CT072 Running a Professional School with Joseph Walker

September 26, 2018

Shihan Joseph Walker is back this week to continue our discussion on his 1986 Okinawa trip with Robert Trias, the incredible growth of the USKA, training with Gene LeBell, and some great advice on how to run a professional martial arts school.

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CT071 - Joseph Walker: Almost Perfect!

September 16, 2018

This week's guest is my first martial arts teacher, Joseph Walker.  Shihan Walker has been practicing karate for 50 years, and judo even longer.  He was appointed Assistant Chief Instructor of Shuri Ryu Karate by Robert Trias, and named Chief Instructor by the International Shuri Ryu Association.  Today he talks about starting in Judo & Karate, training with Grandmaster Trias, and his first trip to Asia in 1986.

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CT070 Sharon Massey on Women’s Self Defense

September 5, 2018

Sharon Massey from Pyramid Karate in Indianapolis, Indiana joins us this week to discuss women's self defense. Sharon talks about some of the real-world situations she has been in, her transition to traditional martial arts, and how the self defense concerns of women differ significantly from men, including the difference in physicality, situational awareness, dealing with domestic violence, and sexual assault. 

Sharon will be hosting a Women's Self Defense seminar on Sunday, September 9th from 1:00-3:30 at Pyramid Karate in Indianapolis.  Call 317-656-7627 or visit www.facebook.com/PyramidKarate/ to find out more. 

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CT069 Phillip Koeppel: A Dojo Is A Family You Can Depend On

July 31, 2018

Phillip Koeppel returns this week. Sensei Koeppel has practiced martial arts for over 60 years, training with Yoshio Kawaguchi and Richard Kim in Yokohama Japan, Adriano Emperado in Hawaii, and Robert Trias in the US, and now practices Matsumura Seito Ryu. He opened the first karate dojo in Illinois in 1959.  

Today we start off by hearing how Mr. Koeppel met a fresh off the boat Bruce Lee, a few final thoughts on Kajukembo and Emperado, before getting into the difficulties of opening a karate dojo when nobody knows what karate is.  He then talks about working with Robert Trias to help popularize it in the US, and the early efforts to coordinate the Japanese, Okinawan, and American practitioners. 

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CT068 - Phillip Koeppel: An Interesting Life

July 22, 2018

This week's guest, Phillip Koeppel, is a true American Karate Pioneer.  Sensei Koeppel has been practicing martial arts for over 60 years.  Starting in 1956 in Yokohama Japan under Toshio Kawaguchi and Richard Kim, then moving on to Hawaii to train in Kajukembo with Adriano Emperado, before returing to Illinois and joining Robert Trias and the USKA.  His many credits include opening the first karate school in Illinois, organizing the first tournament in the midwest, and founding the United States Karate-Dp Kai.  He has been involved with every stage of karate's development in the US.

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CT067 - Cobra Kai Never Dies!

June 3, 2018

This week Ezra and I discuss Cobra Kai, the new Karate Kid series on You Tube Red.  There has been a lot of talk about this show on podcasts and around the internet, but we wanted to give you a karate-guy's perspective on the show.  

Spoilers start IMMEDIATELY, so check out the at least the first two episodes (Available for free on You Tube Red) before listening!

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CT066 - Karate Kid Trilogy Review

May 28, 2018

I'm sure most of you have heard, but there is a ton of buzz about he new Karate Kid show, Cobra Kai, that was realased this week on You Tube Red.  Everyone is excited about this thing, so it made me curious about why the original movies were so iconic and if they still hold up a few decades after their release. 

Ezra Scott and I sat down to rewatch the original trilogy and give you guys a Karate guy's perspective on the films.  

There are plenty of spoilers right from the top of the show, but if you are listening to a karate podcast about a 30 year old karate movie, so you should have seen them by now!

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CT065 - Louis Martin: Maybe Therapy Should Be Your Therapy

March 25, 2018

  Louis Martin, author of The True Believers, is back today to continue our discussion about cultism, fanatacism, financial exploitation, and a few other topics he discusses in his book. 

We start off the show right where we left off the last one, with the extremely fast promotions Louie saw while training in Seibukan JuJitsu, and also the multiple titles that are becoming more prevalant in the martial arts. We then get into the dangers of deifying instructors, and wrap up by pointing out some warning sigs for people in the martial arts to look out for. 

 

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CT064 - Louis Martin: The True Believers

March 11, 2018

Today's guest is Louis Martin, author of The True Believers.  Louie' book explores the fanaticism and cultism that is common in the martial arts,  through his own experience training in Seibukan Jujutsu.

The book, and Louie's experiences, are similar to Leah Remini's exploration of Scientology in  her A&E show Scientology & the Aftermath. But the martial arts world has its own version of "cultism", and its not always easy to draw the line between normal martial arts stuff (which can be a little weird) and taking it to this bizzare amplified version of reality.  As Louie gets into his experiences you begin to see where it is possible for instructors to take advantage of people financially, emotionally while the students themselves have culpability by by diefying their instructors, and continued one-upsmanship for his attention.  

Louie's book is a very honest exploration of his experiences in martialarts, and its not really like any other martial arts book that i've come across.  I think anybody whose trained in the martial arts is going to relate to some of the things that Louis saw and was involved in, even if its not to the same DEGREE.  And its also a good warning for people looking to get into the martial arts, of some of the stranger things to watch out for.

You can find the book, The True Believers on Amazon, I will put a link  in the show notes and on facebook.

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CT063 - Does Karate Have a Fitness Problem?

January 22, 2018

Ezra Scott from James McLain's Kosho School of Karate in Nashville is back this week to discuss a big topic in  martial arts, "Does Karate have a Fitness Problem?".  Ezra and I share our thoughts on the subject, and also a few tips to help people go in the right direction. 

If you want to learn more about Ezra and his school, please visit www.koshokarate.wordpress.com.

For info on the NSNG diet and Vinnie Tortorich, check out www.vinnietortorich.com , he has put together a great packet that introduces you to his diet plan, also Vinnie has a podcast called Fitness Confidential, and is very approachable on Twitter and also does phone consultations.  I did one of these consults last year, and got a lot of good info directly from Vinnie. 

Ezra also brought up the Paleo Diet, and the best source of info for this one is probably www.thepaleodiet.com

For info on Hojo Undo, Renshu Kigu (as Choki Motobu called it) and other traditional karate weight training, there are quite a few good sources.  Michael Clarke has a book "The Art of Hojo Undo", that has a lot of the history, instructions on constructing basic versions,  you can check out Morio Higaonna's DVDs, and they might even be up on youtube. A lot of karate videos are available now.  I know I always talk bad about learning karate from youtube, but if Higaonnai is in the video its safe to say that it is legit.  

Also, our sponsor, Kosho Martial Arts Equipment is coming out with a few short videos showing some of these basic exercises. I am not sure when they will be released, but I know they are on the way because.... I'm in them!

As always, wherever you are listening to the show, please write a review and give us a 5 star rating, and be sure to check out the new Chop Talk twitter account!

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CT062 - Victor Moore: Going WAY Back!

December 3, 2017

This week, we wrap up our discussion with Victor Moore, "The Man who Fought 'Em All".

Today, Sensei Moore starts off by discussing the state of traditional karate, the different styles, and his fighting strategy.  We then get into a few stories about some of his early students, including Woodrow Fairbanks, John Jelks, Chester Richardson, and the Awad Brothers, and some of the amazing demonstrations he put on. We then get into how his karate career led him out of Cincinnati, and talks about his complicated relationship with another American Karate pioneer, and Chop Talk guest, James McLain. At the end of the show, he talks about his upcoming seminar, and MORE importantly Christmas Dinner, on Saturday December 16th in Wilmingon, North Carolina.

We finally have some additional info on the seminar, including a flier, which I will post with photos from today's show on the ChopTalk facebook page. I have already shared Sensei Moore's post about the Seminar on Facebook. This seminar is looking like a good one, but it also looks like you will not be able to pre-register online or use your paypal account. 

Also you can get more details by contacting Victor Moore on Facebook, giving him a call at: 910-655-4560.

You can find out more about Victor Moore, and his organization, the Traditional World Karate Association at www.twka.co Be sure to check out his videos on Youtube: Vic Moore the man who fought them all, Forgotten Fury, and Put up your Dux. D-U-X

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CT061 Victor Moore: Cowboys, Hockey Players, & Karate Guys

November 26, 2017

This week, "The Man who Fought 'Em All", Victor Moore, returns to the show.

Today, Sensei Moore talks about his early tournament career and highlights, his fighting strategy, and training with Chito Ryu founder, Tsuyoshi  Chitose. He shares some memories from his film career, including Black Karate, Flower Drum Man, Carnival Magic, the Masked Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, 29th Street, and Rablin' Rose.

In the 2nd half of the show, he discusses how John Keehan aka "Count Dante" aka "The deadliest man alive" helped introduce him to  he met his main teacher, Grandmaster Trias and his organization the USKA. He also gets into the introduction of safe-t-punch sparring gear, and how it changed karate tournaments and training, in his view, for the worse. He also discusses how he became the the FIRST Shuri Ryu Chief Instructor, and his departure from the USKA.

You can find out more about Victor Moore, and his organization, the Traditional World Karate Association at www.twka.co.

Sensei Moore will be holding a seminar on Saturday December 16th, in Wilmingon, North Carolina. The seminar flier is not out yet, but I will post it on the Chop Talk facebook page as soon as it is.  In the meantime, you can get more details by contacting Victor Moore on Facebook, giving him a call at: 910-655-4560. And also be sure to check out his videos on Youtube: Vic Moore the man who fought them all, Forgotten Fury, and Put up your Dux. D-U-X

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CT060 Victor Moore: “Bit ‘n Pieces” to Toughest Man in Cincinnati

November 13, 2017

This week's guest , "The Man who Fought 'Em All", and a true American Karate Pioneer, Victor Moore.

In the show, Sensei Moore talks about how he began training in the martial arts in the 1950s, his early teachers and his "Old School" training, and his path to opening the first karate first karate school in Cincinnati. He also gets into some of the discrimination he faced during his career. Sensei Moore started martial arts in a VERY different time, and its tough to hear what he had to go through to get where he is today.

You can find out more about Victor Moore, and his organization, the Traditional World Karate Association at www.twka.co Sensei Moore will be holding a seminar on Saturday December 16th, in Wilmingon, North Carolina. The seminar flier is not out yet, but I will post it on the Chop Talk facebook page as soon as it is.  In the meantime, you can get more details by contacting Victor Moore on Facebook, giving him a call at: 910-655-4560. And also be sure to check out his videos on Youtube: Vic Moore the Man Who Fought Them All, Forgotten Fury, and Put Up Your Dux.

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CT059 Peter Boylan: Musings of a Budo Bum

November 5, 2017

This week, Peter Boylan joins the show from Detroit, Michigan.  Peter is a long-time practitioner of Judo, Iaido, and Jo-Do.  Peter is the author of a weekly blog, The Budo Bum and he just released a great new book based on his blog: Musings of a Budo Bum

In the show, Peter and I talk about how he got started in martial arts, his experiences training in Japan, the meaning of kata, and of course we hit some of the topics he covers in the book.

You can find out more about Peter Boylan on his blog at www.budobum.blogspot.com, and you can find his book, Musings of a Budo Bum on Amazon.

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CT058 I’m the M*****F****** Iron Fist!

April 23, 2017

This week,  Ezra Scott from James McLain's Kosho School of Karate in Nashville joins the show. Ezra and I discuss the recent release of Marvel's Iron Fist on Netflix, and also the other Marvel shows including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage.  We start the show focusing on the fight choreography, by in the 2nd half of the show we get into some of the social issues represented by the shows, especially the criticisms of Cultural Appropriation that have been leveled at Iron Fist.  Particularly those regarding the appropriateness of having a white person portrayed as being a master of Asian martial arts.

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CT057 Road Trip Wrap Up

April 16, 2017

This week we are wrapping up our multi-dojo, mulit-state, multi-country martial arts road trip. This thing took so much energy out of me that regular Chop Talk listeners may have noticed the show has been coming out pretty sporadically in the last few months.  Well, today's episode is the last pre-recorded show in the bin.  So next week Chop Talk will be returning with all newly recorded episodes.

Just a forewarning though, this audio on this week's episode is a little rough.  The first half of the show was recorded on-the-road as Kosho School of Karate instructor, Evan Jones, and I were heading over a recently re-opened mountain pass in the Appalachians.  The pass had been closed for over a 2 months due to a severe mud slide, and as you can hear in the audio, we almost slid over the side ourselves as I was paying a little too much attention to the conversation and not enough to driving!

The 2nd half of the show was recorded at the Shakespear Arms, a local English pub in Guelph, Ontario.  All of the guys from the Kosho School of Karate that made the trip from Ohio to Candada were there.  Paul & Mark Tarvin, Travis Volz, Tom Dougherty, and of course Evan Jones. I am happy to report that all of them successfully passed their Jodo test and were promoted!

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CT056 Yoshio Kuba continues discussion on Goju Ryu

March 19, 2017

In today's show, Kosho School of Karate instructor, Evan Jones and I are still on our second stop on our international karate road trip.  This week we are in Dalton, GA to join the Classical Fighting Arts Seminar, taught by Yoshio Kuba.  Evan and I sat down with Kuba Sensei,  his student and my good friend, Miwa Kanazawa, and a few bottles of red wine,  to talk about his experiences in karate.

A student of Toguchi Sensei, Kuba has become one of the top instructors of traditional Goju Ryu in the world..  In recent years, he has traveled extensively to help teach this art.  Traveling to Europe, US, India, and South Africa (where I joined the tour in 2012). He also regularly teaches at the Classical Fighting Arts seminars held in Okinawa. 

His approach, is more internal than other well known branches of Goju.  Focusing less on conditioning the hands and the body, but on developing correct technique and understanding application.  In his classes and seminars, he emphasizes the difference between basic and "Advanced" karate techniques, stressing that the participants, many of whom are black belts, should be able to separate the fundamental techniques taught to beginners with the more practical and effective techniques they should be using as advanced practitioners..  With a background in acupuncture, he is also an expert on how to make it hurt! He includes more wrist locks and pressure points than you generally see in a karate dojo. And, he is an expert on traditional kata and bunkai.

In this interview, Kuba Sensei discusses the historical cross training between masters,  the "Old" techniques that are no longer used modern training, how to find a good teacher if you don't live in downtown Naha, how more advanced practitioners move towards soft movement, and a few secret punching methods. .

To, find out more about Sensei Yoshio Kuba, and the Kenbukan Dojo, in Okinawa City, Okinawa. You can contact Miwa Kanazawa at miwandering@gmail.com

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CT055 Yoshio Kuba discusses Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate

August 29, 2016

This week, Kosho School of Karate instructor, Evan Jones and I make our second stop on our international karate road trip.  This week we are in Dalton, GA to join the Classical Fighting Arts Seminar, taught by Yoshio Kuba.  Evan and I sat down with Kuba Sensei,  his student and my good friend, Miwa Kanazawa, and a few bottles of red wine,  to talk about his experiences in karate.

A student of Toguchi Sensei, Kuba has become one of the top instructors of traditional Goju Ryu in the world..  In recent years, he has traveled extensively to help teach this art.  Traveling to Europe, US, India, and South Africa (where I joined the tour in 2012). He also regularly teaches at the Classical Fighting Arts seminars held in Okinawa. 

His approach, is more internal than other well known branches of Goju.  Focusing less on conditioning the hands and the body, but on developing correct technique and understanding application.  In his classes and seminars, he emphasizes the difference between basic and "Advanced" karate techniques, stressing that the participants, many of whom are black belts, should be able to separate the fundamental techniques taught to beginners with the more practical and effective techniques they should be using as advanced practitioners..  With a background in acupuncture, he is also an expert on how to make it hurt! Using more wrist locks and pressure points than you generally see in a karate dojo. And, he is an expert on traditional kata and bunkai, which we will get into in detail in this interview.

To, find out more about Sensei Yoshio Kuba, and the Kenbukan Dojo, in Okinawa City, Okinawa. You can contact Miwa Kanazawa at miwandering@gmail.com

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CT054 One Sweet Tobacco Jo

August 14, 2016

this week's, Kosho School of Karate instructor, Evan Jones and I make our first stop in our multi state, multi-country karate road trip.  This week we are in Nashville, TN to work out at James McLain's Kosho School of Karate with Head Instructor Ezra Scott.  In today's episode we catch up with Ezra's recent training regiment. 

We also talk about another instrutor at the school, Nick Riggans.  Mr. Riggans is quite the southern renaissance man! In addition to being a great martial artist, he is also the star of the CMT's Tobacco Wars,  a few episodes are available online, and I'll share a link on the Chop Talk facebook page. http://www.cmt.com/show/tobacco-wars/series.jhtml He is also one hell of a musician, the bumper music to this week's show came from his latest album  "Farmed and Dangerous", which was i am told was at the time of this recording,  one of  the top 10 country albums in Europe.  We'll play the title track to the album later in the show. If you like good old fashioned country music, you'll definitely like what you hear and you can buy Nick Riggan's latest album, Farmed & Dangerous on Amazon, you can see the video for Farmed and Dangerous on YouTube, and find out more about his other projects at www.nickriggins.com.   We will be looking to have Mr. Riggans on as a guest in a future episode.

For those of you interested in learning more about Ezra Scott, and McLain's Kosho School of Karate in Nashville, TN you can visit www.koshokarate.wordpress.com

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CT053 Evan Jones - You don’t want the front row at a beheading

July 24, 2016

Oh man! In May I went on one of the all time great karate road trips!  Kosho School of Karate instructor, Evan Jones, and I went on a week long Odyssy starting in Cincinnati OH, and then heading to Nashville, TN to train at James McLain's Kosho School of Karate with Head Instructor Ezra Scott, then it wason to Dalton, GA to jump in the Classical Fighting Arts seminar taught by Yoshio Kuba and my good friend Miwa Kanazawa, next was the long haul! Evan and I drove 13 hours straight, all the way from Georgia to Guelph, ON to join in the annual Sei Do Kai Jodo seminar! In Canada Evan and I  we were joined by Kosho members Paul & Mark Tarvin, Travis Volz, and Tom Dougherty all of whom were testing for their promotions in Jo-Do.

We recorded episodes all along  the trip, and we'll be releasing them over the next few weeks. In today's episode we get to know my co-pilot Evan Jones and find out his background in the martial arts.  That interview is coming up in just a minute, but first is the

For those of you interested in learning more about Evan Jones, and theKosho School of Karate in Cincinnati, OH you can visit www.koshoschoolofkarate.com

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