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CT039 Okinawan Kicking Techniques

CT039 Okinawan Kicking Techniques

March 1, 2015

This week my good friend, Ezra Scott, joins us again by phone from Nashville. We start off the show by talking about the kicking techniques popular in Okinawa, then compare notes on the kicking of different styles of karate. At the end of the show, Ezra shares a few anecdotes about his teacher, James McLain.
For those of you interested in learning more about Ezra Scott, and McLain's Kosho School of Karate in Nashville, you can visit www.koshokarate.wordpress.com

To learn more about Ezra's Ju Jitsu teacher Eric Silver, visit www.zanshindojonashville.com

CT038 Kicking for Self Defense

CT038 Kicking for Self Defense

February 23, 2015

This week my good friend, Ezra Scott, joins us by phone from Nashville. I start the show by complaining about inconsiderate Cincinnati joggers, before getting into this week's topic of kicking for self defense. We wrap up the show by sharing a few self defense and kicking anecdotes.
For those of you interested in learning more about Ezra Scott, and McLain's Kosho School of Karate in Nashville, you can visit www.koshokarate.wordpress.com

To learn more about Ezra's Ju Jitsu teacher Eric Silver, visit www.zanshindojonashville.com

CT037 Yakuza in the Izakaya with Chef Hideki Harada

CT037 Yakuza in the Izakaya with Chef Hideki Harada

February 15, 2015

This week, I continue my discussion with our guest,  Hideki Harada.  Hideki is the co-owner and executive chef of Kaze, a Japanease Pub and Sushi bar located in the Over the Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.

In today's show we get into what took Hideki to Japan and his experiences studying sushi at it source, we then compare our different experiences of being a  foreigner living in Japan, talk about a few run ins with the Japanese Yakuza, and wrap up by discussing the amazing new development in Cincinnati's Over the Rhine District and how his restaurant, Kaze, has grown over the last few years.

For More information on Kaze and executive chef Hideki Harada, visit the restaurant at 1400 Vine Street in Cincinnati, Oh, go to www.kazeotr.com, check out KazeOTR on Facebook.

CT036 Japanese Sushi with Chef Hideki Harada

CT036 Japanese Sushi with Chef Hideki Harada

February 8, 2015

This week we explore the world of Japanese Sushi with guest Hideki Harada, co-owner and executive chef of Kaze, a Japanease Pub and Sushi bar located in the Over the Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hideki is an experienced chef, who has worked at numerous fine dining establishments in Cincinnati and abroad. From 2009-2011, He honed his sushi skills training in Japan After returnig to Cincinnati in 2011, he opened Kaze along with his business parnter Jon Zipperstein. Kaze combines three venues into one: a contemporary dining room, a hip bar/lounge, and a year-round, landscaped beer garden. Kaze has become a local favorite for the neighbors as well as the destination for foodies aroud cincinnati. It has played a big part in the revitalization of the Over the Rhine district.
In today's episode we talk about Hideki's experience growing up in a Japanese household in Cincinnati, as well as his early early experiences in the restaurant industry. He also talks about the difficulties of managing a restaurant and the events that took him to Japan.

For More information on Kaze and executive chef Hideki Harada, visit the restaurant at 1400 Vine Street in Cincinnati, Oh, go to www.kazeotr.com, check out KazeOTR on facebook.

CT035 David Hamann Part 3

CT035 David Hamann Part 3

February 1, 2015

This week we start off talking about the construction of the current location of Kosho School of Karate in Cincinnati. We then talk a little shop, as Mr. Hamann gives us his insights on how to train at such a high level for such a long time.  and discusses some of the techniques and training methods he has developed over the years. At the end, we talk about getting back into the karate business, and how far the school has come in the last year. And I know that we couldn't have done it without Sensei Hamann's leadership. We are very lucky to have him here, and I just want to say "Thank you" from all the instructors and students.

 

To find out more about the Kosho School of Karate and Sensei David  Hamann, go to www.koshoschoolofkarate.com, visit the show's page on Facebook, call 513-510-3844, or email KoshoSchoolOfKarate@gmail.com

To find out more about his industrial design business:  David Hamann Design, or the  products he has currently on the market, and, go to www.davidhamann.com, or e-mail dhamann@davidhamann.com

CT034 David Hamann Part 2

CT034 David Hamann Part 2

January 25, 2015

This week we have the 2nd part of my interview with Sensei David Hamann. Mr. Hamann started training in karate in 1973 with Phillip Koeppel and is currently a 7th Degree Black Belt in Shuri Ryu.  He is also the head instructor and co-owner of the Kosho School of Karate in Cincinnati Ohio. We went through Sensei Hamann's bio at the opening of last week's show, so please go back and have a listen if you haven't checked it out yet.

This week we get into Mr. Hamann's college years at the University of Cincinnati, his first meeting with Shuri Ryu Chief Instructor Mike Awad,and finding a way to train during his intern ships.  We also discuss the industrial design business and some of the products he has designed and are on the market, including the Snack Nanny, Whamo's Frisbee Toss-X, Rubbermaid's Action Packer,  Century Martial Arts' Flex Master, and the Microbar, just to name a few. 

To find out more about the Kosho School of Karate and Sensei David  Hamann, go to www.koshoschoolofkarate.com, visit the show's page on Facebook, call 513-510-3844, or email KoshoSchoolOfKarate@gmail.com

To find out more about his industrial design business:  David Hamann Design, or the  products he has currently on the market, and, go to www.davidhamann.com, or e-mail dhamann@davidhamann.com

CT033 David Hamann Part 1

CT033 David Hamann Part 1

January 18, 2015

This week's guest is my friend, business partner, occasional employer, and teacher,  Sensei David Hamann.  Mr. Hamann is currently the head instructor and co-owner (along with myself and Bob Volz) of the Kosho School of Karate in Cincinnati Ohio.

David Hamann began his karate training on October 31, 1973 at the age of 20 under Sensei Phillip Koeppel, Shorei-ryu Chief Instructor. Hamann enrolled in the newly opened Pekin, Illinois dojo, one of several schools Sensei Koeppel would open across the central United States. Soon after his promotion to yellow belt, Hamann began business management training with plans of some day operating one of Sensei Koeppel’s schools. For the next six years Hamann studied karate under Master Koeppel and his black belt students, including Randy Holman, Mark Shear, Ray Bloom, Gene Nelson, Joe Walker, Mike Sheen, Tony Fyock, Ric Beach, Vicki Johnson and Mark Petersen. Peers of Hamann training in the dojo during that time included Steve Mott, Ron Rollins, Rick Martis, Wilford Lother, Randy Lloyd, Clark Wade and Alan Cromer. Hamann also began teaching and, over time, operated a number of Sensei Koeppel’s dojos.

Business/teaching assignments included:

  • Assistant manager – Peoria Dojo
  • Assistant manager – Pekin Dojo
  • Interim manager – Cleveland Dojo
  • MManager/Sensei – Champaign Dojo
  • Manager/Instructor – Dayton Dojo

As Dojo Manager, Mr. Hamann traveled the United States Karate Association (USKA) tournament circuit, competing in national and international competitions from Minneapolis to Miami, Detroit to St. Louis and Phoenix to Pittsburgh; taking first place 22 times, second place 11 times and third place 6 times. Hamann competed within other organizations including the PKC and AAU, and in numerous Phil Koeppel Schools of Karate inter-dojo tournaments.

David Hamann left the karate business in May 1980 to pursue a design degree at the University of Cincinnati (U.C.). Upon arriving in Cincinnati, Hamann introduced himself to Shuri-Ryu Chief Instructor Michael Awad, requesting permission to train with him, his brothers and students. Hamann was welcomed as a standing member and instructor at Sensei Awad’s Kosho School Karate School.

While attending U.C., Hamann completed design internships in Columbus, Ohio where he organized a karate club and taught for nine months; and in Winchester, Virginia where he taught advanced students at the Tom Glass Karate Club for six months.

David Hamann graduated from U.C. in June 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. Upon graduation, he took a position with Index Design Associates in Cincinnati. For the following nine years, Hamann continued to train with Michael Awad and students. He also maintained a dojo at the design office where he worked – for personal training and occasional employee lessons.

In June 1993 David Hamann started his own product design business, David Hamann Design, and in January 1994, with a small group of students, he opened the Northside Karate Club in the historic Northside district of Cincinnati. During this time, Hamann continued to train with Master Koeppel and with the Awad’s, which he continues to do to this day.        

David Hamann also broadened his karate knowledge and experience through training, classes and seminars led by the following Sensei: (chronologically)

  • Glen Keeney
  • Mel Wise
  • Master Robert Trias
  • James McLain
  • Ross Scott
  • David Suzuki
  • Parker Shelton
  • Robert Yarnall
  • James Horne
  • Bill Wallace
  • KennethPenland
  • Ronald Lindsey
  • Patrick McCarthy
  • Takayoshi Nagamine
  • Kimo Wall
  • Charles Plaines
  • Bill Hayes
  • Doug Perry
  • Hidy Ochiai
  • Others

Over the years, David Hamann taught and influenced hundreds of students in many locations, and continued to compete in tournaments across the country.

David Hamann holds the following rank, honors and positions:

  • 7th degree black belt, Shuri-Ryu
  • Double-Axe award recipient - distinguished student of Master Phillip Koeppel
  • Member, United States Karate-do Kai association (USKK)
  • Bushido International Society member - outstanding competitor award, USKK
  • Ohio State Representative, USKK
  • President, Life Membership Society, USKK

To find out more about the Kosho School of Karate and Sensei David  Hamann, go to www.koshoschoolofkarate.com, visit the show's page on Facebook, call 513-510-3844, or email KoshoSchoolOfKarate@gmail.com

To find out more about his industrial design business:  David Hamann Design, or the  products he has currently on the market, and, go to www.davidhamann.com, or e-mail dhamann@davidhamann.com

CT032 Mutsuki Tomoyose

CT032 Mutsuki Tomoyose

January 4, 2015

This week's guest is my good friend, Mutsuki Tomoyose. Mustuki is a Japanese instructor from Chatan, Okinawa, a hula enthusiast,  and is very active in the Nazarene church. She is currently in Costa Rica to taking part in a mission trip organized by 3rd Wave. Since she was in the hemisphere, she decided to stop by for a visit.  This is Mutsuki's first trip to the United States, and I was curious to get her impressions of the country, so we sat down for a talk.
We start off talking about teaching Japanese and how she got involved with the church, then we get into her impressions of American food, and talk about some of the places she visited.

CT031 Charles Robertson

CT031 Charles Robertson

December 14, 2014

I recently had a chance to sit down with my longtime friend Charles Robertson.  Charles began studying martial arts 25 years ago at the Academy of Okinawan Karate in Peoria, IL. Where we worked out together under Shihan Joseph Walker.  At the beginning of the show, Charles talks about how he got started in the martial arts and some of the severe medical problems he had to overcome to continue training. We then get into his competition career  and share a few blood and guts stories after the break. At the end of the show, Charles talks about his family supporting him during his martial arts training and dealing with the passing of his mother.

CT030 Thanksgiving with Grandma

CT030 Thanksgiving with Grandma

December 7, 2014

With Thanksgiving last week, there wasn't a lot of time for martial arts last week, as I went home to Peoria, Illinois to spend the holiday with my family. Before Thanksgiving  dinner I sat down with my grandma, Barbara Craig,  and flipped on the recorder. She talked about learning to cook, her childhood in Algona, Iowa, and learning to ride a horse. In the second half of the show she shared her passion for motorcycles and surviving a horrific accident in 2001. At the end of the show she talked about the beginning of her military service as a member of the Navy WAVES during the Korean war.

CT029 ISA Kobudo Seminar - Joseph Walker and Joey Johnston

CT029 ISA Kobudo Seminar - Joseph Walker and Joey Johnston

November 23, 2014

On Saturday I made the drive to Ft. Wayne Indiana to take part in the International Shuri Ryu Association's annual Kobudo Seminar. The director of the ISA, 10th Dan, Hanshi Robert Bowles led the training, going over traditional kata, interpretation, and application for the bo, sai, and tonfa. It was a great seminar with a very good turn out and I would definitely recommend it to anyone when it rolls around next year.
One of the great things about events like this is getting the chance to catch up with karate-ka from around the country that you don't get to see that often.  After the seminar I was chatting with Josh Carter and Joey Johnston, who is the head of the Academy of Okinawan Karate's branch in Morton, IL, When we realized that  a few months back I ran into one of Joey's former students while in Wisconsin at Neil Stolsmark's school. This started us reminiscing about old times so I decided to flip on the recorder for a very impromptu interview.
A few minutes in, my first teacher, Joey's Step-Father,  and the owner of the Academy of Okinawan Karate,  Shihan Joseph Walker, walked by and joined in the discussion.  He told us about his very first judo class, traveling to Phoenix to train with Grandmaster Trias, and a few adventures he had in Japan.  
The discussion was cut short when Osensei Bowles realized we were the last people left in the training hall, and asked us to wrap it up! We are planning on having both Mr. Johnston and Shihan Walker in for a more formal interview in the near future.
To find out more about the International Shuri Ryu Organization and Osensei Robert Bowles, go to www.shuri-ryu.com  to find out more about the Robert Bowles Karate Academy go to www.bowleskarate.com or call (260) 456-7788
To find out more about Shihan Joseph Walker, Joey Johnston, and the Academy of Okinawan Karate go to www.peoriakarate.com, visit the school's page on facebook, or call 309-692-2499.

CT028 Bob Volz (2 of 2)

CT028 Bob Volz (2 of 2)

November 16, 2014

This week's we have the second half of the interview with Bob Volz, a long time student of Shuri Ryu Chief Instructor Mike Awad, and co-owner of the Kosho School of Karate in Cincinnati, OH.
We open the show by discussing the importance of teaching and the application of bunkai. (Bunkai is the application of karate moves).  We then discuss Mr. Volz' impressive art and antique collection.  It the second half of the show, we discuss the impressive group of black belts that came up through the Kosho School of Karate and the great potential of the new crop of students.
To find out more about Mr. Volz and the Kosho School of Karate visit www.koshoschoolofkarate.com or visit the school's page on facebook.

CT027 Bob Volz (1 of 2)

CT027 Bob Volz (1 of 2)

November 9, 2014

This week's guest is Bob Volz, a long time student of Shuri Ryu Chief Instructor Mike Awad, and co-owner, along with David Hamann and myself,  of the Kosho School of Karate in Cincinnati, OH.
Mr. Volz has been studying karate for almost 40 years and as part of Sensei Awads dojo had a chance to train under some of the best karate men of the era, including Robert Trias, Phillip Koepell, James McLain, Ross Scott, Bill Superfoot Walace and many more.  He is also an avid art and antique collector and has an impressive vintage motorcycle collection.  Mr. Volz is also known as a top notch instructor with impeccable basics and a stickler for details.

To find out more about Mr. Volz and the Kosho School of Karate visit www.koshoschoolofkarate.com or visit the school's page on facebook: Kosho School of Karate.

CT026 Six Months of Chop Talk

CT026 Six Months of Chop Talk

November 2, 2014

Its hard to believe, but  we have already been doing the show for 6 months! With so many great guests from 3 continents and across the US, I wanted to highlight some of the best moments from Chop Talk.  So I asked the fans of the show for their favorite Chop Talk moments and these were the stories that stood out. 

CT025 Ezra Scott (Part 2 of 2)

CT025 Ezra Scott (Part 2 of 2)

October 26, 2014

My good friend, Ezra Scott,  head instructor of McLain's Kosho School of karate in Nashville, TN returns this week.   A couple of weeks ago, Ezra and previous Chop Talk guest, Neil Stinson stopped by Cincinnati to work out for the weekend, and it was a good chance to sit down with Ezra and hear about some of his experiences in the martial arts.
In addition to karate, Ezra has also been training Ju Jitsu with Eric Silver of the Zanshin Dojo for almost two years. He recently competed in a One-on-One Inter Association Tournament, winning a gold medal in the heavyweight division.
 
Ezra starts the show by talking about the history of Ju Jitsu from ancient Japan to the modern day, and after the first break he discusses the development of Brazilian Ju Jitsu.

In the second half of the show, Ezra talks about how modern Ju Jitsu has become specialized for ring fighting and the importance of keeping it practical for self defense.
At the end of the show, we discuss about the value of getting experience in different martial arts and the importance of keeping in mind the "context" of what you are doing.
For those of you interested in learning more about Ezra Scott, and McLain's Kosho School of Karate you can visit www.koshokarate.wordpress.com

To learn more about Ezra's Ju Jitsu teacher Eric Silver, visit www.zanshindojonashville.com

CT024 Ezra Scott (Part 1 of 2)

CT024 Ezra Scott (Part 1 of 2)

October 19, 2014

Today's guest it the head instructor of McLain's Kosho School of karate in Nashville, TN, Eand only the 4th person promoted to black belt by Karate Legend, James McLain, my good friend Ezra Scott.  Regular listeners may remember Ezra's voice from some of last month's Nashville episodes. A couple of weeks ago, Ezra and previous Chop Talk guest, Neil Stinson stopped by Cincinnati to work out for the weekend, and it was a good chance to sit down with Ezra and hear some of his experiences in the martial arts.
At the beginning of the show, Exra talks about his upbringing, He then shares a fight story that didn't go so well for him, and how that made him want to get serious about the martial arts.

In the second half of the show, he talks about how he came to meet his teacher, James McLain and how he had to overcome severe psoriasis to continue his training.  At the end of the show, Ezra starts discussing his new passion, Brazilian Ju Jitsu.

In next week's show we  go more in depth into the history and development of Ju Jitsu from ancient Japan through the modern day, and Ezra breaks down the different branches of ju jitsu that are becoming popular today.

CT023 Tommy Awad Jr and Travis Volz

CT023 Tommy Awad Jr and Travis Volz

October 12, 2014

This week we continue to clear out the archives with a show recorded in March of last year with Tommy Awad Jr. and Travis Volz. Tommy starts off the show talking about his uncle, Shuri Ryu Chief Instructor Mike Awad. I then get distracted and complain about the cable company for a while before Tommy and Travis raid my book shelf. We then get into Bonsai before wrapping up with a few stories about finding people in your apartment when you don't expect them.

CT022 Imtiaz Abdulla and Miwa Kanazawa

CT022 Imtiaz Abdulla and Miwa Kanazawa

October 5, 2014

Today we have an informal episode that I recorded during a ride to the airport with Imtiaz Abdulla and Miwa Kanazawa.
Imtiaz Abdullah is the director of the International Kenbu Kai Karate Kobudo Organization, based in Johansburg, South Africa. He is also the former Vice President of the World Karate Federation,  former President of the African Karate Union, and he is the head of African Koshiki Karate Federation, and Koshiki Karate Association of South Africa. In recent years, he has been working diligently to bring traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu to South Africa.  Which was the main purpose of Yoshio Kuba's trip.
Miwa Kanazawa is a good friend, former coworker, fellow jo-do ka, and student of Goju Ryu instructor Yoshio Kuba. She was also the translator for the trip and a guest on previous episodes of Chop Talk
Mr. Abdulla opens the show by discussing the impact that Sensei Kuba's visit is having on the karate ka of South Africa, we then discuss the history and origins of Goju Ryu, before Sensei Abudulla shares a few stories about some of his martial arts instructors. At the end of the episode we talk about tournaments and politics as they relate to traditional Okinawan karate.

CT021 Neil Stolsmark (Part 2 of 2)

CT021 Neil Stolsmark (Part 2 of 2)

September 28, 2014

Today is the second half of my interview with the director of Authentic Ancient Arts,  in Waukesha, WI,  Kyoshi Neil Stolsmark

Mr. Stolsmark has traveled extensively to study, demonstrate, compete, and teach the martial arts  throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, South Africa, and Okinawa.

Mr. Stolstmark currently holds the rank of  8th Dan in Shorin Ryu Shorin Kan, and is a  student of Shugoro Nakazato.  He is also a practitioner of Matayoshi Kobudo, and  the president of the Okinawa Kobudo Doushi Rensei-kai and has been appointed the successor of his teacher, Sensei Yoshiaki Gakiya.

At the beginning of the show, Mr. Stolsmark talks about his 2 upcoming seminars, "Kobudo Friendship Gashuku" in  October, and the "Warrior Gasshiku" in June of Next year. He then talks about the history of Shorin Ryu Shorin Kan karate and how different branches of Shorin Ryu in Okinawa developed from the teachings of Chosin Chibana. We also discuss the history of weapons arts in Okinawa, specifically Matayoshi Kobudo and his teacher Yoshiaki Gakiya.  Afterwards, we compare notes on the different village martial arts, which you can still see in festivals around rural Okinawa. We wrap up the show by talking about WW2's lasting effects on Okinawa.

Mr. Stolsmark will be holding the 5th Annual 'Kobudo Friendship Gasshuku" Seminar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,from October 17th-19th.

And from June 11-14 of 2015, Mr. Stolsmark will hold his annual "Warrior Gasshuku" Seminar. Where he will be hosting the head of the Shorin Ryu Shorin Kan style, 10th Dan Minoru Nakazato.

For those of you interested in learning more about Mr. Stolsmark and his dojo, or to register for the seminars, you can visit www.authenticancientarts.com.

CT020 Neil Stolsmark (Part 1 of 2)

CT020 Neil Stolsmark (Part 1 of 2)

September 21, 2014

Last weekend I stopped by Authentic Ancient Arts,  located in the downtown of Waukesha, WI.
The director of the school is Kyoshi Neil Stolsmark
, who has traveled extensively to study, demonstrate, compete, and teach the martial arts  throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, South Africa, and Okinawa.

Mr. Stolstmark currently holds the rank of  8th Dan in Shorin Ryu Shorin Kan, and a student of Shugoro Nakazato.  He is also a practitioner of Matayoshi Kobudo, and  the president of the Okinawa Kobudo Doushi Rensei-kai and has been appointed the successor of his teacher, Sensei Yoshiaki Gakiya.

At the beginning of the show, Mr. Stolsmark talks about how he got started in karate and kobudo, before talking about his competition career and his signature cartwheel kick. In the second half of the show, he talks about his travels to train and teach,  before discussing the proposal for the new Budokan in Okinawa.

From October 17th-19th, Mr. Stolsmark will be holding the 5th Annual 'Kobudo Friendship Gasshuku" Seminar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

From June 11-14 of 2015, Mr. Stolsmark will hold his annual "Warrior Gasshuku" Seminar. Where he will host the head of the Shorin Ryu Shorin Kan style, 10th Dan Minoru Nakazato.

For those of you interested in learning more about Mr. Stolsmark and his dojo, or to register for the seminars, you can visit www.authenticancientarts.com.