Karate-cal Thinking

“Never mind what you ‘think’ darling, I am telling you!”

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas. It’s about about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information.

There are countless times in my childhood when I would question what teachers were saying – not to disrupt or derail the class but because it was none-sensical to my experiences at the time. 

For example…

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Seiri Undo: Realignment exercises of karate

THE SECRET DOJO: DAY 3 – Body realignment exercises

This short set of seiri-undo exercises is perfect for a post workout warm-down.

When training at the Bugeikan in Okinawa there is a distinct emphasis on nurturing good health. In shiatsu too we assess an individual’s current level of wellbeing by observing their natural suppleness in the muscles and joints.

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Sogo – Preparing the Dojo


In the remote mountain village where I live there are many ruins. Some are abandoned, most have lost their roofs. Nature reclaims them all. 

Whilst scouting for a quiet spot to film content for a couple of junior trainees back in London I found this secluded walled garden. Venturing beyond a pair of rusting gates overgrown with grapevine I could immediately see the potential. It’s a perfect space for building a small dojo.

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