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From Buddha to OODA

From Buddha to OODA

February 7, 2020

Restoring Tactical Bunkai Analysis to Kata Bunkai: Tactics not just Techniques Even among those in martial arts who say they are teaching “the warrior way” some overlook what actual warriors do. The reciprocation of training and experience – between the world of the dojo on the one hand and of the street and the battlefield […]

The Kansha Controversy

The Kansha Controversy

February 5, 2020

If you do a word search on the titles, keywords and quotations in the articles I have written over the last few years you will see, month by month, who has been inspired by what I have written: who has republished it, or who has changed some words, reordered the ideas and posted it as […]

Senior Karate Training

Senior Karate Training

January 25, 2020

Our Senior class is for people 65 years old and older.  Sometimes classes for this age group are watered-down version of “the real thing.” Older people are sometimes treated as less competent versions of younger people. They sometimes think of themselves that way.   New technology makes old technology seem obsolete, and irrelevant, and sometimes ridiculous. It […]

Mastery & Happiness

Mastery & Happiness

January 16, 2020

Habituating to operating in a flow state requires: clear goals, high challenge, performance feedback, complete engagement in purposeful action, being in control, feeling that your efforts matter.   As you pass the phase boundary through training, to flow, you experience a merging of action and awareness. Your action becomes spontaneous and effective.  These conditions are associated […]

How to Encourage Mushin or “Flow” in the Dojo

How to Encourage Mushin or “Flow” in the Dojo

January 12, 2020

Researcher Steven Kotler writing in the Harvard Business Review, listed four conditions that produce a flow state – intense concentration, goal clarity, feedback as to how well you are doing, and a properly matched challenge to skills ratio. We use these continually in martial arts training.   If the challenge level is set lower than the […]

“Group Flow” in Kata

“Group Flow” in Kata

January 8, 2020

Researchers have identified a phenomenon they call “group flow” which emerges in the performance of well-trained groups. In traditional martial arts we know it well. When members of a team, band, military unit, business or dojo “cooperate, agree on goals, skills and patterns of action”, then “group flow,” or group cohesion, emerges. Pioneeered by psychologist […]

People Get Ready

People Get Ready

January 7, 2020

Some people feel worthless. They get used to it. You may know someone like that. It’s not good. For every person with an inflated sense of their own importance there may be many more who feel like their life doesn’t matter. They feel like the world is rigged against them.  It may be.  Maybe they […]

The Path to "Flow"

The Path to "Flow"

January 4, 2020

The path into a state of “flow” is open to everyone who sincerely wants to take it. It is blocked to observers.

Training the Hara

Training the Hara

January 3, 2020

The science of high-performance – of advanced states of body and mind known as “Flow” – confirms what we discover in traditional karate training:  Training the hara is essential to effective martial arts. In one sense the “hara” refers to the center of the body – our center of gravity, the center of our energy. […]

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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