Our Classes

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.... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Three Energies of White Crane

  There is no mystery: the ideas may be new but the difference between hard techniques, hard-soft techniques, and soft techniques becomes clear as you master your karate. The distinction is made between three kinds of ‘jins’ or energy-flows, described in Chinese and Okinawan martial arts.  All three are used in Shorin Ryu White Crane... 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, like the last few dinosaurs, standing still, silhouetted against the evening sky. That was where we built our dojo. The rent was cheap, the parking free and the... 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 →

Prepping From the Inside Out

  Self defense is not for a few special people. It's for everyone. Like reading and writing, driving or working, self defense is a life skill that you can call on whenever you need it. Being able to assert yourself when you are under pressure is valuable for everyone. It is something you learn. By... 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... 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 →

The Moment of Freedom

  What we have done in the past creates our present moment. We can’t go back and do it over. We cannot know the future. But we can act right now. This is the only moment we have. Use it wisely. This is the moment of freedom.   Post by J. Michael Brooks Click here... Continue Reading →

A Precious Human Life

  When he is here in the US, the Dalai Lama is a visiting head of state, and as such, receives a high level of security. Federal, state and local agencies coordinate to provide protection for him. The Dalai Lama has a powerful influence upon the people who encounter him. Many people, not merely Buddhists,... Continue Reading →

All Perfect

  A samurai stood at the head of his troops, on the edge of the field of battle. He was at the height of his power, a master of the arts of the sword and strategy, a general, a poet. It was April. The cherry blossoms fell from the trees, and with every breeze, clouds... Continue Reading →

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