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Fire on the Mountain

Fire on the Mountain

June 2, 2020

Last year when I posted “The Point of Contact,” about tactical decision-making in martial arts, I wrote: “…we might want to evade threats, like if there’s a riot down the block, and it’s heading your way…” Several commenters thought I was just being dramatic. The Point of Contact took on the question of when to respond […]

The Point of Contact

The Point of Contact

June 1, 2020

One skill we do not usually train in the dojo is self-defense decision-making: When does an encounter become a conflict, and when does a conflict become a fight?   Discretion and Valor Under some circumstances we want to avoid threat situations. Tactical trainer John Farnam describes basic self-defense this way: “Don’t go stupid places. Don’t […]

Ansei Ueshiro’s Nin Tai

Ansei Ueshiro’s Nin Tai

May 11, 2020

One day Ansei Ueshiro walked onto the training floor. This was the first time I had seen him there in my three years in the dojo. I had met him briefly several times over the years. Those of us who started in the 80s had never seen him do karate.  Mr. Ueshiro was an early […]

The Sharp Edge of History

The Sharp Edge of History

May 6, 2020

A guy walks into the dojo and says: “I just want to learn to fight.” He paused for a second. “I really don’t care about all that other stuff.” He didn’t say what other stuff he meant. We didn’t ask. He wanted to learn to fight.  We teach that. He started that day. What he […]

Takuan’s Solution for Practical Combatives

Takuan’s Solution for Practical Combatives

April 17, 2020

Combat training simulates conditions of high stress. It works that way now and it worked that way in Tokugawa era Japan. Under hyper arousal we experience changes in sense perception and physical performance that can hinder our effectiveness: Our field of vision contracts to a small circle right in front of our eyes, an effect known […]

The Bun Bu Trinity

The Bun Bu Trinity

April 16, 2020

Bun Bu Ryo Do, “The Way of Both Pen and Sword,” seems like a binary system – with the arts of war and the arts of civil life complementing each other as needed. As martial artists we learn to fight. We also cultivate the self-control, respect and clarity of mind which free us to connect […]

Funakoshi’s Crisis Intervention – Bun Bu Ryo Do, Part 1

Funakoshi’s Crisis Intervention – Bun Bu Ryo Do, Part 1

April 12, 2020

Funakoshi Gichin’s book the Karate-Do Kyohan (空手道教範) is a concise and comprehensive technical manual. It is meticulous and accessible and, without confusing beginners, opens the door to deep understanding for practitioners with the experience to grasp what is there.   In it, Funakoshi Gichin bookends his technical material with personal comments. At the beginning he explains his motive for […]

Members Test Positive for Excellent Spirit

Members Test Positive for Excellent Spirit

April 9, 2020

Training on our own and holding classes online is not what any of us were expecting. It is a great test of spirit, and meeting that test is a great statement about our commitment to our art and to each other. We never missed a class as we transitioned to meet the new conditions. Our […]

Bun Bu Ryo Do: Cultivation and Power

Bun Bu Ryo Do: Cultivation and Power

April 7, 2020

The Unified Field Theory of Martial Arts Ethics, tactics and metaphysics form a unified field of action. Martial artists who regard them as separate are at a disadvantage. These three dimensions cannot be separated.  If you try to separate them, becoming an expert in one and neglecting the others, you may advance temporarily, but you will soon […]

The Peak Experience

Our members have different goals and abilities. They all come for a challenge. Here is what they have to say:

Troy Rogers

Morality or our Core beliefs are guarded by training the mind, body, & spirit. I have practiced martial arts since I was a young man and I recommend my home Dojo and teacher Sensei Jeff Brooks at Mountain Karate for this Journey to everyone.

Troy Rogers
Srinivas Jaini

The energy and inspiration from Sensei Brooks teaching is invaluable. I’ve been to 2 summer seminars hosted by Sensei Brooks, and both have been packed with learning, experiences and unforgettable memories for me and my family. We look forward to more training opportunities! 

Srinivas Jaini
Dr. Bonnie Williamson

Karate has numerous health benefits for everyone and all ages.   If anyone in Henderson/Polk County is interested – We have a real gem here in Saluda With Jeff Brooks’ Mountain Karate. I personally love it and is fabulous exercise. 

Dr. Bonnie Williamson
Tarleton Brooks

Karate saved my life when I was confronted – and it has made an incredible difference in every part of life – in ways I could never have imagined when I started training almost 30 years ago. – Sensei Tarleton Brooks, Martial arts instructor, painter, mother.

Tarleton Brooks
Cassandra Nelson

“I’m grateful for the opportunity Sensei Brooks offers, to delve into an art that challenges mind and body, perceptions and self awareness. It will take a lifetime to comprehend but I’m enjoying every step along the way!” – Cassandra Nelson, Martial Arts and Yoga instructor and Builder.

Cassandra Nelson
Michael Lushington

Mountain karate is an exceptional martial arts training environment with clear and effective instruction backed by years of personal, professional and practical experience.  I recommend it highly. – Sensei Michael Lushington, Black Belt Instructor, Dojo Leader

Michael Lushington
Eric P. Bishop

Mountain Karate has helped instill in my son Bruce the long-standing traditions of discipline, perseverance, and a pursuit of excellence. – Eric P. Bishop, Author, “The Body Man”

Eric P. Bishop
Bruce Bishop

I love karate. It’s great!

Bruce Bishop
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