Mortar of Training

I haven’t posted in about a week. One class was cancelled due to a snow storm, and honestly, I haven’t been sure how to approach this blog now. My training is becoming a very personal journey. It it bringing things up in me, some of which are emotional. On top of that, I feel honored to have such a gifted …

Sensei Artur Hovhannisyan: Life after kumite, written by Ben Stone

The 100-man kumite is not for everyone. In fact, less than 20 people in the world have ever partaken in this brutal test of karate skill, endurance and, most of all, spirit. But Sensei Artur Hovhannisyan knew from his very early days in karate that this would be the ultimate test in his search for his ‘ultimate truth’ — the …

humility

I think I’ve received a dose of humility. I am a polymath, which basically means I am someone whose interests spans a significant number of different subject areas. While that might sound good, it can be really frustrating to me and those around me. I get interested in a subject a dive into it, but I can also burn out on it. …

Forging Your Virtues

Last night’s class was the first after my return from vacation, and it was hard! I was certainly glad that I continued exercising and running while in Mexico, as I think it would have been much worse without it. Without giving away Fogarasi Sensei’s secrets, that man knows how to motivate and train his students. Osu! The class was tough …