July 23, 2019
This week's guest is one of the top Jodo practitioners in the United States (and an instructor at our upcoming seminar in Cincinnnati!), Harvey King. He started training in karate in the 60s/early 70's, before branching out to iaido, aikido, and his primary focus Jodo. He has traveled, trained, and taught all over the world. In today' show we go through some of this history and he shares several training stories from his many visits to Japan. We also discuss how he became one of the early Jodo pioneers in the US, and has helped its growth in the country.
For more information on Harvey King visit https://www.facebook.com/New-York-Kobujodokai-1809300232630028/ or find his Jodo group at the Aikido of Park Slope at 630 Sackett St. in Brooklyn New York.
July 7, 2019
This week's guest is Ninja Nguyen, author of Step on the Mat: Life Lessons of the Ninja. In Ninja's new book he shows how martial arts are more than just punching and kicking, and he highlights how the valuable lessons found in the routines of the martial arts can be applied to everything else you do in your life. From the opening bow, sparring, and competitions, - all of these contain lessons that can help make you stronger mentally and physically, and make you a better person.
In today's show, Ninja talks about his early life growing up in Vietnam and the challenges he faced moving to the US, how he got started in the martial arts and some distractions he overcame along the way. We then dig into some of the highlights of his book, and also find out how he got the name (NOT THE NICKNAME) Ninja!
To learn more about Ninja please visit www.XtremeNinja.com
You can find his book, Step on the Mat: Life Lessons of the Ninja by Ninja Nguyen, on Amazon.
March 6, 2019
Ezra Scott, from James McLain's Kosho School of Karate in Nashville, and I continue our discussion on Martial Arts in the Digital Age. Today we get into how to identify a credible source, how to bring what you learned on the internet back into your dojo, whether or not we care about society, and the generation gap that SEVERELY impacts people's perception of sharing martial arts on the internet.
If you want to learn more about Ezra Scott visit www.koshokarate.wordpress.com
February 25, 2019
Ezra Scott from James McLain's Kosho School of Karate in Nashville joins us this week to discuss "Martial Arts in the Digitial Age". Ezra and I compare notes on the positives and negatives of social media, publications, videos, blogs, podcasts, and much more.
To learn more about Ezra Scott please visit www.koshokarate.wordpress.com
January 28, 2019
This week's guest is Noah Legel, author of the "Karate Obsession" blog, and creator of Youtube channel Noah Legal's Karate obsession. Noah and I originally trained together at the Academy of Okinawan Karate in Peoria Illinois. In today's show we start off by reminiscing about our early training in Illinois, how Noah switched to Shorin Kan, how his blog and videos began, and then wrap up talking about his late teacher, Richard Poage, and his upcoming trip to Okinawa.
Check out Noah's blog here: www.karateobsession.com
Check out Noah's Youtube channel here: Noah Legel's Karate Obsession
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.