A Rationale For Fighting Back

Originally Posted on January 17, 2017 by Karri It can be difficult to decide whether to take defensive action against someone violating your boundaries, like personal space, inappropriate intimate contact or teasing gone too far. This is especially true if the offender is a friend or family member. But when given a wide enough perspective, […]

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The Spirit of Competition.

Originally Posted on November 11, 2015 by Karri For the longest time, I held the belief that competition in martial arts was unsafe, and ultimately counter to the guiding principles we engender. I believed that deliberately putting yourself in harms way, and looking for a fight was reckless and only served to fuel the ego. […]

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Shokunin Kishitsu

Originally Posted on July 13, 2012 by Karri Japanese culture is certainly different from ours. There are a lot of things which I see as being difficult to understand much less appreciate, and there are a few that we could stand to learn ourselves. Specifically, I am talking about the “craftsman spirit” or shokunin kishitsu. […]

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Rethinking our relationship with food.

Originally Posted on June 17, 2011 by Karri A good friend of mine and personal trainer at Taiso Fitness surprised me yesterday with a conversation about what she eats. We were talking about an upcoming competition she is participating in and the strict diet she was on. So, she would not be able to eat […]

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Martial Arts in a Small Town.

Originally Posted on June 1, 2011 by Karri Every once in a while I get someone who gives me a funny look when I tell them I teach martial arts in Gig Harbor, WA (pop. 7240, area 4.4 sq mi). It’s not too terribly small, but pretty quiet. People are active in the community, the […]

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Ninjas and Cowboys

Originally Posted on May 26, 2011 by Karri I read a blog post recently asking how someone can become a ninja. The best way I can explain this is by sharing a little bit of understanding my instructor gave me. Ninjas are to Japan what cowboys are to Americans. We love cowboys, and as kids […]

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