The 2nd Tai Tsuku

The 2nd Tai Tsuku alrea­dy makes hig­her demands on the Kem­po­ka, alt­hough it is still one of the short kata in style. But tho­se who aspi­re to the oran­ge belt […]

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Sai Kata with YouTube

Can you real­ly learn mar­ti­al arts with You­Tube? Hm, actual­ly I have a pret­ty clear opi­ni­on about that: Nope, I can’t. The “real” trai­ning with a trai­ner or tea­cher can’t […]

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The 1st Tai Tsuku

The first Tai Tsuku opens the door to Shao­lin Kem­po, at least accord­ing to my inter­pre­ta­ti­on. In the style I teach the­re are five Tai Tsuku, six Sifat (which are […]

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Narrow-gauge training in Maintal

Our ent­ry into the Ger­man Kara­te Fede­ra­ti­on was a bit bum­py, as it was initi­al­ly influ­en­ced by pet­ty vanities of a local func­tion­a­ry. But in the mean­ti­me we are ful­ly […]

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Officially recognized in Japan

“I can­not gra­dua­te hig­her than my sen­sei.” When it comes to his princi­ples, Olaf Bock is very con­sis­tent. And loyal­ty to his tea­cher, his sifu, is abso­lute­ly necessa­ry. “Cor Brug­man […]

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Start into the Sifat heaven

It’s ama­zing how time flies. Almost exac­t­ly one year ago I could lure Sifu Olaf Bock to Kal­le­tal for the first time. And now he’s come back, a slight­ly delay­ed […]

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The black sheep among white ghosts

Last wee­kend I was (once again) out and about in mar­ti­al arts. This time, howe­ver, rather to meet orga­ni­za­tio­nal hurd­les — name­ly to extend the trai­ner licen­se. The wee­kend was […]

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From trainer to master

What am I — a stu­dent? — a trai­ner? — even a “mas­ter”? I don’t know how other mar­ti­al artists feel when they stand in front of a group of […]

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Crunch bones

Pre­pa­ra­ti­on 2nd DAN — the hot pha­se. Man, oh, man, my kne­es hurt. And I’m limp too. Which is pro­bab­ly no won­der, becau­se on the one hand I sim­ply noti­ce […]

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Why I don’t use “Oss”

I do not “oss” — on the con­tra­ry: the infla­tio­na­ry use of this litt­le word hurts my poor ears. But why? I have been prac­ticing various mar­ti­al arts sin­ce I […]

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On the journey

On the way, but some­ti­mes besi­de it. Here’s a short update on what’s going on in terms of trai­ning, pro­gress and new expe­ri­en­ces.

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