Quote of the week: Sensei Valeri says

Q: What do you think they named a kick with your name: “Valeri kick”?

VD: All the techniques which I use, everything is from the arsenal of karate and all in the karate world knows it. Name of technique can be anyone – I am only one of the participants in karate.

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And here is my collage


Quotes of the week

“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.” ― Bruce Lee
Pictures by Alex Döbeln – Döbeln Photography1collage“Never forget that, at the most, the teacher can give you fifteen percent of the art. The rest you have to get for yourself through practise and hard work. I can show you the path but I can not walk it for you.” ― Master Tan Soh Tin1collage2

Quotes of the week

My inspiration this week came from Japan and Tsukamoto sensei

Not to copy someone. But to create the karate only you can do. That feeling is important. And that way of thinking is fun.


I’m grateful to train with my brothers in arms again this year in front of Sosai Oyama’s grave, under the encouragement from President Midori.


To become a leader, I don’t want to become a leader reading books.


Everyone has their own way of learning and doing things. But we respect each other. In the end we all head to the same direction.


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Picture by Fekete Tamash  2015


Quotes of the week

Or “the 5 karate quotes your child should live by”


Many people have the misconception that karate is all about punches and kicks, but did you know that there is a philosophy behind this martial arts form? While the physical aspect of karate can increase your child’s concentration and self control, the school of thought behind karate can provide a positive guide to life for your child. Here are 5 karate quotes that will have a positive influence over your child!

1) Karate is a lifetime study” -Kenwa Mabuni

Following the wise words of Sensei Mabuni, karate consists of a ranking system which provides a series of challenges for your child. Perseverance is key to success – when your child feels the sense of excitement for passing a belt test, this will give him more motivation to continue and remind him that hard work pays off in the end.

2) “Karate begins and ends with courtesy” -Gichin Funakoshi

Although karate involves punches and kicks, your child should remember that manners are inherently tied to karate. Before a match and after a match, you should always bow as a form of respect toward your opponent. In a karate match, there are no bad winners or sore losers. Once your child learns to respect his opponent, he will also learn to respect all sorts of people he encounters in life.

 3) “The best fighter is never angry” -Lao Tsu

Other than learning body control through punches and kicks, your child also learns how to control his emotions in karate. Karate involves a high level of concentration and self control – if your child’s emotions are out of control, this will affect the quality and strategy of his self defense.

 4) “The ultimate fighter does not rely on his hands or feet to defeat his opponent, but rather his mind” -J. Stoddard

Similar to Lao Tsu’s quote, M.J. Stoddard reinforces the importance of using the brain in karate. Rather than punching and kicking the opponent incessantly, your child should think of ways to defend himself and strike the opponent in a way that would guarantee potential success during a match.

 5) “You have the power to fulfill your dreams!”  -Tae Yun Kim

Life is not always a smooth journey – it’ll involve rocky roads and challenges that may alter your child’s motivation and mindset. However, karate will help cultivate his inner power and strength, so that when he encounters challenges in the future, it’ll remind him to maintain a positive mindset and persevere in hard times.

Original post is on urbandojo.com

Picture by Shinkyokushin fighters NSA

Quotes of the week

This week I choose Miyamoto Musashi not because I know his life and his books well, because you don’t have to read this books to like and feel inspiration from his words.

Miyamoto Musashi by Tigerjordan
Miyamoto Musashi by Tigerjordan

Here is my choices:

“Do nothing that is of no use”
― Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

“The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them”
― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy

“If you wish to control others you must first control yourself”
― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy

“It is difficult to understand the universe if you only study one planet”
― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy

“Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of Man.”
― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy

“Do not regret what you have done”
― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy

Miyamoto Musashi by Takehiko Inoue  宮本 武蔵 - 井上雄彦
Miyamoto Musashi by Takehiko Inoue 宮本 武蔵 – 井上雄彦

“Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.”
― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy

“All man are the same except for their belief in their own selves, regardless of what others may think of them”
― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy

“The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win”
― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy


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Quotes of the week

Your breath is the true link to the universe.” Morihei Ueshiba


“Always assume that your opponent is going to be bigger, stronger and faster than you; so that you learn to rely on technique, timing and leverage rather than brute strength.” Helio Gracie


The best fighter is never angry.” Lao Tzu


A black belt is nothing more than a belt that goes around your waist. Being a black belt is a state of mind and attitude.” Rick English