Sacramento Martial Arts and Karate
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Mike Oliver on September 21, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
After a recent class, a mom of one of our young students came up to me and asked to share a success story about her child. As teachers, if we are doing our job well, we will often hear stories about children taking what they learn in the dojo and out in to the world. Sometimes it manifests itself as more respect at home, or as better focus on school. This story however, was…Continue
A student recently asked me what my most memorable training memory is. I have many, from achievements that I have been proud of to obstacles I've overcome. One of them that comes to mind now, is my brown-belt test.
At the time that I was getting ready for brown-belt, I was training mostly with Sensei Phillip Debord at the Robertson Community Center near Natomas. The city didn't have us on a very fixed schedule, so depending on the day, we would be training in different rooms at the…
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It may be cold on Saturday but the degrees will be high at Joslin’s Martial Arts Center annual awards banquet, where they…Continue
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There are some common themes in the nature of the robbery and in the chosen victims. Most, but not all, of the robberies are targeting female…Continue
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I first heard this story from Kyoshi Joslin. It is a very common Zen story and it is often told in class. There is value in emptying our cup, both in the dojo and out.
Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could…Continue
Added by Mike Oliver on December 12, 2012 at 11:31pm — No Comments
This list of project ideas come from Gary Engels (of Projabi.com).
General Project Ideas
1. Gather 10 friends and record 10 random acts of kindness each (that’s 100 acts of kindness!)
2. Organize a Food Drive for your local Food Pantry
3. Volunteer Time with a few friends in a concession stand to raise money for a good cause.
4. Make a gift (group effort) for the secretary of a non-profit organization you are associated with.
5. Gather some…
Added by Mike Oliver on October 10, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
Hello my name is Grace Cwynar, I am a student at Zen Martial Arts. I am a green belt candidate in the Advanced Junior class and have chosen to help the children at Shriner’s Hospital for my community service project.
Often time’s children have to wait long periods of time while in the Burn Unit waiting room at Shriners Hospital. I would like to provide decorated shoe boxes filled with fun things the kids can play with while waiting.
I am collecting shoe boxes filled with…
Added by Mike Oliver on September 6, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
Brain scans have revealed distinctive features in the brain structure of karate experts, which could be linked to their ability to punch powerfully from close range. Researchers from Imperial College London and UCL (University College London) found that differences in…
Added by Mike Oliver on August 23, 2012 at 12:23am — No Comments
Nathaniel, a 7-year old karate student at Zen Martial Arts in Sacramento shares the results of his effort to collect cans of Play-Doh for the families at WEAVE Sacramento. WEAVE uses Play-Doh for play and for art therapy. You can learn more about Zen Martial Arts by visiting…Continue
Added by Mike Oliver on June 18, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
I was recently asked to share my thoughts about the movie "Bully" in a Land Park News interview. The following article is in the April 5th, 2012 issue of Land Park News. You can also download a PDF of the complete issue.
Controversial documentary “Bully” comes to Tower Theatre
By CORRIE PELC, Valley…Continue
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Our efforts in Alabama were recently spotlighted in the Inside the City and Inside East Sacramento magazines. You can view the complete April issue over at Inside Publications or download the PDF. Thank…Continue
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I made this 7-page guide to help students and families that are working on leadership and community projects. It's designed to walk you through a project from start to finish. It also describes how a student can earn star patches to put on their karate uniforms by successfully documenting their project.
I wish that someone had given me a guide like this when I was a child to help with planning all of those school projects. My wish is that students find this guide useful for any…Continue
Recently, I have been directing weekly lessons to all of the assistant instructors at the school--things that we can all work on as teachers to make us better, our classes more engaging, and our dojo stronger. This is much like the training that my teachers, gave me. I thought I would share a recent lesson with the entire dojo to give you an idea of the kinds of things my "staff" of volunteers and I are working on:
Kaylee, a young student at our school, was recently featured in the latest newsletter for the Down Syndrome Information Alliance. The article is below, and discusses the work that she did.
Spotlight on Local Advocates: Kaylee Dinh and Sensei Oliver at Zen Martial ArtsContinue