Patrick McCarthy Hanshi Releases Uke Waza DVD

Hanshi Patrick McCarthy (founder of the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society and guest on Episode 001 of the The Applied Karate Show) has announced the release of Volume 15 of his Koryu Uchinadi DVD training series.

Volume 15 provides detailed instruction in McCarthy sensei’s two person drill that comprises the most representative receiving techniques (uke waza, also known as blocking techniques) found in karate.

Based on the premise that most attacks are “received” in predictable targets of the body, this extensive drill develops the ability to receive common attacks and setup for counter attacking.

Although I’ve yet to personally view the video, I did have the opportunity a couple of years ago to learn this drill from McCarthy Sensei. Knowing that this is an excellent drill, coupled with my experience of the excellent production values of the previous volumes, I have no doubt that this will be an excellent DVD. I look forward to receiving a copy soon.

I plan to review this DVD in detail in an upcoming issue of the Essential Karate Newsletter.

Starting Back Up

A lots been going on in my life, and unfortunately I’ve not had the chance to keep updating the Essential Karate Blog and News site.

I feel bad about this because I have a strong passion for karate, kobujutsu and strength and conditioning arts.

Hopefully the handful of people still subscribing to this site will be happy to see the site starting back up.

Please feel free to contact me and give me any tips about what you’d like to see in this site.

Oh, and yes, the Applied Karate Show Podcast will be restarting soon. But please give me a bit of time to get that going to. There’ll be a bit of work before its ready.

Martial Secrets Is Back

One of the original podcasts about karate, Martial Secrets, is back.

Some of you might be aware of Martial Secrets, a Podcast hosted by Kris Wilder. Kris has authored several books on the martial arts and has trained and taught seminars around the world.

But a little known secret is Martial Secrets itself, the Podcast that takes in a wide range of martial artists and people on the edges of the arts as well. When you tune into Martial Secrets you will hear from a wide group of people like a Screenwriter, a Physical Therapists, a Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a Black Belt Magazine columnists, to name a few.

As the new interviews are coming up – after a 18 month long hiatus – explore the back catalogue, you will not be disappointed. Kris was also the guest on Episode 3 of the Applied Karate Show and he maintains a crisp and poignant blog at