andrew Freund
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Episode 165 - Mr. Andrew Freund

Mr. Andrew Freund is a sumo practitioner and the promoter of the US Sumo Open with a background in kendo, tai chi & aikido.

Mr. Andrew Freund - Episode 165

"And when I reflect back on it, if someone had done something only for business, they might get great results, but there would probably be something lacking in terms of integrity, the authenticity and the passion."

It hit me one day that there's a martial art we never talk about in traditional circles. It's rarely in media and yet, it seems like the traditions are older than our interpretations of most traditional martial arts. So it was I went looking for someone we could talk to about the art of Sumo.

When you research Sumo in the United States, you inevitably find information about today's guest. As a sumo practitioner, event promoter, talent agent and so much more, Mr. Andrew Freund has dedicated his life to the art of Sumo. It was very clear after some research that this was the man to have on the show, and I'm so pleased he accepted the invitation.

Did you know we have several different styles of t-shirts available right now? That's right. With sizes that will fit nearly anyone, there's probably one you'd love to wear. Check out our shirts, and everything we offer, at whistlekick.com

Episode 164 - Conversations on Martial Arts Competition
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Episode 164 - Conversations on Martial Arts Competition

We bring back two past guests that are passionate about martial arts competition - Master Huzon Alexander and Mr. Richard Osborn. We chat about what we're doing wrong - and right - in the current competitive landscape.

Conversations on Martial Arts Competition - Episode 164

On today's episode we discuss the following subjects and more:

  • What is the landscape of martial arts competition today?
  • What elements of martial arts competitions are we getting right?
  • Where could we improve with competitive martial arts?
  • How have things changed for the competitive martial art scene over the last few decades?

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You can find Master Huzon Alexander & Mr. Richard Osborn on their previous episodes, linked by their name.

We talk about two individuals we're hoping to have on the show soon - Mr. Ross Levine & Mr. Raymond Daniels.

For full show notes & other episodes, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/164-martial-arts-competition/

Episode 163 - Sensei Ando Mierzwa
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Episode 163 - Sensei Ando Mierzwa

Sensei Ando Mierzwa is a longtime martial arts practitioner and the host of the Fight for a Happy Life podcast.

Sensei Ando Mierzwa - Episode 163

"If your tricks aren't working, you better find new tricks."

My first experience with Sensei Ando was sort of a strange one, at least, not one you might expect. In an effort to promote martial arts podcast overall, we put together a post we titled "Best Martial Arts Podcasts." It's no secret that we're not the only martial arts podcast, and I honestly listen to several of them. I always liked the material Sensei Ando included in his episodes, so we put him on the list.

That led to some social media conversation and a number of emails. A bit over a year later we connected again and decided it was time that we get to put him through our questions. That brings us to now when we have a chance to hear from the man who reminds of the importance of a smile at the end of each one of his episodes.

What are you wearing right now? If it's not a pair of our Cloud9 sweatpants, you're not as comfortable as you could be. :) Find them at whistlekick.com, and buy yourself two pairs... otherwise, you're not going to want to take them off long enough to wash. (In all seriousness, this is a complaint we hear from parents that have purchased a pair for their children!)

Episode 162 - Martial Arts Forms Drills
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Episode 162 - Martial Arts Forms Drills

25 Drills to Improve Your Martial Arts Forms - Kata, Poomsae, Tul, Patterns, Routines... etc

Martial Arts Forms Drills - Episode 162

On today's episode, we tackle 25 different ways you can improve your martial arts forms. See the list below, but listen to the episode for explanations, notes, and a few tangents.

Practice performing your martial arts forms...

  1. With your eyes closed
  2. Facing different directions
  3. Backwards
  4. Mirrored (Left becomes right)
  5. Both mirrored & backward

For the rest of the list, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/162-martial-arts-forms-drills/

 

On today's episode, we referenced Episode 158 - Resistance Training for Martial Arts. You may also want to check out Episode 113 - Different Training Environments.

Episode 161 - Mr. Randy Moy
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Episode 161 - Mr. Randy Moy

Mr. Randy Moy is a practitioner of Chinese martial arts from Massachusetts, with a beginning in Wing Chun and current training in Tai Chi.

Mr. Randy Moy - Episode 161

Martial arts is a life practice. That doesn't mean you practice for the rest of your life, but I think what makes things powerful with me is that it's really incorporated into my life.

Today's guest is a thoughtful martial artist. Mr. Randy Moy struck me from the outset as a very contemplative person and someone with a lot to share. Today's episode brings us inside his life and his transition from Wing Chun to Tai Chi. While today's episode isn't full of high-impact stories, it's easily one of the most quotable interviews we've had.

We've started making some of our podcast episodes available as eBooks. Do you know a martial artist that doesn't have an interest in listening to these shows, but might enjoy reading some of the best ones? Be sure to recommend our books. Our first interview - none other than Bill Wallace - is available here. Find our eBooks on Amazon in the Kindle store.

 

For show notes and other episodes please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/161-randy-moy/

Episode 160 - Martial Arts Training As You Age
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Episode 160 - Martial Arts Training As You Age

In this episode, we explore real-world strategies for continuing martial arts training as your body ages. Tips and mindset advice for the older martial artists, or those that hope to be.

Martial Arts Training As You Age - Episode 160

Sleep Smarter Book

Episode 77 - Martial Arts Recovery & Rehab

Episode 159 - Mr. Jon Call aka Jujimufu
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Episode 159 - Mr. Jon Call aka Jujimufu

Mr. Jon Call is better known by his online handle Jujimufu. With deep roots in traditional martial arts, he's gone on to fame for his tricking, strength, flexibility, and general athleticism.

Mr. Jon Call aka Jujimufu - Episode 159

I can still get stronger, I can still build more muscle, I can still learn new moves. I'm still 31, I've got more years in me before I see a slower decline.

I first learned of today's guest through an online video someone shared. I was stunned at his strength and flexibility, especially considering his large size. It was clear this was a man with extreme athleticism. While I'm no tricker, I admire the movements many of them are capable of and I see the influence they've had on martial arts competitions.

It wasn't until I heard him on fitness podcast that I learned Mr. Jon Call started his journey as a traditional martial artist. The man many know only as Jujimufu, who gained notoriety on America's Got Talent for doing a split across two chairs while holding a weighted barbell overhead, came from the same beginnings as most of us. When I heard more of his story I knew we had to have him on the show.

 

For full show notes, with lots of photos and videos and more, check out:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/159-jon-call-jujimufu/

Episode 158 - Resistance Training for Martial Arts
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Episode 158 - Resistance Training for Martial Arts

In this episode, we explore why resistance training is so beneficial in martial arts, how to get started, equipment to consider and what to watch for so you can get the most out of the time while reducing your risk for injury.

Resistance Training for Martial Arts - Episode 158

Topics from today's episode:

  • What is resistance training?
  • Benefits of resistance training for martial artists.
  • Places resistance training shows up in martial arts
  • Why martial artists need more physical conditioning.
  • How often should you train like this?
  • How to avoid getting "too big."
  • How to train and what to train.
  • Training at a gym vs at home and what equipment to use.
  • How to incorporate resistance training into a martial arts class.
  • The importance of keeping the training varied, but not too varied.
  • Why full range of motion movement is important.
  • Training for power, speed, and strength.
  • Why martial artists do well with physical conditioning training.

You should check out the blog post we wrote to accompany this episode at whistlekick.com, titled The Top 10 Bodyweight Movements For a Martial Arts Class.

Episode 157 - Sensei Roberto Davila
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Episode 157 - Sensei Roberto Davila

Sensei Roberto Davila is an Arnis & Jujitsu practitioner from Massachusetts, born in Puerto Rico.

Sensei Roberto Davila - Episode 157

I don't think the guy on the street is going to care if I have injuries or not, so I have to find new ways, as I'm slowing down, you know , to make it more simple and very effective.

I had heard stories of today's guest months before I had spoken with him. Months, even, before a listener to the show suggested him and introduced us. The martial arts world can be very small, and today's interview again reminds me of that. I've known Sensei Davila's instructor for some time, as we were introduced by a few past guests. [His instructor's interview was lost due to technical issues and we're in the process of rescheduling.]

Sensei Davila holds nothing back in this episode as he talks about two very different times in his life. Early on, he was a troubled youth, engaged in some of the worst behavior someone can. After finding martial arts, however, he changed. This dramatic shift is seen in the stories he tells and the emotion with which he tells them. It is an honest, open and thoughtful episode that I hope you enjoy.

Episode 156 - Everyone Needs a Teacher
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Episode 156 - Everyone Needs a Teacher

On today's episode, we tackle the importance of having an instructor, no matter what your rank and experience.

Everyone Needs a Teacher - Episode 156

On today's episode, we discuss why it's so critical that every martial artist has someone to learn from - at least one person. Jeremy riffs without a transcript on this installment of the show, talking about some of his varied training experiences and encouraging listeners to take responsibility for their training, even if that makes difficult decisions or having tough conversations.

On this episode, Jeremy references past guest Sensei Earl Smith from episode 17.

 

For other episodes please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/156-everyone-needs-teacher/

Episode 155 - Mr. Charles Murdock
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Episode 155 - Mr. Charles Murdock

Mr. Charles Murdock is a Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) practitioner with roots in Aikido and Karate.

Mr. Charles Murdock - Episode 155

"You know, he always had this idea of these three legs on a stool. You had your work life, you had your family life and you had your training life. And that when something was going off in one of them you could always lean on the other two."

The more time I spend with this show, and meeting martial artists - in person and virtually - the more I realize the lines between location and style are blurry. It is from these blurry lines that today's guest comes to us. Instructor to a personal friend of mine, Mr. Charles Murdock is a practitioner of Historical European Martial Arts - often called HEMA - who started life with Asian martial arts. He talks to us today about those roots and what he's up to today, and how it all comes together.

Today's product of note is a second mention of our new Horizon colorway of sparring gear. We have some great new photos that really showcase the incredible depth and variances in the swirl color process. Check out all four colors at whistlekick.com

Episode 154 - Question & Answer #2
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Episode 154 - Question & Answer #2

On today's episode, we tackle why repetition of forms is important, how all martial artists could improve with a single focus, ways to improve your sparring and how to self-train with weapons.

Question & Answer #2 - Episode 154

In this episode we handle these four questions:

  1. If the newer martial arts forms a student learns contain more complex and advanced movements and sequences, why continue to work on the old ones?
  2. What is one thing could all martial artists improve?
  3. I find sparring overwhelming, how do I get better so it doesn't feel so daunting?
  4. My school doesn't teach martial arts weapons but I want to learn how to use them, at least a little. What can I do?

If you like this format, check out our first question & answer show.

Episode 153 - Miss Elise Lenahan
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Episode 153 - Miss Elise Lenahan

Miss Elise Lenahan is a taekwondo black belt as well as a black belt in the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program (MCMAP).

Miss Elise Lenahan - Episode 153

Martial arts isn't just about your form or anything like that, it's about your mentality towards it. If you don't come into it with an open mind, I think sometimes it's really difficult to work with other people, because you're like, you're not supposed to do it that way you're supposed to do it this way. But, sometimes you didn't see that this other way has another advantage for somebody else.

Today's guest is someone I've known for years, but she's on here for a reason. Miss Elise Lenahan is the only person I know - though there are certainly others - to have earned a black belt in a traditional martial art (in this case Taekwondo) and a black belt in the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). On this episode, we discuss what the process of attaining each was like for her, the differences between the two and what she's taken from her varied experience as a martial artist.

Today's featured product is our sparring gloves. When we developed the gloves, we took a hard look at why everyone else's gloves seemed to fail so quickly. Through our better materials, smarter design and extra reinforcement, we've created gloves that simply don't fail. Personally, my pair is now 4 years old. I may not spar as much as some of you out there, but these have had some use. You can learn more about our gloves and maybe get yourself a pair at whistlekick.com

 

For full show notes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/153-elise-lenahan/

Episode 152 - Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 2
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Episode 152 - Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 2

Mrs. April Pettengill, Sensei Katie Jordan and Miss Jessica Henderson return to discuss topics related to women's involvement in the martial arts world.

Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 2 - Episode 152

Last week's Part 1 of the two-part series on women in the martial arts was our best-ever debut for a Thursday episode. We knew there was demand for these conversations but we had no idea how much. Thank you to everyone for sharing and listening. If you haven't heard it, please check out Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 1. There's no need to hear part 1 before part 2, as they're completely independent shows.

We hear from Mrs. April Pettengill, Sensei Katie Jordan, and Miss Jessica Henderson along with host Jeremy Lesniak as they discuss a number of topics related to women and gender differences in the context of martial arts. We discuss everything from classes to uniforms to psychology, with the hope that both male and female listeners will come away with a better understanding and give some thought to subjects that affect us all.

Episode 151 - Soke Joe Droual
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Episode 151 - Soke Joe Droual

Soke Joe Droual is a long-time martial arts instructor from New York. His background includes karate, jiu-jitsu, Kobudo and kung fu.

Soke Joe Droual - Episode 151

The master teacher is the master student, and we're always learning. And I think that that ties in with the martial arts community realizing that their whole lifetime is learning something that is very old, the traditions are showing respect and kindness to everybody and to themselves. Self-development and that is actually, that grounding and that respect, I think, is at the heart of all martial arts.

Soke Joe Droual comes to us from Long Island, New York. A long-time practitioner and instructor, Soke Joe has dedicated his life to martial arts - and you can hear it in his words. On today's episode, we hear why Soke Joe Droual continues to train after so many years, why martial arts is like music and his views on the personal development side of martial arts.

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Episode 150 - Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 1
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Episode 150 - Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 1

We unpack some of the differences - and similarities - between male and female martial artists with two past guests, Renshi Lisa Magiera and Master Amanda Meltzer.

Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 1 - Episode 150

Over the last few months, we've had some listeners ask for more group conversations. Feedback on the Women in Martial Arts episode was very positive, and some listeners asked for more discussion, with women. We've combined those two ideas and brought back Renshi Lisa Magiera and Master Amanda Meltzer to discuss a few subjects related to women in martial arts. This is not an episode that's "for women," and I suspect it will make a lot of people think about some things, regardless of gender.

During this episode we reference our past episode on Helping People Find the Right Martial Arts School.

Episode 149 - Sensei Cheryl Murphy
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Episode 149 - Sensei Cheryl Murphy

Sensei Cheryl Murphy is a competitive karate practitioner, best known for her sparring and being a member of Team USA.

Sensei Cheryl Murphy - Episode 151

 Being able to pull myself up from my bootstraps. Of course, you still have your support system, in order to thrive from.

A lot of our guests come from referrals of past guests, and so it was we were introduced to Sensei Cheryl Murphy. We've heard from a number of martial artists who enjoy competing - and some who compete at a very high level. You may see Sensei Murphy at the Olympics in 2020, though, and that would be a first for our guests. As a competitive kumite fighter, Sensei Murphy travels the world sparring. She has numerous national and world titles to her name, but here on the show we learn why competing is so important to her, why she's still passionate about martial arts and how her Mom has been such a strong influence on her life.

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Episode 148 - President Theodore Roosevelt & Judo
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Episode 148 - President Theodore Roosevelt & Judo

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Episode 147 - Mr. Michael Staples
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Episode 147 - Mr. Michael Staples

Mr. Michael Staples is a well-respected authority on Chinese martial arts, with several books to his credit. He's written about and studied Kung fu, White Crane and other styles with some of the American pioneers.

Mr. Michael Staples - Episode 147

...but Ron is like a ballet dancer. He's just snipping things left and right, he's not getting hit at all. He's being carried into unique angles. At one point he just kind of pops up in the air and flips around with the back of his head and just smacks Steve in the forehead.

We've been fortunate enough to have a number of guests on the show that have talked about the early days of martial arts in America. Today's guest brings us that perspective on the Chinese martial arts and his early days training in California. We hear several times how Mr. Michael Staples life was altered dramatically, and seemingly by forces beyond understanding. What you hear in today's episode is the story of someone who was destined to be the martial artist they became.

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Episode 146 - Zen in the Martial Arts
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Episode 146 - Zen in the Martial Arts

Zen in the Martial Arts is a classic martial art book written by Joe Hyams. It was recently selected as the #1 martial arts book by guests of this show.

Zen in the Martial Arts - Episode 146

You can read our post on the Top Ten Martial Arts Books as selected by our guests.

It’s time for episode 146 of whistlekick Martial Arts radio, and we’re going to talk about an amazing book that has come up in conversation a lot on this show – Zen in the Martial Arts. Not a reader? You should still stick around because this isn’t a book review.

Let me introduce myself. I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host on this show. My name is Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick makes the best sparring gear you can get as well as some great apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome all of you new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back.

All our past episodes, show notes, and some other good stuff is at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. From that site, you can sign up for our newsletter, and I hope you do because we offer exclusive content to subscribers, discounts and it's the only place to find out about upcoming guests.

Today’s episode has a full transcript available on the website.

Short Summary of Zen in the Martial Arts

Zen in the Martial Arts, for all of the impact it has had on several generations of martial artists, is short. It’s 140 pages of a small book, and it’s not small font. That might make you think that it’s incomplete, or otherwise lacking, but that isn’t the case.

Reviews for the book continue nearly 40 years later, and on the popular book review sites, the poorest rating I could find was 4.1 out of 5. Amazon, which is known for having the most reviews, shows it as 4.6 of 5.

There are 28 chapters, each one with a title that seems ripped from a classic kung fu movie – Empty your cup, Active Inactvitiy, Extend Your Ki. The chapters are short, most around 5 or 6 pages, and begin with a relevant photo. Most end with a bit of wisdom, like this one: “Life unfolds on a great sheet called Time, and once finished it is gone forever.”

The book discusses some great names from our history, including Ed Parker & Bruce Lee. The chapters tell stories from the author’s time training.

About the Author of Zen in the Martial Arts

Joe Hyams, while beloved by martial artists for the book he wrote, was not best known as a martial artist or martial arts author. He was a writer, sure, but primarily a celebrity writer. During his career, he wrote or co-wrote books on Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and Chuck Norris.

He studied martial arts for more than 50 years. Beginning with fencing and then, through an introduction by music composer Bronislau Kaper, met Ed Parker. He became one of Parker’s first private students, then soon after, one of his first black belts.

He trained privately with Bruce Lee for two years and introduced him to Hollywood. Hyams was a big piece of Bruce Lee’s start in films. It’s hard to believe that as big of an impact as this book has had, Joe Hyams’ contributions to the martial arts community, via Bruce Lee, were so much greater.

He died in 2008 at age 85.

Why Zen in the Martial Arts is Special

Most martial arts books are about martial arts or some metaphysical subject. Often times they’re written by people who really know martial arts, but aren’t so good at writing.

Mr. Hyams was a writer and a skilled one at that. He wrote newspaper columns, books, movie scripts… Clearly a varied and masterful writer.

He was also very good at conveying his point simply, something that the very best martial artists seem able to do. This book is 140 pages because Mr. Hyams didn’t need more.

While it has a tremendous amount of martial arts content, it’s not a book exclusively for martial artists. According to Melissa Hyams, his wife at the time he passed in 2008, said the book “isn't really about martial arts. It's about life and philosophy, and how to turn a negative into a positive, how to defuse a situation by the way you handle it. That's what he'll most be remembered for."

To illustrate this, I’ll read to you one of the shortest chapters, “Anger without Action,” which is just over one page:

My History with Zen in the Martial Arts

I don’t remember when my Mother first picked up the book. I have vague memories of it being a gift, and it was likely a gift to her. She started training in 1985, so I’d guess it was in our home between 1985 and 1987. I would have been between 6 and 8, which seems about right.

It was always out. Sometimes on the coffee table, sometimes in the bathroom. It was the first nonchildren's book I read and it’s certainly the book I read most. I’d guess I’ve read it all the way through a dozen times.

It was the bits of wisdom that struck me most. I memorized them before I understood most of them, and as I grew up, life and martial arts showed me what these parables meant. “When you seek it, you cannot find it,” “The angry man will defeat himself in battle as well as in life,” and other sayings had a tremendous influence on me.

In fact, as I think back on my life and my time in the martial arts, behind my instructors and my Mother, this book was the third most influential element.

The copy I have now sits on my bookshelf, unread. Which is ironic and something I plan to change. I think it will end up in the same place in my home that it did when I was a child.

Wrapping Up

Have you, like many of our guests, read this classic? It’s still available in new copies, and it’s pretty inexpensive. You can find used copies for a few dollars, digital copies or audiobook versions if that’s your think. If you haven’t read it, you should.

I want to know what you think, and you can post your thoughts in the comments at the website - You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram – just search whistlekick. Or, just leave us a comment on the show notes page at whistlekickMartialArtsRadio.com

If you want to be a guest on the show or maybe you have an idea for a show topic, go ahead and fill out the form on the website. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter so you can stay up on everything we do. You can learn more about our products at whistlekick.com

That’s all for today. Until next time, Train hard, smile and have a great day.

 

Episode 145 - Mr. Kevin Galloway
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Episode 145 - Mr. Kevin Galloway

Mr. Kevin Galloway is a passionate martial arts instructor, school owner and tournament promoter. His stories show an immense dedication to the arts and his students.

Mr. Kevin Galloway - Episode 145

You can tell a real black belt. They don't get too excited, they don't get too low, don't get too high. But what they have is the confidence to resolve any conflict, up until, "I'm just going to walk away."

Way back on Episode 31 we had the chance to hear from a good friend of the show, Mr. Cory Rose. Since then he's been every bit as good of a friend, and today's guest comes from that friendship. Mr. Kevin Galloway is a longtime practitioner of both karate and taekwondo, now operating a school and hosting a competition in Oklahoma.

Mr. Galloway opens up about life, his family, his students and what makes a good instructor. The stories range from the emotional to the humorous, and you'll probably find yourself laughing along - and maybe even tearing up.

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Episode 144 - Difficult Students
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Episode 144 - Difficult Students

Conversation and Strategies on Handling Challenging Martial Arts Students - Adults & Children

Difficult Students - Episode 144

Today's episode is completely off the cuff - no notes, no transcript no guest - just host Jeremy giving you his thoughts on handling challenging individuals in your martial arts school. These tips apply whether you're an instructor, school owner or student. Thanks for listening.

Episode 143 - Mrs. April Pettengill
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Episode 143 - Mrs. April Pettengill

Mrs. April Pettengill is an ITF Taekwondo practitioner & school owner from Northern Vermont who started training later in life.

Mrs. April Pettengill - Episode 143

The whole idea that you learn in martial arts, that you have integrity, and you do what you have to do and take responsibility for that, that...that's a big deal.

Mrs. April Pettengill is not our typical guest. While she's a passionate martial artist, like everyone that comes on the show, she's not a lifelong practitioner. In her own words, she came to taekwondo later in life and originally didn't think it was for her. As time passed she realized that she'd found her calling, eventually taking over her instructor's school. She now teaches adults and children and seems to enjoy every minute of it.

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Episode 142 - James Mitose (Profile)
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Episode 142 - James Mitose (Profile)

James Mitose (Profile) - Episode 142

It’s time for episode 142 of whistlekick Martial Arts radio, and we’re going to profile a man who’s come up in several conversations over the last few months, James Mitose.

Let me introduce myself. I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host on this show. My name is Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick makes the best sparring gear you can buy as well as some great apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome all of you new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back.

All our past episodes, show notes, and some other good stuff is at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. From that site, you can sign up for our newsletter, and I hope you do because we offer exclusive content to subscribers, discounts and it's the only place to find out about upcoming guests. Today’s episode has a full transcript and some old photos of our subject.

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Episode 141 - Grandmaster Rick Alemany
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Episode 141 - Grandmaster Rick Alemany

Grandmaster Rick Alemany is a prominent figure in the world of American Kenpo Karate.

Grandmaster Rick Alemany - Episode 141

"I just set a goal that I wanted to be the best that I could be."

It was from the efforts of two past guests that we get to hear from Grandmaster Rick Alemany today. Both Professor Brannon Beliso and Mr. Daniel Hartz coordinated with each other and with our guest. They then reached out to us to coordinate it. Personally, I'm glad they did, because I truly enjoyed my conversations with him. Prior to the episode recording, I had a few calls with him, to coordinate schedule and talk about the show. Each time I came away feeling that this man is someone special, and someone I was honored to speak with. I hope that you enjoy hearing what he says and that your reaction is as positive.

 

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Episode 140 - Self-Defense Tools
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Episode 140 - Self-Defense Tools

...That doesn’t mean the training of weapons is only for practical purposes, but for this episode, we are going to limit the conversation to that. We’re actually going to restrict our conversation to non-obvious self-defense tools, which excludes firearms, stun guns and pepper sprays. While these are great tools, and I carry two of the three often, they’re definitely weapons. It’s hard to claim otherwise, which makes them a bit less appropriate for a martial arts conversation.

 

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Episode 139 - Conversations with Master Brendan Goodall
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Episode 139 - Conversations with Master Brendan Goodall

Past guest Master Brendan Goodall returned to chat with Jeremy about a variety of martial arts topics.

Conversations with Master Brendan Goodall - Episode 139

For today's episode I had a chat with Master Goodall as we drove out to evening plans on Thanksgiving Day. We talk about a variety of martial arts subjects from motivation to instruction, to working with kids. You can check out our previous episode with Master Brendan Goodall, all the way back on Episode 10.

Check out the show notes at http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/139-conversations-brendan-goodall/

Episode 138 - Martial Arts Family
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Episode 138 - Martial Arts Family

We're all part of a martial arts family, simply by sharing the common bond of training for self-improvement.

Martial Arts Family - Episode 138

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Episode 137 - Sensei Brandon Benenati
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Episode 137 - Sensei Brandon Benenati

Sensei Brandon Benenati - Episode 137

I've known Sensei Brandon Benenati for a couple years, first introduced to him by Master Adam Grogin, from all the way back on episode 5. I had the chance to attend 2015's Super Summer Seminars with him and really enjoyed his personality and approach to martial arts. He's a dedicated, passionate martial artist who truly enjoys his life - and his training.

On today' episode, we talk about where he's come from, where he's headed, and why martial arts continues as something he's pursuing.

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Episode 136 - Sensei Katie Jordan
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Episode 136 - Sensei Katie Jordan

Sensei Katie Jordan is a Shotokan karate practitioner from Maine, now living in Massachusetts.

Sensei Katie Jordan - Episode 136

I really think competition makes people better. You see different fighters, you see different styles, you see what works for people and what doesn't.

I first met Sensei Katie Jordan in 2015 at a competition. Since that time I've had the opportunity to watch her referee, compete and otherwise embody martial arts. Sensei Jordan is a woman who had dedicated her life to martial arts training, and that dedication shows. On today's episode, we hear about her deep love for the arts, for her instructor and for the many people she's met along the way. What we hear today is insight and passion that shows a tremendous level of maturity. Enjoy.

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Episode 135 - Women in Martial Arts
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Episode 135 - Women in Martial Arts

Most of our guests are men, it's true. Some have even accused the martial arts realm of being inherently sexist. We talk about this and more today.

Women in Martial Arts - Episode 135

On today's episode, we discuss why there are so few women on the show, sexism, the case against mandatory white training pants and a lot more. While this episode is not the grand conversation of women's issues in martial arts that we hope to have, it is the primer to set the stage for that conversation. 

 

Episode 134 - Kyoshi Jose Dimacali
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Episode 134 - Kyoshi Jose Dimacali

Kyoshi Jose Dimacali - Episode 134

I'm not your friend, I say. I'm better than your friend - I'm your instructor. Because friends sometimes steer you the wrong way. Instructors are going to try to bring you to the right path.

I first met Kyoshi Jose Dimacali in 2015 at the Twin State Martial Arts Championships. We were still offering the 60-Second Pushup Challenge, and Kyoshi was encouraged to participate by his instructor, Hanshi Richard Bernard. He absolutely dominated the men's division that day (74), and it was one of the few times that Hanshi Bernard didn't take away the victory.

However, that was not the first time I had heard of Kyoshi. People spoke very highly of his skill and his dominance when it came to his forms performances. Over the next year, I had the opportunity to speak with him several times and I realized that not only is Kyoshi Dimacali an excellent competitor, but an excellent martial artist and a great person. Today's episode solidifies my opinions of him as he tells an emotional tale of martial arts, family, and motivation. I hope you enjoy it.

~jeremy

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Episode 133 - Michelle Yeoh (Profile)
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Episode 133 - Michelle Yeoh (Profile)

You can find lots of photos, a full transcript and other episodes at:

 

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Episode 132 - Mr. Daniel Hartz
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Episode 132 - Mr. Daniel Hartz

Mr. Daniel Hartz - Episode 132 Mr. Hartz just after having Sensei Smith demonstrate a choke. Wearing a NoSweat Tee.

You may recognize the name of today's guest from his appearance on Episode 100. Mr. Daniel Hartz was the interviewer for my episode of the show, and it's been an honor to have him back for his turn at the table. While there are no firm rules about who we have on the show, we generally only extend the invitation to black belts. Mr. Hartz recently earned his black belt at a weekend-long testing ceremony I was fortunate enough to participate in.

On today's episode, we learn a lot about not only Mr. Hartz, but about what it is that draws people to martial arts and keeps them there. As a recent black belt, Mr. Hartz doesn't have the decades of training many of our guests do, which gives him a different perspective on training. He's very open about himself and his love for the arts, which I suspect will resonate for most listeners. It certainly did for me.

~jeremy

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Episode 131 - Martial Arts Etiquette
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Episode 131 - Martial Arts Etiquette

On today's episode, we discuss the important of etiquette in a martial arts class. We also tackle how to handle attending class with a different group of people, where martial arts etiquette might be different.

Martial Arts Etiquette - Episode 131

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Episode 130 - Sensei Fumio Demura (Interview)
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Episode 130 - Sensei Fumio Demura (Interview)

On episode 107 we released a profile of Sensei Fumio Demura. After several conversations with people that knew Sensei, it didn't seem likely that we'd be able to have him on the show. It's no secret that his health isn't great and, despite that, he's still very busy. So we went ahead and released our profile episode to honor him and all of his accomplishments. He's certainly a figure that martial artists should know.

From that episode, the folks at The Real Miyagi, the documentary outlining Sensei's life, reached out to us. After some back and forth they were able to put us in touch with Demura Sensei by email... and the rest is (now) history. What follows is an uncut discussion between Sensei Fumio Demura and host Jeremy Lesniak.

 

Episode 129 - Dealing with Setbacks
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Episode 129 - Dealing with Setbacks

Advice on how to handle martial arts related setbacks.

Dealing with Setbacks - Episode 129

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Episode 128 - Renshi Lisa Magiera
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Episode 128 - Renshi Lisa Magiera

But that front kick that's done on a bag isn't truly owned by the student until they're in a free-thinking, sparring situation and they see the opening and they're like "Oh, now it's time for a front kick."

Renshi Lisa Magiera occupies an interesting place in the martial arts world, at least for listeners to this show. Over the episodes, we've spoken of various guests in a familial sense, as they tie to my place in the martial arts world. We've heard from older siblings, Uncles, and others. Renshi Lisa Magiera is best described as my sister.

Just a short time after I left Maine for College, Renshi moved to the area and starting training at the karate school I grew up in. She ultimately purchased it and continues to operate it today. She learned the same things by the same people, and we have many things in common because of that. Interestingly, we had very little overlap as my College visits to home rarely involved martial arts, as I was there for holidays and weekends. We've built a strong friendship over the last few years, though.

This episode is a lot of fun, for both of us, and hopefully, everyone else enjoys it, too.

~jeremy

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Episode 127 - Rights & Privileges of Rank
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Episode 127 - Rights & Privileges of Rank

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Episode 126 - Mr. Dale Frye
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Episode 126 - Mr. Dale Frye

Mr. Dale Frye, aka "Sunshine," is a world champion kickboxer turned actor and stuntman.

Mr. Dale Frye - Episode 126

I said, wait a minute. We just sat here and beat on each other for six rounds, and it was fun. And it's like, maybe we need to be looked at or something.

Mr Dale Frye has done a lot. From winning world-titles in kickboxing to an acting resume that's been impressive for decades. Whether it's kicks or stunts or acting, Mr. Frye, also known by his fighting name, Sunshine, has left his mark. We had a good chat and I think you'll enjoy it.  Let's welcome him to the show.

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Episode 125 - Sparring Drills
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Episode 125 - Sparring Drills

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Episode 124 - Shihan Grant Campbell
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Episode 124 - Shihan Grant Campbell

I first met Shihan Grant Campbell during the March 2016 Superfoot black belt gathering in Florida. It was during this same assembly that I met Kyoshi Kevin Hudson, and, of course, Sensei Terry Dow and Bill Wallace were there. I met a lot of people that weekend, and everyone was very skilled, and a great person to work with. There was one person, though, that stood out for me in the way he helped me through that weekend.

We've all worked with martial arts practitioners that seem to understand us, to know our journey, and to make us better. Shihan Campbell was that person for me, at least on that weekend. I enjoyed his help with the physical aspects of our training, but also really appreciated his humor and stories during meals and downtime. I knew that he was someone we needed to have on the show.

The scheduling took some time, as he's very busy with training, teaching, and travelling, but we made it happen. Listen in, you'll see that it was worth the wait.

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Episode 123 - Jean-Claude Van Damme (Profile)
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Episode 123 - Jean-Claude Van Damme (Profile)

What are you doing? I know what you’re doing. You’re getting ready to listen to today’s episode of Martial Arts Radio. Well, here we are. Episode 123 is coming at you in just a moment, and it’s all about Jean-Claude Van Damme.

I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host, Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick, if you don’t know, makes the absolute best sparring gear, apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome all of our new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back again.

All of our past podcast episodes, show notes and a lot more are at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. From that site you can sign up for our newsletter, and I really think you should, because we offer exclusive content to subscribers, discounts and it's the only place to find out about upcoming guests.

When we take a look at our sales, we’re seeing a lot of our sparring helmets go out to people that do MMA, kickboxing and other sports that are really outside traditional martial arts. Why? Probably because there’s nothing more comfortable and protective than a whistlekick helmet. Just like the rest of our gear, it holds up amazingly well. Check them out at whistlekick.com.

 

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Episode 122 - Renshi Craig Sargent
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Episode 122 - Renshi Craig Sargent

Renshi Craig Sargent - Episode 122

Over the last year and a half, there have been guests that I've wanted to get to know better. I've known today's guest for a few years, and despite quite a few conversations, I felt like there was a lot more than I knew. It wasn't more than 15 minutes into today's episode before I realized my instincts were correct- Renshi Craig Sargent had a lot more to say than I'd heard during our brief talks.

Right from the beginning, he opens up, and he takes us on a ride like few have with this show. I can say I know Renshi Sargent much better, now, and I look forward to seeing him more at tournaments and other events.

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Episode 121 - Question & Answer #1
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Episode 121 - Question & Answer #1

On today's episode we answer four burning questions submitted by the audience.

Question & Answer #1 - Episode 121

Today’s episode will be a bit different- because we’re always trying to change things up and bring you some variety. If you follow us on social media, you know we ask a lot of questions – because we want to know what you think about things.

But through those questions comes conversation, and questions coming back to us. And today we’re going to answer some of the questions that you’ve written in. If you like this show and want to see more of this format, let us know and, ideally, send in a question yourself.

Here are the questions we tackle on today's episode:

Q: What do you think Bruce Lee’s career would have looked like if he was alive today?

Q: I’m 18 and love martial arts. I’ve been training since I was 9 but now I’m at college and don’t have very many options to continue my training. There’s a martial arts club on campus but it’s very different from what I’m used to. I’m missing my dojo back home but it’s too far to drive. What should I do?

Q: How long should I stop training if I become injured? I’ve recently messed up my shoulder and it’s getting better, but I really miss my training. Can I just go in and take it easy?

Q: If you had to spend the next year training alone with only one famous martial artist or actor, who would it be?

On today's episode, we mentioned our episode on Martial Arts training in a car, Episode 95.

Episode 120 - Hanshi Bruce Juchnik
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Episode 120 - Hanshi Bruce Juchnik

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik is a living encyclopedia. When you talk about the most famous martial artists - Joe Lewis, Robert Trias, Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace, James Mitose - he's right there in the mix. In some of the stories, he's on the fringes, but can tell you about the major players and what really happened. In others, he takes center stage and helps connect the dots on some of the most important elements of our past.

And history is very important to Hanshi Juchnik. He knows where he came from and he believes you should, too. As important as punching and kicking is, that's how important knowing your lineage is to Hanshi Bruce Juchnik. It was a pleasure to have him on the show and connect many of the different stories we've already heard, as well as point us in the direction of some guests we'll be having on in the future.

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Episode 119 - Group Chat: McDojos
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Episode 119 - Group Chat: McDojos

McDojos, and all that they mean to the martial arts community, are the topic of conversation today on our first-ever group chat.

Group Chat: McDojos - Episode 119

Today's episode is a bit different - it's our first group conversation. A few weeks ago, we were approached by Sensei Robert Ingram. Sensei Ingram is the man behind the McDojo Life brand. McDojo Life is a martial arts entertainment group that brings you humorous martial arts content. Most of their content is published through social media. McDojo Life has quite a large following, and for good reason - their stuff is funny!

We also brought back a past guest, whistlekick's good friend & host of the Martial Thoughts podcast, Sensei Jaredd Wilson. Jeremy joins the two of them to discuss McDojos, integrity in martial arts instruction and instructors and a lot more.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a McDojo is a derogatory term that refers to a martial arts school that doesn't live up to the standards others set. It's completely subjective, and we discuss that as part of the show. We had a great conversation and all three of us enjoyed the time together. If you like this format, please let us know and we'll look at doing more of them. Thanks for listening and have an amazing day! 

During the episode, we talked about Episode 69, our episode where we talk about martial arts instructors & integrity.

On today's episode, we reference the Redneck Jiu Jitsu YouTube Channel

For More Information on Sensei Ingram and McDojo Life

You can find McDojo Life on Instagram, YouTubeFacebook & Twitter. Soon, the website McDojoLife.com will be active.

For More Information on Sensei Jaredd Wilson and Martial Thoughts

You can find Sensei Jaredd Wilson on Episode 76, his previous podcast appearance. You can find the Martial Thoughts podcast here, website.

Episode 118 - Kancho Matt Brown
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Episode 118 - Kancho Matt Brown

I first met Kancho Brown at a multi-instructor seminar in early summer of 2016. I was impressed with his skill, but more so his personality. We quickly became friends and I found myself thrilled at his stories and sense of humor. I knew he was someone that needed to come on the show, and we spent a few months coordinating schedules... BUT... he's here now and it's time for his tales. Let's welcome him to the show.

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Episode 117 - Tony Jaa (Profile)
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Episode 117 - Tony Jaa (Profile)

Hi. Guess what? It’s time for another episode of whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, and this is episode 117, and it’s our long-awaited profile of the amazing Tony Jaa.

I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host, Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick, if you don’t know, makes the absolute best sparring gear, apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome the new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back again.

All of our past podcast episodes, show notes and a lot more are at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. From that site you can sign up for our newsletter, and I really suggest you do so, because we offer exclusive content to subscribers, discounts and it's the only place to find out about upcoming guests.

You’ve probably heard me talk about our sparring gear before. Heck, it’s the whole reason I founded whistlekick. But what you may not know, unless you’re subscribing to the newsletter (hint-hint!) is that we now have our top-notch sparring gear in a brand new color. Blue! It’s an awesome blue, and the gear looks incredible. Check it out at whistlekick.com.

So, today we’re talking about Tony Jaa. When his name pops up, people think about the Ong Bak movies and his unique martial arts choreography. But how did he get started? What makes him tick? Well, I’ll tell you.

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Episode 116 - Mestre Efraim Silva
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Episode 116 - Mestre Efraim Silva

As with a number of our guests, it was from a news article that we first learned of Mestre Efraim Silva. Native to Brazil, Mestre Silva has been living in Connecticut for a number of years and has been spreading Capoeira throughout New England via his school. It took us some time to find a day to record as he's very much in demand teaching seminars throughout the United States.

It was, to be blunt, very much worth the wait. Mestre Efraim talks of his early challenges in Brazil, his struggles to open a school here in the US and the positive changes he has had in the lives of his students. It's a powerful episode and one that may leave you feeling inspired and, at times, overwhelmed. It certainly did for me. Enjoy.

~jeremy

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Episode 115 - Money & Martial Arts Competition
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Episode 115 - Money & Martial Arts Competition

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We’ve talked on this show about competition and its role in martial arts. We ask our guests about their competitive experience and we’ve even done full episodes on martial arts tournaments.

One of the things I’ve seen lately on social media revolves around criticism of the way money is handed out at competitions. Some are calling for equal payouts for men’s and women’s divisions. Others are calling for parity between the adult and senior divisions.

Money is, of course, important. While I would agree with the adage, “money doesn’t buy happiness,” it’s hard to be happy when you don’t have any. Let’s explore the ties between money and competitive martial arts.

Episode 114 - Mr. Gershon Ben Keren
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2017-09-21 14:01:21 UTC 01:18:25
Episode 114 - Mr. Gershon Ben Keren

Mr. Gershon Ben Keren is a Krav Maga instructor, author and school owner.

Mr. Gershon Gen Keren - Episode 114

It really doesn't matter how you solve that problem, whether you solve that problem by picking up an improvised weapon, whether you solve that problem through de-escalation or you solve it through disengagement.

Frequent listeners know that we try to bring on people from different martial arts. It's important to be a well-rounded martial artist, and part of that involves learning about the different perspectives that different martial artists have - especially those that train in less-common arts. While we've had a few guests on the show that trained in Krav Maga, none of them have defined themselves as Krav Maga practitioners. And until recently, I wasn't even aware of how old Krav Maga was. So, when Mr. Gershon Ben Keren came to my attention as Krav Maga practitioner who started training long before the current wave, he seemed the perfect candidate to have on the show.

While Mr. Ben Keren isn't here to represent Krav Maga, being the first person steeped in that art on the show carried a bit of responsibility with it. I was very honest with him of this, but also let him know that the episode was about him and not his chosen art. I think we both did a good job of placing him first but also giving you some information on the history of the style, which was important in giving you context for our guest.

I really enjoyed getting to know Mr. Ben Keren, and with his school only a few hours away, it's just a matter of time before I pop by for a visit. Let's welcome him to the show.

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Episode 113 - Different Training Environments
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2017-09-21 14:01:21 UTC 08:28
Episode 113 - Different Training Environments

Martial arts training in different locations - and different types of locations - can yield strong benefits.

Different Training Environments - Episode 113

Show transcript below.

What is up everyone? It’s time for another episode of whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, and here we are with episode 113. And today we’re going to talk about training in different environments.

I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host, Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick, if you don’t know, makes the absolute best sparring gear, apparel, and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome the new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back again.

All of our past podcast episodes, show notes and a lot more are at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. From that site, you can sign up for our newsletter, and I really suggest you do so, because we offer exclusive content to subscribers, discounts and it's the only place to find out about upcoming guests.

As the weather starts cooling, you might be in the market for something warmer – whether you’re headed to training, the gym or just looking for something comfortable, our sweatpants are it. Seriously, people love these things. I have a few pairs and through the winter months, they’re pretty much all I wear.

Let’s talk about your training. Specifically, where you train. If you’re like me, like most people, the vast majority of your training is at your dojo, dojang, academy, training hall or whatever you call it at your school. You might have mats or a hardwood floor. But the surface probably doesn’t change. The lighting is probably the same and if you’re like most schools, you always face the same direction.

For some martial artists, this routine can pose a problem. It really comes down to two things – engagement and practicality.

By engagement, I mean that your surroundings have a lot to do with the energy you invest to your training. Different people, different locations and different sights, sounds and smells seem to wake people up and inspire them to train harder.

By practicality, I mean that we adapt to our surroundings and aren’t quite as adept at taking action in strange environments. This doesn’t just go for martial arts, but for anything. It’s not a martial arts problem, it’s a human being problem.

Let’s talk about the engagement challenge first. If you’ve been listening to the show you know that I’m an advocate for training with different instructors, attending seminars and otherwise varying your education. Of course, that will require you to go to different places and you’ll learn differently because of those environments, but what about the rest of the time?

One of the most interesting things I ever saw in a martial arts class was when an instructor had a kid’s class turn 90 degrees and face a different wall. It was like a different group of children. They were suddenly attentive, powerful and really invested in the class.

About 10 minutes later, as the energy level waned, the instructor did it again. Sure, there was likely some benefit from the small break the kids had, but I have no doubt that looking at a different wall was enough to wake up the children’s senses. In fact, I’ve done this myself when I teach children, and even adults, if they seem to be fading.

There are other ways to up the engagement in your regular-old training facility. Changing the lighting can be huge. Adding a colored light or turning off some of the lights completely changes the space. Drawing the shades, kicking parents and visitors out for just one night, and even putting sunglasses on everyone can make a huge impact. Anything that alters the sensory input will prompt a response. The longer someone has been training, chances are, the stronger the response.

Let’s talk about the actual physical space now. You can change it all you want, but at some point, you have to consider that it’s exactly the same space. There’s benefit to training outside that space as we’ve already discussed.

Where, though, can and should you train?

If you want to freak out a younger or newer student, take them to a crowded park and ask them to do a form. Chances are, they’ll panic. Will they panic if they’re attacked in that same place? Chances are they’ll be more willing to use their skills, but that anxiety that comes up from people watching them is still important to address.

Training outside, in different weather conditions, with strangers watching, adds a whole new dynamic to training. If you’ve ever been part of a demonstration, you’ve probably witnessed this whether you realized it or not. People act differently in different environments. Some people seem to draw strength from training in a wooded environment, others do better during a beach training.

My challenge to you is to go out and try training in different environments. In fact, I’m going to give you a checklist right now and I’d urge you to try checking them off in the next month. Even for 15 minutes, try practicing in your car, in a public park, in the woods, at the beach or a pool, in front of your house, in your bedroom and on top of something high-up like a tall building. Try and do at least one of these at night, one during a good rainstorm, one while it’s hot and another while cold. Be present during your training and see what you observe. There are lessons to be learned from each of these and all of them make you a better martial artist.

The elements and locations that you find most challenging are the ones that will yield the greatest benefits if your practice embraces them.

I’d love to see photos of listeners training outside, training in the rain or in other non-conventional places. Do you have a favorite location to train outside of your school? Where is it and why do you like it? Whatever your comments, let us know. You can comment on the show notes at whistlekickMartialArtsRadio.com or on social media - we're on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram - all with the username whistlekick.

If you want to be a guest on the show or maybe you have an idea for a show topic, go ahead and fill out the form on the website. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter so you can stay up on everything we do. You can learn more about our products at whistlekick.com, like all of our great shirts, and you can check out our awesome line of sparring gear there or on Amazon.

That’s all for today, so, until next time, Train hard, smile and have a great day.

 

Episode 112 - Kyoshi Kevin Hudson
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Episode 112 - Kyoshi Kevin Hudson

It was during my time at the Superfoot camp in Florida in March of 2016 that I first met Kyoshi Kevin Hudson. A tall man with a southern accent and a constant smile, he quickly became one of my favorite people I met that weekend. He quickly showed himself to be a skilled and passionate martial artist, which are the two primary criteria for coming on this show. It took a little bit of time to make the scheduling work, but it was worth the wait.

This episode is one where we hear a lot about Kyoshi Hudson's love- not just for Martial Arts, but for people & for life in general. It's hard not to feel good after speaking with him, and that comes through in this episode. Enjoy.

~jeremy

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Episode 111 - Karate in the Olympics
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Episode 111 - Karate in the Olympics

Karate will be in the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Let's talk about what that means to the martial arts.

During the show we reference the following websites.

Official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Page on Karate - https://tokyo2020.jp/en/games/sport/olympic/karate/

Official World Karate Federation (WKF) rules - http://www.wkf.net/pdf/competition_rules_version9_2015_en1.pdf

Black Belt Magazine pieces on how the Olympics have impacted Judo and Taekwondo

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Episode 110 - Mr. Simon Scher
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Episode 110 - Mr. Simon Scher

We love guest suggestions from the audience. So when one of our listeners suggested Mr. Simon Scher as a guest, it didn't take long for us to realize we had been missing out in not inviting this impressive man on the show.

Once we realized he was only a few hours away from HQ, we ended up attending a Superfoot seminar together and even have some collaborations in the works. Mr. Scher is well known for his prolific social media releases, including photos and video of him kicking everything in sight. He's a kind and thoughtful man, with a great sense of humor.

Enjoy the episode and when you're done, check out some of his videos. They're well done and entertaining. While he does have a Taekwondo background, his instruction offers something for people of all arts. Personally, I've found Mr. Scher to be a great guy and I'm looking forward to more collaborations with him in the future. ~jeremy

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Episode 109 - whistlekick Update Show
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Episode 109 - whistlekick Update Show

There’s nothing fancy or special about today’s episode – but it is the first episode where we’ve told you what’s going on at whistlekick behind the scenes. Like this episode? Hate it? Let us know. It will help us determine whether to do it again. Thanks for listening!

Episode 108 - Mr. Tony Blauer - Part 2
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Episode 108 - Mr. Tony Blauer - Part 2

This is part 2 of our episode with Mr. Tony Blauer. Please listen to part 1 first.

Episode 108 - Mr. Tony Blauer - Part 1
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Episode 108 - Mr. Tony Blauer - Part 1

Mr. Tony Blauer is here to upset the apple cart a bit. Some will claim he's not a martial artist, but if you check our definition of a martial artist, you'll see that he certainly is. What Mr. Blauer has done exceptionally well throughout his career is look at martial arts, combat, and self-defense in a different way. He's not someone who will simply accept the words of another. That's not to say he's not respectful, but he challenges convention when he sees it to be appropriate. In a sense, he's a martial arts researcher.

What follows is our longest show yet. Mr. Blauer gave an incredible amount of his time and geared the conversation to our audience - traditional martial arts & martial artists. You may love this episode, which has been split into two parts, or you may hate it. Regardless, you're going to think about martial arts, your training, self-defense and more. Our intention in bringing you this episode is not to steer you to sign up for anything from anyone. (Disclosure: we have never, and will never, taken any financial incentives from guests for them coming on the show.) Our intention is that you listen, consider Mr. Blauer's words, and look at your life and your training.

For the clean version of this episode, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/108-tony-blauer/

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Episode 107 - Fumio Demura (Profile)
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Episode 107 - Fumio Demura (Profile)

Not long after moving the US Demura got a gig doing martial arts demonstrations at the Japanese Deer Park, a local attraction in California. The shows were different from martial arts demonstrations of the day, which showcased martial artists coming close but not making contact. Demura’s demonstrations featured people reacting to this near contact, making it look like a fight. While there were likely others offering demonstrations this way, these demos at the Deer Park were certainly popularized by Fumio Demura and he’s sometimes credited with developing the method.

He was the stunt double for Pat Morita, who played Miyagi, in the karate kid movies. It was Chuck Norris who introduced Demura to the production people for The Karate Kid. He was originally intended to be Miyagi, but he knew his English wasn’t good enough. From there he became the stunt double.

 It’s hard to talk about Fumio Demura without mentioning the amazing movie from 2015, The Real Miyagi. What started as a crowdfunding project really turned into an amazing film. It’s a well-done documentary on the life of Shihan Demura and it’s available on Netflix as well as DVD. The cast is a who’s who of martial artists and martial arts actors, including Billy Blanks, Pat Johnson, Dolph Lundgren, Pat Morita, Christine Bannon Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Bill Wallace, Michael Jai White and many more.

Episode 106 - Mr. Alex Gillis
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Episode 106 - Mr. Alex Gillis

Over the course of this show, we've had a few trends with mentions of movies & actors. But when it comes to books, there are only a few we've heard about consistently. Joe Hyams Zen in the Martial Arts, Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings and Alex Gillis's A Killing Art. The first two authors have passed away, but Mr. Gillis is alive and well, so we invited him to come on the show.

You can learn a lot about Mr. Gillis from the way he wrote the book, and you can learn about the book from our conversation with the man. Thoughtful, thorough and dedicated are words that you can use to describe either.

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/106-alex-gillis/

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Episode 105 - Helping People Find the Right Martial Arts School
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Episode 105 - Helping People Find the Right Martial Arts School

Lately, I’ve been noticing something that’s really starting to irritate me. Someone will mention their desire to explore martial arts, usually on social media. What comes back is a barrage of “my school is best” and “my art is best” posts.

Now, we’ve talked a lot about that but when we talk about it in the context of a potential martial artist, all we’re doing is turning them off from ever training. See, people don’t like to make bad decisions. And if multiple people that they respect offer contradictory opinions… they’re likely to make no choice.

And if you’ve been listening to the show for a while, you know that one of our goals here at whistlekick is to get more people to train. After all, martial artists make the world a better place.

So it really does all of us a disservice to answer that question – What martial art should I do – with such a direct answer. If you sold cars, houses or even cheese – would you even answer the question, what car, house or cheese should I get?

Of course not. You’d ask questions. In sales, they’re called qualifying questions. And guess what? If you’re even thinking of answering the question, you’re a sales person. And you have a duty to the person asking the question, the people you train with and the martial arts community as a whole to help them correctly.

Just as you shouldn’t teach at a martial arts school if you’re not willing to give your students the best instruction you can, you shouldn’t engage with someone on the question of what art to take.

Let’s now go through the questions you should be asking and how to handle this whole situation.

For full show notes, please visit:  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/105-find-martial-arts-school/

 

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Episode 104 - Sensei Ashida Kim
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Episode 104 - Sensei Ashida Kim

Today's episode is with well-known martial artist and ninjitsu practitioner Sensei Ashida Kim. While I had heard his name before, I'll confess that I didn't know a lot about him. When a past guest suggested he would be someone good to speak with, I did a bit of research and found that this man's resume is pretty incredible. While much of the writings on the internet about Sensei Kim are very strongly opinionated - both in his favor and not - I was more concerned with his stories. As we always do on the show, we give our guests the opportunity to speak freely and talk about that which they want to. That's exactly what we did here - and it's a great episode.

Sensei Kim is a prolific author and has written a number of books still available. We discuss a few of them during the episode and you can learn more at his website, linked below.

Today's featured whistlekick product is our line of tee shirts. We have something for everyone, in a variety of styles and sizes. Check them out, and the rest of our martial arts sparring gear and apparel, at whistlekick.com

Episode 103 - Muscle Memory
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Episode 103 - Muscle Memory

Muscle memory is when your body does something automatically. Muscles remember what to do by repeating something many times. Sometimes this is called motor learning. In martial arts, this is the ability to, say, throw a punch without thinking about all of the small things required - which knuckles to use, twisting the hand, the retracted hand, etc. 

There's a bad side to motor learning - like when throwing a technique, someone throws it to the same place without thinking. Every time.

There are ways to expand muscle memory and not be locked in to only a few patterns. Practice things differently. Routine is the enemy. It’s not that we don’t want muscle memory, it’s that we don’t want it to limit us. Work different heights, different body placements, different combinations. Strange combinations. Different speeds. When you slow things down you can focus on the movements and make adjustments. That's something we should all be doing anyway.

Jeremy offers his favorite drill for combatting the negative effects of motor learning.

Today's featured product is our sweatpants.

Episode 102 - Datu Tim Hartman
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Episode 102 - Datu Tim Hartman

 

"Martial arts develops character. Martial sports reveals character."

Welcome to episode 102 of Martial Arts Radio, where today we get to hear from Datu Tim Hartman. Datu Hartman is a living legend in the world of Filipino martial arts and has offered numerous seminars across the globe. As a lifelong practitioner of Filipino arts, Datu Hartman has watched the growth of the various disciplines, including arnis, escrima, kali and the various approaches and styles to these arts. We hear about the man's past, what keeps him inspired to train and why he's still so passionate not only about martial arts, but about passing on what he's learned to newer students.

 

Today's featured whistlekick product line is our suggestion. They're available in zip-up and pull-over, in quite a few colors and sizes. What do they have in common? Style, comfort and quality, just like everything we make.

 

For full show notes, including links, photos and video, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/102-tim-hartman/

 

Episode 101 - Necessity of Having Different Styles
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Episode 101 - Necessity of Having Different Styles

Necessity of Having Different Styles - Episode 101

Have you ever wondered why some martial artists get into such heated discussions over one style versus another? How about the difference between honoring the style as it was laid out, artistically, and personal progress in your martial arts? We talk about not only the benefit of having different martial arts styles available to those that want to train, but the necessity.

During the episode, we make reference to some past episodes on the definition of a martial art, Bruce Lee and our episode with Grandmaster Victor Moore.

Episode 100 - Sensei Jeremy Lesniak
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Episode 100 - Sensei Jeremy Lesniak

On episode 100 we hear from the whistlekick founder, and our regular host, Sensei Jeremy Lesniak. Throughout his martial arts career, he has achieved a black belt in no less than three different disciplines. A native to New England, Sensei Jeremy is a friend to many schools. Not just as a great resource for the best sparring gear, but someone you may see at a seminar, or as a guest instructor. Sensei Lesniak started martial arts at a young age but continues to demonstrate his passion for martial arts to this day. I've had the pleasure to work with him as a student in one of my seminars, and as a guest instructor in my home dojo.

~Daniel Hartz, host for Episode 100.

Today's featured product is our noSweat Athletic Shirts. You will notice how comfortable they are, and how they aren't too tight or too loose - they fit just right. They are great for working out, or wearing under your uniform. We have lots of colors and sizes to choose from, so take a look.

Episode 99 - Why I Train
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Episode 99 - Why I Train

On Episode 99 host Jeremy Lesniak goes over the 9 reasons why he continues to practice martial arts. 

For show notes and other episodes, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/099-why-train/

Episode 98 - Mr. Tom Bisio
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Episode 98 - Mr. Tom Bisio

Today's episode is with Mr. Tom Bisio, a practitioner and instructor of Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan. We spend a lot of time discussing the martial arts overall as well as the internal martial arts, Mr. Bisio's focus both as practitioner and instructor. His background is diverse, though, and he's able to tie together a lot of the elements of martial arts, including some we don't typically think about around health and healing. It's clear from speaking with him that he's on an educational mission of sorts, making efforts to bring new and revised knowledge to those that are interested and in various forms.

 

For show notes and other episodes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/098-tom-bisio/

Episode 97 - Steven Seagal (Profile)
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Episode 97 - Steven Seagal (Profile)

On today's episode of Martial Arts Radio we're talking about the legendary martial artist and martial arts movie actor, Steven Seagal. We talk about Seagal's history, including his martial arts training and how he got into the movie industry. We don't pull any punches here, being honest and fair about Steven Seagal with regard to his skills, acting and off-screen actions. You're sure to learn things about him you didn't before, so tune in and check it out. Thanks for listening.

 

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/097-steven-seagal/

Episode 96 - Master Amanda Meltzer
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Episode 96 - Master Amanda Meltzer

On today's show, we talk to Master Amanda Meltzer, a taekwondo practitioner from New Hampshire. Master Meltzer is a less common example of someone who came to martial arts later in life, at least with respect to the guests we have on our show. What's always interesting about these examples is we get a clearer picture as to why someone takes up martial arts as an adult. Here we get a very clear picture and understand how taekwondo has not only become a family affair but also grown her family.

Today's featured product is the design that launched the company, our original sparring boots. No toe strap, extra-reinforcement, better materials. It all combines to give you the best sparring boot on the market. Seriously, check them out!

 

For other episodes & show notes please visit:  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/096-amanda-meltzer/ 

Episode 95 - Become a Better Martial Artist in the Car
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Episode 95 - Become a Better Martial Artist in the Car

Becoming a Better Martial Artist in the Car - Episode 95

Today's episode covers suggestions for reclaiming the time you spend in your vehicle in order to become a better martial artist.

  1. Podcasts - we mentioned the popular blog post we wrote last year on Best Martial Arts Podcasts
  2. Hand Dexterity
  3. Hand Mobility
  4. Cut Your Fingernails
  5. Focus Practice
  6. Hand Conditioning
  7. Driving Barefoot
  8. Anticipation of Other Cars, People & Animals
  9. Electronic Recovery Units
  10. Hand Strengthening

Episode 94 - Sifu Gary Cecil
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Episode 94 - Sifu Gary Cecil

On episode 94 we get to talk with Sifu Gary Cecil, a Kung Fu instructor who was suggested as a guest by one of his students. We had a great conversation and I found myself really interested in some of the things Sifu Cecil had to say. You might think that, close to 100 episodes in, we've heard everything - every background someone comes from and every way that you can view the martial arts. But that's clearly not the case, as Sifu Cecil gave us plenty to think about.

Today's featured product is our great line of martial arts sparring gloves

 

For more info and full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/094-gary-cecil/

Episode 93 - What is a Martial Art
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Episode 93 - What is a Martial Art

Over the last few months we've been honing in on a definition for martial arts. Well, on episode 93 we jump in headlong and see if we can flesh it out. This may go down as a controversial episode, but that's okay. We take an academic, thought out approach and apply what we've learned from the many guests we've had on the show. In the end, what we have is good... but could it be better?

Episode 92 - Sabumnim Scott Pribyl
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Episode 92 - Sabumnim Scott Pribyl

On episode 92 we're joined by a man with an incredible story. Sabumnim Scott Pribyl started martial arts training as a late teenager and really took to it. He credits his professional success to the lessons he learned in the martial arts and also his survival of an incident that literally no other person is known to have survived. He's an incredible man and tells some amazing stories. Enjoy.

Episode 91 - Billy Jack (Movie Profile)
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Episode 91 - Billy Jack (Movie Profile)

On today's episode, we give our popular profile treatment to one of the oldest and most beloved martial arts movies of all time, Billy Jack. We cover the history of the movie, trivia, and much more. If you're at all a fan of Billy Jack, you should really give this episode a listen. And if you're not, listen anyway, because maybe you will be afterwards.

Episode 90 – Sensei Scott Lombardo
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Episode 90 – Sensei Scott Lombardo

Today we get a chance to speak with Isshinryu karateka and founder of Veterans Martial Arts Training, Sensei Scott Lombardo. Veterans Martial Arts Training (V-MAT) is a free martial arts program for United State Military Veterans based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. When we learned about the program, we knew it sounded like something we wanted to help promote, so we reached out to Sensei Lombardo immediately. Fortunately, he accepted our offer to appear on the show.

While we do spend some time talking about the organization, most of our time is spent getting to know Sensei Scott Lombardo and hearing his stories. A longtime martial artist practicing karate, Sensei Lombardo shares great stories about the ups and downs he’s experienced through his life, and he doesn’t hold anything back. We get a pretty good window into this man and what makes him tick. This episode runs the range of emotions and we hope you enjoy it. Thanks for listening.

Today’s featured product is a new one for us – our MoveFlow Yoga-Style Pants. They’re incredibly comfortable, with a fold-over waistband and other features that you, our customers, asked for. Check them out today at whistlekick.com

Episode 89 - Martial Arts Weapons
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Episode 89 - Martial Arts Weapons

Today we talk about the history and usage of martial arts weapons. We squash some stories that get thrown around, give you reasons for why you should do some weapons training and even help you understand how weapons training can improve your unarmed martial arts.

We talk about the origins of Asian martial arts weapons, the loss of Korean swordsmanship, the similarities and differences between weapons arts of different regions and why weapons are usually (but not always) taught after learning empty-handed techniques.

On today's episode we made reference to Episode 88 with Guro Chris Thompson and Episode 78 with Sir Gemini Asonte.

Episode 88 - Guro Chris Thompson
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Episode 88 - Guro Chris Thompson

Today's episode brings us Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) practitioner Guro Chris Thompson. With a background in Goju Karate, Guro Chris found his passion in a very different style - and we talk today about that transition. While not as well know as karate, Filipino arts are starting to receive global acceptance and recognition. If you're unfamiliar with the systems of the island nation, you'll learn a bit about their origins today, including why they're so diverse in their approaches.

I had a lot of fun talking to Guro Chris, as I do with all of our guests. (You've all likely figured that out by now. I truly enjoy what I do.) We'll be having Guro Chris Thompson as one of our featured instructors this summer at the Martial Arts Weekend, so check that out! Sign up soon, because space is limited.

Today's featured whistlekick product is our shinguards. Double-thick over the tibia (shin bone) they hold up very well against both time and your partners or opponents. One of our favorite ways to demonstrate them is to kick door frames with our shins while wearing them at events. That brings a lot of attention!

Episode 87 - Martial Artists Are Their Own Worst Enemies
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Episode 87 - Martial Artists Are Their Own Worst Enemies

When we consider the space that martial arts occupies in the Western world, specifically the United States, it's easy to see the impact. Our movies are full of martial arts-inspired fight scenes. Popular culture lifts up the skilled fighters from the UFC. A man who has been dead for forty years is one of our most recognized icons. Yet, when we break down the numbers, martial arts participation in the United States is around 5 million people, or 1.5% of the population. Compare that to approximately 3.5% globally, and you can see a large disparity.

Why is that the case? I'm sure there are a multitude of factors, but the one we're discussing today is foundational - the attitude that martial artists have for each other. If you're a martial artist, and you've been genuinely criticized for what you do, there's a good chance that criticism came from a martial artist. Within our ranks we have a large percentage of participants that are so concerned with historical accuracy or theoretical superiority that they'll let their opinions create rifts in the martial arts community.

It's not helping anyone and it needs to stop.

On today's episode, we're talking about the ways martial artists cut each other down, rather than lift up. The politics, the infighting, the "my art is better than yours" debates and so on. We explore where these attitudes came from, why they've carried on and how they're hurting us. Later, we talk about how we can move past them and what the impact of just such a world might be.

At whistlekick we have a very foundational belief - that the world would be a better place if everyone spent time in martial arts training. Clearing out this stumbling block - the popularity of what is, essentially, bullying within our own community - is essential to reaching that goal. Thank you for listening and, if you found value in today's episode, please share it with others. Train hard, smile, and have a great day.

Episode 86 - Miss Jessica Henderson
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Episode 86 - Miss Jessica Henderson

Today's episode is with one of my long-time martial arts friends, Miss Jessica Henderson. Over the last year we've heard from a lot of different people - different styles, different paths and different outlooks on the arts. I believe strongly that everyone has a story to tell - wisdom to share. Miss Henderson is no different, and the fact I was able to sit down with her in person was a bonus.

Most of our guests started their martial arts training as young children. For those that started at an older age, most of them have been training for decades and they don't have full memory of the context of what it was life to start their journey. Heck, few of the guests have more than a few memories of that time as so many years have passed. Miss Henderson, though, is different. With just over 10 years of training, she remembers what it was like to start training at 16 and we spend a fair amount of time talking about that. You'll hear through our conversation that her step in the martial arts was pivotal for her, and I don't think it's an exaggeration to say it completely transformed her life. Thanks for listening.

Your humble host

Jeremy

Episode 85 - Martial Arts Curriculum
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Episode 85 - Martial Arts Curriculum

Today's show topic started as an email from a listener. This listener was feeling conflict with the vast amounts of information that was expected to be taught to students at their martial arts school. As they wrote, on the one hand, diversity of techniques is very much in line with the artistic side of what we do. Yet, on the other hand, it makes it more challenging to achieve a level of proficiency with any of it.

It's a great subject, and we tackled it for today's episode. We offer suggestions on how to break down the problem and how to make improvements in your school as an instructor or owner. If you're a student, we offer some advice, too, on how to deal with a large body of training information.

Episode 84 - Master Chris LaCava
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Episode 84 - Master Chris LaCava

Today's episode is with another of the wonderful martial artists I first met in 2015 at the Super Summer Seminars event. (As of this episode, the others we've heard from that came out of this weekend are Sensei Katie Murphy & Kyoshi Dave Kovar) We didn't get a lot of time together, but I had a good feeling about him and what he offered as an instructor. I then saw him in January at Sifu Alan Goldberg's Hall of Honors Mega Weekend in New Jersey and again had a chance to learn from him. I knew it was time to get him on the show, and here we are.

Today's episode could have easily gone off the rails, as you have two self-proclaimed martial arts "nerds" in conversation that also share a similar sense of humor. While we absolutely wander at times, I felt the places we ended up were wonderful. This show has always welcomed tangents, and our time with Master Chris LaCava was no different. I hope you enjoy the conversation, and I'll guess that you'll share at least a few laughs with us.

Your host, Jeremy

Today's featured product is the full line of sparring gear you can find

Episode 83 - Destination Training
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Episode 83 - Destination Training

 

Most people that have trained in the martial arts for a time have had some type of external training - meaning training outside their typical location from people other than their typical instructor(s). These could be seminars or visiting another school, whether it's of a similar style or something completely different. There's a lot of value in learning different things, even the same things from different people. Everyone learns a bit differently and having another set of eyes watching over you can really hone your skills. This is why martial arts schools with several instructors (that are on the same page) often turn out better students than the schools with a single instructor.

Along all of these lines is destination training. These opportunities can look very different - they may be a seminar series covering different topics or an intensive training focused on a single martial arts subject. The value here isn't just in getting other people to look over what you're doing - it goes so much deeper. When you travel for your training and stay overnight, it changes your mindset. You're typically with other people who are doing the same thing. Thus, everyone that is participating really values their training time. These events are rarely free, so you get people that have made a financial sacrifice to be there.

Many of these events, maybe even most, are presented as a "camp" experience, either with people sleeping outside or in spartan conditions. Some involve sleeping in university dorms over the summer or in cabins. For many attendees, it's not the training that they find most valuable from these experiences but the relationships they build. When you get a group of martial artists together, they tend to talk about... martial arts. There's a lot of sharing that goes on outside the training space and this is just as much the reason everyone should attend such an event.

For that reason we're hosting our own, held this year from July 8th - July 10th, 2016. You can learn more at MartialArtsWeekend.com Today's episode will talk about what we're doing, and why we're doing it, but it's not a commercial. Our format came out of a lot of discussion with martial artists about what they liked and didn't like from their destination training. Whether you have attended one of these sessions or not, or even if you have no interest in attending, you will still find today's episode valuable, so check it out.

Episode 82 – Mr. Michael Rowe
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Episode 82 – Mr. Michael Rowe

Today’s episode is with Mr. Michael Rowe, a martial artist with as diverse a training history as anyone I’ve ever seen. With experience in Karate, ninjitsu, taekwondo, hapkido, and a lot more, under a number of different instructors, Mr. Rowe brings a lot to the table. An insightful man, his stories are wonderful – they’re entertaining, they’re honest and they’re real. So sit back, and let’s hear from today’s guest.

 

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For full show notes and other episodes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/082-michael-rowe/

 

Episode 81 - Martial Arts Warmups
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Episode 81 - Martial Arts Warmups

n today's episode we're talking about martial arts warmups and the four phases of an effective warmup and how most martial arts classes miss the boat. These are: low-risk cardiovascular movement, joint mobility, intensifying cardiovascular movement, flexibility (aka stretching). We discuss what they are, how to handle them, why to approach them in this order, how long to do them and so much more. If you're often feeling like you spend your first 15 minutes of class just "getting going" it could be due to a poor warm-up. Check out the episode and let us know what you think.

For full show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/081-martial-arts-warmups/

Episode 80 - Mr. Taimak Guarriello
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Episode 80 - Mr. Taimak Guarriello

Our guest today is the star of one of the most-beloved martial arts films of all-time, Mr. Taimak Guarriello. The Last Dragon is one of those rare martial arts films that had an impact that transcended martial arts culture, and could be felt in general society. Here we are 80 episodes in, and the news of his Mr. Guarriello's appearance created more buzz than any other guest we've had. While even his first name is synonymous with his role in the 1985 movie, there's a lot more to him than his time as Leroy Green, both as a man and as a martial artist. We get to know a lot about both of those sides, and I hope you enjoy your time with him.

 

For show notes and a lot more, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/080-taimak-guarriello/

Episode 79 - Everyone Needs Something to Call Their Own
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Episode 79 - Everyone Needs Something to Call Their Own

Today's episode is very different. Over the last few months, we've bumped into a recurring theme from our guests. That theme being the support martial arts provided to them during difficult times, especially as children. I've been struggling with how to tell my piece of this story, and whether or not to even tell it. In the end, I felt it was important to share simply because it may help provide context to someone who hasn't experienced the same sense that I felt as a child - that many of our guests felt. It is my sincere hope that, as a result of this episode, some of us may become a bit more conscious of the need for everyone, especially children, to have something in their lives that they can feel joyful passion towards- whether that be martial arts or something else. I feel strongly that it is this sense of ownership - this sense of belonging - that can help everyone (again, especially children) traverse challenging times in their lives.

To put it another way, We all need something we can look to and claim as our own. To have an external manifestation of our identity. Whether that's martial arts or not, I don't think it matters. For me it was (and is) being a martial artist. If you know someone without that outlet - that passion they can identify with, please help them find it. It may be the most important thing you ever do for them.

Thank you for listening. ~jeremy

For other episodes, show notes and more, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/079-everyone-needs-something/

Episode 78 - Sir Gemini Asonte
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Episode 78 - Sir Gemini Asonte

Today on Martial Arts Radio we have an interesting guest, unlike anyone we've had on before. Over the last 10-20 years, we've seen a growing diversity in the martial arts world. We can no longer consider martial arts to simply be the arts of Korea, Japan and China (as well as their derivatives). We now see arts coming out of nearly every country and region on the global stage. Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) is in that mix, too.

One of the challenges for these "other" arts is our ability, as a community that is mostly rooted in Asia, to understand them. Which is why today's guest is so exciting. Sir Gemini Asonte is not only a skilled practitioner of Historical European Martial Arts, but he has an extensive background in Asian martial arts, including taekwondo, various styles of karate, aikijutsu, boxing, savate... and more. This gives him context for what most of us, as Asian art practitioners, are thinking when we see someone engaged in HEMA.

[For the record, this is not meant to say that this show is only for those practicing Asian martial arts. It's just a question of numbers and, if we're honest, most martial artists today are practicing something from that region.]

Sir Gemini gives us a wonderful look inside his world and shows us that, while there are major differences, there's a lot more common ground than you may think. Listen as we get a glimpse into martial arts from a time and place that is very different from what most of us think about when we're practicing.

Episode 77 - Martial Arts Recovery & Rehab
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Episode 77 - Martial Arts Recovery & Rehab

On today's episode of Martial Arts Radio, we tackle the sensitive subject of handling the aches & pains that turn into worse problems. As martial artists, we're often taught to push through the pain, but that can have disastrous long term effects. We give you real strategies for preventing those injuries, recovering from everyday training and knowing when to take a step back or even get some help. It's a solid episode that tackles the challenges head on, but without any deep medical information. You won't be an expert after this episode, but you will be able to develop your own plan for getting the most out of your training, reducing the risk of injury and keeping your forward martial arts progress. Because after all, martial arts isn't just something you do when you're young, and we want to make sure you can train long into your old age. Thanks for listening, it's episode 77.

 

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Episode 76 - Sensei Jaredd Wilson
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Episode 76 - Sensei Jaredd Wilson

Today we get to talk to someone that, in some ways, is very much a mirror of myself. Sensei Jaredd Wilson is a martial artist with experience in Aikido, Silat and Kenjutsu, but he also hosts a podcast about the martial arts, called Martial Thoughts. And in a very new development, it looks like we'll be seeing him at the first-ever whistlekick Martial Arts Weekend in July, 2016.

We became friends over social media and decided it would be fun to have each other on as guests. We've done that and I really enjoyed my time talking with Sensei Wilson, both on his show and here, on Episode 76. Sensei Wilson has a strong love for the martial arts, martial arts culture and seems to genuinely believe, as many of our guests do, that there's nothing like martial arts training for developing better people and improving the world.

So check it out. ~jeremy

 

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/sensei-jaredd-wilson/

Episode 75 - Avoiding Fights
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Episode 75 - Avoiding Fights

On today's episode we offer up some strategies for avoiding fights, including creative situations for diffusing the situations that often lead to fights. This list is certainly not complete, but covers the  seven primary strategies for getting yourself out of a rough situation and avoiding combat altogether.

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/075-avoiding-fights/

Episode 74 - Mr. Jeremiah Grossman
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Episode 74 - Mr. Jeremiah Grossman

Today's episode features our first conversation with someone who trains primarily in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Mr. Jeremiah Grossman started his martial arts training in other styles but found his calling later when he switched. With the strong ties we often hear of between BJJ and mixed martial arts, you might go into this episode thinking we're going to have a wholly different conversation than normal. But we didn't. Mr. Grossman is every bit the martial artist that our other guests have been, and I really enjoyed our conversation. But enough of that, let's hear from our guest. ~jeremy

 

For full show notes and a lot more, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/074-jeremiah-grossman/

Episode 73 - Enter the Dragon (Movie Profile)
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Episode 73 - Enter the Dragon (Movie Profile)

Welcome to the Martial Arts Radio profile of the classic martial arts movie, Enter the Dragon. On today's episode we talk about the history of the film, trivia and a lot more. Check it out - you'll be sure to know a lot more about this film than you did before.

 

For full show notes, lots of photos, fun videos and more, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/enter-the-dragon/

Episode 72 - Grandmaster John Pellegrini
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Episode 72 - Grandmaster John Pellegrini

Grandmaster John Pellegrini is a well-known martial artist with a list of credentials and accolades that few will accomplish, in any industry. He's a sought-after seminar instructor and routinely travels around the world sharing his knowledge. Many of his seminar attendees have said he's a must-see, and it was one of those attendees that reached out and asked us to bring him on the show. We rarely resist a user suggestion for a guest, as you all have been so great with suggestions in the past.

As you might expect, pinning GM Pellegrini down for a conversation was challenging due to his extensive travel schedule. We had to book out much more in advance than we normally do, but it was well worth it. Here is a man who loves the martial arts, loves what it has done for him and is doing what he can to give back. He feels strongly, as most of the guests on our show do, that martial arts is something everyone should train in. Listen on for more of what he has to say, and enjoy.

PS - during our personal conversation after the episode, Grandmaster Pellegrini shared a bit that we tacked on at the end, so be sure to listen through the outro. ~jeremy

Today's featured product is our whistlekick Shin Guards.

 

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/072-john-pellegrini/

Episode 71 - Martial Arts Benefits for Children
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Episode 71 - Martial Arts Benefits for Children

Now, today’s episode is a little different. We had a member of the whistlekick online community write in with a suggestion that we discuss the benefits or martial arts for children, but from the idea that any martial arts training can be a benefit to any child. We thought it was an interesting topic, so we reached out to one of our past guests, Master Tanya Panizzo. As a school owner, instructor, parent of a child in martial arts and also the pioneer of a very progressive autism spectrum disorder –only class, we thought she’d have some good things to say. And she did. So, check this out.

 

For additional episodes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/episode/

Episode 70 - Mr. Aaron Wayne-Duke
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Episode 70 - Mr. Aaron Wayne-Duke

And I think that's where I've learned the greatest lesson is... you know, my ego should have stayed outside the door. And if I'd have kept it outside the door, I think I would have been able to process things better. ~Aaron Wayne-Duke

Today we're joined by Mr. Aaron Wayne-Duke. Mr. Duke is a practitioner of taekwondo & hapkido, an author, and a truly passionate fan of martial arts and martial art culture. We had a great conversation that wandered all over the map, just the way I like them. Rather than trying and give you an index for our chat, I'd rather just let you listen...

~jeremy

 

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/070-aaron-wayne-duke/

Episode 69 - Martial Arts Instructors & Integrity
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Episode 69 - Martial Arts Instructors & Integrity

On today's show we tackle a tough topic - the media's attention on the bad seeds in the martial arts. It seems that reporters love talking about those of us that can't walk an ethical path, and it makes the rest of us look bad. What do we do? Listen in for some ideas.

 

For a full transcript and more, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/069-martial-arts-integrity/

Episode 68 - Sensei Rocky DiRico
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Episode 68 - Sensei Rocky DiRico

Today we're joined by Sensei Rocky DiRico, an excellent martial artist and accomplished competitor. Sensei DiRico, like all of our guests, loves the martial arts. Unlike other guests, though, he's made competition a core part of his training, having been ranked #1 in the nation or world by NASKA, NBL and PKL rating organizations. He also spent a ten-year stint at the top of the KRANE rankings - all of these accomplishments coming after he turned 35. He is widely regarded as the most accomplished senior competitor in the history of sport martial arts. We spend some time talking about that, but also his traditional roots & how he got started.

In an amazing example of how small the world truly is, both Sensei DiRico and my instructor started their careers in teaching martial arts in the same town, teaching out of the exact same building, two years about. Despite that, they've never met.

Today's featured product is our line of insanely comfortable sweatpants.

 

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/068-rocky-dirico/

Episode 67 - The Karate Kid (Movie Profile)
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Episode 67 - The Karate Kid (Movie Profile)

On today's episode of Martial Arts Radio we talk about one of our top-referenced film from our interviews, The Karate Kid. Tons of trivia, behinds the scenes and blooper info, celebrities that didn't get parts and so much more.

 

For full show notes and lots of pictures and videos, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/067-the-karate-kid/

Episode 66 - Professor Gary Dill
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Episode 66 - Professor Gary Dill

Today's episode brings us Professor Gary Dill, a multi-disciplined martial artist best known for being one of the few remaining original students of Jeet Kune Do, the martial art pioneered by Bruce Lee. While this is absolutely not an episode about Bruce Lee, it's impossible to discuss Professor Dill's history and views on martial arts without the legend's name being thrown around.

During our chat after the episode closed, Professor Dill shared some additional stories that he gave us permission to share, and those are tacked on at the very end of the episode. Everything he shared was great and this will definitely be an episode that gets some attention. Thanks for listening, and enjoy.

Your host, Jeremy

Today's featured product is our line of comfortable sweatshirts.

For full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/066-gary-dill/

Episode 65 - Finding Motivation for Your Martial Arts Training
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Episode 65 - Finding Motivation for Your Martial Arts Training

Today's episode comes out of discussions that have happened on this very show. We've had a number of guests admit openly that they've found themselves uninspired with their training at times, even bored. I've faced that myself, but I've always managed to move through it. I thought it time that we do an episode on this taboo subject and offer some suggestions on how you can beat the martial arts training blues.

 

~jeremy, Your host.

 

For full show notes, including a ton of motivational posters and a transcript, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/065-martial-arts-motivation/

Episode 64 - Hanshi Richard Bernard
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Episode 64 - Hanshi Richard Bernard

On today's episode of Martial Arts Radio we're joined by Hanshi Richard Bernard, a long-time Goju-Ryu karate practitioner from New England. I first met Hanshi Bernard at a competition, but I had no idea at the time that I influenced him in devoting so much of his time to competing. Our conversation was a lot of fun for me, as I've only spent short bits of time talking with the man that most refer to only as "Hanshi." I think what most impresses me about this man is his humility. A tremendous martial artist, instructor and competitor, he will always be the first to praise the actions of another, especially if they best him in competition. His desire to succeed is strong (which he may have learned from his instructor) but, at least in my experience, it has never clouded his integrity or his willingness to take an honest look at himself. There's a reason he's become a favorite among many at New England competitions, and if you listen to this episode, you'll understand.

Your host,Jeremy

 

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/064-richard-bernard/

Episode 63 - Donnie Yen (Profile)
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Episode 63 - Donnie Yen (Profile)

On today's episode we talk about Donnie Yen, who seems to be providing a martial arts flair to nearly everything these days. Fresh off Ip Man 3, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny and with upcoming roles in XXX: The Return of Xander Cage and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we thought it was time to learn more about the man. Listen in and follow along below for his history, martial arts experience and so much more.

For full show notes, including a transcript, lots of photos, videos, links and so much more, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/063-donnie-yen/

Episode 62 - Mr. John DeBlasio
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Episode 62 - Mr. John DeBlasio

I met Mr. John DeBlasio during my recent trip the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors Mega Weekend in Atlantic City, NJ. I was making my first pass on the exhibition floor and Bill Wallace was standing there talking to him. Shortly after I ended up speaking with Mr. DeBlasio and really enjoyed our conversation. It was clear that this man was not only a true martial artist, but also a good guy and a passionate (and successful) actor. I knew he'd be a great guest for the show.

His acting credits include TV shows like Blue Bloods, Elementary and The Sopranos and movies like Talons of the Eagle with Billy Blanks and The Cobbler with Adam Sandler.

And what a guest he turned out to be. This episode has a bit of everything - humorous stories, serious moments & amazing advice all from a man who is clearly walking the path of a martial artist. Mr. DeBlasio knows his history and does a great job of bringing us on his journey. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.

Your humble host, Jeremy

Today's featured product is our whistlekick Sparring Helmet.

Episode 61 - Martial Arts Belts & Rank
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Episode 61 - Martial Arts Belts & Rank

On today's episode we tackle the delicate subject of martial arts belts, martial arts rank, and testings within our world. History, differences, pros and cons, suggestions and so much more.

For full show notes and transcript, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/061-martial-arts-belts-rank/

Episode 60 - Soke-Dai David Nemeroff
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Episode 60 - Soke-Dai David Nemeroff

Here we are, it's episode 60 and we're joined by Soke-Dai David Nemeroff. He's a diverse martial artist with 10 black belts and quite a few related interests. As a school owner, instructor, author, event promoter, Soke-Dai Nemeroff comes to us today to share his stories, and we get some great ones.

If you've wondered about the different perspectives martial artists have after training in different martial arts, you may find this episode interesting. Soke-Dai Nemeroff is primarily an Aikido practitioner, and that certainly comes through in his stories and his view of life and the martial arts. We talk about his time in Japan, challenges and even some of the ways he gives back.

As we always try to do, we're bringing you another episode with some wonderful stories that we hope keeps you entertained and inspired.

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For full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/060-david-nemeroff/

Episode 59 - Mr. Mike Andrus
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Episode 59 - Mr. Mike Andrus

On episode 59 we're joined by Sho-Dai Soke Mike Andrus, who asked that we call him Mr. Mike. The conversation is an entertaining and insightful one, with Mr. Mike sharing a lot of wisdom and really opening himself up. We get to know a bit of the man behind the belt, and he has some great things to say. As martial artists, author, instructor & seminar presenter, Mr. Mike has met with, trained and trained under some absolutely wonderful people. He brings a lot of energy to what he does, including his time on this episode.

 

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/059-mike-andrus/

Episode 58 - Jackie Chan Profile
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Episode 58 - Jackie Chan Profile

On today's episode we profile Jackie Chan, the famed actor, producer, director, singer... let's just say this is a renaissance man in the truest definition. Follow along below for a heavily-linked show transcript with videos, photos and tons of fun and rare facts. Hopefully, someday we'll have the real Jackie Chan on the show, but until then, this will have to do.

 

For show notes and a full transcript, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/058-jackie-chan/

Episode 57 - Hanshi Ron Martin
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Episode 57 - Hanshi Ron Martin

Our guest on this episode is Hanshi Ron Martin, a man with an amazing martial arts career. Captain of the first US Karate team, Hanshi Martin has toured the world competing, and came up on the better end against most of the best of his day. As you might expect of a martial artist from the "blood and guts" era, he has some incredible stories and he shares them here today.

 

For full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/057-ron-martin/

Episode 56 - Martial Arts Conditioning
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Episode 56 - Martial Arts Conditioning

On today's show we talk about martial arts conditioning - strength, cardiovascular and flexibility. We discuss methods for improving them, common mistakes and how you can get the most out of your training and become a better martial artist.

 

For full show notes, photos, videos and a transcript, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/56-martial-arts-conditioning/

Episode 55 - Sensei Andrea Harkins
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Episode 55 - Sensei Andrea Harkins

 

On today's episode we're joined by Sensei Andrea Harkins, a martial artist from Florida. Sensei Andrea, as she asked I call her, is an author and blogger that runs a martial arts school in Florida with her husband. Whereas most of our guests have been training since they were children, Sensei Andrea started in her 20s which gives her an entirely different perspective. She was great about sharing that perspective with us and offers up some excellent stories.

Sensei Andrea is an active writer, contributing articles to not only her own publications but also some very well-respected online magazines. Read on for the show notes below to see where you can find her writing. We'll be updating this page when her book does come out, so stay tuned.

Today's featured product is our whistlekick ball cap, available in two styles. Head on over to the website to order - they've been really popular!

Show Notes

The Martial Arts Woman - Sensei Andrea's Website & Blog. Also the title of her upcoming book.

Andrea's professional and personal Facebook pages, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter accounts.

Sensei Andrea also writes for masuccess.com & worldmartialartsmagazine.com

While we didn't get into it on the show, Sensei Andrea is also a noted public speaker and life coach. You can learn more about those aspects of her at her website.

Don't forget, there are lots of ways you can help this show grow. The easiest one is to head over to iTunes and leave a review. Here's a direct link to the show webpage for iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whistlekick-martial-arts-radio/id986000331

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/055-andrea-harkins/

Episode 54 - Martial Arts Instincts
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Episode 54 - Martial Arts Instincts

Instincts - Episode 54

What does having a strong sense of instinct have to do with being a good martial artist? How can you develop your instincts? We explore these questions and a lot more in today's episode.

 

For a full transcript of this show, head over to  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/054-instincts/

 

Episode 53 - Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle
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Episode 53 - Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle

 

Today we talk with Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle, or Dr. T as he's commonly referred to. A martial artist with over 55 years experience, numerous awards and decorations, it was an honor to have him on the show. Dr. T's passion is around bullying education and prevention, which is why he founded the organization Martial Arts for Peace. We talk about the path that brought him to founding the organization and the life events that showed him how important the issue of bullying was, decades before anyone else was talking about it.

Our conversation doesn't always follow the path you might expect, however. We talk about Dr. T's conversations with Linda Lee Cadwell (Bruce Lee's Widow) and her opinion of what Bruce Lee might have thought about his work. The thread of bullying weaves throughout the episode and Dr. T's answers to the questions, but there's a lot more to this man and his work than bullying. I found him to be very thoughtful and very authentic. I haven't spoken with many people who have shouldered a cause for as long as Dr. T, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for that.

Your humble host, Jeremy Lesniak

 

For full show notes, please visit  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/053-terrence-webster-doyle/

Episode 52 - Tournaments
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Episode 52 - Tournaments

Tournaments - Episode 52 Bill Wallace, Jeff Smith & Joe Lewis

Our tournament - whistlekick Martial Arts Showdown

History of Modern Sport Karate - a great reference if you're interested in digging deeper.

Full episode transcript, photos, video and more can be found at  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/052-tournaments/

 

Episode 51: Mr. Donavan Barrett
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Episode 51: Mr. Donavan Barrett

 

Today we get some time with Mr. Donavan Barrett, a WTF taekwondo practitioner from the gulf coast of Florida. Mr. Barrett is an exceptional kicker with amazing flexibility and a great passion for the martial arts. We first met him on social media and after a lot of conversation, we selected him as one of our Brand Ambassadors. While we do what we can to help our partners, we're not talking to Mr. Barrett (or Mr. Donavan as he's called in his dojang) because of our relationship with him. Rather, we think he's an exceptional martial artist with great stories and a passion for sharing his passion. It doesn't take long in the episode for you to understand just how much this young man loves what he does.

Mr. Donavan talks extensively about the inspiration he takes from martial arts idols and pioneers such as Chloe Bruce, Ronda Rousey and Bill Wallace. As with most of our guests, he opens up about who he is and the impact martial arts has had on his life. His strength of character is certainly admirable and his self-confidence and willingness to share openly is worth noting. This is likely to be an episode that inspires others for some time.

 

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For full show notes please visit  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/051-donavan-barrett/

Episode 50 - Jet Li
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Episode 50 - Jet Li

Today's episode is all about one of our favorite martial arts actors, Jet Li. We jump headfirst into his history with the martial arts and his impact on the martial arts movie world. If you're at all a fan of him or his movies, you won't want to miss this episode. We referenced a number of resources for this episode, including his Wikipedia page.

 

For full show notes, video clips & show transcript please visit:  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/050-jet-li/

Episode 49 - Sije Cheyenne Lachapelle
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Episode 49 - Sije Cheyenne Lachapelle

Leave your problems at the door. Leave whatever you have that's wrong, whatever's going on that's inside you, that you're not sharing... leave it at the door.

Today we have Sije Cheyenne Lachapelle, a kung fu practitioner from Worcester, Massachusetts. Most of the guests on Martial Arts Radio are suggestions, and Sije Lachapelle is no exception. This time, however, the suggestion didn't come from a previous guest or a listener - but rather someone I went to school with. See, Sije Lachapelle and I have one major thing in common, and that's our university of choice. I'm a graduate of Clark University in Worcester where she now trains. Her competitive success led to some local publicity which then caught the eye of a friend. I reached out, we chatted, and that brings us to now.

Sije Lachapelle is one of the few Chinese martial arts stylists we've had on the show, and at least for now, is the youngest. As with many who start young in the martial arts, Sije Cheyenne Lachapelle carries with her a maturity and a confidence that are beyond her years. I enjoyed our conversation and found her passion for the martial arts very grounding, her insights compelling. What you won't hear in this conversation is our time after the recording ended - we talked for quite a while about martial arts, Worcester and life in general. We share a mutual admiration for another Worcester, MA martial artist, Shihan Wayne Mello. (In fact, it was Shihan Mello that was partly responsible for me attending school in Worcester. I was very excited at the prospect of training with him.)

Please enjoy the episode,Your host - Jeremy Lesniak

For full show notes please visit:  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/049-cheyenne-lachapelle/

Episode 48 - Martial Arts Movies
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Episode 48 - Martial Arts Movies

Perhaps more than any other pursuit, film is woven into our culture. Martial arts school owners, in particular, know the impact that The Karate Kid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other films had on encouraging society to seek out martial arts instruction.

But do you know your martial arts film history? How about the impact these films have had on society? We’re going to explore these topics and more on today’s episode.

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The Battle of Dingjunshan - 1905, first martial arts film

Bad Day at Black Rock - 1955 American film

Top grossing martial arts films

For full show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/048-martial-arts-movies/

Episode 47 - Master Ken & Mr. Matt Page
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Episode 47 - Master Ken & Mr. Matt Page

Master Ken & Mr. Matt Page - Episode 47 They beat the crap out of him, you know? Took his belt away. Foot stomped him, put cigarettes out on him. Threw him in the dumpster. And so I felt responsible, you know? Because I had given him the confidence too early. So I went to see him in the hospital, and I saw him laying there all beat up and broken. And that's when I demoted him.

Today we have a very different episode of Martial Arts Radio. Episode 47 marks our first interview of a fictional character, Master Ken, the beloved start of the breakout YouTube hit, Enter the Dojo. Our first portion of the episode is with the legendary founder of Ameri-Do-Te himself. Later, we're joined by Matt Page, the actor behind the character.

If you're not familiar with the show, it's a biting, sarcastic and sometimes all-to-true portrayal of the traditional martial arts. If you're willing to laugh at the martial arts, and maybe a bit at yourself, you'll enjoy it. With over 150 thousand subscribers, Enter the Dojo may be one of the most successful martial arts-related independent productions of all time.

There are some surprises in this episode that I hope you'll enjoy. While I rarely spend much time with a guest before their appearance, there's usually a bit of pre-show. Master Ken, Mr. Page & I spent very little time in the pre-show, electing to just sort of let it happen. That was the right call, and I have to say, this episode was a blast. Enjoy. ~jeremy

Show Notes

 

Matt Page, the man behind Master Ken

Actor - Jean Claude Van Damme

Movies - Double Impact (Bolo Yeung Fight Scene), Bloodsport (Final Fight Scene)

Enter The Dojo Show website and on YouTube

Master Ken on Facebook, Instagram, TwitterIMDb or Schedule a Live Appearance

Ameri-Do-Te on Facebook

Matt Page on IMDb

If you've never watched the Enter the Dojo show, the video below is not a full episode, but a wonderful introduction to the creativity and sense of humor it brings.

 

 

Episode 46 - Mr. Chris Sutton
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Episode 46 - Mr. Chris Sutton

Mr. Chris Sutton - Episode 46 Reevaluate everything that you're doing to add value to yourself, to your family, to your bottom line. If it's working, keep doing it. If it's not, adjust it.

Today we're joined by Mr. Chris Sutton. With a broad and varied resume, Mr. Sutton is not the typical guest to Martial Arts Radio. But before you doubt his martial arts credibility, he holds a number of accolades, including being the last person to receive a black belt from Joe Lewis. Mr. Sutton has, like some of our other guests, extracted the self-defense aspects of his martial arts training and not only refined it, but developed it into a system all it's own. He tells some powerful stories and really opens up. You're going to like this one.

Today's featured product is the whistlekick Original Sparring Boot, which uses better materials and design to increase comfort and durability, all without that annoying toe strap. 

Show Notes

more stuff

COBRA Self Defense on YouTube, Facebook

Chris Sutton's Martial Arts & Fitness Inc.

Self Defense Training for Realtors

Become A Certified COBRA Instructor

www.BullyActionPlan.com

www.CobraFitCerified.com

Take The COBRA Academy Student Version On -Line

Episode 45 - The Spiritual Side of Martial Arts
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Episode 45 - The Spiritual Side of Martial Arts

The Spiritual Side of Martial Arts - Episode 45

[The text below is excerpted from today's show]

Today we're talking about the spiritual aspects of martial arts. Let me be clear here - we're not talking about religion.

Martial arts isn't just a physical pursuit, as anyone knows. Martial arts is a method of personal development. This concept goes all the way back to the generally-accepted origin of what we today call traditional martial arts.

It was the Indian monk Bodhidharma who developed martial arts as a way of keeping the monks of the Shaolin temple in physical shape. He found that the monk's focus on meditation left them mentally strong but physically weak. So, he gave them a set of exercises to strengthen their bodies. The combat aspects were secondary even then, just as they are for most of us now.

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It was the Japanese swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, known to many today as the author of the Book of the Five Rings, who said that the more he looked for proficiency and efficiency in his training, the more he looked for proficiency and efficiency in all things. He began to look for the deeper purpose in everything that he did.

There's a story of a Master of the Japanese Tea Ceremony from the province of Tasa – a man without any martial arts skill but with great meditative and spiritual strength. He accidentally gave offense to a Samurai and was challenged to a duel...

Episode 44 - Sifu Angel Durinick
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Episode 44 - Sifu Angel Durinick

Sifu Angel Durinick - Episode 44 Always surround yourself with people who push you to make yourself a better person.

On today's episode we have Sifu Angel Durinick (Cummings) - a former competitor on the New England martial arts scene, which is how we connected with her. A lifelong martial artist training in multiple disciplines, Sifu Durinick joins us to share openly about her life. She speaks candidly about these difficulties and how her martial arts experience helped her.

This episode isn't a sob-fest, though. Quite the opposite, in fact. Sifu Durinick is clearly a strong and motivated woman, and you can't help but feel inspired listening to her speak.

Our featured product for this episode is our sparring gloves - comfortable, lightweight, durable and breathable.

Show Notes

Movies: Bloodsport, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, neither are available for streamingActors: Jackie Chan, Jet Li

The ladder scene that Sifu Durinick and I discussed wasn't from Rumble in the Bronx as I'd remembered, but from First Strike. Here it is below.

Episode 43 - Talking Chuck Norris
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Episode 43 - Talking Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris - Episode 43

We had some great feedback on our recent Bruce Lee episode, so we thought we'd give the same treatment to the legendary Chuck Norris. As with the other episode, we did a fair amount of research in an effort to give you information on the man that many know only by his role in Walker Texas Ranger or his endorsement of the Total Gym.

He is a legitimate martial artist and was a dominant competitor back in the 60s and 70s. He defeated a number of great names, including Joe Lewis, Skipper Mullins, Victor Moore, Ron Marchini and Steve Sanders.

Listen as we give you some real facts about the man and his past while answering questions such as - is he done making movies? How did he get started in acting? Was Tangsoodo really his first experience with the martial arts? And many more. You're not going to be a Chuck Norris expert when you're done listening, but you'll know more than you did before.

This episode's featured product is the NoSweat line of base layer tee shirts. 100% polyester, lightweight shirts are great under your uniform or for working out...or just hanging out.

For full show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/043-chuck-norris/

Episode 42 - Rabbi G
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Episode 42 - Rabbi G

Rabbi G - Episode 42 No matter what you're facing in your life, you can breathe in the light and blow out the darkness.

Today's episode of Martial Arts Radio is a bit different. You may have noticed that from the title - we haven't had a guest that uses a religious title over a martial arts one. However, today is special. We're joined by Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg who prefers to be called Rabbi G. We've mentioned the organization Kids Kicking Cancer on the show before, but this time we have the founder as our guest. Rabbi G is a martial artist, but he's taken his martial arts training in a very different direction.

Rather than attempt to summarize his story, you should just listen. Rabbi G speaks at length about his past and the various occurrences that ultimately led to his founding of the Kids Kicking Cancer organization.

 

 

Show Notes

Book: A Perfect God Created an Imperfect World Perfectly: 30 Life Lessons from Kids Kicking Cancer

The Pfizer / Jonas Brothers video that Rabbi G mentioned

kidskickingcancer.org - The organization that Rabbi G founded

You can find Rabbi G on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Today's featured product, whistlekick Shin Guards

 

Rabbi G's Bio

Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg (Rabbi G) holds a First Degree Black Belt in the Korean art of Choi Kwon Do. He first provided a therapeutic martial arts program when he was the Director at Camp Simcha from 1990 to 2002. Having lost his first child to leukemia at 2 years old, Rabbi Goldberg brings his personal experience and sensitivity to dealing with children and families facing life-threatening illness. His commitment to ease the pain of very sick children and his dream of bringing healing through the empowering focus of the martial arts resulted in the creation of the Kids Kicking Cancer organization in June, 1999. RabbiGoldberg was a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader's Award (2004) and the McCarty Cancer Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year Award (2004). He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Rabbi Goldberg received his BA from Yeshiva University, summa cum laude. Ordination and graduate training were also at Yeshiva University.

Episode 41 - The Martial Arts in MMA
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Episode 41 - The Martial Arts in MMA

Where is the Martial Arts in MMA?

On today's episode, we go deep into the world of mixed martial arts. There's a lot of talk lately about martial artists being bad fighters, the uselessness of traditional martial arts and a lot more. We explore those topics and a lot more as we separate the MMA from the TMA (traditional martial arts). This may prove to be a controversial episode, so hold on.

This episode's featured product - our t-shirts

UFC 5 - Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock

Sage Northcutt

Ronda Rousey refuses to touch gloves with Holly Holm

Movie Pick - All the best "my art is better than yours" movies are unavailable on Netflix, so this week's pick doesn't quite fit the theme of the show. Mortal Kombat

 

Episode 40 - Master Antony Graf
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Episode 40 - Master Antony Graf

I couldn't be happier with what we're doing, but I just don't want to be the person that is too comfortable. I want to try and grow and expand.

On today's show we're joined by Master Antony Graf, an amazing taekwondo practitioner from Florida. He was an alternate to the Olympic USA Taekwondo team in 2004 & 2008, a 7x member of the US National Team and Pan Am Games team, he took a silver medal at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, was twice on the ESPN "Titan Game" team, named USAT Athlete of the Year and has earned a multitude of medals in domestic and international competition.

Master Graf is also a martial arts school owner in Miami, Florida as well as a founding partner in Juice Athlete Compound - a company developed to offer programming and resources to athletes. We spend time talking about his competitive career, of course, but also go into his past and his love of the arts. It's a great episode, so check it out.

 

For full show notes please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/040-antony-graf/

Episode 39 - Talking Bruce Lee
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Episode 39 - Talking Bruce Lee

On today's episode, we dive into a bit of Bruce Lee's past and what ultimately made him the martial arts icon he is today. Could we ever have another like him? What might have happened if he lived on? We tackle these questions, more and also offer up some facts about the legend that you may not know about.

 

For full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/039-bruce-lee

Episode 38: Master Tanya Panizzo
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Episode 38: Master Tanya Panizzo

Master Tanya Panizzo: Episode 38 Instead of worrying on the belt, or worrying about your promoting and your ranking, be present in the moment. What do your feet feel like when they step onto the mat?

Master Tanya Panizzo is a lifelong martial artist and instructor in the WTF style of Taekwondo. As a school owner, promoter and competition coach, Master Panizzo displays her passion for the martial arts by helping to bring the best out of those she trains and trains with. After ten years in the automotive industry, she realized that her heart was not in her engineering job but in taekwondo. Listen as she discusses the whirlwind that was her life as she made this transition, the challenges involved and the success she has seen.

Show Notes

Movie: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Unavailable for Streaming)Actor: Jackie Chan

Though we were unable to find video proof, it does appear that Bruce Lee was a skilled dancer - specifically the Cha Cha.

Books: Living the Martial Way, The Book of the Samurai, Protecting the Gift

The kid imitating Bruce Lee's nunchaku routine from Game of Death.

MidWestTaekwondo.com & on Facebook

FightingSpiritSafety.com

Episode 37: November 26th, 2015
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Episode 37: November 26th, 2015

November 26th, 2015 - Episode 37

This episode has nothing to do with Thanksgiving.

  • We'll be interviewing the founder of the Kids Kicking Cancer organization mentioned on episode 35.
  • If you haven't checked out Episode 36 with Mr. John Graden, you should. Some of his points have a few people riled up which is creating great discussion.
  • Into the Badlands is out, and it's pretty good!

Today's featured product is the whistlekick Sparring Helmet. It's a more comfortable, longer-lasting take on the sparring helmets many of you are wearing.

“You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning Karate is not very different from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of Karate.” – Gichin Funakoshi

Movie of the week - Tai Chi Master starring Michelle Yeoh and Jet Li, available for streaming on Netflix.

News

Episode 36 - Mr. John Graden
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Episode 36 - Mr. John Graden

I think the decision to join a school starts with the leadership, so the first style to evaluate is the teaching style of the instructor.

Mr. John Graden is nothing if not a well-known figure in the martial arts community. The founder of several martial arts associations, student under numerous legends and now best-selling author, Mr. Graden knows the martial arts at several levels. A revered consultant on martial arts business, Mr. Graden joins us today to give a glimpse into his martial arts path. Having trained with high-caliber martial artists like Walt Bone and Joe Lewis, you know he has great stories. Not only does he deliver them, but with a sense of humor, too. Throughout the conversation Mr. Graden is ready to challenge martial arts convention and make you think with his logical criticisms of some of the ideas many martial artists (myself included) hold dear. This is an episode you may well be listening to more than once.

Your host, Jeremy

Show Notes

Movies: Enter the Dragon (unavailable for streaming), Raging Bull (unavailable for streaming), Excalibur (unavailable for streaming)

MartialArtsTeachers.com - Martial Arts Teacher's AssociationJohnGraden.com - Mr. Graden's personal website, including rare photos and links to his booksjohn@johngraden.com

Mr. Graden mentioned the Batman/Green Hornet crossover episode. It's titled "A Piece of the Action" and was released in 1967. Here's a clip with some highlights from that episode.

November 19, 2015 - Episode 35
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November 19, 2015 - Episode 35

November 19, 2015 - Episode 35

Featured Product - whistlekick Sparring Gloves. More comfortable, cut shorter & more durable than the competition. Check them out at our store.

Kids Kicking Cancer - remember we've already confirmed with the founder to be on the show. Look for that in the next few weeks.

If you haven't already, please check out Monday's episode with Mr. Richard Osborn. We talk a lot about competition and how it's shaped him.

Movie pick - Ip Man, available for streaming on Netflix.

Lastly, here's the quote and the image I mentioned: Martial Arts is one of the rare pursuits that will give back exactly, and only, what you put in.

Episode 34 - Mr. Richard Osborn, Jr.
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Episode 34 - Mr. Richard Osborn, Jr.

I'm still growing as a martial artist, I'm still trying to build. And I'm still trying to bring people along with me...

Today we're joined by Mr. Richard Osborn, a taekwondo practitioner, school owner, competitor and event promoter from Missouri. Mr. Osborn speaks warmly about his time as a competitor, often waking up early to travel hundreds of miles to attend an event. We've had some guests that have had strong ties to the competitive world, but perhaps none has been more influenced by their time in competition than Mr. Osborn.

 

For full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/034-richard-osborn

Episode 33 - November 12, 2015
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Episode 33 - November 12, 2015

Today's episode of Martial Arts Radio is new - our first ever non-interview episode. We'll be releasing one of these per week, but we need your help. We want to make this a great show, and just as you all have helped guide us with guest suggestions and other feedback, we want to ask the same of you here. Please give it a listen and let you know what you like and don't like about it.

Today we talk about AMC's upcoming show, Into the Badlands, which debuts Sunday.

Today's quote:

There is a difference between a fighter and a martial artist. A fighter is training for a purpose: he has a fight. I'm a martial artist. I don't train for a fight. I train for myself. I'm training all the time. My goal is perfection, but I will never reach perfection. - Georges St-Pierre.

Movie Pick:

Falcon Rising starring Michael Jai White

We end the show talking about the strong possibility that Karate will become an Olympic sport when Japan hosts in 2020.

Episode 32: Sensei Robb Buckland
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Episode 32: Sensei Robb Buckland

If we lead with a fighter's heart, that's all we can ask for. To change one student's life... that's a big thing.

I'll set the scene for you. We just finished up a day of exhibiting at a martial arts tournament and went out to eat with the promoter and a few others. I come back from getting my food at the buffet and see a man sitting at the chair across from me. The man is quite a bit larger than anyone else in the room, and when he shakes my hand, it becomes lost in his. Sensei Robb Buckland is, in a word, intimidating. However, the smile on his face evened out any intimidation I felt.

Throughout our meal, Sensei Buckland shared amazing stories with everyone at the table. He holds a black belt from Joe Lewis and knows many of our past guests very well. I knew that this man needed to come on the show as a guest, and he was quite willing. The stories on today's episode are as wonderful as any we've had, but they carry with them a sense of humor that (arguably) no guest has. There were times I had to mute my microphone to keep from laughing over his words, and I suspect you'll find yourself laughing as well.

That doesn't mean that you should question Sensei Buckland's skill. He is a skilled and legitimate martial artist and has trained with a vast number of amazing practitioners. A Google image search of his name will show you the legendary friends he has, and listening to this episode will help you understand why he has earned their respect. Enjoy.

 

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/032-robb-buckland

Episode 31: Mr. Cory Rose
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Episode 31: Mr. Cory Rose

Everybody thinks they know who they are, but I thought I knew who I was, too. And then I realized that I didn't, really.

Today's episode features Mr. Cory Rose, a taekwondo practitioner from Oklahoma. Mr. Rose is a longtime martial artist with a great story. We don't want to give away too much, but Mr. Rose credits his life to the arts, and in a far different way than other guests have done. We had a great conversation and discuss how martial arts has influenced his life as well as connected a number of dots on his path. A humble man, Mr. Rose opens up about every subject that comes up, which makes for a great episode.

 

For full show notes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/031-cory-rose

Episode 30 - Master Gordon White
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Episode 30 - Master Gordon White

On episode 30 we're joined by Master Gordon White, a WTF taekwondo practitioner, instructor, school owner, organization president and former international-level gold medal competitor. That's quite the resume. (For those of you unfamiliar with taekwondo, no, WTF doesn't stand for that thing you may think it does - it stands for World Taekwondo Federation, which is the style of taekwondo sparring that's in the Olympics.) Master White and I are extended taekwondo family, as both he and my instructor trained under the same man. I guess that makes him my Uncle. Well, whatever it makes him, we had a great conversation and really dug into some deep subject matter. I hope you enjoy this episode.

~jeremy

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/030-gordon-white

Episode 29 - Kyoshi Dave Kovar
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Episode 29 - Kyoshi Dave Kovar

I probably still do tons wrong, I still don't have all the answers, but I'm a lot better than I was ten years ago.

On this episode, we have Kyoshi Dave Kovar, an exciting martial artist, and an incredible teacher. I met Kyoshi Kovar back in July at the Super Summer Seminars event, the same place I met Sensei Katie Murphy and a number of other amazing martial artists. I was fortunate enough to work with him during a self-defense seminar and I was blown away. His reputation is certainly deserved.

Kyoshi Kovar was kind enough to appear on the show and we had a great conversation. As with most of our guests, he absolutely loves the martial arts, but I might venture that his love is greater than most. Not content with being a great martial arts instructor, Kyoshi Kovar is now regarded as an excellent instructor of instructors - both of martial arts skills as well as martial arts business.

~jeremy / Founder & Host

For full show notes, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/029-dave-kovar

Episode 28 - Mr. Mike Chat
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Episode 28 - Mr. Mike Chat

On episode 28 we're joined by a very well-known martial artists, Mr. Mike Chat. Mr. Chat is probably best known for his role as the Blue Ranger in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, but there's a lot more on his resume. From television to movies to the competition circuit, Mr. Chat has done just about everything there is to do as a martial artist. He's the co-founder of XMA - Xtreme Martial Arts - which has become a global martial arts system.

Mr. Chat joined us by phone from California as we talk about all of it - honestly, we learn a lot about him during this episode. From the reverence he has for Sammon Hung to his adoration for his original instructor, Mr. Chat is very quick to give credit to others for helping him reach his successes.

 

For full show notes, including Mr. Chat's movie picks, please visit: 

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/028-mike-chat

Episode 27: Mr. Cecil Washington
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Episode 27: Mr. Cecil Washington

Today's episode is with Mr. Cecil Washington, founder of the blended martial arts style of Cecil Ryu. Mr. Washington trains and teaches in Maryland. His background is diverse, with training primarily in Taekwondo and Judo. As passionate about the martial arts as any of our previous guests, Mr. Washington and I had a good chat, and one that went on quite a bit longer than what we recorded. I thoroughly enjoy talking to our guests, especially when they have interesting things to say. This conversation was full of wonderful tangents, the best reading list yet from a guest as well as wonderfully entertaining stories, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

 

For full show notes, please visit

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/027-cecil-washington

Episode 26: Shihan Christine Bannon-Rodrigues
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Episode 26: Shihan Christine Bannon-Rodrigues

When we decided to launch this podcast, and it became clear I'd be the one hosting it, I had a few goals. First, I wanted our show to be something martial artists loved to listen to. Second, I wanted to bring on world-famous guests that would lend credibility to the show. Third, I wanted to interview my martial arts heroes. I can't promise we've done the first, but I can certainly say that the second and third goals have happened. The latest in that line of heroes is Shihan Christine Bannon-Rodrigues.

Shihan Bannon-Rodrigues is a legend in the martial arts world, having achieved every goal she set out for in the sport martial arts world. I remember her from the 90s, as a teenager on the competitive circuit. Everyone knew who she was, especially in New England. Some would refer to her by first name only, and everyone knew who she was.

Pardon my gushing here but it truly was an honor to speak to Shihan Chris, as she asked me to call her. We had a great chat and she was very open with her stories. Shihan Christine Bannon-Rodrigues is an incredible martial artist that has rounded out her resume with competition, instruction, acting, stunt work and choreography. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation.

 

For full show notes please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/026-shihan-chr…nnon-rodrigues

Episode 25 : Sifu Alan Goldberg
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Episode 25 : Sifu Alan Goldberg

Today we're joined by Sifu Alan Goldberg. You may know Sifu Goldberg from a variety of ways, be it as the publisher of Action Martial Arts Magazine, The Annual Hall of Honors gathering in New Jersey or as a highly acclaimed Wing Chung instructor. As with all of the guests we have here on Martial Arts Radio, Sifu Goldberg loves the martial arts. But unlike other guests, he's found numerous ways to make it part of his life. From teaching to his events to helping others build their businesses and promote movies, Sifu Goldberg is as busy a man as I've met. We had a great conversation and I enjoyed my time with him.

 

Full show notes available at 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/025-sifu-alan-goldberg/

Episode 24: Sensei Samuel Gagnon
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Episode 24: Sensei Samuel Gagnon

 Today we're joined by Sensei Samuel Gagnon from Montreal, Canada. Sensei Gagnon is an accomplished kenpo karate martial artist as not only a competitor, but also as a coach and instructor. He's been involved in a number of martial arts teams, and has several world titles under his belt. His story is one of a man that truly loves the martial arts and he's dedicated his life to it. It's hard not to feel sentimental listening to him talk about the sport and the lifestyle that means so much to him. 

 

For full show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/024-sensei-samuel-gagnon/

Episode 23: Sensei Terry Dow
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Episode 23: Sensei Terry Dow

I first met Sensei Dow during the planning stages of our Superfoot Seminar, with Bill "Superfoot" Wallace (who was on the show). Through that process I learned we had a lot of mutual martial arts friends and what a great martial artist he is.

Sensei Dow operates a martial arts and fitness studio in Manchester, NH that is also the official Northeast headquarters for Superfoot Systems - the kickboxing system created by Bill Wallace. Those are certainly big shoes to fill, but I can personally attest that if anyone can fill them, it's Sensei Dow.

As with all of our guests, though, it was more Sensei Dow's story that I wanted to hear. Sure, his relationship with Superfoot was a critical part of his life - but how did he meet him? What chain of events led him to where he is now? Well, we have the answers in this episode.

For full show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/023-sensei-terry-dow/

Episode 22: Sensei Katie Murphy
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Episode 22: Sensei Katie Murphy

I first met Sensei Katie Murphy at the 2015 Super Summer Seminars in Herkimer, NY. I met a lot of tremendous martial artists that weekend and made some good friends, that's for sure. There was something about Sensei Murphy that stuck with me, though.

Katie Murphy is the real deal; a kind person, an exceptional martial artist and a gifted teacher. I took away a lot from my time in her seminar that weekend and I knew I had to reach out to her to be on the show. Fortunately, she agreed and we had a great time recording this episode. Sensei Murphy offers an inspiring martial arts tale that is full of candor and complexity. Many listeners will surely relate to things that she says about her time training, including such challenges as dealing with boredom in the martial arts. I hope you enjoy this episode.

 

For full show notes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/022-sensei-katie-murphy/

Episode 21: Professor Brannon Beliso
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Episode 21: Professor Brannon Beliso

This episode is with Professor Brannon Beliso, a Kenpo Karate practitioner, instructor, school owner and martial arts consultant from the bay area of California. Professor Beliso grew up with martial arts, first training under his father, Lenny Beliso. We talk about his early childhood and love for the martial arts, some missteps he made on his path and how all of it combined to bring him to where he is today.

If there's one thing you'll pick up instantly from Professor Beliso, it's his passion for life. It's clear that this man loves what he's doing and where he is. If you're feeling down or in need of some inspiration, this will be a great episode to listen to.

For full show notes please visit the episode page of our website.

Episode 20: GrandMaster Victor Moore
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Episode 20: GrandMaster Victor Moore

This episode is with an amazing man, GrandMaster Victor Moore. Often referred to as Vic Moore, this man is the real deal and some have referred to him as "the Jackie Robinson of Martial Arts." I must confess that I originally found some of his stories difficult to believe. When we first spoke, which was a week before we recorded this episode, I was floored at what he said. After that lengthy phone call I went off to do some research. I scoured the internet and spoke with martial artists that remember the 60s and 70s. I came back with a unanimous sentiment - GrandMaster Moore is the real deal, and what he says is the truth.

There are a few people in the martial arts that have interacted with a number of the greats. We've had some of them on this show, but no one to this time has known more of the greats than this man. I had a lot of fun listening to his stories, and you'll hear through the episode that I learned to just listen when he spoke. Even today he is a force in the martial arts and one that I was honored to speak with.

We discussed quite a few famous people in this episode, including Bruce Lee, George Dillman, Rod van Clief, Skipper Mullins, Jhoon Rhee, Melvin Wise, John Osaka, Ron Williams, Ray Hughes, Harvey Eubanks, Mike Foster, Ed Parker, Robert Trias, Joe Lewis, Mike Stone, Bill Wallace.

Show notes here.

Episode 19: Hanshi George Alexander
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Episode 19: Hanshi George Alexander

This week's episode is with Hanshi George Alexander, Shorin Ryu practitioner and president of the International Shorin Ryu Karate Kobudo Federation. His martial arts history dates back to 1964 and he's been very active ever since. Along the way, he's trained with some amazing people and racked up a long list of ranks held in different styles. He shared a lot of wonderful stories and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to him. Hanshi Alexander represents the "old school" of martial arts well and is truly passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience.

Episode 18: Master Leonard Yordan
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Episode 18: Master Leonard Yordan

"Be the best person that you can be, and that's how you end up paying things forward, because you make somebody else better by being that way, too."

This week's episode is with Master Leonard Yordan, a tae kwon do practitioner from Vermont. He and I go back quite a few years as I've trained with his Dad since 2006. But I didn't bring him on because of that relationship. Even before I knew him well I knew how unique he was. Master Yordan has a presence that draws others in. He's an exceptional martial artist and instructor, as anyone that has witnessed his classes or competition can attest to. That magnetic personality comes through in this episode with some incredible stories that get quite personal at times.

We've heard from a few of Master Yordan's students in past episodes, specifically episode #2 and #15. Listening to these episodes as a set you can get a good idea of who Master Yordan is from different perspectives as his students mention him specifically. I've had the pleasure of training with "Master Y" on a number of occasions and have found him to be an exceptional instructor.

Episode 17: Sensei Earl Smith
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Episode 17: Sensei Earl Smith

Episode 17 is with Sensei Earl Smith, an instructor & practitioner of Kenpo-Jujitsu as well as Escrima. I've had the opportunity to train with Sensei Smith a few times and I can honestly say that he loves what he does. His passion for the arts comes through in this episode as we find ourselves referring to love for the martial arts as a zombie-like infection. I admit, the analogy sounds odd, but when you listen, I think you'll understand it better.

There are those that teach martial arts to better themselves, or for their job, or out of duty to pass on what they've learned. Every one of those reasons is honorable and valid, yet Sensei Smith seems to find a fourth reason - he truly loves martial arts.

Episode 16: Hanshi Jim Smith
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Episode 16: Hanshi Jim Smith

"And we're all trying to do the same thing - we're trying to teach. To me, it just opened my horizons tremendously.  And I think I'm a better teacher for it."

This episode is with Hanshi Jim Smith, a Goju practitioner from New York and the founder of the Goju-Te style of Karate. Despite holding a 10th dan (degree) rank, Hanshi smith is as humble a black belt as I've met and also an avid competitor. In fact, I don't know of anyone that competes as actively as Hanshi Smith. It's clear that he loves martial arts and loves competing, so I was excited to get him on the show.

I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation as Hanshi Smith shared wonderful stories and great insights. I'm sure we could have talked all day, and I look forward to our next conversation.

Episode 15: Master Fred Forsberg
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Episode 15: Master Fred Forsberg

On today's show we have Master Fred Forsberg, a tae kwon do practitioner from Vermont. As with many of the guests you've heard on the show, I know Master Forsberg somewhat as we train in the same group of tae kwon do schools. But, as with most people, there's a lot more to who they are than the bit they share on a daily basis, and Master Forsberg was no different. He welcomed me into his home and shared his stories, as openly and honestly as anyone has. Again, as with other guests, we see how martial arts training has helped him through some difficult times. So here we go.

Episode 14: Bill "Superfoot" Wallace
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Episode 14: Bill "Superfoot" Wallace

"Have a blast. Have an absolute ball. Because it's something you can do absolutely forever, your entire life. And it's just fun... so do it."

What can you say about Bill Wallace that hasn't already been said? An amazing martial artist, undefeated fighter and the greatest kicker ever...he truly deserves the name Superfoot. In his 70s, Mr. Wallace can still put his foot on your head before you can move, and without stretching. His is a legacy that has been well documented and I was completely honored to get the time to talk to him.

In this episode, we hear stories about Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Joe Lewis and some other names you may recognize. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did recording. Actually, that's probably impossible, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

Show Notes Here

Episode 13: Master Freddie LaPan
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Episode 13: Master Freddie LaPan

Today's episode is with an amazing martial artist and a bit of a home-grown hero. Master LaPan isn't physically intimidating or aggressive, yet he's achieved tremendous success fighting across the globe. I can personally attest to his amazing footwork and dominance in the sparring ring. Yet, there's a lot more to this man than what he does in the ring and I was able to record him talking about it. I only knew Freddie (as he asked me to call him) a bit before we sat down for this episode, but I'd say I know him much better now.

His story exemplifies the notion of getting up when knocked down. With multiple joint replacements at a young age, Master LaPan persevered where most would have quit. He continues to train and teach, most recently starting a competition seminar series titled Ultimate Edge. I missed attending the last seinar due to a prior commitment, but I'm looking forward to getting my turn at training with this gifted martial artist.

Episode 12: Master Joe Lenahan
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Episode 12: Master Joe Lenahan

This episode is with Vermont tae kwon do instructor & school owner Master Joe Lenahan. Master Lenahan and I have been friends for many years and I'm lucky enough to train with him from time to time. He's been training quite a long time and is truly passionate about martial arts. Unlike many of our guests, he's a quiet person and it took a little convincing to get him on the show. But I'm glad that we did as he had great stories and insights to share, as I knew he would.

Episode 11 - Doshu Allan Viernes
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Episode 11 - Doshu Allan Viernes

Today's episode is with Doshu Allan Viernes, a martial arts instructor, competitor and school owner from Maine. I've known of Doshu Viernes for many years and even attended a sparring class with a friend at his dojo back in the 90s. He's the Grand Master of jukado, a style developed by his Mother.

Our conversation was a deep one as we explored the psychological benefits of martial arts training during his time in the military. He has some excellent insights that really got me thinking. Doshu Allan has great stories to tell and I'm sure we only scratched the surface during our discussion. I thoroughly enjoyed our time together and I hope that comes through.

Episode 10: Master Brendan Goodall
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Episode 10: Master Brendan Goodall

This week's episode of the show is with a man I know very well, Master Brendan Goodall. I've known him for my entire time in tae kwon do and am happy to call him friend and brother. (We're not related by blood, but his family has been very kind to me). Past listeners will notice the lack of a formal title in addressing Master Goodall - and that was intentional. Brendan and I agreed that in order to give the best interview possible, it needed to be natural... and calling him anything but Brendan would have been unnatural.

We had a good time with this chat and in listening to it later, I think that comes through. This was also the first time using the portable recording studio, and I was quite pleased with the quality. Our discussion had some interesting turns, including a point where you get to learn a bit about me and my martial arts background. I truly hope this one is as fun to listen to as it was for us to record.

Episode 9: Shihan Andy Campbell
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Episode 9: Shihan Andy Campbell

This episode of Martial Arts Radio is with a man I've grown to like a great deal, despite only knowing him for a short time. Shihan Andy Campbell is about as passionate about the martial arts as anyone I've met, and he does nothing to hide that fact. As a full-time Shotokan karate school owner, he speaks openly about the joy he takes in sharing his knowledge. An accomplished martial arts competitor, Shihan Andy Campbell continues to compete alongside his friends, family and students.

Episode 8: Eddie Andujar
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Episode 8: Eddie Andujar

On today's show we have Eddie Andujar, a karate practitioner from Massachusetts. I've gotten to know Mr. Andujar a bit from the martial arts events I visit through whistlekick, and really liked his story. Honestly, it's not  always a happy one, even compared to some  of our past guests. But it's a good story and there's a lot to take away from it. The martial arts has played a tremendous role in Eddie's life, and I think you'll agree that he's taken a lot from it.

Episode 7 - Master Liza Jost
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Episode 7 - Master Liza Jost

Today's episode of the podcast features a great interview with a woman that I didn't know very well, despite having many mutual friends and acquaintances. Master Liza Jost is a long-time tae kwon do student from Vermont now living abroad. She's calling Germany home for now but was in Thailand during our interview. Our conversation was a great one and it's clear that she has maturity and insight beyond her 20-something years.

Episode 6: Shihan Wayne Mello
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Episode 6: Shihan Wayne Mello

This week's episode of whistlekick Martial Arts Radio features an interview with a man I respect very much. As both an individual and a martial artist, Shihan Mello is great. I was lucky enough to meet him in my teens on the tournament circuit and then attend college in a town where I could train with him. I've always remembered those years fondly as I learned a great deal from him.

Episode 5: Master Adam Grogin
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Episode 5: Master Adam Grogin

On this week's episode of whistlekick Martial Arts Radio we interview Master Adam Grogin, a lifelong tae kwon do student turned instructor, competitor and tournament promoter. I've very quickly learned what an impressive man he is and how dedicated he is to growing the martial arts in his area, through both competition and building relationships.

Our chat was a great one and we discussed a lot of great points - his thoughts on competition and instruction, his martial arts heroes and he even tells some great stories about past tournaments. Enjoy!

Episode 4: "Machina" Michelle Moreau
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Episode 4: "Machina" Michelle Moreau

This week's interview is with an old friend, Michelle Moreau, though her martial arts family calls her "Machina." She's a nine-year tae kwon do veteran and black belt hailing from Vermont. I'm not sure when I first met Machina, but she's been around as long as I've been training martial arts in Vermont. We had a good chat, and things got emotional when we talked about the struggles martial arts has helped her through. I'm sure you'll enjoy this episode.

Episode 1: Master Huzon Alexander
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Episode 1: Master Huzon Alexander

Today's interview is with Master Huzon Alexander, a martial arts instructor from southern Vermont. I first met Master Alexander 20 years ago when we were both competing on the New England martial arts circuit. I stepped away from competition for a while, but when I came back to start whistlekick, he was one of the first people to offer his support. It only seemed fitting that he be the first guest on whistlekick Martial Arts Radio.

In this episode we talk about Master Alexander's martial arts history, especially his time in competition. He's competed in more martial arts disciplines than anyone I know and had tremendous success. It's an inspirational interview with an inspiring man. I hope you enjoy it.

Episode 2: Mr. Glen Stafford
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Episode 2: Mr. Glen Stafford

Today’s interview is with Mr. Glen Stafford, a tae kwon do practitioner and a good friend. We met here in Vermont through affiliated martial arts schools, though he now lives in Tennessee. Mr. Stafford’s story is one that spans four decades, a thousand miles and includes a pretty amazing journey through a medical setback. It’s an inspirational interview and one that you won’t want to miss.

Episode 3: Sabumnim Jake Daniele
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Episode 3: Sabumnim Jake Daniele

Today's interview is with Sabumnim Jake Daniele, a tae kwon do instructor from Freeport, Maine. I met Sabumnim Jake on the IPPONE competition circuit in 2014. The first time I met him was at a tournament in Sanford, Maine, when we had our booths setup next to each other. This was the first event whistlekick operated the now-(sort of) famous pushup challenge. Sabumnim Jake saw that few people were engaging with it, so he pushed a lot of his students to participate, which made the whole day a lot more fun for us.

In this episode of whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, Sabumnim Jake and I talk about his 20-year history in tae kwon do and how his martial arts school puts a strong emphasis on family. It's a great interview with a young man who will, I have no doubt, leave a strong and positive mark on the martial arts world through his lifetime.

Episode 225 - Sensei Ando Interviews Jeremy on Fight for a Happy Life
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Episode 225 - Sensei Ando Interviews Jeremy on Fight for a Happy Life

This episode is a rebroadcast of Episode 51 of Fight for a Happy Life with Sensei Ando Mierzwa where he interviewed Jeremy about more of his personal side and of course, how to fight for a happy life!

 

Episode 224 - Grandmaster James Faralli
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Episode 224 - Grandmaster James Faralli

Grand Master James Faralli is a Hapkido instructor and the force behind the American Hapkido Alliance.

Grand Master James Faralli - Episode 224

I have an addictive personality, which translates as whatever happens to be that I am into, I have to be a hundred and ten percent...

Most people struggle to move forward in life when they start out under unfortunate circumstances. Some even perpetuate the troubles that held them back. Today’s guest, Grand Master James Faralli, is not one of those people. He belongs to an immigrant family from Germany that went straight to live on a military base and his experience was far from great. Grand Master Faralli is a military man who later on suffered an injury that would threaten his martial arts career. Let’s listen to his extraordinary story of his journey of acceptance, hard-work, and resilience in the martial arts.

 

Episode 223 - Getting Teens Into Martial Arts
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Episode 223 - Getting Teens Into Martial Arts

Episode 222 - Mr. Julio Fernandez
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Episode 222 - Mr. Julio Fernandez

Mr. Julio Fernandez is an accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner who hails from Brazil, now living in Vermont, USA.

Mr. Julio Foca Fernandez - Episode 222

Sometimes, our love for another career or sport can bring us to martial arts. This is true for Mr. Julio Fernandez who was a pro surfer prior to his commitment to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has called only one man his instructor, a man with a very recognizable name. Mr. Fernandez is a true multi-talented martial artist who has great love for teaching what he has learned. Listen to the episode to know more about the story of Mr. Julio Fernandez.

 

Episode 221 - KickAI - Interview with Founder Jan-Eric Wargelin
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Episode 221 - KickAI - Interview with Founder Jan-Eric Wargelin

In this episode, Jeremy talks with Jan-Eric Wargelin from Helsinki, Finland. He is the founder of KickAI and a Taekwondo practitioner.

KickAI - Interview with Founder Jan-Eric Wargelin - Episode 221

KickAi is an app-based hardware product for martial artists that helps in improving kicks. It allows you to record and analyze data of your training. Listen to Jeremy as he talks with Mr. Jan-Eric Wargelin about this innovative product, for us, Martial Artists!

While we're excited for Kick.AI, please know that we are not officially endorsing the product. Further, we received no money for this episode nor do we receive a commission if you purchase. We simply wanted to share something new and exciting with our listeners.

Episode 220 - Mr. Scott Bolon
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Episode 220 - Mr. Scott Bolon

Mr. Scott Bolon is a regular listener of the show and he is currently training in several martial arts disciplines.

Mr. Scott Bolon - Episode 220

...Martial arts is a grind, its about repetitions. Its about creating that natural automatic movement and so you can't burn out...

Training with four different martial arts disciplines at the same time is not a simple feat. Our guest for today, Mr. Scott Bolon, is definitely a person on a mission to prove that failure is not a reason to quit but a fuel to success. Let us listen to the story of Mr. Bolon’s journey into the martial arts and how he emerged as a winner despite how hard the situation in his life was.

 

   

 

 

Episode 219 - How whistlekick Gear was Born
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Episode 219 - How whistlekick Gear was Born

In this episode, Jeremy talks about how whistlekick Sparring Gear and Apparel came into life. 

How whistlekick Gear was Born - Episode 219

Some of you listeners might be dying to know the whole story about how whistlekick Sparring Gear and Apparel become the go to gear that we love today. Well, this is your lucky day. Jeremy talks about the idea, the plan, and the product. Yes, from start to finish. You will know about the toughest as well as the happiest part of the journey in creating whistlekick. Let's listen to Jeremy as he unfolds the story of whistlekick.

Episode 218 - Sifu Rick Wong
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Episode 218 - Sifu Rick Wong

Sifu Rick Wong is a martial artist and physical therapist raised in New York and now living in Massachusetts.

Sifu Rick Wong - Episode 218

One’s affinity for martial arts may come from their heritage. That is definitely the case for Sifu Rick Wong who fell in love with martial arts as soon as he saw Kung fu movies. Kung fu has taught him to be resilient with challenges, and to keep quitting off his list of options. Sifu Wong has trained with some of the pillars of Chinese martial arts, including the great Sifu Bow-sim Mark. Certainly, he has become successful with his career as a Physical Therapist, a father, and a martial artist.

 

Episode 217 - Top 5 Things Wrong with Martial Artists
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Episode 217 - Top 5 Things Wrong with Martial Artists

In this episode, Jeremy talks about some of the things that make martial artists look bad for other people and martial arts itself.

Top 5 Things Wrong with Martial Artists - Episode 217

We are not perfect. That is true for everyone of us whether be martial artist or not because it is simply how we are as people. We have mistakes that we commit and wrongs that we do. As martial artists, we must be open to be criticized for these things so that we have a bigger room for improving both our art and self. In this episode, Jeremy analyzes the common and most important things that we as martial artists do wrong. Listen to learn more!

Episode 216 - Shihan Chris Casamassa
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Episode 216 - Shihan Chris Casamassa

Shihan Chris Casamassa is a martial artist, school owner, and actor best known for his role as Scorpion in the Mortal Kombat films.

Shihan Chris Casamassa - Episode 216

...After that you know martial arts, what I found is it's one of those things that if you don't use it, you'll lose it...

Shihan Chris Casamassa as Scorpion[/caption]

Nearly everyone loves movies, and for the majority of our listeners - and guests- martial arts movies are an opportunity to see the pursuit we're so passionate about brought to the next level. For Shihan Casamassa, though, everything is at that next level. His time in competition, his pursuit of acting, his writing, his teaching - all of them exemplify the whistlekick motto - never settle.

He's worked with the best, and his acting had him side by side with legends, including some past guests of this show. Through it all, he's maintained an open mind and a willingness to continue working as hard as he ever has.

Episode 215 - Taking a Break from Martial Arts
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Episode 215 - Taking a Break from Martial Arts

In this episode, Jeremy talks about the importance of taking a break from your martial arts training.

Taking a Break from Martial Arts – Episode 215

Let us admit, we need to take a break sometimes from all the stuffs that we do like work, school and all other things that keep us busy. We can say the same about our martial arts training. Taking a break from the physicality of the art can give you a new sense of direction and make you feel refreshed. It can help us reflect on the right things so we can put them on the right perspective. Listen to the episode and find out how to make your breaks worthwhile.

Episode 214 - Grandmaster David Oliver
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Episode 214 - Grandmaster David Oliver

Grandmaster David Oliver - Episode 214

...You trained a lot longer, you got more experience in life than they are. And mainly, to be honest with them and not to try and make out that you're someone you're not.

There are times in life where success doesn't seem possible. At a listener's suggestion, I reached out to GM David Oliver and invited him to come on the show. He accepted, but the hurdles we jumped through to make this episode happen were unlike anything I've experienced in the history of the show. From various technical issues to scheduling challenges, it seemed that some greater force was trying to keep me from speaking with him. Fortunately, Grandmaster Oliver was accommodating and we were able to work through everything.

In the end, the episode came out great. This is a man with more than 50 years in Taekwondo. Someone who actually knew General Choi. He's dedicated his life to martial arts and now the organization he oversees has more than 25,000 members. It was an honor to speak with him and I hope you take as much wisdom from our conversation as I did.

Episode 213 - Martial Arts Humor
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Episode 213 - Martial Arts Humor

In this episode, Jeremy talks about how humor and laughter can make martial arts both interesting and fun at the same time.

Martial Arts Humor - Episode 213

Most people, especially those who are unfamiliar, look at martial arts as serious and physically challenging. In reality, it's actually very funny. From the names of the moves to teachers who use humor and even Chuck Norris "facts." If you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? This episode is all about the lighter side of what we do, and how it has an impact on not only who you are, but your training. Listen as Jeremy explains how laughter can make things better and more!

 

Episode 212 - Sifu Jean Lukitsh
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Episode 212 - Sifu Jean Lukitsh

Sifu Jean Lukitsh is a Chinese martial arts practitioner from Boston with connections to some very famous martial artists.

Sifu Jean Lukitsh - Episode 212

"I just saw a miracle, she held that woman up all by herself!" and I said, that wasn't a miracle, that was Kung Fu. They all laughed but its true. 

It was from a recent conversation with an upcoming guest that I learned about Sifu Jean Lukitsh. After exchanging a few emails I knew this would be one incredible interview. As the photos arrived featuring Sifu Lukitsh and everyone from Donnie Yen to Jackie Chan, it was clear that we'd hear some great stories. Having trained under Bow-sim Mark, Donnie Yen's Mother, Sifu Jean Lukitsh has ties to some incredible martial artists, but it was her passion and dedication that originally brought her to Boston.

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Episode 211 - Improving Martial Arts Events
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Episode 211 - Improving Martial Arts Events

In this episode, Jeremy talks about a number of ways you can improve your martial arts events.

Improving Martial Arts Events - Episode 211

Are you thinking about organizing an event for your martial arts school? Maybe, you are in the planning stage of your first event or already preparing for another one. Well, this episode is for you. Jeremy breaks down some of the important details of organizing a martial arts event including how to make their attendance worth their time and money. In the fast-paced world that we are living in, making these events worthwhile, not only for the students but for instructors as well, is definitely the way to a successful event. Listen to the episode and find out more!

Episode 210 - Mr. John Stork
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Episode 210 - Mr. John Stork

Mr. John Stork is not your typical martial artist. Aside from training with two of the show’s wonderful guests, he is a talented circus and street performer with a solid foundation in martial arts. John’s love for the arts was drawn from his fascination in movies and television, just like many of us. An accomplished individual with great experiences, he shares his stories and aspirations here on the show.

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Episode 209 - How the World Sees Martial Artists
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Episode 209 - How the World Sees Martial Artists

In this episode, Jeremy talks about how martial artists look from both outside and inside the martial arts. How the World Sees Martial Artists - Episode 209

Let’s face it, there are different opinions about martial artists - both from a non-martial arts perspective and even from other martial artists. Does the world favor martial artists or do they just see us as violent individuals? This episode covers a controversial theme and you will have to listen to find out.

Episode 208 – Sensei JD Swanson
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Episode 208 – Sensei JD Swanson

Many of us dream of training with martial arts heroes – those we look up to so much. Sensei J.D. Swanson has done more than dream, he’s been fortunate enough to train with a number of karate greats. Sensei Swanson has been successful not only in martial arts but in academics, as a University Professor.

 

Episode 207 - Why There Is No Right Way
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Episode 207 - Why There Is No Right Way

Every one is unique and so is their training. However, we cannot seem to stop comparing our journey to other people’s journey and we criticize others to the point that we impose our ways on them. That simply makes no sense. There are different disciplines, combinations, and dynamics that go along with Martial Arts such that we cannot simply have a single, right way. Listen to Jeremy as he dissects Martial Arts as a unique experience for every artist and more.

Episode 206 - Soke Newton James
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Episode 206 - Soke Newton James

As our show has grown, so has our reach. We're being listened to in more countries (134 at last count) and we're hearing from more international guests. Today's guest is both international and American, at least when it comes to martial arts. Soke Newton James was born in Jamaica, and that's when he found karate. Life finds him in the US now, and we're fortunate enough to have him on the show.

Episode 205 - Martial Arts Basics Drills
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Episode 205 - Martial Arts Basics Drills

In this episode, we'll go over Jeremy's Top 12 drills for getting better at martial arts basics.

Martial Arts Basics Drills - Episode 205

Let's face it, practicing your basics can get tedious. It doesn't matter how important you understand them to be, how fundamental they are, they're... basic. The more exciting they can become, they more you'll practice, and the better the martial artist you'll become. Here are Jeremy's Top 12 Drills for Martial Arts basics. Of course, there's much more detail in the episode.

  1. Stationary
  2. Moving
  3. With your eyes closed
  4. Facing a mirror
  5. Aiming at a target
  6. For power on a heavy bag
  7. For speed (see Episode 203 - Developing Speed for more)
  8. With a moving target
  9. As part of a cardio workout
  10. Slowly
  11. With visualization
  12. In forms

 

Episode 204 - Dr. Peder Piering
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Episode 204 - Dr. Peder Piering

Dr. Peder Piering is a Taekwondo practitioner from Wisconsin and author of the book Master Mental Toughness.

Dr. Peder Piering - Episode 204

Most often the competition is with yourself. Can I make this stretch a little bit further? Can I kick fraction of an inch higher?How can I not perfect your form but get that form does as well as it can possibly be done and this competition happens day in and day out.

Today's guest has a story that will resonate for many of us - especially those who started martial arts as an adult. Dr. Peder Piering discovered martial arts could not only bring his family closer together, it allowed him to rediscover the joy he had as a competitive athlete in his earlier years. As a sports psychologist, he's learned how each of the two sides of his life not only brings value to the other but to his clients.

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Episode 203 - Developing Speed
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Episode 203 - Developing Speed

We all understand the importance of getting faster as martial artists, but how often do we work on it? And if you want to work on it, how do you go about it? This episode covers a number of concepts and drills that will help you get faster at everything you do.

Episode 202 - Mr. Ron Amram
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Episode 202 - Mr. Ron Amram

Mr. Ron Amram is a multi-disciplined martial arts instructor and school owner from Australia with an excellent story.

Mr. Ron Amram - Episode 202

 I don't have a dial, I have a switch - it's on its off, you know there is no 30%, there is no 50%, there is no 70%, I do 100% right on. And with the Martial Arts at the moment, it's completely on.

When I first learned of Mr. Ron Amram it was on his blog, which is part of his school's website. As I read through an article I found myself nodding along - feeling like he and I could have had the same upbringing. I was reading an article written by someone who understood not only the traditions we hold dear in martial arts, but also made space for improving on those traditions where it made sense.

Which is why I am so pleased to have him on the show today. Mr. Amram is kind, open and funny. I enjoyed my time with him and I hope you do as well.

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Episode 201 - 200th Episode Debrief
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Episode 201 - 200th Episode Debrief

Episode 200 - whistlekick Martial Arts Radio Live Show Celebration
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Episode 200 - whistlekick Martial Arts Radio Live Show Celebration

For episode 200 we recorded and streamed live over both Facebook Live and Instagram. We saved the video, which you can watch below. You can also listen to the audio. Thank you to everyone that helped make the show a success, especially all of the listeners.

Episode 199 - Question & Answer #3
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Episode 199 - Question & Answer #3

On today's episode, we bring you the third installment of our question and answer series, as well as give you some information on the upcoming episode 200.

Question & Answer #3 - Episode 199

On this episode, we answer the following questions from listeners:

  • How much do the skills learned in one martial art translate to another?
  • Will the diversity of kicks used by Yair Rodriguez in his defeat of BJ Penn mean more interest in traditional martial arts like karate, taekwondo or kung fu?
  • What is the right amount of contact for martial arts training?
  • What would you say to someone that wants to start martial arts but feels that it's not something they're able to do?

Episode 198 - Mr. Mark Divine
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Episode 198 - Mr. Mark Divine

Mr. Mark Divine is a former Navy SEAL and author with deep roots in traditional karate. He's a powerful speaker with solid advice.

Mr. Mark Divine - Episode 198

Every MartialArt was an evolution of a former art and now it's time to look at them and say ok, preserve the integrity of the original but let's evolve this for both modern era and western mind.

Mr. Mark Divine is a man I respected long before we set up this conversation. As an author, a SEAL, legendary coach in the CrossFit community and proponent of developing mental strength, he's been doing great work for a long time. I knew his background included a fair amount of martial arts, but I had no idea how much - or how strongly he attributed his personal growth to that foundation.

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Episode 197 - Don't Compare Martial Arts Journeys
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Episode 197 - Don't Compare Martial Arts Journeys

All too often people compare their journey in the martial arts to the journey of someone else. This doesn't do anyone any good.

Don't Compare Martial Arts Journeys - Episode 197

In this episode, Jeremy talks about how individual a journey through the martial arts can be, and why making comparisons to the journies of others is so detrimental.

 

Episode 196 - Miss Caitlin Dechelle
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Episode 196 - Miss Caitlin Dechelle

Miss Caitlin Dechelle is a world-champion martial arts competitor turned actress, known for her athleticism and stunt work.

Miss Caitlin Dechelle - Episode 196  

I think all the years of martial arts I've taught myself to be so guarded and so strong and so resilient to the outside.

When it comes to stunts and Hollywood, there are a number of names that many martial artists recognize. Most of that name recognition comes from their time on screen, though. We have far fewer individuals we look to and call "ours," people who share stories similar to ours. Today's guest is one of the exceptions. Competing worldwide on the NASKA circuit led Miss Caitlin Dechelle to a Jackie Chan movie and, ultimately, a career. We get to go behind the curtain with her today and find out not only how that happened, but why it's been the realization of a dream.

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Episode 195 - Jeremy Unplugged
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Episode 195 - Jeremy Unplugged

Episode 194 - Sensei Richard Hubbard
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Episode 194 - Sensei Richard Hubbard

Sensei Richard Hubbard is a thoughtful, multi-disciplined martial artist from New Hampshire.

Sensei Richard Hubbard - Episode 194

We also bring the meditative practice at the end of the training session and sometimes at the beginning too. So I do it a minute before class or five minutes or ten minutes after class and that is a very important thing because it allows you to clear away a lot of noise. 

I honestly don't remember when it happened, but it did. Maybe this happens to you - you're on social media and notice someone that has a ton of mutual connections, so you reach out. That's what happened with Sensei Richard Hubbard - I don't know who friended who, or when, but it happened. We had a few good conversations online and then finally met at Sensei Terry Dow's event, the Martial Arts Symposium. We hit it off, and I had the chance to visit his dojo a few weeks later.

We all fantasize about training in multiple martial arts, but few have done it. Even fewer have done it to the degree Sensei Hubbard has. He's a bit of a paradox in the world of martial arts - he's classically trained but always open to new ideas that might dramatically change what he does. He's a proponent of meditation, but at times his classes aren't that formal. These might seem like contradictions, but that's only until you spend some time talking with him.

Episode 193 - Martial Arts Drills For Creating Stress
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Episode 193 - Martial Arts Drills For Creating Stress

Stress isn't just a part of daily life, it's something that can interfere with your martial arts training. When it comes to self-defense, stress can render your training useless.

Martial Arts Drills for Creating Stress - Episode 193

Stress is a part of life, even for martial artists. While stress can have a lot of negative effects on your life outside of training, it can have even greater effects in a self-defense situation. The very thing many of us train for, at least in part, is a completely different situation than the way most train for. In today's episode, we talk about stress and how to best replicate it inside your training environments. That way, if you're ever forced to use your skill, you'll have the best chance of applying it well.

On today's episode, we reference Episode 113 - Different Training Environments

Episode 192 - Master Chip Townsend
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Episode 192 - Master Chip Townsend

Master Chip Townsend is a Taekwondo practitioner & school owner from Texas with a passion for breaking and inspiring others.

Master Chip Townsend - Episode 192

I have tried hard for the last 15 to 20 years to really grab hold of the mindset that no matter how bad something goes there is something for me to learn.

During last year's US Open broadcast on ESPN, I witnessed a man break 4 baseball bats with his shin. I remember cringing as I watched it. I kept thinking the man who went through that had to be an impressive martial artist, if not also a bit crazy. Fast forward to now and I get to speak with this gentleman, Master Chip Townsend. I came away from our time knowing I was only half right. This man is an impressive martial artist, but he's not crazy. He is immensely passionate about what he does and he's always looking to push his own boundaries. Enjoy.

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Episode 191 - Motivating Martial Artists
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Episode 191 - Motivating Martial Artists

In this episode, we talk about ways to motivate people - specifically martial artists - that don't involve a promotion or other external symbol, like a trophy.

Motivating Martial Artists - Episode 191

On last week's Thursday episode, 189, we talked about martial arts participation awards and how they can be damaging to martial artists, especially children. There was some great conversation on the subject afterward, both on social media and via email. Everyone, regardless of agreeing, found the conversation beneficial.

Today's episode is a follow-up, to dig deeper into motivation in the hopes that listeners walk away with more methods of motivating those around them. While the episode is written primarily for martial arts instructors looking to motivate students, the strategies will apply to nearly any other circumstances.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Identifying what motivates people
  • Praise vs criticism and how much of each to offer
  • Goal setting
  • Loving the journey
  • Rewards

Episode 190 - Kyoshi David Seeger & Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger
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Episode 190 - Kyoshi David Seeger & Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger

Kyoshi David Seeger & Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger are karate practitioners from New York, best known for their video The Karate Rap

Kyoshi David Seeger & Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger - Episode 190

You have to be good, you have to be the one that is on the right for the karate to even work.You have to have a pure heart.You can't be the bad guy.

If you have martial arts friends on social media, or your non-martial arts friends like to pick on you, you've probably seen The Karate Rap. This video is everything we love to pick on about martial arts, done in a true 80's-style music video. Every few months it surfaces, usually when a friend posts it to my Facebook page. I can't help but watch all over again, silently loving the cheesiness of it yet respecting the accuracy of so much of what is said and done in the video.

Recently someone reached out and asked that we find the person behind the video and talk to them. It turns out that person was actually a couple, Kyoshi David Seeger and his wife, Sempai Holly Whitlock Seeger. I reached out, we scheduled, and they're here for you today in our first-ever two-person interview. Not only do we talk about The Karate Rap, and give you a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff on one of my favorite pieces of martial arts cultural history, but we talk about them - their love of training, and how a martial arts marriage can work so well. I had a lot of fun talking to these two and I hope you enjoy listening.

Episode 189 - Participation Awards
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Episode 189 - Participation Awards

On today's episode, Jeremy talks about his feelings on participation awards - trophies, medals, ribbons, etc - and why they should never be handed out at martial arts competitions.

Participation Awards - Episode 189

One of the subjects that I find increasingly frustrating is the inclusion of participation awards at martial arts events. Handing a child a ribbon for showing up not only sends the wrong message, it sends a counter-message to everything else we teach them in martial arts. ~jeremy

 

 

Episode 188 - Mr. Tristan Creeley
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Episode 188 - Mr. Tristan Creeley

Mr. Tristan Creeley - Mr. C - is a taekwondo martial arts instructor, competitor, filmmaker & artist from Maine.

Mr. Tristan Creeley - Episode 188

It won't work to have a positive state of mind.I can easily not have that kind of mind so I would say believe in yourself, cultivate that confidence has surround you with positive people and build resilience.

Mr. Tristan Creeley and I go back - way back. As teenagers growing up in Maine we were at the same tournaments, knew the same people, and I even competed against his brother a few times. I wouldn't say we were friends because we didn't know each other well, but I respected him a great deal.

Now with whistlekick I am again traveling to tournaments and seeing people I haven't seen in 20 years. Shortly after founding whistlekick, Mr. Creeley moved back to Maine and started showing up again at tournaments. Most impressive to me was that he refused to accept any physical limitations of age - he was constantly pushing his body and his technique, refining his form and adding new elements. It was a joy to watch him, whether it was his forms or his fighting. Now he's on the show, and we're having the longest conversation we've ever had. Enjoy.

For this episode, we want you to be aware of our return policy - did you know we don't have a restocking fee? Or silly maximums on time for returns? We give you a month to check out what we send you. If you don't like it, so long as it's not damaged or heavily used, we'll take it back. But let's be honest... you won't send our stuff back.

Episode 187 - Talking Donnie Yen
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Episode 187 - Talking Donnie Yen

We bring you an exclusive interview with Sifu James Banks, who grew up with Donnie Yen and trained with his mother, Bow-sim Mark.

Talking Donnie Yen - Episode 187

How often do you meet someone who not only has met, but friended and trained with one of the most legendary martial artists of the modern era? That's what today's show is all about. Sifu James Banks talks about his childhood friend and offers some insight into why he's become the amazing martial arts action star he is today.

You should check out our profile episode of Donnie Yen for more history and context.

 

 

Episode 186 - Mr. Iain Abernethy
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Episode 186 - Mr. Iain Abernethy

Mr. Iain Abernethy is a well-known martial arts podcaster and expert on the practical application of Karate.

Mr. Iain Abernethy - Episode 186

Looking back, one of the first time in my life when I decided I want to do this, I put the effort in and I can see myself making progress and that revolution you can do that, you can apply yourself to something to make progress. That a very addictive feeling.

Mr. Iain Abernethy is not your typical martial artist. In some ways, he's very much like other guests we've had - passionate about martial arts, dedicated to his training and determined to give back to the practice that has given him so much. In other ways, he's so focused on what he does, other martial artists, myself included, are blown away. He's someone I've wanted to speak with for a long time, and now it's happening. Enjoy.

Who do you want us to talk to? We work hard to bring you a diverse set of guests from all styles and perspectives. If there's someone you're dying to hear from, let us know, we'll see what we can do. There's a form on the contact page you can use.

For show notes and other episodes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/186-iain-abernathy/

Episode 185 - Top 10 Reasons to Read Martial Arts Books
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Episode 185 - Top 10 Reasons to Read Martial Arts Books

 

On this episode, Sensei Jaredd Wilson joins us to offer his top ten reasons why all martial artists should be reading martial arts books.

Top 10 Reasons to Read Martial Arts Books - Episode 185

Sensei Jaredd Wilson is now our top returning guest, as he comes back for a third installment. He reached out wanting to talk about martial arts books, something he feels strongly about. We fall down the rabbit hole and talk about the top 10 reasons why martial arts books are good for every martial artist.

You can find Sensei Wilson on his other two appearances, his interview and his participation in the chat on McDojos.

Books discussed today include Karate-Do: My Way of Life and Grand Master Jhoon Rhee 's book, Trutopia. We also mention Mr. Gershon Ben Keren 's episode.

Episode 184 - Sensei Phil Knight
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Episode 184 - Sensei Phil Knight

Sensei Phil Knight is a Karate practitioner from Yorkshire, England with a passion for so-called nerdy pursuits. We talk about the intersection of martial arts and martial arts culture in everything from movies and television to comic books.

Sensei Phil Knight - Episode 184

You can never be arrogant in any situation evolving martial arts, you really have to listen to people, try and judge what's going around you and may be even do a bit of research before you think upgrading about the club you are actually grading at.

Sensei Phil Knight comes to us from England, and we get into some great stuff. We talk about martial arts culture, including comic books and how they've had an effect on so many of us. Sensei Phil, as he asked me to call him, strikes me as a very thoughtful martial artist, and I think you'll agree with me. Let's welcome him to the show.

We recently upgraded our martial arts products website and it's time to tell the world! Now you can receive notifications when products come back in stock, keep items in your shopping cart and get to them later, and a lot more. Find our stuff at whistlekick.com - and thanks for checking it out.

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/184-phil-knight/

Episode 183 - Conversations with Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr.
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Episode 183 - Conversations with Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr.

Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr. is a well-known jujutsu practitioner and instructor. Jeremy had the chance to sit down with him for a conversation at the 2017 Martial Arts Symposium.

Conversations with Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr. - Episode 183

Soke Michael DePasquale is a legend in the world of jujutsu that hasn't yet been on the show. It's not for a lack of trying on either side, though! He's a busy man and it was great to finally chat with him while we had a chance to record it. He'll be back for our standard interview, but today's episode gives you a glimpse into his life and some of the great stories he has. Some people live a life of martial arts, Soke DePasquale embodies it.

Last week we featured another great conversation from the 2017 Martial Arts Symposium in Manchester, NH. This one with Hanshi Bruce Juchnik and Bill "Superfoot" Wallace. You can even watch a video of it. Check out that episode here.

If you'd like to learn more about Soke DePasquale, the best place to start is his website.

 

Episode 182 - Coach Mike Chen
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Episode 182 - Coach Mike Chen

Coach Mike Chen is a Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) practitioner from New Hampshire. He's an excellent storyteller who brings solid perspective to his time on the show.

Coach Mike Chen - Episode 182

The hardest thing you are ever going to have to do in your martial art's career is stepping onto the mat for the first time to put on that white belt.

Coach Mike Chen comes to us from a listener introduction. As we hear him tell his tale of martial arts we hear someone who found their destiny, lives a martial arts lifestyle and fully embraces what that means. We get into some deep conversations and he doesn't hold back. I enjoyed his perspective and openness to the things we discussed and I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation.

 

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Episode 181 - Hanshi Bruce Juchnik Interviews Bill "Superfoot" Wallace
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Episode 181 - Hanshi Bruce Juchnik Interviews Bill "Superfoot" Wallace

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik interviews Bill Wallace - aka Superfoot - at the 2017 Martial Arts Symposium in Manchester, NH.

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik Interviews Bill "Superfoot" Wallace - Episode 181

On Saturday, April 8th, we were fortunate enough to record Hanshi Bruce Juchnik as he reminisced and interviewed Grand Master Bill "Superfoot" Wallace during one of the breakout sessions. The conversation includes discussion on many of Bill Wallace's opponents and friends, including Skipper Mullins, Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis & a lot more.

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik knows a lot of the details of these stories and the two are able to have a great conversation. If you're a fan of the 60s and 70s martial arts era, this interview is right up your alley. There's a lot of wisdom shared in the interview, and you can tell the two men enjoyed their time and have a lot of respect for each other.

This was our first interview ever recorded with video, and while there are a lot of things we can do better, we're proud to bring it to you as is. Stick around until the very end for a special audio bonus of GM Bill Wallace teasing Jeremy. For show notes and other episodes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/181-bruce-juchnik-bill-wallace/

Episode 180 - Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee
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Episode 180 - Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee is a legend in the world of Taekwondo, some even refer to him as the Father of American Tae Kwon Do.

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee - Episode 180

It's hard to be in the martial arts and not know who Jhoon Rhee is - though there are certainly some who don't. When you talk about Taekwondo's start in the USA, you're really talking about Grandmaster Rhee. A friend to Bruce Lee, he's a central figure in parts of Mr. Alex Gillis's work, A Killing Art.

There's something particularly special about speaking to someone who has been training as long as Grandmaster Rhee. While not in the best of health, he was willing to take time out of his day to speak with me about martial arts, philosophy, and his beliefs on the intersection of the two.

Back on episode 14, we were lucky enough to speak with Bill "Superfoot" Wallace. Some of you asked for a transcript of the show, and with permission, we've gone ahead and done that. You can find affordable versions for both Kindle and in paperback over at Amazon.

Episode 179 - Teaching at a Martial Arts Seminar
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Episode 179 - Teaching at a Martial Arts Seminar

Teaching advanced students can be a challenge, especially at a martial arts seminar or when you visit another school. You only have a limited amount of time to work with, and you're unlikely to have additional time to follow up.

Teaching at a Martial Arts Seminar  - Episode 179

Many martial artists enjoy passing on the things they've learned. It's fairly easy to teach things to your own students - you get to work with them week after week and make sure they progress. You guide them through the concepts you're imparting and watch them grow. The same can not be said of teaching someone else's students, however.

Whether it's a martial arts seminar you're asked to teach at or you're a guest lecturer at someone's school, there's a skill to teaching in this way. Just as teaching your own students takes time, teaching someone else's requires practice and a few other things. On today's episode, we delve into the elements that make someone a successful - and requested - instructor in this format.

Topics covered in this episode include

  • Remembering why you're teaching
  • Setting goals for your classes
  • The importance of repetition
  • The different methods of learning and how to teach to them
  • How to handle someone that asks lots of questions
  • How to handle someone that doesn't get it
  • Making sure you're invited to return

If you're looking for martial arts seminars, or you'd like to advertise one you're promoting, don't forget our amazing FREE resource, MartialArtsCalendar.com

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Episode 178 - Sensei Jeremy Bays
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Episode 178 - Sensei Jeremy Bays

Sensei Jeremy Bays is a taekwondo practitioner with a diverse extracurricular background, an excellent sense of humor and a passion for archery.

Sensei Jeremy Bays - Episode 178

A belt was something to hold up your pants or tie your gi together. It wasn't really a big of a deal for me so I was a white belt for five, six, seven years. 

It's common to find a strong sense of humor among martial artists, especially those that teach. After all, what we've chosen to do for our recreation - and for some, career - is a bit crazy. Today's guest has as strong a sense of humor as we've had on this show.

Sensei Jeremy Bays doesn't sound like your typical guest on this show - which is exactly why I was glad to have him on. While most of our guests have diversified their lives within martial arts, studying different styles under different instructors, Sensei Bays studies different pursuits entirely. With time in as a bow-maker, a comedian, and a Pastor, you can imagine the wanderings that some of our conversations took.

 

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Episode 177 - A Little Bit of Martial Arts Unity
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Episode 177 - A Little Bit of Martial Arts Unity

You don't have to spend much time in the martial arts to see that we have a shadowy side. The infighting and tearing down of those that aren't that different from the rest holds the martial arts back.

A Little Bit of Martial Arts Unity - Episode 177

On today's episode, we tackle a subject close to Jeremy's heart - building unity in the martial arts. This episode covers

  • Where we could improve our mutual support as an industry.
  • The harm that our current mindset has on us.
  • Examples of other industries doing it better.
  • How we can start making progress.

On today's episode, we referenced Episode 105 - Helping People Find the Right Martial Arts School

The magazine mentioned on the show is Taekwondo Life.

Episode 176 - Mr. John Hackleman
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Episode 176 - Mr. John Hackleman

Mr. John Hackleman is a Kajukenbo aka Hawaiian Kempo practitioner. He's also the founder of the training center The Pit and respected MMA coach to well-known fighters including Chuck Liddell.

Mr. John Hackleman - Episode 176

Kids in Hawaii can fight. The way I was treated in my High School, I was treated like the star quarterback for the football team because I was a martial artist fighter, I was a golden glove boxer. The teachers, the principal, the administration...

You don't have to go far into the world of Mixed Martial Arts to hear of today's guest. Mr. John Hackleman has built a career out of training some of the best in the world and in the process, his facility, The Pit, has become legendary. The man some call the Pitmaster is more than a great coach, he has a foundation in Hawaiian Kempo (Kenpo).

It was thanks to a past guest I was introduced to Mr. Hackleman, and our conversation was a great one. He's a no-nonsense sort of martial artist but pays homage to his roots in a way that some of the more modern practitioners don't seem to do. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him and look forward to everything he has in store.

Some time ago we told you about a book and course we released to help you hold the best martial arts events possible. The course is out, the book is out and it's time to step up your events. Find the print and digital versions of the book on Amazon and the course is available at KarateTournamentBook.com - not just for tournaments, and not just for karate, the book and course will help you make the most of any martial arts event you put on.

For full show notes please visit: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/176-john-hackleman/

Episode 175 - The Top 10 Reasons to Practice Forms
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Episode 175 - The Top 10 Reasons to Practice Forms

The practice of martial arts forms can be a controversial topic. Whether you call them kata, poomsae (poomse), tul, patterns, routines, sequences, forms or something else, they're important to your development as a martial artist. Here are our top 10 reasons why they should be part of every martial artist's training.

The Top 10 Reasons to Practice Forms - Episode 175

On today's episode of Martial Arts Radio we discuss the top ten reasons for practicing forms. Here's the outline:

Forms have been around as long as martial arts has, so it's unlikely that their practice is a waste of time, for any style.

  1. Forms build muscle memory for techniques.
  2. Forms develop movement outside of the pressure of combat.
  3. Forms are something you can practice on your own.
  4. Forms add variety to our training.
  5. They're fun, or at least can be.
  6. Practicing forms helps develop physical aspects of martial arts.
  7. They help with the development of non-physical aspects.
  8. Forms make you think about what you're doing.
  9. Forms provide unification within a school or a system.
  10. Forms can prime central nervous systems conditioning and build stronger neural pathways.

Episode 174 - Sensei Jesse Enkamp
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Episode 174 - Sensei Jesse Enkamp

Sensei Jesse Enkamp is the host of Karate by Jesse and a self-proclaimed Karate nerd.

Sensei Jesse Enkamp - Episode 174

Generations of masters have come before us, and to not use their collective knowledge to improve our current understanding and practice of karate would be foolish in my opinion.

If you spend any time on social media looking at martial arts content, you'll know today's guest. Sensei Jesse Enkamp is the mind behind all of the wonderful material coming out of Karate by Jesse, and he's as passionate a martial artist as we've ever had on this show. The self-proclaimed karate nerd talks about his past, his goals in the martial arts and why he cares so much about what he's doing. If you've ever wondered what makes this guy tick, you're about to find out. Let's welcome him to the show.

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Episode 173 - The Paradox of Belts
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Episode 173 - The Paradox of Belts

On today's episode, we discuss how martial arts belts are a contradiction - we respect them and hold them as important, yet our treatment of them varies between schools and even within a school

Episode 172 - Coach Greg Amundson
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Episode 172 - Coach Greg Amundson

Coach Greg Amundson is a practitioner of Aikido, Krav Maga & Jujitsu as well as a CrossFit athlete & coach, and author.

Coach Greg Amundson - Episode 172 "Being busy means we're at the mercy of other people. And being busy means that we're reactive. And being reactive is not the path of a warrior."

Coach Greg Amundson's professional resume reads like a modern day James Bond - CrossFit athlete, author, law enforcement, DEA special agent, fitness coach, business owner. That's not even the entire list. Even more impressive, many of those things happened at the same time, and quite a few are still happening. A legend in the CrossFit world, Coach Amundson has deep roots as a martial artist. Roots, according to him, that have given him the ability to live the life he now leads.

An amazing storyteller, Coach Greg Amundson took to our format and ran. Weaving together tales from his childhood, recent past and even appropriate legends he's been known to share in his classes. We discuss what it means to be a true warrior, and what the martial arts mind can accomplish. It was an honor and a privilege to speak with someone I've admired for a long time.

~jeremy

Today we want to remind everyone of all the things we offer - and why we do it. We've never been secretive about our business model, which is all about growing the martial arts industry. See, it's our belief that the more people participating in martial arts, the more customers we'll have. That's why we bring you this podcast, our Martial Arts Memes site and, most recently, Martial Arts Calendar - all for free. As our martial arts realm grows, we all benefit. Thanks for supporting that vision.

Episode 171 - Coach Daniel Wu
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Episode 171 - Coach Daniel Wu

Coach Daniel Wu is an actor, director and former Wushu competitor best known for his role as Sunny in AMC's Martial Arts show, Into the Badlands.

Coach Daniel Wu - Episode 171

"Fighting against somebody and you're backed into the corner it's up to you to figure out how to get out of there. You can give up, you can get knocked out, or you can fight your way back out. And, eventually, you figure out how to fight your way back out, and you learn from that. That is a direct correlation to life in general."

Listeners know I've been a fan of Into the Badlands since it aired. In fact, prior to even airing, I was excited.  Based on what I'd seen in trailers I was talking about on this very show. Here we are, a couple years later and Season 2 is about to air. As part of the promotional efforts for the show, AMC reached out to us and asked us to host Miss Emily Beecham (who plays The Widow) and Mr. Daniel Wu (who plays the lead character, Sunny) on the show. We said yes, of course, and here we are.

Coach Daniel, as he asked me to call him when I explained our traditions and etiquette for the show, didn't shy away from any subject that came up. We had some great conversation about martial arts philosophy and about how martial arts training changes as you age (which was fairly consistent with how we presented it on Episode 160)

Our conversations range from his upbringing to his admiration for the likes of Jet Li, Jackie Chan & Bruce Lee. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

~jeremy

 

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Episode 170 – Miss Emily Beecham
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Episode 170 – Miss Emily Beecham

Miss Emily Beecham plays Minerva (aka The Widow) on the AMC Martial Arts show, Into The Badlands.

Miss Emily Beecham – Episode 170

I was blessed to have AMC approach us and inquire about interviews for both Miss Emily Beecham and Mr. Daniel Wu. Of course, we said yes, and did what we could to make schedules work (which, as you might imagine, was a bit difficult due to their extensive commitments.) It was an honor to speak with Miss Beecham, and we get some good insight into her character, Minerva, better known as The Widow.

We discuss what it’s like on set, her injuries, the way she views her character, and a lot more. It’s a fun conversation and one that gives you some great behind-the-scenes information into not only her life, but her character and the show overall.

For photos, video, and other show notes on this and other episodes, please visit:

 

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Episode 169 - Sensei Damion Lupo
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Episode 169 - Sensei Damion Lupo

Sensei Damion Lupo is a long-time Aikido practitioner, author and the founder of Yokido, a fusion of Yoga and Aikido.

Sensei Damion Lupo - Episode 169

"If I'm in on something, you better look out, because I'm going all the way to wherever it is."

It's funny how things happen, sometimes. I was practicing some self-defense with a friend a couple months back and we got to talking about Yoga. Our conversation steered towards the similarities between martial arts and yoga, and the synergy that existed between the two. He mentioned someone who had fused them - a martial arts and yoga hybrid. Just a short time later, completely by coincidence, I was speaking with the very man he spoke of, Sensei Damion Lupo.

All of our guests are different, if you've listened to more than a few episodes, you know that. I enjoy finding common ground with each of our guests, but I also really appreciate where we differ. It's these different perspectives that have the most to offer me, and I found a fair amount of that in my time with Sensei Lupo. With a foundation rooted in martial arts, he views the world - and all its parts - with an attention that few people seem to have.

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Episode 168 - Reconciling Martial Arts Tradition with New Information
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Episode 168 - Reconciling Martial Arts Tradition with New Information

For show notes and other episodes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/168-tradition-new-martial-arts-progress

Episode 167 - Sempai Alysa Giudici
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Episode 167 - Sempai Alysa Giudici

Sempai Alysa Giudici - Episode 167

Remember to always be a role model. To always just be humble and work hard no matter if anyone's watching or not.

It was from a news article online that I first discovered Sempai Alysa Giudici. We've had some younger martial artists on the show, and she certainly fits that profile. Every one of them has a common thread, though - their dedication to martial arts far surpasses their years. Sempai Giudici showed a maturity in the news article that inspired me to reach out. We chatted a bit and I knew that she belonged on the show. Here we are.

Our conversation is both expected and unexpected. On the one hand, we have a passionate martial artist who has no trouble describing their love for what they do. On the other, her focus and dedication are not typical of individuals her age, even martial artists with years of training. She's an exceptional individual and someone I greatly enjoyed speaking with.

We're proud to announce the release of the first edition of the book version of our Martial Arts Event course. How Not To Hold a Martial Arts Tournament is available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook, and soon to be available in print. The advice in our book and course is equally applicable to events of all sizes & all styles. While much of the book and course talks about competition, the instructions will be just as helpful for other martial arts events such as seminars.

Episode 166 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie
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Episode 166 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a martial arts movie release in 2000. The film has had a strong cultural impact on martial arts in the US.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie - Episode 166

Starring Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun Fat, Ziyi Zhang

In this episode you'll learn about:

  • What is Jet Li's connection to the movie?
  • What language issues led them to dub the movie in some areas?
  • What unexpected person edited the subtitles?
  • Who did the stunts?
  • What book series does it come from?
  • What famed director choreographed the fight scenes?

And more!

Episode 165 - Mr. Andrew Freund
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Episode 165 - Mr. Andrew Freund

Mr. Andrew Freund is a sumo practitioner and the promoter of the US Sumo Open with a background in kendo, tai chi & aikido.

Mr. Andrew Freund - Episode 165

"And when I reflect back on it, if someone had done something only for business, they might get great results, but there would probably be something lacking in terms of integrity, the authenticity and the passion."

It hit me one day that there's a martial art we never talk about in traditional circles. It's rarely in media and yet, it seems like the traditions are older than our interpretations of most traditional martial arts. So it was I went looking for someone we could talk to about the art of Sumo.

When you research Sumo in the United States, you inevitably find information about today's guest. As a sumo practitioner, event promoter, talent agent and so much more, Mr. Andrew Freund has dedicated his life to the art of Sumo. It was very clear after some research that this was the man to have on the show, and I'm so pleased he accepted the invitation.

Did you know we have several different styles of t-shirts available right now? That's right. With sizes that will fit nearly anyone, there's probably one you'd love to wear. Check out our shirts, and everything we offer, at whistlekick.com

Episode 164 - Conversations on Martial Arts Competition
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Episode 164 - Conversations on Martial Arts Competition

We bring back two past guests that are passionate about martial arts competition - Master Huzon Alexander and Mr. Richard Osborn. We chat about what we're doing wrong - and right - in the current competitive landscape.

Conversations on Martial Arts Competition - Episode 164

On today's episode we discuss the following subjects and more:

  • What is the landscape of martial arts competition today?
  • What elements of martial arts competitions are we getting right?
  • Where could we improve with competitive martial arts?
  • How have things changed for the competitive martial art scene over the last few decades?

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You can find Master Huzon Alexander & Mr. Richard Osborn on their previous episodes, linked by their name.

We talk about two individuals we're hoping to have on the show soon - Mr. Ross Levine & Mr. Raymond Daniels.

For full show notes & other episodes, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/164-martial-arts-competition/

Episode 163 - Sensei Ando Mierzwa
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Episode 163 - Sensei Ando Mierzwa

Sensei Ando Mierzwa is a longtime martial arts practitioner and the host of the Fight for a Happy Life podcast.

Sensei Ando Mierzwa - Episode 163

"If your tricks aren't working, you better find new tricks."

My first experience with Sensei Ando was sort of a strange one, at least, not one you might expect. In an effort to promote martial arts podcast overall, we put together a post we titled "Best Martial Arts Podcasts." It's no secret that we're not the only martial arts podcast, and I honestly listen to several of them. I always liked the material Sensei Ando included in his episodes, so we put him on the list.

That led to some social media conversation and a number of emails. A bit over a year later we connected again and decided it was time that we get to put him through our questions. That brings us to now when we have a chance to hear from the man who reminds of the importance of a smile at the end of each one of his episodes.

What are you wearing right now? If it's not a pair of our Cloud9 sweatpants, you're not as comfortable as you could be. :) Find them at whistlekick.com, and buy yourself two pairs... otherwise, you're not going to want to take them off long enough to wash. (In all seriousness, this is a complaint we hear from parents that have purchased a pair for their children!)

Episode 162 - Martial Arts Forms Drills
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Episode 162 - Martial Arts Forms Drills

25 Drills to Improve Your Martial Arts Forms - Kata, Poomsae, Tul, Patterns, Routines... etc

Martial Arts Forms Drills - Episode 162

On today's episode, we tackle 25 different ways you can improve your martial arts forms. See the list below, but listen to the episode for explanations, notes, and a few tangents.

Practice performing your martial arts forms...

  1. With your eyes closed
  2. Facing different directions
  3. Backwards
  4. Mirrored (Left becomes right)
  5. Both mirrored & backward

For the rest of the list, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/162-martial-arts-forms-drills/

 

On today's episode, we referenced Episode 158 - Resistance Training for Martial Arts. You may also want to check out Episode 113 - Different Training Environments.

Episode 161 - Mr. Randy Moy
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Episode 161 - Mr. Randy Moy

Mr. Randy Moy is a practitioner of Chinese martial arts from Massachusetts, with a beginning in Wing Chun and current training in Tai Chi.

Mr. Randy Moy - Episode 161

Martial arts is a life practice. That doesn't mean you practice for the rest of your life, but I think what makes things powerful with me is that it's really incorporated into my life.

Today's guest is a thoughtful martial artist. Mr. Randy Moy struck me from the outset as a very contemplative person and someone with a lot to share. Today's episode brings us inside his life and his transition from Wing Chun to Tai Chi. While today's episode isn't full of high-impact stories, it's easily one of the most quotable interviews we've had.

We've started making some of our podcast episodes available as eBooks. Do you know a martial artist that doesn't have an interest in listening to these shows, but might enjoy reading some of the best ones? Be sure to recommend our books. Our first interview - none other than Bill Wallace - is available here. Find our eBooks on Amazon in the Kindle store.

 

For show notes and other episodes please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/161-randy-moy/

Episode 160 - Martial Arts Training As You Age
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Episode 160 - Martial Arts Training As You Age

In this episode, we explore real-world strategies for continuing martial arts training as your body ages. Tips and mindset advice for the older martial artists, or those that hope to be.

Martial Arts Training As You Age - Episode 160

Sleep Smarter Book

Episode 77 - Martial Arts Recovery & Rehab

Episode 159 - Mr. Jon Call aka Jujimufu
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Episode 159 - Mr. Jon Call aka Jujimufu

Mr. Jon Call is better known by his online handle Jujimufu. With deep roots in traditional martial arts, he's gone on to fame for his tricking, strength, flexibility, and general athleticism.

Mr. Jon Call aka Jujimufu - Episode 159

I can still get stronger, I can still build more muscle, I can still learn new moves. I'm still 31, I've got more years in me before I see a slower decline.

I first learned of today's guest through an online video someone shared. I was stunned at his strength and flexibility, especially considering his large size. It was clear this was a man with extreme athleticism. While I'm no tricker, I admire the movements many of them are capable of and I see the influence they've had on martial arts competitions.

It wasn't until I heard him on fitness podcast that I learned Mr. Jon Call started his journey as a traditional martial artist. The man many know only as Jujimufu, who gained notoriety on America's Got Talent for doing a split across two chairs while holding a weighted barbell overhead, came from the same beginnings as most of us. When I heard more of his story I knew we had to have him on the show.

 

For full show notes, with lots of photos and videos and more, check out:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/159-jon-call-jujimufu/

Episode 158 - Resistance Training for Martial Arts
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Episode 158 - Resistance Training for Martial Arts

In this episode, we explore why resistance training is so beneficial in martial arts, how to get started, equipment to consider and what to watch for so you can get the most out of the time while reducing your risk for injury.

Resistance Training for Martial Arts - Episode 158

Topics from today's episode:

  • What is resistance training?
  • Benefits of resistance training for martial artists.
  • Places resistance training shows up in martial arts
  • Why martial artists need more physical conditioning.
  • How often should you train like this?
  • How to avoid getting "too big."
  • How to train and what to train.
  • Training at a gym vs at home and what equipment to use.
  • How to incorporate resistance training into a martial arts class.
  • The importance of keeping the training varied, but not too varied.
  • Why full range of motion movement is important.
  • Training for power, speed, and strength.
  • Why martial artists do well with physical conditioning training.

You should check out the blog post we wrote to accompany this episode at whistlekick.com, titled The Top 10 Bodyweight Movements For a Martial Arts Class.

Episode 157 - Sensei Roberto Davila
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Episode 157 - Sensei Roberto Davila

Sensei Roberto Davila is an Arnis & Jujitsu practitioner from Massachusetts, born in Puerto Rico.

Sensei Roberto Davila - Episode 157

I don't think the guy on the street is going to care if I have injuries or not, so I have to find new ways, as I'm slowing down, you know , to make it more simple and very effective.

I had heard stories of today's guest months before I had spoken with him. Months, even, before a listener to the show suggested him and introduced us. The martial arts world can be very small, and today's interview again reminds me of that. I've known Sensei Davila's instructor for some time, as we were introduced by a few past guests. [His instructor's interview was lost due to technical issues and we're in the process of rescheduling.]

Sensei Davila holds nothing back in this episode as he talks about two very different times in his life. Early on, he was a troubled youth, engaged in some of the worst behavior someone can. After finding martial arts, however, he changed. This dramatic shift is seen in the stories he tells and the emotion with which he tells them. It is an honest, open and thoughtful episode that I hope you enjoy.

Episode 156 - Everyone Needs a Teacher
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Episode 156 - Everyone Needs a Teacher

On today's episode, we tackle the importance of having an instructor, no matter what your rank and experience.

Everyone Needs a Teacher - Episode 156

On today's episode, we discuss why it's so critical that every martial artist has someone to learn from - at least one person. Jeremy riffs without a transcript on this installment of the show, talking about some of his varied training experiences and encouraging listeners to take responsibility for their training, even if that makes difficult decisions or having tough conversations.

On this episode, Jeremy references past guest Sensei Earl Smith from episode 17.

 

For other episodes please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/156-everyone-needs-teacher/

Episode 155 - Mr. Charles Murdock
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Episode 155 - Mr. Charles Murdock

Mr. Charles Murdock is a Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) practitioner with roots in Aikido and Karate.

Mr. Charles Murdock - Episode 155

"You know, he always had this idea of these three legs on a stool. You had your work life, you had your family life and you had your training life. And that when something was going off in one of them you could always lean on the other two."

The more time I spend with this show, and meeting martial artists - in person and virtually - the more I realize the lines between location and style are blurry. It is from these blurry lines that today's guest comes to us. Instructor to a personal friend of mine, Mr. Charles Murdock is a practitioner of Historical European Martial Arts - often called HEMA - who started life with Asian martial arts. He talks to us today about those roots and what he's up to today, and how it all comes together.

Today's product of note is a second mention of our new Horizon colorway of sparring gear. We have some great new photos that really showcase the incredible depth and variances in the swirl color process. Check out all four colors at whistlekick.com

Episode 154 - Question & Answer #2
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Episode 154 - Question & Answer #2

On today's episode, we tackle why repetition of forms is important, how all martial artists could improve with a single focus, ways to improve your sparring and how to self-train with weapons.

Question & Answer #2 - Episode 154

In this episode we handle these four questions:

  1. If the newer martial arts forms a student learns contain more complex and advanced movements and sequences, why continue to work on the old ones?
  2. What is one thing could all martial artists improve?
  3. I find sparring overwhelming, how do I get better so it doesn't feel so daunting?
  4. My school doesn't teach martial arts weapons but I want to learn how to use them, at least a little. What can I do?

If you like this format, check out our first question & answer show.

Episode 153 - Miss Elise Lenahan
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Episode 153 - Miss Elise Lenahan

Miss Elise Lenahan is a taekwondo black belt as well as a black belt in the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program (MCMAP).

Miss Elise Lenahan - Episode 153

Martial arts isn't just about your form or anything like that, it's about your mentality towards it. If you don't come into it with an open mind, I think sometimes it's really difficult to work with other people, because you're like, you're not supposed to do it that way you're supposed to do it this way. But, sometimes you didn't see that this other way has another advantage for somebody else.

Today's guest is someone I've known for years, but she's on here for a reason. Miss Elise Lenahan is the only person I know - though there are certainly others - to have earned a black belt in a traditional martial art (in this case Taekwondo) and a black belt in the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). On this episode, we discuss what the process of attaining each was like for her, the differences between the two and what she's taken from her varied experience as a martial artist.

Today's featured product is our sparring gloves. When we developed the gloves, we took a hard look at why everyone else's gloves seemed to fail so quickly. Through our better materials, smarter design and extra reinforcement, we've created gloves that simply don't fail. Personally, my pair is now 4 years old. I may not spar as much as some of you out there, but these have had some use. You can learn more about our gloves and maybe get yourself a pair at whistlekick.com

 

For full show notes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/153-elise-lenahan/

Episode 152 - Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 2
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Episode 152 - Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 2

Mrs. April Pettengill, Sensei Katie Jordan and Miss Jessica Henderson return to discuss topics related to women's involvement in the martial arts world.

Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 2 - Episode 152

Last week's Part 1 of the two-part series on women in the martial arts was our best-ever debut for a Thursday episode. We knew there was demand for these conversations but we had no idea how much. Thank you to everyone for sharing and listening. If you haven't heard it, please check out Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 1. There's no need to hear part 1 before part 2, as they're completely independent shows.

We hear from Mrs. April Pettengill, Sensei Katie Jordan, and Miss Jessica Henderson along with host Jeremy Lesniak as they discuss a number of topics related to women and gender differences in the context of martial arts. We discuss everything from classes to uniforms to psychology, with the hope that both male and female listeners will come away with a better understanding and give some thought to subjects that affect us all.

Episode 151 - Soke Joe Droual
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Episode 151 - Soke Joe Droual

Soke Joe Droual is a long-time martial arts instructor from New York. His background includes karate, jiu-jitsu, Kobudo and kung fu.

Soke Joe Droual - Episode 151

The master teacher is the master student, and we're always learning. And I think that that ties in with the martial arts community realizing that their whole lifetime is learning something that is very old, the traditions are showing respect and kindness to everybody and to themselves. Self-development and that is actually, that grounding and that respect, I think, is at the heart of all martial arts.

Soke Joe Droual comes to us from Long Island, New York. A long-time practitioner and instructor, Soke Joe has dedicated his life to martial arts - and you can hear it in his words. On today's episode, we hear why Soke Joe Droual continues to train after so many years, why martial arts is like music and his views on the personal development side of martial arts.

We've seen a lot of sparring gear head out of the warehouse lately - even more so than the weeks leading up to Christmas. Remember, we have four colors now and not a single pair of boots has that silly toe strap. If you want sparring gear that lasts longer and gives better grip on the floor, whistlekick boots are what you want. Find them online at whistlekick.com

Episode 150 - Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 1
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Episode 150 - Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 1

We unpack some of the differences - and similarities - between male and female martial artists with two past guests, Renshi Lisa Magiera and Master Amanda Meltzer.

Conversations on Women in Martial Arts: Part 1 - Episode 150

Over the last few months, we've had some listeners ask for more group conversations. Feedback on the Women in Martial Arts episode was very positive, and some listeners asked for more discussion, with women. We've combined those two ideas and brought back Renshi Lisa Magiera and Master Amanda Meltzer to discuss a few subjects related to women in martial arts. This is not an episode that's "for women," and I suspect it will make a lot of people think about some things, regardless of gender.

During this episode we reference our past episode on Helping People Find the Right Martial Arts School.

Episode 149 - Sensei Cheryl Murphy
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Episode 149 - Sensei Cheryl Murphy

Sensei Cheryl Murphy is a competitive karate practitioner, best known for her sparring and being a member of Team USA.

Sensei Cheryl Murphy - Episode 151

 Being able to pull myself up from my bootstraps. Of course, you still have your support system, in order to thrive from.

A lot of our guests come from referrals of past guests, and so it was we were introduced to Sensei Cheryl Murphy. We've heard from a number of martial artists who enjoy competing - and some who compete at a very high level. You may see Sensei Murphy at the Olympics in 2020, though, and that would be a first for our guests. As a competitive kumite fighter, Sensei Murphy travels the world sparring. She has numerous national and world titles to her name, but here on the show we learn why competing is so important to her, why she's still passionate about martial arts and how her Mom has been such a strong influence on her life.

You know whistlekick as making awesome sparring gear - and we certainly do that. But we also have a line of apparel that you should check out. Comfortable sweatpants, functional t-shirts and a lot more. Find everything we offer at our online store at whistlekick.com

Episode 148 - President Theodore Roosevelt & Judo
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Episode 148 - President Theodore Roosevelt & Judo

For show notes please visit: 

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/148-theodore-roosevelt-judo/

Episode 147 - Mr. Michael Staples
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Episode 147 - Mr. Michael Staples

Mr. Michael Staples is a well-respected authority on Chinese martial arts, with several books to his credit. He's written about and studied Kung fu, White Crane and other styles with some of the American pioneers.

Mr. Michael Staples - Episode 147

...but Ron is like a ballet dancer. He's just snipping things left and right, he's not getting hit at all. He's being carried into unique angles. At one point he just kind of pops up in the air and flips around with the back of his head and just smacks Steve in the forehead.

We've been fortunate enough to have a number of guests on the show that have talked about the early days of martial arts in America. Today's guest brings us that perspective on the Chinese martial arts and his early days training in California. We hear several times how Mr. Michael Staples life was altered dramatically, and seemingly by forces beyond understanding. What you hear in today's episode is the story of someone who was destined to be the martial artist they became.

Our sparring helmets are the most comfortable head protection you'll ever wear in a martial arts class. If you don't like them, we'll give you your money back. With free shipping every day, there's no risk. Check them out at whistlekick.com

 

For full show notes please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/147-michael-staples/

Episode 146 - Zen in the Martial Arts
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Episode 146 - Zen in the Martial Arts

Zen in the Martial Arts is a classic martial art book written by Joe Hyams. It was recently selected as the #1 martial arts book by guests of this show.

Zen in the Martial Arts - Episode 146

You can read our post on the Top Ten Martial Arts Books as selected by our guests.

It’s time for episode 146 of whistlekick Martial Arts radio, and we’re going to talk about an amazing book that has come up in conversation a lot on this show – Zen in the Martial Arts. Not a reader? You should still stick around because this isn’t a book review.

Let me introduce myself. I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host on this show. My name is Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick makes the best sparring gear you can get as well as some great apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome all of you new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back.

All our past episodes, show notes, and some other good stuff is at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. From that site, you can sign up for our newsletter, and I hope you do because we offer exclusive content to subscribers, discounts and it's the only place to find out about upcoming guests.

Today’s episode has a full transcript available on the website.

Short Summary of Zen in the Martial Arts

Zen in the Martial Arts, for all of the impact it has had on several generations of martial artists, is short. It’s 140 pages of a small book, and it’s not small font. That might make you think that it’s incomplete, or otherwise lacking, but that isn’t the case.

Reviews for the book continue nearly 40 years later, and on the popular book review sites, the poorest rating I could find was 4.1 out of 5. Amazon, which is known for having the most reviews, shows it as 4.6 of 5.

There are 28 chapters, each one with a title that seems ripped from a classic kung fu movie – Empty your cup, Active Inactvitiy, Extend Your Ki. The chapters are short, most around 5 or 6 pages, and begin with a relevant photo. Most end with a bit of wisdom, like this one: “Life unfolds on a great sheet called Time, and once finished it is gone forever.”

The book discusses some great names from our history, including Ed Parker & Bruce Lee. The chapters tell stories from the author’s time training.

About the Author of Zen in the Martial Arts

Joe Hyams, while beloved by martial artists for the book he wrote, was not best known as a martial artist or martial arts author. He was a writer, sure, but primarily a celebrity writer. During his career, he wrote or co-wrote books on Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and Chuck Norris.

He studied martial arts for more than 50 years. Beginning with fencing and then, through an introduction by music composer Bronislau Kaper, met Ed Parker. He became one of Parker’s first private students, then soon after, one of his first black belts.

He trained privately with Bruce Lee for two years and introduced him to Hollywood. Hyams was a big piece of Bruce Lee’s start in films. It’s hard to believe that as big of an impact as this book has had, Joe Hyams’ contributions to the martial arts community, via Bruce Lee, were so much greater.

He died in 2008 at age 85.

Why Zen in the Martial Arts is Special

Most martial arts books are about martial arts or some metaphysical subject. Often times they’re written by people who really know martial arts, but aren’t so good at writing.

Mr. Hyams was a writer and a skilled one at that. He wrote newspaper columns, books, movie scripts… Clearly a varied and masterful writer.

He was also very good at conveying his point simply, something that the very best martial artists seem able to do. This book is 140 pages because Mr. Hyams didn’t need more.

While it has a tremendous amount of martial arts content, it’s not a book exclusively for martial artists. According to Melissa Hyams, his wife at the time he passed in 2008, said the book “isn't really about martial arts. It's about life and philosophy, and how to turn a negative into a positive, how to defuse a situation by the way you handle it. That's what he'll most be remembered for."

To illustrate this, I’ll read to you one of the shortest chapters, “Anger without Action,” which is just over one page:

My History with Zen in the Martial Arts

I don’t remember when my Mother first picked up the book. I have vague memories of it being a gift, and it was likely a gift to her. She started training in 1985, so I’d guess it was in our home between 1985 and 1987. I would have been between 6 and 8, which seems about right.

It was always out. Sometimes on the coffee table, sometimes in the bathroom. It was the first nonchildren's book I read and it’s certainly the book I read most. I’d guess I’ve read it all the way through a dozen times.

It was the bits of wisdom that struck me most. I memorized them before I understood most of them, and as I grew up, life and martial arts showed me what these parables meant. “When you seek it, you cannot find it,” “The angry man will defeat himself in battle as well as in life,” and other sayings had a tremendous influence on me.

In fact, as I think back on my life and my time in the martial arts, behind my instructors and my Mother, this book was the third most influential element.

The copy I have now sits on my bookshelf, unread. Which is ironic and something I plan to change. I think it will end up in the same place in my home that it did when I was a child.

Wrapping Up

Have you, like many of our guests, read this classic? It’s still available in new copies, and it’s pretty inexpensive. You can find used copies for a few dollars, digital copies or audiobook versions if that’s your think. If you haven’t read it, you should.

I want to know what you think, and you can post your thoughts in the comments at the website - You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram – just search whistlekick. Or, just leave us a comment on the show notes page at whistlekickMartialArtsRadio.com

If you want to be a guest on the show or maybe you have an idea for a show topic, go ahead and fill out the form on the website. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter so you can stay up on everything we do. You can learn more about our products at whistlekick.com

That’s all for today. Until next time, Train hard, smile and have a great day.

 

Episode 145 - Mr. Kevin Galloway
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Episode 145 - Mr. Kevin Galloway

Mr. Kevin Galloway is a passionate martial arts instructor, school owner and tournament promoter. His stories show an immense dedication to the arts and his students.

Mr. Kevin Galloway - Episode 145

You can tell a real black belt. They don't get too excited, they don't get too low, don't get too high. But what they have is the confidence to resolve any conflict, up until, "I'm just going to walk away."

Way back on Episode 31 we had the chance to hear from a good friend of the show, Mr. Cory Rose. Since then he's been every bit as good of a friend, and today's guest comes from that friendship. Mr. Kevin Galloway is a longtime practitioner of both karate and taekwondo, now operating a school and hosting a competition in Oklahoma.

Mr. Galloway opens up about life, his family, his students and what makes a good instructor. The stories range from the emotional to the humorous, and you'll probably find yourself laughing along - and maybe even tearing up.

Today we're announcing a brand new colorway for our gear - Horizon. This is our first colorway using our exclusive UniqueDip color process, which guarantees that every single piece of gear is a little different from the rest, just as you are. Horizon is a slick blue and white blend that is sure to be a hit. Read more at the official announcement, here. Check it out, or the rest of our colors, at whistlekick.com

For full show notes, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/145-kevin-galloway/

Episode 144 - Difficult Students
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Episode 144 - Difficult Students

Conversation and Strategies on Handling Challenging Martial Arts Students - Adults & Children

Difficult Students - Episode 144

Today's episode is completely off the cuff - no notes, no transcript no guest - just host Jeremy giving you his thoughts on handling challenging individuals in your martial arts school. These tips apply whether you're an instructor, school owner or student. Thanks for listening.

Episode 143 - Mrs. April Pettengill
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Episode 143 - Mrs. April Pettengill

Mrs. April Pettengill is an ITF Taekwondo practitioner & school owner from Northern Vermont who started training later in life.

Mrs. April Pettengill - Episode 143

The whole idea that you learn in martial arts, that you have integrity, and you do what you have to do and take responsibility for that, that...that's a big deal.

Mrs. April Pettengill is not our typical guest. While she's a passionate martial artist, like everyone that comes on the show, she's not a lifelong practitioner. In her own words, she came to taekwondo later in life and originally didn't think it was for her. As time passed she realized that she'd found her calling, eventually taking over her instructor's school. She now teaches adults and children and seems to enjoy every minute of it.

Today's product of note is our super-comfy sweatpants - Cloud9. Check 'em out!

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit:

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Episode 142 - James Mitose (Profile)
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Episode 142 - James Mitose (Profile)

James Mitose (Profile) - Episode 142

It’s time for episode 142 of whistlekick Martial Arts radio, and we’re going to profile a man who’s come up in several conversations over the last few months, James Mitose.

Let me introduce myself. I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host on this show. My name is Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick makes the best sparring gear you can buy as well as some great apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome all of you new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back.

All our past episodes, show notes, and some other good stuff is at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. From that site, you can sign up for our newsletter, and I hope you do because we offer exclusive content to subscribers, discounts and it's the only place to find out about upcoming guests. Today’s episode has a full transcript and some old photos of our subject.

For transcript, photos, show notes & more, please visit:

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/142-james-mitose/

Episode 141 - Grandmaster Rick Alemany
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Episode 141 - Grandmaster Rick Alemany

Grandmaster Rick Alemany is a prominent figure in the world of American Kenpo Karate.

Grandmaster Rick Alemany - Episode 141

"I just set a goal that I wanted to be the best that I could be."

It was from the efforts of two past guests that we get to hear from Grandmaster Rick Alemany today. Both Professor Brannon Beliso and Mr. Daniel Hartz coordinated with each other and with our guest. They then reached out to us to coordinate it. Personally, I'm glad they did, because I truly enjoyed my conversations with him. Prior to the episode recording, I had a few calls with him, to coordinate schedule and talk about the show. Each time I came away feeling that this man is someone special, and someone I was honored to speak with. I hope that you enjoy hearing what he says and that your reaction is as positive.

 

For full show notes and other episodes, please visit:

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Episode 140 - Self-Defense Tools
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Episode 140 - Self-Defense Tools

...That doesn’t mean the training of weapons is only for practical purposes, but for this episode, we are going to limit the conversation to that. We’re actually going to restrict our conversation to non-obvious self-defense tools, which excludes firearms, stun guns and pepper sprays. While these are great tools, and I carry two of the three often, they’re definitely weapons. It’s hard to claim otherwise, which makes them a bit less appropriate for a martial arts conversation.

 

For a full transcript, photos & show notes, please visit:  http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/episode-140-self-defense-tools/

Episode 139 - Conversations with Master Brendan Goodall
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Episode 139 - Conversations with Master Brendan Goodall

Past guest Master Brendan Goodall returned to chat with Jeremy about a variety of martial arts topics.

Conversations with Master Brendan Goodall - Episode 139

For today's episode I had a chat with Master Goodall as we drove out to evening plans on Thanksgiving Day. We talk about a variety of martial arts subjects from motivation to instruction, to working with kids. You can check out our previous episode with Master Brendan Goodall, all the way back on Episode 10.

Check out the show notes at http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/139-conversations-brendan-goodall/

Episode 138 - Martial Arts Family
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Episode 138 - Martial Arts Family

We're all part of a martial arts family, simply by sharing the common bond of training for self-improvement.

Martial Arts Family - Episode 138

For a full transcript and other episodes, please visit http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/138-martial-arts-family/

Episode 137 - Sensei Brandon Benenati
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Episode 137 - Sensei Brandon Benenati

Sensei Brandon Benenati - Episode 137

I've known Sensei Brandon Benenati for a couple years, first introduced to him by Master Adam Grogin, from all the way back on episode 5. I had the chance to attend 2015's Super Summer Seminars with him and really enjoyed his personality and approach to martial arts. He's a dedicated, passionate martial artist who truly enjoys his life - and his training.

On today' episode, we talk about where he's come from, where he's headed, and why martial arts continues as something he's pursuing.

Our featured product today is our Original Sparring Gloves - the lightest, most durable (and comfortable!) sparring glove you can get your hands on. (Get it!) Available in several colors, find them over at whistlekick.com

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Episode 136 - Sensei Katie Jordan
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Episode 136 - Sensei Katie Jordan

Sensei Katie Jordan is a Shotokan karate practitioner from Maine, now living in Massachusetts.

Sensei Katie Jordan - Episode 136

I really think competition makes people better. You see different fighters, you see different styles, you see what works for people and what doesn't.

I first met Sensei Katie Jordan in 2015 at a competition. Since that time I've had the opportunity to watch her referee, compete and otherwise embody martial arts. Sensei Jordan is a woman who had dedicated her life to martial arts training, and that dedication shows. On today's episode, we hear about her deep love for the arts, for her instructor and for the many people she's met along the way. What we hear today is insight and passion that shows a tremendous level of maturity. Enjoy.

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Episode 135 - Women in Martial Arts
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Episode 135 - Women in Martial Arts

Most of our guests are men, it's true. Some have even accused the martial arts realm of being inherently sexist. We talk about this and more today.

Women in Martial Arts - Episode 135

On today's episode, we discuss why there are so few women on the show, sexism, the case against mandatory white training pants and a lot more. While this episode is not the grand conversation of women's issues in martial arts that we hope to have, it is the primer to set the stage for that conversation. 

 

Episode 134 - Kyoshi Jose Dimacali
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Episode 134 - Kyoshi Jose Dimacali

Kyoshi Jose Dimacali - Episode 134

I'm not your friend, I say. I'm better than your friend - I'm your instructor. Because friends sometimes steer you the wrong way. Instructors are going to try to bring you to the right path.

I first met Kyoshi Jose Dimacali in 2015 at the Twin State Martial Arts Championships. We were still offering the 60-Second Pushup Challenge, and Kyoshi was encouraged to participate by his instructor, Hanshi Richard Bernard. He absolutely dominated the men's division that day (74), and it was one of the few times that Hanshi Bernard didn't take away the victory.

However, that was not the first time I had heard of Kyoshi. People spoke very highly of his skill and his dominance when it came to his forms performances. Over the next year, I had the opportunity to speak with him several times and I realized that not only is Kyoshi Dimacali an excellent competitor, but an excellent martial artist and a great person. Today's episode solidifies my opinions of him as he tells an emotional tale of martial arts, family, and motivation. I hope you enjoy it.

~jeremy

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Episode 133 - Michelle Yeoh (Profile)
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Episode 133 - Michelle Yeoh (Profile)

You can find lots of photos, a full transcript and other episodes at:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/133-michelle-yeoh/

Episode 132 - Mr. Daniel Hartz
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Episode 132 - Mr. Daniel Hartz

Mr. Daniel Hartz - Episode 132 Mr. Hartz just after having Sensei Smith demonstrate a choke. Wearing a NoSweat Tee.

You may recognize the name of today's guest from his appearance on Episode 100. Mr. Daniel Hartz was the interviewer for my episode of the show, and it's been an honor to have him back for his turn at the table. While there are no firm rules about who we have on the show, we generally only extend the invitation to black belts. Mr. Hartz recently earned his black belt at a weekend-long testing ceremony I was fortunate enough to participate in.

On today's episode, we learn a lot about not only Mr. Hartz, but about what it is that draws people to martial arts and keeps them there. As a recent black belt, Mr. Hartz doesn't have the decades of training many of our guests do, which gives him a different perspective on training. He's very open about himself and his love for the arts, which I suspect will resonate for most listeners. It certainly did for me.

~jeremy

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Episode 131 - Martial Arts Etiquette
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Episode 131 - Martial Arts Etiquette

On today's episode, we discuss the important of etiquette in a martial arts class. We also tackle how to handle attending class with a different group of people, where martial arts etiquette might be different.

Martial Arts Etiquette - Episode 131

For a full transcript and other episodes, please visit:

 

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Episode 130 - Sensei Fumio Demura (Interview)
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Episode 130 - Sensei Fumio Demura (Interview)

On episode 107 we released a profile of Sensei Fumio Demura. After several conversations with people that knew Sensei, it didn't seem likely that we'd be able to have him on the show. It's no secret that his health isn't great and, despite that, he's still very busy. So we went ahead and released our profile episode to honor him and all of his accomplishments. He's certainly a figure that martial artists should know.

From that episode, the folks at The Real Miyagi, the documentary outlining Sensei's life, reached out to us. After some back and forth they were able to put us in touch with Demura Sensei by email... and the rest is (now) history. What follows is an uncut discussion between Sensei Fumio Demura and host Jeremy Lesniak.

 

Episode 129 - Dealing with Setbacks
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Episode 129 - Dealing with Setbacks

Advice on how to handle martial arts related setbacks.

Dealing with Setbacks - Episode 129

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Episode 128 - Renshi Lisa Magiera
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Episode 128 - Renshi Lisa Magiera

But that front kick that's done on a bag isn't truly owned by the student until they're in a free-thinking, sparring situation and they see the opening and they're like "Oh, now it's time for a front kick."

Renshi Lisa Magiera occupies an interesting place in the martial arts world, at least for listeners to this show. Over the episodes, we've spoken of various guests in a familial sense, as they tie to my place in the martial arts world. We've heard from older siblings, Uncles, and others. Renshi Lisa Magiera is best described as my sister.

Just a short time after I left Maine for College, Renshi moved to the area and starting training at the karate school I grew up in. She ultimately purchased it and continues to operate it today. She learned the same things by the same people, and we have many things in common because of that. Interestingly, we had very little overlap as my College visits to home rarely involved martial arts, as I was there for holidays and weekends. We've built a strong friendship over the last few years, though.

This episode is a lot of fun, for both of us, and hopefully, everyone else enjoys it, too.

~jeremy

Today's whistlekick product of note is our shin guards - pre-formed to the shape of your shin, comfortable, double-layered and very easy to clean. Check them out at whistlekick.com or on Amazon.

 

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Episode 127 - Rights & Privileges of Rank
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Episode 127 - Rights & Privileges of Rank

For a full transcript and other episodes, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/127-rank-privileges/

Episode 126 - Mr. Dale Frye
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Episode 126 - Mr. Dale Frye

Mr. Dale Frye, aka "Sunshine," is a world champion kickboxer turned actor and stuntman.

Mr. Dale Frye - Episode 126

I said, wait a minute. We just sat here and beat on each other for six rounds, and it was fun. And it's like, maybe we need to be looked at or something.

Mr Dale Frye has done a lot. From winning world-titles in kickboxing to an acting resume that's been impressive for decades. Whether it's kicks or stunts or acting, Mr. Frye, also known by his fighting name, Sunshine, has left his mark. We had a good chat and I think you'll enjoy it.  Let's welcome him to the show.

Today we're featuring our awesomely-comfortable sweatpants. They're perfect for anyone that has legs and gets cold. Available at whistlekick.com.

 

 

 

For full show notes, please visit:

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Episode 125 - Sparring Drills
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Episode 125 - Sparring Drills

For full show notes, including a transcript, please visit:

 

http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/125-sparring-drills/

Episode 124 - Shihan Grant Campbell
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Episode 124 - Shihan Grant Campbell

I first met Shihan Grant Campbell during the March 2016 Superfoot black belt gathering in Florida. It was during this same assembly that I met Kyoshi Kevin Hudson, and, of course, Sensei Terry Dow and Bill Wallace were there. I met a lot of people that weekend, and everyone was very skilled, and a great person to work with. There was one person, though, that stood out for me in the way he helped me through that weekend.

We've all worked with martial arts practitioners that seem to understand us, to know our journey, and to make us better. Shihan Campbell was that person for me, at least on that weekend. I enjoyed his help with the physical aspects of our training, but also really appreciated his humor and stories during meals and downtime. I knew that he was someone we needed to have on the show.

The scheduling took some time, as he's very busy with training, teaching, and travelling, but we made it happen. Listen in, you'll see that it was worth the wait.

Today's featured whistlekick product is our full line of shirts. Quite a few different styles to choose from, including large and youth sizes. With something for everyone, there's no reason not to have a few whistlekick shirts in your drawer or closet.

 

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Episode 123 - Jean-Claude Van Damme (Profile)
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Episode 123 - Jean-Claude Van Damme (Profile)

What are you doing? I know what you’re doing. You’re getting ready to listen to today’s episode of Martial Arts Radio. Well, here we are. Episode 123 is coming at you in just a moment, and it’s all about Jean-Claude Van Damme.

I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host, Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick, if you don’t know, makes the absolute best sparring gear, apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome all of our new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back again.

All of our past podcast episodes, show notes and a lot more are at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. From that site you can sign up for our newsletter, and I really think you should, because we offer exclusive content to subscribers, discounts and it's the only place to find out about upcoming guests.

When we take a look at our sales, we’re seeing a lot of our sparring helmets go out to people that do MMA, kickboxing and other sports that are really outside traditional martial arts. Why? Probably because there’s nothing more comfortable and protective than a whistlekick helmet. Just like the rest of our gear, it holds up amazingly well. Check them out at whistlekick.com.

 

For a full transcript, photos and other show notes, please visit:

 

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Episode 122 - Renshi Craig Sargent
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Episode 122 - Renshi Craig Sargent

Renshi Craig Sargent - Episode 122

Over the last year and a half, there have been guests that I've wanted to get to know better. I've known today's guest for a few years, and despite quite a few conversations, I felt like there was a lot more than I knew. It wasn't more than 15 minutes into today's episode before I realized my instincts were correct- Renshi Craig Sargent had a lot more to say than I'd heard during our brief talks.

Right from the beginning, he opens up, and he takes us on a ride like few have with this show. I can say I know Renshi Sargent much better, now, and I look forward to seeing him more at tournaments and other events.

Today's featured product is our brand new Pro Hoodie. Comfortable, lightweight polyester fleece with a colorful logo and a little something extra in the hood. Find them on whistlekick.com

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Episode 121 - Question & Answer #1
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Episode 121 - Question & Answer #1

On today's episode we answer four burning questions submitted by the audience.

Question & Answer #1 - Episode 121

Today’s episode will be a bit different- because we’re always trying to change things up and bring you some variety. If you follow us on social media, you know we ask a lot of questions – because we want to know what you think about things.

But through those questions comes conversation, and questions coming back to us. And today we’re going to answer some of the questions that you’ve written in. If you like this show and want to see more of this format, let us know and, ideally, send in a question yourself.

Here are the questions we tackle on today's episode:

Q: What do you think Bruce Lee’s career would have looked like if he was alive today?

Q: I’m 18 and love martial arts. I’ve been training since I was 9 but now I’m at college and don’t have very many options to continue my training. There’s a martial arts club on campus but it’s very different from what I’m used to. I’m missing my dojo back home but it’s too far to drive. What should I do?

Q: How long should I stop training if I become injured? I’ve recently messed up my shoulder and it’s getting better, but I really miss my training. Can I just go in and take it easy?

Q: If you had to spend the next year training alone with only one famous martial artist or actor, who would it be?

On today's episode, we mentioned our episode on Martial Arts training in a car, Episode 95.

Episode 120 - Hanshi Bruce Juchnik
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Episode 120 - Hanshi Bruce Juchnik

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik is a living encyclopedia. When you talk about the most famous martial artists - Joe Lewis, Robert Trias, Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace, James Mitose - he's right there in the mix. In some of the stories, he's on the fringes, but can tell you about the major players and what really happened. In others, he takes center stage and helps connect the dots on some of the most important elements of our past.

And history is very important to Hanshi Juchnik. He knows where he came from and he believes you should, too. As important as punching and kicking is, that's how important knowing your lineage is to Hanshi Bruce Juchnik. It was a pleasure to have him on the show and connect many of the different stories we've already heard, as well as point us in the direction of some guests we'll be having on in the future.

Today's featured product is our best seller - our sparring boots. No toe strap, double reinforcement, extra ventilation, durable materials, comfortable design... if you're used to other foam sparring boots, you'll be shocked at how much better these are.

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Episode 119 - Group Chat: McDojos
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Episode 119 - Group Chat: McDojos

McDojos, and all that they mean to the martial arts community, are the topic of conversation today on our first-ever group chat.

Group Chat: McDojos - Episode 119

Today's episode is a bit different - it's our first group conversation. A few weeks ago, we were approached by Sensei Robert Ingram. Sensei Ingram is the man behind the McDojo Life brand. McDojo Life is a martial arts entertainment group that brings you humorous martial arts content. Most of their content is published through social media. McDojo Life has quite a large following, and for good reason - their stuff is funny!

We also brought back a past guest, whistlekick's good friend & host of the Martial Thoughts podcast, Sensei Jaredd Wilson. Jeremy joins the two of them to discuss McDojos, integrity in martial arts instruction and instructors and a lot more.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a McDojo is a derogatory term that refers to a martial arts school that doesn't live up to the standards others set. It's completely subjective, and we discuss that as part of the show. We had a great conversation and all three of us enjoyed the time together. If you like this format, please let us know and we'll look at doing more of them. Thanks for listening and have an amazing day! 

During the episode, we talked about Episode 69, our episode where we talk about martial arts instructors & integrity.

On today's episode, we reference the Redneck Jiu Jitsu YouTube Channel

For More Information on Sensei Ingram and McDojo Life

You can find McDojo Life on Instagram, YouTubeFacebook & Twitter. Soon, the website McDojoLife.com will be active.

For More Information on Sensei Jaredd Wilson and Martial Thoughts

You can find Sensei Jaredd Wilson on Episode 76, his previous podcast appearance. You can find the Martial Thoughts podcast here, website.

Episode 118 - Kancho Matt Brown
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Episode 118 - Kancho Matt Brown

I first met Kancho Brown at a multi-instructor seminar in early summer of 2016. I was impressed with his skill, but more so his personality. We quickly became friends and I found myself thrilled at his stories and sense of humor. I knew he was someone that needed to come on the show, and we spent a few months coordinating schedules... BUT... he's here now and it's time for his tales. Let's welcome him to the show.

Today's featured product is our premium sparring glove - the best foam sparring glove available. Check them out, and all of our products, at whistlekick.com

 

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Episode 117 - Tony Jaa (Profile)
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Episode 117 - Tony Jaa (Profile)

Hi. Guess what? It’s time for another episode of whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, and this is episode 117, and it’s our long-awaited profile of the amazing Tony Jaa.

I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host, Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick, if you don’t know, makes the absolute best sparring gear, apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome the new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back again.

All of our past podcast episodes, show notes and a lot more are at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. From that site you can sign up for our newsletter, and I really suggest you do so, because we offer exclusive content to subscribers, discounts and it's the only place to find out about upcoming guests.

You’ve probably heard me talk about our sparring gear before. Heck, it’s the whole reason I founded whistlekick. But what you may not know, unless you’re subscribing to the newsletter (hint-hint!) is that we now have our top-notch sparring gear in a brand new color. Blue! It’s an awesome blue, and the gear looks incredible. Check it out at whistlekick.com.

So, today we’re talking about Tony Jaa. When his name pops up, people think about the Ong Bak movies and his unique martial arts choreography. But how did he get started? What makes him tick? Well, I’ll tell you.

For full show notes, including photos, videos and the rest of the episode transcript, please visit:

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Episode 116 - Mestre Efraim Silva
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Episode 116 - Mestre Efraim Silva

As with a number of our guests, it was from a news article that we first learned of Mestre Efraim Silva. Native to Brazil, Mestre Silva has been living in Connecticut for a number of years and has been spreading Capoeira throughout New England via his school. It took us some time to find a day to record as he's very much in demand teaching seminars throughout the United States.

It was, to be blunt, very much worth the wait. Mestre Efraim talks of his early challenges in Brazil, his struggles to open a school here in the US and the positive changes he has had in the lives of his students. It's a powerful episode and one that may leave you feeling inspired and, at times, overwhelmed. It certainly did for me. Enjoy.

~jeremy

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Episode 115 - Money & Martial Arts Competition
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Episode 115 - Money & Martial Arts Competition

You’ve probably heard me mention our line of NoSweat shirts before. Super lightweight, incredibly comfortable, these go great under your uniform – and we carry black, white and gray just for that purpose – as well as any other time you want a comfortable, lightweight tee. You can also find them in red, blue, green and a few other colors. Check them out at whistlekick.com

We’ve talked on this show about competition and its role in martial arts. We ask our guests about their competitive experience and we’ve even done full episodes on martial arts tournaments.

One of the things I’ve seen lately on social media revolves around criticism of the way money is handed out at competitions. Some are calling for equal payouts for men’s and women’s divisions. Others are calling for parity between the adult and senior divisions.

Money is, of course, important. While I would agree with the adage, “money doesn’t buy happiness,” it’s hard to be happy when you don’t have any. Let’s explore the ties between money and competitive martial arts.

Episode 114 - Mr. Gershon Ben Keren
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Episode 114 - Mr. Gershon Ben Keren

Mr. Gershon Ben Keren is a Krav Maga instructor, author and school owner.

Mr. Gershon Gen Keren - Episode 114

It really doesn't matter how you solve that problem, whether you solve that problem by picking up an improvised weapon, whether you solve that problem through de-escalation or you solve it through disengagement.

Frequent listeners know that we try to bring on people from different martial arts. It's important to be a well-rounded martial artist, and part of that involves learning about the different perspectives that different martial artists have - especially those that train in less-common arts. While we've had a few guests on the show that trained in Krav Maga, none of them have defined themselves as Krav Maga practitioners. And until recently, I wasn't even aware of how old Krav Maga was. So, when Mr. Gershon Ben Keren came to my attention as Krav Maga practitioner who started training long before the current wave, he seemed the perfect candidate to have on the show.

While Mr. Ben Keren isn't here to represent Krav Maga, being the first person steeped in that art on the show carried a bit of responsibility with it. I was very honest with him of this, but also let him know that the episode was about him and not his chosen art. I think we both did a good job of placing him first but also giving you some information on the history of the style, which was important in giving you context for our guest.

I really enjoyed getting to know Mr. Ben Keren, and with his school only a few hours away, it's just a matter of time before I pop by for a visit. Let's welcome him to the show.

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Episode 113 - Different Training Environments
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2017-09-22 13:38:09 UTC 08:28
Episode 113 - Different Training Environments

Martial arts training in different locations - and different types of locations - can yield strong benefits.

Different Training Environments - Episode 113

Show transcript below.

What is up everyone? It’s time for another episode of whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, and here we are with episode 113. And today we’re going to talk about training in different environments.

I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host, Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick, if you don’t know, makes the absolute best sparring gear, apparel, and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome the new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back again.

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Let’s talk about your training. Specifically, where you train. If you’re like me, like most people, the vast majority of your training is at your dojo, dojang, academy, training hall or whatever you call it at your school. You might have mats or a hardwood floor. But the surface probably doesn’t change. The lighting is probably the same and if you’re like most schools, you always face the same direction.

For some martial artists, this routine can pose a problem. It really comes down to two things – engagement and practicality.

By engagement, I mean that your surroundings have a lot to do with the energy you invest to your training. Different people, different locations and different sights, sounds and smells seem to wake people up and inspire them to train harder.

By practicality, I mean that we adapt to our surroundings and aren’t quite as adept at taking action in strange environments. This doesn’t just go for martial arts, but for anything. It’s not a martial arts problem, it’s a human being problem.

Let’s talk about the engagement challenge first. If you’ve been listening to the show you know that I’m an advocate for training with different instructors, attending seminars and otherwise varying your education. Of course, that will require you to go to different places and you’ll learn differently because of those environments, but what about the rest of the time?

One of the most interesting things I ever saw in a martial arts class was when an instructor had a kid’s class turn 90 degrees and face a different wall. It was like a different group of children. They were suddenly attentive, powerful and really invested in the class.

About 10 minutes later, as the energy level waned, the instructor did it again. Sure, there was likely some benefit from the small break the kids had, but I have no doubt that looking at a different wall was enough to wake up the children’s senses. In fact, I’ve done this myself when I teach children, and even adults, if they seem to be fading.

There are other ways to up the engagement in your regular-old training facility. Changing the lighting can be huge. Adding a colored light or turning off some of the lights completely changes the space. Drawing the shades, kicking parents and visitors out for just one night, and even putting sunglasses on everyone can make a huge impact. Anything that alters the sensory input will prompt a response. The longer someone has been training, chances are, the stronger the response.

Let’s talk about the actual physical space now. You can change it all you want, but at some point, you have to consider that it’s exactly the same space. There’s benefit to training outside that space as we’ve already discussed.

Where, though, can and should you train?

If you want to freak out a younger or newer student, take them to a crowded park and ask them to do a form. Chances are, they’ll panic. Will they panic if they’re attacked in that same place? Chances are they’ll be more willing to use their skills, but that anxiety that comes up from people watching them is still important to address.

Training outside, in different weather conditions, with strangers watching, adds a whole new dynamic to training. If you’ve ever been part of a demonstration, you’ve probably witnessed this whether you realized it or not. People act differently in different environments. Some people seem to draw strength from training in a wooded environment, others do better during a beach training.

My challenge to you is to go out and try training in different environments. In fact, I’m going to give you a checklist right now and I’d urge you to try checking them off in the next month. Even for 15 minutes, try practicing in your car, in a public park, in the woods, at the beach or a pool, in front of your house, in your bedroom and on top of something high-up like a tall building. Try and do at least one of these at night, one during a good rainstorm, one while it’s hot and another while cold. Be present during your training and see what you observe. There are lessons to be learned from each of these and all of them make you a better martial artist.

The elements and locations that you find most challenging are the ones that will yield the greatest benefits if your practice embraces them.

I’d love to see photos of listeners training outside, training in the rain or in other non-conventional places. Do you have a favorite location to train outside of your school? Where is it and why do you like it? Whatever your comments, let us know. You can comment on the show notes at whistlekickMartialArtsRadio.com or on social media - we're on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram - all with the username whistlekick.

If you want to be a guest on the show or maybe you have an idea for a show topic, go ahead and fill out the form on the website. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter so you can stay up on everything we do. You can learn more about our products at whistlekick.com, like all of our great shirts, and you can check out our awesome line of sparring gear there or on Amazon.

That’s all for today, so, until next time, Train hard, smile and have a great day.

 

Episode 112 - Kyoshi Kevin Hudson
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2017-09-22 13:38:09 UTC 01:12:33
Episode 112 - Kyoshi Kevin Hudson

It was during my time at the Superfoot camp in Florida in March of 2016 that I first met Kyoshi Kevin Hudson. A tall man with a southern accent and a constant smile, he quickly became one of my favorite people I met that weekend. He quickly showed himself to be a skilled and passionate martial artist, which are the two primary criteria for coming on this show. It took a little bit of time to make the scheduling work, but it was worth the wait.

This episode is one where we hear a lot about Kyoshi Hudson's love- not just for Martial Arts, but for people & for life in general. It's hard not to feel good after speaking with him, and that comes through in this episode. Enjoy.

~jeremy

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Episode 111 - Karate in the Olympics
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2017-09-22 13:38:09 UTC 10:14
Episode 111 - Karate in the Olympics

Karate will be in the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Let's talk about what that means to the martial arts.

During the show we reference the following websites.

Official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Page on Karate - https://tokyo2020.jp/en/games/sport/olympic/karate/

Official World Karate Federation (WKF) rules - http://www.wkf.net/pdf/competition_rules_version9_2015_en1.pdf

Black Belt Magazine pieces on how the Olympics have impacted Judo and Taekwondo

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Episode 110 - Mr. Simon Scher
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2017-09-22 13:38:09 UTC 01:02:37
Episode 110 - Mr. Simon Scher

We love guest suggestions from the audience. So when one of our listeners suggested Mr. Simon Scher as a guest, it didn't take long for us to realize we had been missing out in not inviting this impressive man on the show.

Once we realized he was only a few hours away from HQ, we ended up attending a Superfoot seminar together and even have some collaborations in the works. Mr. Scher is well known for his prolific social media releases, including photos and video of him kicking everything in sight. He's a kind and thoughtful man, with a great sense of humor.

Enjoy the episode and when you're done, check out some of his videos. They're well done and entertaining. While he does have a Taekwondo background, his instruction offers something for people of all arts. Personally, I've found Mr. Scher to be a great guy and I'm looking forward to more collaborations with him in the future. ~jeremy

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Episode 109 - whistlekick Update Show
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2017-09-22 13:38:09 UTC 11:33
Episode 109 - whistlekick Update Show

There’s nothing fancy or special about today’s episode – but it is the first episode where we’ve told you what’s going on at whistlekick behind the scenes. Like this episode? Hate it? Let us know. It will help us determine whether to do it again. Thanks for listening!

Episode 108 - Mr. Tony Blauer - Part 2
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2017-09-22 13:38:09 UTC 49:54
Episode 108 - Mr. Tony Blauer - Part 2

This is part 2 of our episode with Mr. Tony Blauer. Please listen to part 1 first.