The Martial Maze
By ISRAEL LOPEZ
Become a Paid Subscriber: https://anchor.fm/martial-maze/subscribe What is Martial arts? What is a Martial scientist? What are the difference between Karate, Judo, Kung Fu, and Ju-Jitsu? Can a Sport martial art be effective in self-defense? What Martial art is best suited for a child vs an adult?.....etc.....etc. These and many other question are explored, and answered by knowledgeable, experienced and sometimes famous Guests.
United States Judo Association, and Nanka past president. Gary Goltz
The Martial Maze • Nov 30, 2020
Politics in the Martial Arts
In this episode, the Martial Maze discuss politics, and its effects in the dojo. From Federation bureaucracy's to dealing with parents all of these things affect how a dojo is ran and managed.
November 22, 2022
Training in the Martial Arts through online learning it's usefulness and pitfalls
Can you learn martial arts online? A lot of martial artist struggled with this very question over the last two years during Covid. In this episode the Martial Maze gets together with the founder of the Underground Alliance Martial Science Research Association, and author of insight 101 The Way of Big Power Randy B. Haskins Sensei to discuss and hopefully answer that very question. We hope you enjoy.
November 07, 2022
Accreditation does it matter?
Accreditation: is defined as the action or process of officially recognizing someone as having a particular status or being qualified to perform a particular activity. How does accreditation apply in the practice, and study of the Martial Arts? Does it matter if a school or teacher is accredited. Our martial arts teachers on the same level as regular school teachers? In this episode Barak Yalad Shidoshi, and Israel Lopez Sensei discuss it. We hope you enjoy
October 31, 2022
Managing your fear when dealing with an altercation
What is fear? Can we learn to control it? The way we as people experience fear begins in the part of the brain called the amygdala. The amygdala is the part of the brain where many of our emotions are processed. simply put . The fear response. When the amygdala is activated due to possible danger, it elicits the fear response. Now This can happen when we are in actual danger, or when we believe we are in danger, in the practice of martial arts we try to simulate that type of danger in order to create a fear base type of stimuli in order to insight the fear response so the practitioner can learn how to deal with the way they respond to fear in a safe space. Ie The dojo. While the amygdala processes emotional experiences, the frontal lobe and prefrontal cortex control things like language and impulse control. When we experience fear, our brain re-routes energy to the amygdala, slowing down processing in other areas. That is why it can be difficult to speak or make rational decisions when we are afraid. As martial artist we strain to control that response. In this episode Barak Yalad Shidoshi and Israel Lopez sensei discuss dealing with the fear response from Martial Arts's perspective. We hope you enjoy
October 23, 2022
The hybrid martial art the original MMA
In this episode Barak Yalad shidoshi and myself discuss the original MMA schools. and Hybrid martial arts . When is it a proper time to leave one school and train at another? At what rank? where there are times we agree there are other times we disagree. so you definitely don't want to miss this episode.
October 10, 2022
In this episode Barak Yalad Shidoshi and myself discuss what it is to be a hobbyist in the Martial Arts universe. We hope you enjoy keep listening folks there's definitely more to come as this becomes a weekly thing!!
September 23, 2022
We Can Save Children an interview with Vincent Lyn
Vincent Lyn Has worn many hats. As a Martial artist, musician, humanitarian, and actor. He began his Martial journey at age 8. where he learned tai chi from his uncle. He has a 10th° Black slash in Ling Gar Kung Fu. As a Grandmaster he has taught Martial art workshops over the world. As a professional actor He’s worked with the likes of Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Eric Roberts, and Chris Penn, to name a few. Ask musician he’s an accomplished pianist our guest while living in New York city played Carnegie Hall. His CD won 5-star reviews and was #12 for 8 weeks on the World Jazz Charts and received four nominations in the Grammy ballot. Recently recording"Just Imagine People United" It was released by @amadarecords hit debuted at number #3 & #4 On the Worldwide iTunes Charts! Amazon Music Charts Best Sellers #4 Submitted to Global Music Awards Vincent Lyn -Song Composer Melissa B. & Armand Hutton - Lyrics Melissa B. - Lead Vocal Vincent Lyn- Piano Irene Lima - Cello The Precious Choir Uganda - Backing Vocals The Precious Choir Uganda (committed to Edu-tainment) Vincent Lyn has been knighted. He is a huge advocate for Social Justice: Vincent Lynn is The founder of We Can Save Children a 501c3 nonprofit organization rooted in exactly what the name says - Saving Children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGarUKezz7o https://www.wecansavechildren.org
March 10, 2022
Self protection self-defense is there a difference?
In this episode we start off season 3 with a controversial subject. Self protection, and Self-defense are often referred to as the same thing. But they are not. Who better to explain, and explore this topic with but none other than the author of Insight 101 The way of Big Power. Randy B Haskins.
February 26, 2022
Brazilian jujitsu is a way of life. An interview with Gabriel Gonzaga
In this episode we get together with former UFC heavyweight and, Brazilian jujitsu gold medalist Gabriel Gonzaga. Gabriel Gonzaga Santos Nogueira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɡabɾiˈew ɡõˈzaɡɐ]; born 18 May 1979) is a Brazilian professional boxer and mixed martial artist, who competed in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is perhaps best known for his upset head-kick knockout of Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 70, which earned him a heavyweight title shot. Gonzaga won a gold medal in the Ultra Heavyweight division at the 2006 Mundials, which is considered to be the top BJJ competition in the world.
September 16, 2021
Talking Sambo with the USA Sambo Vice President Mikhail Kozitskiy
In this episode I have the distinct privilege of getting together with USA Sambo Vice President Mikhail Kozitskiy. Where we discuss, and explore the Russian martial art known as Sambo
August 07, 2021
Context, Positioning, Fluid situational Intelligence. Byron Rodgers
Micro dosing trauma. Avoid,avoid, evade. Staying left of bang. Your perception dictates your performance. If you don’t know or understand these statements…..Then this is the episode for you! Byron Rodgers is a United States Marine Corps combat veteran turned private security professional. He has successfully conducted executive protection operations in 60+ countries and counting over the course of the last decade and has consistently worked every client demographic the private security industry has to offer. Byron is a published author of the book, “Finding Meaning After the Military” and a double psychology major with his Master’s in the Science of Psychology minoring in Forensic Psych from North Central University. As the CEO of Bravo Research Group, his mission is the same as it’s always been, “To give clients more than what they pay for and establish relationships that will last a lifetime.” He believes that through diligence, flexibility, communication and consistent learning there is no obstacle that he, his team and his clients cannot overcome in order to arrive at a formula that works perfectly and specifically for each and every one of them on an individual level. With the grittiness of an infantry Marine and the refinement of a corporate executive protection agent, Byron Rodgers brings a firmness, finesse and an intelligence to the industry that his clients, teammates and employees’ value as well as appreciate. As a protector by nature as well as by trade he hosts a very large and influential private security podcast called, “Executive Protection Lifestyle” where the slogan is, “private security is more than just a job, it is a lifestyle.” On an individual level Byron dedicated his life to the private security industry finding a love and passion for his clients and what he does that is rare amongst professionals with in any vocation.
July 10, 2021
413 Trainers William(Black Tornado)Chapman
Konnichiwa! In this episode we meet with. Teacher, trainer, pillar. William Black Tornado Chapman. Has many titles. He now adds one more. Producer. With 30 years martial arts experience. Student of the Professor Charles Youmans Chapman. He is the producer of a popular show on YouTube called, 413 Trainers. He recently sat down with Martial Maze to do an interview.
May 04, 2021
The Father of Modern Army Combatives Matt Larsen
Matt Larsen, a career Army Ranger who is best known as a hand-to-hand combat expert and the father of the U.S. Army's Modern Army Combatives Program, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the 75th Ranger Regiment during the course of a 22-year career in the military. Larsen founded the United States Army Combatives School and served as both its commandant and the Director of the Army Combatives program for more than a decade. Larsen has worked as a private security contractor throughout the Middle East and Africa, including managing a security company in central and southern Africa; designed Combatives systems for the Canadian Special Operations Regiment; and, consulted on the design of Combatives training systems for the US Air Force, the British Royal Marines and the British Infantry, the Polish Diplomatic Security Corps, the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces and Presidential Guard and the Kuwait Police Special Forces. He is currently the Director of Combatives at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
March 25, 2021
Understanding the DO(way) in Judo with former Olympian Dr. Rhadi Ferguson
In this episode we traveled to Tampa Florida Judo to meet up with Dr. Rhadi Ferguson. Dr. Ferguson is a 2004 Olympian, author, speaker, and former mixed martial arts professional fighter He is an award winning judo coach. He is professionally called “The Intellectual Warrior” due to his academic approach as a strategist and tactician. In this episode we discuss the Way or commonly refer to as the DO
March 01, 2021
Body movement(Tai sabaki),and Balance. A discussion with Miyama Ryu Ju-Jitsu’s Luis Soto
Konnichiwa! Welcome to the Martial Maze. In this episode we discuss, Body movement and Balance. Our guest for this episode is the owner, and operator of Worcester Martial Arts Academy. He hold a 6th degree black belt in Miyama Ryu Ju-Jitsu. A 4th degree black belt in Judo. A purple belt in Brazilian jujitsu. In 2010 USA Judo National Champion – Masters Division A Women’s Self-Defense Tactics Instructors. Police Defensive Tactics Instructors Our guest Luis Soto
January 04, 2021
Distance and Timing: Interview with The founder of Sen-I-Ryu Budo Kenneth Z Miarecki
What is the distance? What is timing? Welcome to the Martial maze. Our guest at this time is Kenneth Z Miarecki sensei. He is the founder of Sen-I-Ryu Budo(The indomitable spirit school). He holds a 10th Dan in Taiho Jitsu recognized by the United States Taiho Jitsu Federation. As well as the ITJF. He holds a 6th Dan in Okinawian Kempo Jitsu under Kenneth Melbourne Sensei. A senior student in Five Element Thai Chi under Winschel PC Woo. He holds a 3rd Dan in judo awarded by the United States Judo Association. Miarecki sensei was honored, and inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 1998 for, Master instructor of the year. 1999 Man of the year, and in 2001 Pioneer of the year. In February of 2002 he was awarded a citation by the Massachusetts house of representatives for his contributions to educating young people in the values of martial arts. But with all his accolades aside. I know him simply as the old man. Miarecki Sensei has been looking after me for well over 30 years not just in my Martial training. But as a father, mentor, and dearest friend. Encapsulating all that the Title of Sensei has come to mean to me. Through his tutelage he has help me come to the realization, and understanding that the practice of martial arts is not just something that begins, and ends in the dojo. It is a way of life......
December 22, 2020
United States Judo Association, and Nanka past president. Gary Goltz
Konnichiwa! welcome to the Martial Maze season 2. Our guest began his Martial journey in 1966 after watching the character Kato played by Bruce Lee perform kung fu in a popular television show in the 1960s called The Green Hornet. Which led him to take Judo classes at the local Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Under Kim Kyu Ha a two-time all Korean champion. Where he trained for more than a decade under Mr. Kim Sensei, as well as several years under Dr. Park Soon Kiel a 1976 World silver medalist. Our guest is the past president of the Nanka Judo Yudanshakai (Southern California's Judo Black Belt Federation) as well as the United States Judo Association (USJA) where he also served as Chair of their Promotion Board, and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2003. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hal Sharp Judo Teachers Foundation. Founder of Goltz Judo, and the Winter Nationals © our guests to start off our season 2 Gary Goltz Sensei.
November 30, 2020
Kung Fu stuntman! A brief interview with actor-director, Marital artist Sifu Robert Bobby Samuels
Robert Samuels is an African American martial artist, actor, stunt coordinator and Action Director. Who we had the great privilege of interviewing at the Action Martial Arts Hall of Honor 20th anniversary in Atlantic City. Sifu Samuels, began his film career in 1990, and he is the first African American stuntman to be inducted into the Hong Kong Stuntman’s Association. He made his directorial debut with a film called "The Beast". Filmography: Made in China, Secret War, John Wick 3, Yes, Auntie. to name a few.
September 14, 2020
Masters of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2020 Expo 14 part 1
This episode will be the first time that parts will be added on to this episode. so definitely stay tuned!! part 1 features Temple of Nemesis ju-jitsu Kyoshi Feliz "Sho" Mejia, Shihan Karasu. Performance Krav Maga Greg Dziewonski. With more content to be added daily
August 21, 2020
The Ninja Master Stephen K. Hayes
Ninja Master, Marital arts, instructor, author, Buddhist priest. Some of the many titles used to describe Stephen K. Hayes. In the 1970s, Hayes traveled to Japan In June 1975, he met and began training under Tsunehisa Tanemura and then after Tanemura left Masaaki Hatsumi , who refers to himself as 34th Grandmaster of Togakure-ryū ninjutsu and is the founder of the Bujinkan (武神館) organization. Hayes returned to the United States with his wife, Rumiko, in late 1980 when his Japan residency visa expired, and began teaching and authoring numerous books and magazine articles. In 1985, he was entered into the Black Belt magazine's Hall of Fame as Instructor of the Year. He was again featured on the cover of Black Belt in the March 2007 issue. The magazine's opening editorial described him as "one of the 10 most influential living martial artists in the world". In 1993, Hayes was awarded the judan (tenth-degree black belt) in Togakure-ryū ninjutsu from Hatsumi. In 1997, he founded the martial art of To-Shin Do, an art based in his experience of budō taijutsu. In 2006, Hayes's name was removed from the display of active Bujinkan teachers, ending his official role within that organization. That his name plank was removed from the Bujinkan Honbu wall has been documented by both parties. However, the specifics regarding the motivation for the removal are in dispute. Some suggest Hayes was expelled from the organization. Hayes explains that he simply no longer participates as an active Bujinkan instructor. To-Shin Do is taught through his SKH (Stephen K. Hayes) Quest locations. The SKH Quest network now spans 31 schools across North America, Europe, Australia and Africa. Hayes acted in the 1980 television miniseries Shogun and in 2004 was featured in the Discovery Channel documentary Unsolved History regarding ninja and their practices.
July 14, 2020
The Martial Maze not so Evergreen episode 2 American martial arts!!
In this episode of the Martial Maze not so Evergreen. we discussed the American martial arts of American Kenpo, Chun Kuk Do, Jeet Kune Do, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program to name to name a few
July 01, 2020
Martial maze not so Evergreen episode 3 with special guest Randy B. Haskins.
In this episode we discuss with the founder of the Underground Alliance Martial Science Research Association Randy B. Haskins Sensei. Why so many in the martial arts Community are being misled.
June 12, 2020
The Modalities of Teaching. Gems of Knowledge: Soke Haisan Kaleak
This Martial Maze interview features: Soke Haisan Kaleak. Soke Haisan Kaleak was born in Brooklyn, NY. As a child, he has lived in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and East New York. Soke Kaleak is the founder KuroshiKai-Kan which combines the disciplines of Kyokushinkai, Shotokan Karate, Judo, Aikijujutsu and Sanuces Ryu Jiu-Jutsu into a comprehensive martial art. Soke Haisan is the President of "The Family of Sanuces", which is an organization formed in honor of his teacher Supreme Grandmaster Moses Powell. His accomplishments include being a Certified Fugitive Recovery Agent and being a personal protection specialist, he has protected both politicians and business executives. He has trained many law enforcement professionals (State, local and professional). He holds the distinction of having taught martial arts during his military career in Singapore, Okinawa and Hong Kong. Soke Haisan is the author of "I AM KUROSHI-DO", the story of his life as a modern day warrior. This book takes us on a journey of his life. It starts in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn NY, to Viet Nam. Soke Haisan has also developed an effective street oriented self-defense method that he named TNT. In addition he teaches after school programs that teaches hundreds of inner city youth a better way through martial arts. He lives by the code imparted unto him and the family by Supreme Grandmaster Moses Powell which is "One Code...One Family"
May 31, 2020
The Not So Evergreen episodes. Episode 1: The Coronaverse
Covid-19. Commonly referred to as the Coronavirus is the pandemic that has left a great many folks around the world asking the questions. How to adapt, and evolve in a society changed? What will be the new normal? How this affects those in the martial community? How does this pandemic impact the commercial School versus private school???.......
May 23, 2020
To Destroy and Conquer. A brief interview with Grandmaster Rico Guy
Rico Guy (Corinthians Asheman Guy) was born in 1943. Both his Father and his Grandfather were Jewish rabbis. At the age of 11, Rico Guy began studying martial arts with Grandmaster Billy Davis, Jiu jitsu master from Staten Island. Rico wore and old suit coat rather than a gi top and his obi (belt) was a men’s necktie. A couple of years later, GM Davis brought him to Sensei Conrad where he began the study of Ishin Ryu karate.After a few years Rico began his studies with Bill DeMonte and later, Chris DeBaise, studying Japanese Goju Karate along which included sparing, katas, and weaponry. Louie Delgado and Chuck Merriman were also students there. Rico and Louie Delgado, along with Owen Watson practiced Goju-ryu Karate at the “University Of The Streets” on 7th St, East Village in Manhattan. They wanted to upgrade their ranking system so they invited Frank Ruiz, a substantially rated Black Belt under Peter Urban. The four discussed opening a Goju dojo. Ruiz was teaching goju in the Bronx at the Nisei Judo school. They decided to borrow the name of “Nisei” from that school. The new school would be called Nisei Goju. Owen Watson, Louie Delgado and Rico Guy were hardcore fighters, but they agreed to teach the katas, since katas were not Frank Ruiz’s forte. Besides the original 4, Rico Guy, Louie Delgado, Owen Watson and Frank Ruiz, many interesting martial artists came to learn at Nisei Goju including Ron Van Clief, Aaron Banks, Chuck Azulu, Malachi Lee, Skipper Ingram, Tony Zuzio, and Tom Lapuppet to name a few. The dojo’s good reputation began to spread. At the height of the school’s success, Rico Guy and Tony Zuzio left to open their Green Beret Goju School. From there, Rico was invited to teach at Yoshiteru Otani’s Japan Cultural Center. He was the Master teacher for karate and also became a student of Kendo and Iaido and Shorinji Kempo. Hanshi Rico Guy received dan ranking in all those arts and became the 1st black American male to receive Dan ranking in Kendo. After several years, Rico Guy went on to open his own school, US Budo Kai Kan in New York City, NY. He and his highly trained Black Belts teach Rico Guy’s Goju Karate, Iaido, Kendo, and the art he developed, Go Kempo-Jitsu. This wonderful school is the longest running school in New York City.
April 27, 2020
The Ballad of Harry Mok
From chrysanthemums to Shotokan, to Kung Fu, and then movies stuntman man! Now an actor/director Harry Mok is a well-rounded martial artist. Harry Mok was born in San Jose, California and is of Chinese descent. He is a 9th degree Black Belt in Kajukembo and has studied the Chinese martial arts of Choy Lay Fut and Sil Lum Kung Fu, as well as Shotokan. Harry Mok began his film career performing martial arts fight sequences in independent films. He has worked as a stuntman, actor, producer, director and writer.
March 30, 2020
The Way of the Winds
The Way of the Winds is a comprehensive system of self defense which concepts comprise of Jujutsu/Taijutsu, (a Japanese term for “body skill” or “body art”). The techniques rely on the essence of body movements for unarmed defensive tactics – such as; joint locking and throws, evasive movements and striking patterns. Kubujutsu (traditional weaponry) is also included in this martial arts system of study. The Chief Instructor at this location is GREGORY DUNCAN, who is a son of legendary martial arts pioneer, Professor Ronald Duncan Sr. Professor Duncan was the first martial artist to introduce Ninjutsu to the American martial arts community, and he is the founder of The Way of the Winds Martial Arts System. Gregory has been involved, and exposed to various disciplines of the martial studies since childhood, with over 40 years of experience,
March 01, 2020
An interview with Shihan Jean Phoenix and Shihan Shannah. Hall of Fame 2020 Atlantic City
Shidoshi Jean Francois “Phoenix” Le Grand is the Founder & Creator of Lost Legacy Systems Traditional Mixed Martial Arts and all systems within it. Founded in 1998, Lost Legacy Systems is an eclectic system of Martial Art Styles; consisting of elements and concepts from Chinese, Japanese, Korean, African, American and Thai Martial Arts. Specifically, different forms of Chinese Kung Fu; Japanese Karate, Jiu Jutsu, Ninpo/Ninjustsu and Kobū-jutsu, African Montu Arts and Martial Sciences and Korean Tae Kwon Do. His fusion of five ways of fighting – hands, feet, throwing, grappling and weaponry form into one effective, extreme and innovative Martial Arts system of combat. Lost Legacy Systems consists of: Lost Legacy Traditional Mixed Martial Arts, Lost Legacy Kung Fu, Lost Legacy MMA, Lost Legacy AfraKata and Lost Legacy S.T.E.A.L.T.H. Kage Ninpo Ryu. SHIHAN SHANNAH ROBIN Shihan (Master Instructor/ Teacher of Teachers) Shannah Robin was born in the Commonwealth of Dominica and began training in Martial Arts at the age of 11. His love and passion for all elements of Martial Arts evolved into a prolific career, with him becoming an instructor, then becoming a Sensei (Teacher), followed by the creation of his own Martial Arts fighting system, the establishment of his own academy, and eventually obtaining the rank of Shihan. Shihan Robin currently holds a 6th Degree Black Belt, the highest level attained by Dominican. He is also the first Domincan to create his own martial arts style, and the youngest Dominican to receive the Services Medal of Honour Award for his outstanding contributions ton his cvountry in working with youth through martial arts. He holds a gold medal in the 2005 Commonwealth Amateur Boxing tournament, He won the World Championship for Demo Team at the Purple Dragon Karate Championship in 2010, and was inducted into the Caribbean Martial Arts Hall of Fame for Sensei of Year that same year. He is the first Martial Artist from the Caribbean to compete and win in a demonstration at the Shaolin Temple. He was traveled throughout the Caribbean and wider world honing his skills, including in the Americas, Europe & Asia. Most recently he underwent a 6 month training course at the Henan University of Technology in China where he trained along with 19 other Martial Artist from around the globe in various techniques. Robin, despite being the oldest in the class emerged 1st in all categories. He also trained at the Shaolin Academy where he learned the art of Tai Chi, and performed demonstrations with the resident monks. Shihan Robin leads by example with integrity, self-respect, and self determination, combined with the practice of living a healthy lifestyle and building a strong body, mind and spirit. He is well respected within the international Martial Arts community
February 08, 2020
" My pathway, Jita-Kyoei " a glimpse into the mind of the USA World Judo team coach
His name is Serge Bouyssou He is the owner of Mayo Quanchi Judo & Wrestling. He is also the coach for the world Judo team representing USA. When asked about his accolades Sensei Bouyssou humbly responded with " we don't talk, we do"
January 29, 2020
The evolution of Kenneth Melbourne Kempo Jujitsu Pre 1900
Ken grew up on a farm in Hope Valley, Rhode Island. In 1967 he joined the Marines and began his study of the Fighting Arts. While with the USMC, he studied Combat Fighting, Weapons Combat, Infantry Training, Basic Specialist Training, and Jungle Guerrilla Warfare Training. He then got his chance to evaluate this training as he was sent to combat in Viet Nam. ￼Upon returning, he stopped over in Okinawa and witnessed Okinawian Shorin-ryu Karate. He made up his mind that he would study this art when he returned home to the States. In 1971 he began his study of Shorin-ryu when he met and began studying with Sensei Mario Yambao. Sensei Yambao had won the Bronze Medal at the Japan World Tournament and had just arrived from the Phillipines. Ken studied with Mario for fifteen years and earned Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) in Okinawian Shorin-ryu. Later earning his forth degree when promoted by 8th. degree Jun Caballero. Ken also studied and has black belt rank in Judo, Ju-Jutsu, TaiHo-Jutsu, SenI-Ryu Budo as well as un-ranked arts like Catch Wrestling and Hung Gar. ￼During this time, Ken also studied Judo, Ju-jitsu, Taiho-jitsu, and Chinese Shaolin Chin-na. It was at this time that he started to dissect the Shorin-ryu kata (forms) and return the techniques to Pre 1900 meanings following the principles of Shaolin Chin-na. Over the years Ken dove into a deep study in the ancient art of Chin-na which has five sections: Muscle Manipulation, Bone Dislocation, Circulatory Disruption, Breath Disruption, and Pressure Point Attacks. The Pre 1900 was reborn and Ken called it Kempo-jitsu Pre 1900 MA, meaning "Chinese/Okinawian Truth". Ken was to bring the old martial art to the attention of sport martial artists through out America. Most students of "Sports Martial Arts" believe they are studying the "Old Arts" , but are in fact practicing the art developed between 1900 and 1940 for Okinawian school children. Ken made it a point to meet and listen to many Grandmasters of other arts through the years. Among these are: ￼ Grand Master Winchell P C Woo of the Hung Gar Fu Hok (Hung Family Tiger/Crane) who taught Ken many secrets of Chin-na O Sensei Phillip S Porter the American Judo Legend under who Ken won his 5th Dan in Judo Grand Master of ITJF Taiho-jutsu Bernard "Gil" Gilbert who is an expert in Vital Point Attacks and Restraining Techniques and over the years earned his 10th. degree under GM Gilbert. Grandmaster of American Taiho-jitsu Alan Cunningham who excels in Law Enforcement techniques and Short Stick. Ken learned many techniques from GM Cunningham. Master 6th Degree James Byersdorf who spent many years teaching Judo and Ju-jitsu at the MACKO Headquaters before moving to Vermont. The world lost a fine Judo teacher when Master Byersdorf passed away in 2018. Grandmaster Kenneth Miarecki who presently works on Judo and Sen-i Ryu Budo with Ken at MACKO Headquarters. Thanks to GM Miarecki Ken has perfected Judo balance in combat which he incorporated into his art of Kempo-Jitsu Pre 1900 MA.
January 18, 2020
The way of modern stealth Shinobi-Jutsu. Interview with Judan Ali Abdul Karim
Master Ali Abdul Karim studied Shinobi-no-jitsu (Ninjitsu) from world famous and noted Grand Master Ronald Duncan since 1969. As fate would have it, Master Karim’s older brother Richard started him off in the martial arts in 1967 and later Master Karim went on to study Shotokan Karate from some of his local friends. Richard Lewis (brother of Master Karim) wanted him to take some formal classes. Master Karim used to watch Grand Master Duncan’s classes from the window at the Dojo at 519 Court St. near his home. Richard was going to take his younger brother to study with Grandmaster Ron Van Cliff and to their surprise the dojo was closed. Master Karim’s dream came true. Richard took Master Karim down the dojo on Court St. where he would begin his long journey on the warrior’s path. Master Karim spent a lifetime pursuing perfection in field of self defense and personal security. Through his study of Asian Martial Arts and Western Combat training, he later founded the Star and Crescent School of Essential Knowledge, along with his student, Brother Daud Jalaladin in 1974. Master Karim is the director and the head The Star and Crescent Martial Arts Federation of with schools along the East Coast. Star and Crescent is associated with and is a part of the Way of the Winds Federation that is supervised by Grand Master Ronald Duncan. Ninjitsu is the ancient Japanese martial art involving security, surveillance, and commando warfare. Some of the arts that Master Karim has studied is Aikijutsu, Kempo Jutsu, Hakko Ryu Jujutsu, Kenjutsu, Aikido under Prof. Luqman Hakeem, aspects of Shiao Lin Chin Na, Fu Jiao Pau, Pa Qua Kung Fu, Eagle Claw, White Eyebrow Kung Fu, Tai chi quan, Shiao Lin Chi Gung, Wing Chung Kung Fu, and the Monkey Style to name only a few. It only seemed natural for Master Karim to pursue the modern Western approach to balance his training. Master Karim is an expert in SWAT team operations, pistol disarmament, and special reaction security. In 1982, the Military Police Corps unit of the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, NJ awarded him a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his outstanding performance as a primary instructor for the National Association of Tactical Teams (NATT), a special reaction team for combat. Master Kareem earned a certificate of achievement for the completion of the Advanced Urban Assault Rappel course, and Advanced Elevated Urban Operations course. Master Karim is a Licensed Private Investigator and is a CEO of his own Security firm. With his training in personal self defense, security, and combat training, Master Karim is requested to teach seminars across the Eastern Seaboard and in the Caribbean. Master Karim has also helped to organize an educational plan for youths and adults about personal protection, self defense, and conflict resolution in the community. He is currently teaching the martial arts in Brooklyn, NY, and is truly a pillar in his community.
December 20, 2019
Women of the martial arts Miki Takemori Judo
Miki Takemori comes from a judo family. She has 3 younger sisters, Robin Takemori Taylor (5th Dan), Chrissy Takemori Kaichi (4th Dan and married to Ron Kaichi, 6th Dan and head sensei of Seinan Dojo, ) and Teri Takemori (6th Dan and IJF – A referee and married to Jason Morris – 4x Olympian and Olympic silver medalist and co-sensei of Jason Morris Judo Center). Her uncle is an 8th degree and is presently the head coach of the US Naval Academy. Before her dad passed away 3 and ½ years ago. He was a 9th Dan and Sensei of Washington Judo Club. He was an IJF -A referee, head coach of both the USA Men’s and Women’s National Judo teams. He was part of the Judo Black Belt Federation which was the original National Judo Organization in the US. Miki's family heritage in judo has left her with a lot of big shoes to follow but here is some of her stats: 6th degree Black belt in Judo (USJF and Kodokan) IJF – B referee Head Instructor and co- founder of Toshi Budokai Judo in Braintree MA with John Floyd (4th Dan and my husband) since 1985 · Chair of Shufu Board of Examiner (the promotional board for a black belt organization encompassing much of the East Coast of the United States and associated with the United States Judo Federation) Member of United States Judo Federation (USJF) Promotional Board. · USJF Master Teacher Instructor · USJF Self Defense Instructor · Past National competitor. Placed as high as 2nd as a shiai competitor in the Senior National Judo Championships, National Kata Champion (Ju no Kata and Katame no kata), High School and Collegiate Champion. · Presently actively competing in Ju no kata at the National level with Wendy Pietroniro of Shinzon Judo, NH.
December 11, 2019
The Pioneer: number 2 in the foundation series
Meet Mark "Bolo" Whitley. He began his study of martial arts at the age six. With over 50 plus years of study. He is the founder of the Pioneers of Martial Arts Memorial Kata. Founder of Springfield Martial art Rally for Togetherness S.M.A.R.T full circle seminar. The eldest brother of fighting royalty in Western Massachusetts, and head of the Taikido Fighting system.
November 23, 2019
Raising The Bar :Special Guest Randy Haskins
First episode from the Our Foundation series!! Who better to have on the show. But Randy Hastkens: Author of Insight 101 The way of big power. Founder of the Underground Alliance Martial Science Association.
November 06, 2019