Protect yourself at all times

I guess I didn't because I got a broken nose yesterday morning.

I've been punched on the nose more than once and more than twice and never got anything scarier than one or two months of excruciating pain. Yesterday I got punched ONCE and my nose gave up.
Now I look like this:

My career as a model is over, I guess...
Well, the bad news is that I will need surgery and I will be out of sparring (but not out of training) for a couple of months, plus.
Now, my bloody face after the "incident":

Amazingly it did not swell, it does not hurt. I finished the round and then I went to the locker room to take the picture. Priorities...

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10 minutes HIIT Tabata training

Sorry guys, this post was accidentally deleted. I'm posting the original picture and video. Enjoy!

Train with me!

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The old one. Doesn't work.

Whatever it takes

... to survive.

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Useful Bunkai vs Bunkai that will get you killed

Guess which one is which:


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PS: My Jion bunkai video is been worked by the producer at this time. Let's hope it's ready soon.

Old Karate classes ad

I just found (and hung at home) an old poster I did when I started trying to get students for my Karate classes.
Well, it didn't work and I had to move on on this one.
What a pity; we had a huge venue in a sports center.

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OSS / OSU calligraphy (thank you my friend!)

Wow, amazing art!
It has been gifted to me by my Shenyang old friend, Machenhao, who shared many Kyokushin nights with me.

Thank you brother!!!

Here he is:

Kicking my balls during Sanchin demonstration.

Ok, ok. Here he is in a nice picture:

The one punching like a beast.

Time to get a new tattoo?

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PS: the artwork is actually two meters long!

Saifa bunkai

Today I share with you this bit of Saifa. This bunkai was shared to me by Omoto Kancho, head of Yuzenkai.

I had a karateka laying around with the perfect old-school Japanese top-knot, so I used him to illustrate this technique.
This part:

Apparently, the same technique exists in Shotokan (and Shuri lineage, I guess) kata, so it's time to do some research!
Here is the whole kata for you:

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Jion (on the beach)

I just used a friend to shoot a Jion video. Didn't practice much kata "performance" lately, so it shows... Also, the sand makes moving more difficult, which is not an excuse, but a reminder that not all your fights will be in flat terrain.

Jion was my tournament kata, and I quite enjoy practicing it. It is so brutal...
Well, here's the video:

PS: a Jion bunkai video is coming!

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The origin of the Dan system

No, it wasn't Him. He just introduced it into Budo.
It was devised by this gentleman:

Find the story here.

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Kyokushin kohaku obi (with dan bars)

Interesting, to say the least.
Seen any?

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Kyokushin Bunkai

Hello! I just came across some kata bunkai performed by Kyokushin karateka, who are not (usually) the most interested in this stuff.

Here there are some videos I found. Not all have the same interest but maybe you can find something you can use in your adventures:


Gekisai Sho

Pinan Sono Ni


Please, comment, even if you are not a Kyokushin-ka!!!

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Frozen (psychological self-defense)

Be like her: adapt to change, react to adversity, never keep moving!!
Why I say this?  Well, I just watched a (great video) that really captures what I was trying to explain in my book about training your mind for violence in the real world. He explains it sooooo well I am jealous... 
The basic idea: if you freeze, you die.
Watch it: Lee Morrison, on common grabs:

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Karate in China 中国唐手

Today, my friends, I was missing my Chinese Karate friends and I decided to upload some pictures of all my years there. Some pics are teaching, some pics are just as a student, all pics are learning.
Please, enjoy and comment!

Proud of a tough 2017

I just finished the last training session of the year and I am really proud of all I did, learnt and sweated the last 365 days.
Time to rest? No way!

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