Shotokan Karate in the Old Takudai Dojo – 1946 Part I

Old, historical footage of Nakayama, Kanazawa, Enoeda and others practicing Shotokan in the old Japanese dojo and training outside. This is not the original Shotokan Dojo. The original was destroyed during the war in a bombing raid. But it gives you a definite flavor of what the training was like along with the intensity. This …

The Source of Shotokan Karate

This is an excellent video which showcases many historical elements of Shotokan along with some very old footage. As an old karate guy myself I can watch this kind of thing all day long. A lot of little snippets here which should give you a flavor of what karate is about, and martial arts in …

My Search for a Martial Art Might have Narrowed to…Shaolin Kung Fu?

Today I put on my gi and worked out. After some careful stretching I did all the basic Shotokan stances, strikes, kicks, and blocks. I ended up doing the first kata. I joked on Twitter I was about to die, but I have to say I got through it pretty well. It was a good …

My Life as a Karateka

Came across old footage of Masters Nakayama, Nishiyama,  and Kanazawa practicing Shotokan self-defense. I love this kind of thing, and love the historicity of it all. We are watching men who helped shaped Shotokan into the martial art it is today. I've always been a big fan of Kanazawa. He's the man defending himself at …

Моя маленькая “My Little One” by Polina Agureyeva

From what I have been able to glean, Polina Agureyeva is the singer. The song is "My Little One" from the Russian film "A Long Goodbye" by Sergei Ursuliak. This song is beautiful and so moving. It's not classical guitar, but that doesn't take away one iota from the moment. I've been humming this song …

Well, Guys, Theater 13 Radio is Off the Air

When I was thirteen I used to listen to a black and white transistor radio tucked under my pillow. One night I found a Chicago station and heard  The CBS Radio Mystery Theater hosted by E.G. Marshall. Just like that I was hooked. I fell in love with radio dramas and wanted to hear more. …

Setting Aside Ego for the Benefit of Story

A writer friend of mine, Paula C. Brown, asked how I go about writing notes for a novel. She wanted to know the method I use because she was having a little trouble getting focused. This is a problem I run into myself when it comes to finding focus and generating ideas. I don't have …

Pictures of My Border Trip to Ruidosa, TX

Once you drive through Presidio and make it through the Chinati Mountain Pass on Farm Road 170 the next stop along the Mexico/Texas Border is Ruidosa. I wanted to stop because my latest novel Quaternity takes place outside the town for a chapter or three. It's always beneficial for a writer to see a place …

The Reason of Literary Critique and Why as a Principled Writer You Should Ignore It Like the Plague

John LeCarré said in a 1997 interview for The Paris Review,  "I always argue that you should not accept the value of good reviews, because if you do you have to accept the bad ones." I must say I agree wholeheartedly with LeCarré's assessment of critique and its debilitating influence upon creativity. For myself, I …