Well folks, my intentions about getting a monthly podcast out were pure. Following on from the September episode with Chris Denwood Sensei, I recorded the October episode in plenty of time, only to have a bunch of gremlins strike. They seem to be resolved now, so hopefully we’re back on track.
Our guest for Episode 15 of The Applied Karate Show is Joe Berne, Sempai, a Seido practioner and blogger behind the Karate Conditioning blog.
Joe began training in Seido Karate in 1988 at the Karate Club of his college, the State University of New York at Buffalo. The class was taught by Shuseki Shihan Christopher Caile (who went on to create Fightingarts.com, a well known website with content about a variety of martial arts). He trained there, and at the style’s New York City Honbu dojo, through 1994, at which time he earned his shodan in Seido Karate. A variety of injuries and life issues kept him away from training, but he returned in 2006. Then living in Maryland, he began training under Jun Shihan Kate Stewart, and has remained there since then. He recently earned his sandan at the 2011 Gasshuku in upstate New York.
Joe began studying strength and conditioning informally in high school in a vain attempt to qualify for the (American) football team. He resumed his studies with a vengeance after taking up karate again in 2006 as he tried to use science to make up for the damage done by over a decade of a sedentary and hypercaloric lifestyle. He has made a part time job out of reading and viewing everything available in the field of strength and conditioning that can relate in any way to martial arts performance.
The wide ranging discussions with Joe covered such topics as
- Joe’s introduction to, and background in, karate
- Strength tools (including the wonderful kettlebell)
- Training for martial arts skills
- Stretching for karate
- Training for injury avoidance
- Nutrition tips and the Paleo diet
This was a fascinating interview with a karateka who has clearly invested a lot of time and thought into his training and the strength and conditioning program required to support it. I heartily recommend you visit and subscribe to Joe’s blog Karate Conditioning.