Zen Martial Arts Center

Sacramento Martial Arts and Karate

Mike Oliver
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The Mind Under Stress - The Three Parts of the Brain

As martial artists, we often go through life and its trials and tribulations without ever putting much thought into how our brain and mind confront and deal with the challenges that we face. There is value in learning how the brain works, particularly how it works under stress.

Stressful situations can range from a child forgetting to do his homework to an adult's all out defense of self. The brain functions, for most of us, the same way no matter what the source of perceived or real…


Posted on November 30, 2015 at 12:04am

Red Pandas Get Big Help from Little Dragons

Red Pandas Get Big Help from Little Dragons

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Posted on December 19, 2014 at 10:45pm

The Meaning of Isshinryu

I was recently asked by a student to expound upon the name and meaning of our system of karate, Isshinryu. These thoughts reflect my own understanding of Isshinryu at this point in my short 15 years of training. They are in no way meant to be a universal definition of what Isshinryu means.

The name of our system is Isshinryu Karate-Do. (一心流), which means “One-Heart…


Posted on September 21, 2014 at 10:30pm

A Humble Thank You, A Gift

As we roll in to 2014, I want to thank everyone who is a part of the dojo, and connected to it in some way, for your support during previous year. This was one for the books for my small family, and I think I aged 10 years in 1, but it would have been an even harder ride without your help and support. We were very humbled by your presence and love--from cards and letters to gifts and groceries during our 4 month hospital stay--even to offering up your homes for us to be able to stay close to…


Posted on January 1, 2014 at 9:46am — 1 Comment

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At 7:46am on August 14, 2013, Brett Fieber said…

Hello Sensei Oliver!

They're going well. As of last week the entire family is now training. Lilith finally turned 4 and joined in the fun. Dean graduates out of the Tiny Tigers tomorrow night, so starting Friday he'll be a Little Dragon. Time sure flys.

How are things with you? Before you know it, you're little one with be in there training with you too!

At 10:01am on June 5, 2012, James C. Scott / Liam:Tiny Tiger said…

Thanks, Michael!   

At 2:38am on June 15, 2011, Jeremy Cochran said…
Yes, I am training again it really feels good to seriously train again. I honestly don't know how or why I stayed away from it for so long.
At 3:29pm on June 9, 2011, Jeremy Cochran said…
Hi Mr. Oliver all is good here the family is happy and healthy. How about you? 
At 8:40am on March 2, 2011, Adren Bradley said…
Mr Oliver, do we have a "kicks" sheet posted, like the "upper body basics"? I love making my own notes as I learn each level, thanks.
At 3:20pm on January 25, 2011, Ileen Jellison said…

I'm way past fashionably late to say "Thanks" for the Mother's Day wish, but

unfortunately during that time my Mom (age 98) was in Hospice and passed

on May 12th sooooo I was kind of out of it at the time.  Thanks again.

At 8:30am on October 12, 2010, Teng Yang said…
Hi Sir.  My body is doing fine.  I'm a little sore, but, loving every second of the training. 
At 2:19pm on August 11, 2010, Lisa Clark said…
Congrats on the contributing writer spot! Looking forward to reading about what we learn in class.
At 1:34pm on August 3, 2010, Jim Nishimura said…
Thanks Mike. My family and I are planning to move to Sacramento from San Jose within the next half a year. We are moving into a house on 49th, not too far from your dojo.
I have 2 sons, 5 and 8, and want them to learn a martial art. My older son Joshua has been taking aikido for over a year, but I think it would be good for
him to learn karate and possibly judo as well (in time). But I'm going to wait until his brother Noah turns 6 before enrolling him too.
At 9:40am on June 12, 2010, Sara said…
Thank you for the Mother's Day wish Mr. Oiver. :)

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