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Seamus O'Dowd

Seamus O'Dowd

Seamus O’Dowd (6th Dan SKIF) has been a student of Martial Arts for thirty years, and has trained with many of the top instructors of Shotokan Karate in the world. He is an occasional contributor to a number of Martial Arts magazines, and produced a number of DVDs, including one entitled “Kanazawa No Bo” with the legendary Kanazawa Hirokazu Sensei. He also regularly travels to many countries to teach karate, tai chi and bo-jutsu.

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I have decided to be lazy and let other people's writing be the subject of this blog offering. I am going to list some of my favourite "inspiration" karate books, all of which I strongly recommend that anyone with an interest in martial arts should read. These are not "technical" books to teach techniques, katas or biomechanics - I have plenty of those too - but are stories of real experiences, and give insights into the lives and thoughts of some of the great masters and students of the martial arts. These books therefore go beyond technical manuals which may only be relevant to a single style or organisation, and can be appreciated equally by people from any martial arts background.

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I wrote this originally as a reply to a question I received on different types of power generation, but I feel it is an important enough topic to warrant a blog article.

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I have had a few issues recently, and they caused me to re-consider my motivation for training and teaching martial arts. I won’t bore you with the details – at least not right now – but the issues had me giving serious consideration, at least for a while, to throwing in the towel completely.

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