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At Mountain Karate we build a foundation of fitness and practical self defense - in a positive, focused atmosphere. Each member gets stronger and more skillful at every class.   At every class: Flexibility, Strength, Focus, Precision, Energy, Coordination, and Balance. Self-Defense: We introduce practical self-defense techniques right away. You learn to use them well before you learn new ones. Forms:... Continue Reading →

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Kata and the Knockout Game

It is easy to hurt people. It is hard to protect them. Standing on the corner on a bright sunny day waiting for the bus – this guy never saw it coming. For fun someone snuck up and punched this guy as hard as he could in the side of his head. It landed just... Continue Reading →


This calligraphy says Gratitude. It is pronounced "Kansha" in Japanese. The beautiful calligraphy was done by Chie Nakata and given to our dojo by her and her husband Jeremy Blaustein, an accomplished karate practitioner, who trained with us for many years. He says this is an expression of his philosophy of life. The message is... Continue Reading →

Zanshin is Your Friend

It's better to be strong than to be weak.  If you can help a friend or family member who needs you it is good to be able to do it. To be strong is an advantage.   Our environment tolerates a lot of weakness. That is good for the aged and infirm but not so... Continue Reading →

Beginning Today

    In the beginning we have the idea we will learn some tricks, some inside information, strike points, joint locks, secrets of ki, ways to punch or kick, that other people just don’t know. We might think that that is what martial arts training is, and that these things will give us an advantage... Continue Reading →

Prepare to Win

  You will fight like you train.   If we train well, we respond well. We cannot expect that we will rise to the demands of the moment just because we want to, or because our cause is just, or because we are courageous.   It’s good when we can all get along.   Over... Continue Reading →

Maintaining Perfect Balance

According to Confucius: The well-trained person keeps to the center in action; the poorly trained person moves away from the center in action. The center, for the well-trained person, is such that he is always exact in his timeliness; the departure from the center for the poorly trained person is such that he will notice... Continue Reading →

Having A Practice

Having a practice is not the same as doing an activity or learning a skill set. An 'activity' is interesting or pleasant or distracting or edifying or fun. We enjoy it. It might make a lasting impression. But it probably won't. Go to dinner or a movie, play a game or go for a walk.... Continue Reading →

Fuel for Love

On the beach in ceremony and celebration the men showed their skill, power and courage. They were fierce.  The girls and women moved to the music of the surf and strings, graceful, elegant and free. They admired one another. Times have changed. But still there's time to wonder, What happens when we fall in love?... Continue Reading →

Too Big To Fail

Most of those in the top 1%, of anything, won't be there for long. The ancient Romans were quite sure their empire was eternal. It shared something with other world-conquering empires - Athens and Britain, Persia and Babylon, the Mongols and the Ottomans, the Nazis, Soviets, the French: it ended. What do we learn from... Continue Reading →

The Crossing

  Two parts to being an accomplished martial artist: You have to know what to do. And you have to do it. Lets take the example of Odysseus, a fighter with proven skill, proven attitude, a winner. He was a king and a warrior. He was done fighting. It had been a long war. Now... Continue Reading →

Where We Are Coming From

It was a world of luxuriant decline. The old mills where people used to work were abandoned, transformed by bankruptcy and neglect into gutted and glorious hulks.  They seemed to us like the last few dinosaurs, standing still, silhouetted against the evening sky. But, like lights switching on in the darkness, some were coming back... Continue Reading →

The Okinawan Secret

Okinawans live longer than any other people in the world. Why? A team of medical researchers collected data for twenty-five years on the island to find out. The average life expectancy on Okinawa at the time of the study was over 90 years old. Finding their secret would be helpful.   Karate comes from the island... Continue Reading →

Every One

The massive Northern army is moving across the land. Town after town, province after province collapses in the onslaught. The power of the Northern army is irresistible. They arrive on the banks of the Yangtze River, and make camp. The Yangtze is the last barrier between them and the kingdoms of the South. Between the... Continue Reading →

Any Place Any Time

  As a practitioner you can practice wherever you are, whenever you want. It takes a while to learn how to do that. Because not every environment is as conducive to training as a dojo. But you can always do something. To condition the body, and condition the mind. If you understand this you are... Continue Reading →

The Evolving Tradition

  Long ago, in another age, somewhere far from here, people found a way to keep themselves strong and alert. As they practiced and refined and used their art to good effect, it spread. It was referred to by many names over the years. The names changed. The technique evolved. In China, in the mountains... Continue Reading →

Hold Your Head High

It is human to have a long and vertical spine.  It is human to walk on two feet, with your head high, your breath free to move and your gaze flexible and alive. This is not the posture of mind or body we assume at a computer or a desk, in a car or on... Continue Reading →

Refuge from the Realm of Desire

  In times of peace and plenty people turn towards the things of this world. Prestige, comfort and safety become the ultimate refuge in the time before the fall, in every empire as it declines.  The pleasures, the values, the culture, the corruption, the errors and the collapse all flow from there. It happened in... Continue Reading →

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