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Training with the Ultimate Karate Nerd

Karate By Jesse Seminar

Quebec City, Quebec & Kitchener, Ontario

Last weekend I had the opportunity to train with the biggest “Karate Nerd” out there, Jesse Enkamp. For those of you who may not know he is a self-proclaimed Karate Nerd, which means that everyday he is either reading, training, teaching, or even just thinking about karate.

What Did We Cover?

The first day Jeric and I travelled all the way to Old Quebec City; for those of you who don’t know, it’s about 9’ish hours away from Waterloo.  When we arrived I maneuvered my away around to find Sensei Rudy Daquet’s dojo where we spent six hours training two separate ideas – the old and the new.

The new consisted of ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder mobility & stability; making sure these particular joints are not only strong but flexible.

Rolling, jumping, turning and twisting in directions we didn’t think we could… we learned how these joints are meant to be used in order to make our karate stronger.

Note* these concepts can apply to anything; whether it’s fitness, basketball (or any sport), and even to increase your range of motion.
Session two consisted of the old, how to apply traditional concepts from Okinawa to make you a better fighter. Utilizing both hands to work together but also at the same time. With practice we all managed to grasp the idea and now it’s just a matter of doing our homework!

Of course, being the nerd that I am, I also bought my ticket to the seminar in Kitchener at Driftwood Martial Arts (it was definitely a shorter drive!).

Jesse went over the exact same principles, but I am glad I went because it helped me understand his concepts even more. Not only that but I had the privilege to be his Uke – “Receiver” – during his presentation; something I didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to do when I first came across his website (Thank-you!!).

Now whether he knows this or not, Jesse is definitely the leader of a new generation of martial artists. His dedication to the art of karate can be seen in everything he does; it can be during one of his seminars or in one of his blog posts. But I look forward to attending his next seminar, perhaps even host one of our own.

Thank-you to Karate Charlesburg Dojo and Driftwood Martial Arts for hosting the event and once again thank-you Sensei Jesse for coming to Canada.
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7 Reasons to Sign Your Son or Daughter up for Karate

Karate, like any martial art, can help transform any man, woman, or child to become something they never thought they could be. Behind all the kicking, punching, and blocking hides a deeper meaning. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider the martial arts for your child (or even yourself!).

  1. It builds their self-esteem and self-efficacy: the martial art club you join should be a positive environment. It should encourage growth and building healthy relationships with everyone in class. Their should be a certain level of discipline but nobody should ever feel worthless.
  2. But it also teaches humility: it’s a hard truth to face but in the martial arts there will always be someone bigger and stronger than you, but that’s ok! We want to encourage the growth of confidence in every child but learning to be humble is just as important.
  3. 12980956_10153677216037568_594578123_oEncourages physical activity: it’s getting harder and harder these days to pry our children away from their television shows, video games, and other hand held devices. Enrolling your child in a proper martial arts school should educate and encourage physical activity insides and outside of class. Giving out homework or having a set of requirements for their next level will help promote more activity at home.
  4. Promotes proprioceptive development (i.e. speed, agility, balance, etc…): these skills may vary depending on the age of your child. For the smaller kids it’s about developing these skills; teaching them how to balance on one leg, showing them the difference between their lefts from their rights, and more. But as we get older these skills slowly diminish if we do not keep them in practice. So for the older kids it’s about keeping this up so it doesn’t disappear in adulthood.
  5. Teaches them to breathe: have you yourself ever focused on your breath, just your breath? It’s definitely harder than it looks since we do it without really thinking about it. Breathing can help anybody learn to focus and reduce their stress; it’s beneficial on so many levels.
  6. It will help develop the ability to focus: after learning how to breathe the martial arts will help develop your child’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Breaking things down and building them back up as well as focusing on a large target or even just a tiny one.
  7. 12970128_10153677216152568_1699922542_oThey will learn how to work with others: learning to work with others is a very important skill. In class it may be to develop a new technique in a sparring match or to have their friend critique their kata, but in real life it may be to finish a class project or fix their bicycle in the garage. Learning this skill can help teach your child to build healthy relationships throughout the rest of their life.

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