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Sacramento Martial Arts and Karate

Mike Oliver
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Mike Oliver commented on leslie neale's blog post Black belt project
"I'm so happy to see you taking your lessons "Out of the Dojo, and Into the World!"  Where do you train at?"
Dec 18, 2016
Mike Oliver posted a video

Should I take karate away from my child as a consequence of bad behavior?

As a parent of a child training in the martial arts, you may feel tempted to pull your child out of classes as punishment for inappropriate behavior at home ...
Nov 3, 2016
Mike Oliver commented on Jonathan Dolbee's blog post Week eight, feeling great
"I carry my groceries like this every time I go to the store, especially with multiple bags, sometimes I can manage four bags on each arm this way. Multiple trips are for white-belts. :)"
Sep 6, 2016
Mike Oliver posted a video

What NOT to Say to a Child that is Being Bullied

Through the years of working with children being bullied, I have heard some well-meaning, yet fairly useless--sometimes even dangerous--advice given to kids....
Aug 29, 2016
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Healthy Competition in the Dojo

While traditional competition at tournaments is a large part of karate training for many, sometimes the best kind competition is found with your own dojo mat...
Jun 21, 2016
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Be your own Sensei

While we learn from our peers, instructors, and Sensei, it is important to remember the value of self-evaluation not just in the dojo, but also in our lives ...
Jun 15, 2016
Mike Oliver posted a video

The World is our Dojo - Etiquette at Home

At our dojo, a child's martial arts journey is not complete by mastering only punches and kicks. To be a whole and complete students are expected to take wha...
Jun 7, 2016
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Annual Dojo Picnic and Food Drive at Coloma Community Center

May 21, 2016 from 11am to 4pm
This is my favorite event of the year! Good food, BBQ, snow cones, dunk tank, bounce house, volleyball, and water wars! Bring your best pot luck dish to share with the group as we feast and play in our own backyard at the Coloma Community Center.Feel free to also bring pop-up canopies, chairs, umbrellas, and blankets as well.In an effort to make our picnic as green as possible, please bring your own plates and utensils and cloth napkins!This year we are also organizing a food drive for the…See More
May 19, 2016
Canndy Mero is attending Mike Oliver's event
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Annual Dojo Picnic and Food Drive at Coloma Community Center

May 21, 2016 from 11am to 4pm
This is my favorite event of the year! Good food, BBQ, snow cones, dunk tank, bounce house, volleyball, and water wars! Bring your best pot luck dish to share with the group as we feast and play in our own backyard at the Coloma Community Center.Feel free to also bring pop-up canopies, chairs, umbrellas, and blankets as well.In an effort to make our picnic as green as possible, please bring your own plates and utensils and cloth napkins!This year we are also organizing a food drive for the…See More
Apr 21, 2016
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Annual Dojo Picnic and Food Drive at Coloma Community Center

May 21, 2016 from 11am to 4pm
This is my favorite event of the year! Good food, BBQ, snow cones, dunk tank, bounce house, volleyball, and water wars! Bring your best pot luck dish to share with the group as we feast and play in our own backyard at the Coloma Community Center.Feel free to also bring pop-up canopies, chairs, umbrellas, and blankets as well.In an effort to make our picnic as green as possible, please bring your own plates and utensils and cloth napkins!This year we are also organizing a food drive for the…See More
Apr 20, 2016
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Annual Dojo Picnic and Food Drive at Coloma Community Center

May 21, 2016 from 11am to 4pm
This is my favorite event of the year! Good food, BBQ, snow cones, dunk tank, bounce house, volleyball, and water wars! Bring your best pot luck dish to share with the group as we feast and play in our own backyard at the Coloma Community Center.Feel free to also bring pop-up canopies, chairs, umbrellas, and blankets as well.In an effort to make our picnic as green as possible, please bring your own plates and utensils and cloth napkins!This year we are also organizing a food drive for the…See More
Apr 20, 2016
Mike Oliver commented on Matthew George's blog post What a White Belt Means to me or It's Never too Late to Have a Happy Childhood
"Thank you for sharing Mr. George. I think to continue this level of introspection throughout your training will serve to be a valuable tool for you. By black-belt you will have a small book of reflections that not only you can look back on, but so…"
Feb 27, 2016
Mike Oliver posted a video

How to Tie Your Child's Karate Belt Obi

Learn to tie your child's karate belt (obi) in this how-to video by Mike Oliver of Zen Martial Arts Sacramento. For more information about Zen Martial Arts i...
Feb 20, 2016
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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…See More
Nov 30, 2015
Mike Oliver commented on David Brezinski's blog post Green Belt project - David Brezinski
"I love what you are doing here Mr. Brezinski, taking the inspiration that was given to you and passing it on to others--especially young people. Keep up the good work!"
Nov 29, 2015
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Annual Dojo Picnic and Food Drive at Coloma Community Center

May 30, 2015 from 11am to 4pm
This is my favorite event of the year! Good food, BBQ, snow cones, dunk tank, bounce house, volleyball, and water wars! Bring your best pot luck dish to share with the group as we feast and play in our own backyard at the Coloma Community Center.Feel free to also bring pop-up canopies, chairs, umbrellas, and blankets as well.In an effort to make our picnic as green as possible, please bring your own plates and utensils and cloth napkins!This year we are also organizing a food drive for the…See More
May 8, 2015

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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