A Year in Reflection

Over a year ago, I reconnected with family. This is when I came back home to Goju. It certainly doesn’t feel like it’s been over a year but as you’ll see in the first blog post of the Budo site , I came home in late June (6/21/08). The time has been flying by. My […]

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Ebb & Flow

Not long ago, I posted a blog entry about some bumpy roads. But for every ebb, there is a flow. As of late, life has been great. On November 15th, I competed in my first karate tournament in almost 20 years and performed extremely well. I entered 2 events and won first place in both. […]

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MAF Tournament 2008

This past Saturday was Larry Mabson’s tournament. I’m very proud of my students that attended: Damian, Felipe, Fabrizzio and O.J.. Competition, especially a karateka’s very first, is not easy. The event was very slow going and lasted most of the day. Because of that, many competitors didn’t stay to compete in all their intended events. […]

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Book Review: The Karate Dojo

The Karate Dojo, written by the late Master Peter Urban is a short and easy read with much valuable information. Grand Master Peter Urban created the USA Goju style of karate. I was lucky enough to meet this man in person, although I was too young to realize the importance of the man during the […]

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Osu, Oss, Oos, Os

You hear this during almost every class and outside of class when speaking with other karateka. You probably also say it yourself but what does it really mean? There’s much speculation as to it’s true origin. However, the most logical explanation in my opinion is that it’s a contraction of the Japanese term “Oshi Shinobu”. […]

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Brotherhood

An old friend, Kyoshi Dan Reizner recently visited South Florida. We trained together for quite a few years. He was and is again my Karate brother. It was great seeing him again. We recalled some fond old memories. As teens, my mother would bring me to his house and he and I would train in […]

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Introducing Budo

Budo has been launched. This site is the medium I use to share knowledge and information about martial arts. It is still very young and the amount of content is very light. But in the coming months and years, much useful information will be found here. Currently, here are the sections that have some content: […]

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What is Shodan-ho?

What is shodan-ho? First let’s start by defining whatshodan means. Literally translated, it means first degree. It is a Japanese term that refers to the first level of black belt in Japanese martial arts. The suffixho is translated as provisional, junior, or probational. Thus, a shodan-ho is a provisional black belt. Generally speaking, the karateka […]

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Back in Training

Last week I decided to begin training again in karate. It’s been about 17 years since I last trained. You can see some old pictures I scanned in from the old days of training here. I googled my old instructor and found his school in Hollywood. That’s a bit too far for me to drive […]

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