Hombu Dojo Podcast

HDKI headquarters instructors Ross and Ru discuss their karate lives and their karate adventures.

About the show

We are Ross and Ru, full time karate instructors at the HDKI Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Teaching and training under Scott Langley Sensei, we are dedicated to developing our level physically and mentally. After morning trainings, weekend seminars, or informal pad sessions, when our bodies are recovering, our minds are still working. This podcast is a vehicle for our musings on karate. We talk theory, training methods, teaching methods, and general chit chat about happenings in the karate world, as well as sharing stories about our dojo life.

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  • Episode 44: Stuart Amos Sensei

    14 August 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Stuart Amos Sensei is a full time Karate instructor with HDKI in Liverpool, England.

  • Episode 43: The Invisible Sensei

    5 August 2021  |  1 hr 30 mins

    We had a great chat with Tuari Sensei (AKA The Invisible Sensei) from New Zealand. Among other things, we talked about karate as an individual's journey versus facilitating the journey of one's students.

  • Episode 42: Make your bed, Georgia!

    27 July 2021  |  55 mins 34 secs

    Ross and Ru are joined by Georgia for a few beers, talking about post-lockdown karate and some hilarious fails of the week.

  • Episode 41: The Catfish Conspiracy

    23 March 2021  |  43 mins 13 secs

    Caveat: electrical interference has caused some noise in this recording. We'll do better next time! Scott Sensei is with us again as we wind down after day 1 of a rather big weekend zoom seminar. Meditation, karate adventures and fails of the week.

  • Episode 40: Sensei Seth

    12 March 2021  |  1 hr 7 mins

    Here I'm in conversation with viral YouTube sensation Sensei Seth. We have a good long insightful cat about martial arts and I take him to task over his infamous roundhouse kick video! https://www.patreon.com/Hombudojopodcast

  • Episode 39: What do Kanazawa and Trotsky have in common?

    5 March 2021  |  38 mins 9 secs

    Scott, Ross and Ru talking about old times, internet trolls and authenticity. https://www.patreon.com/Hombudojopodcast

  • Episode 38: HQ Instructors

    26 February 2021  |  1 hr 8 mins

    Finally we have all four instructors on one episode!

  • Episode 37: Lauren Hart

    18 February 2021  |  1 hr 25 mins

    Now and again this couple of buffoons gets to talk to people who really know their stuff. One such expert is Strength and Conditioning coach Lauren Hart.

  • Episode 36: The Onion is Technique!

    27 January 2021  |  1 hr 25 mins

    Ross descends into madness. We also chat about kangeiko, best and worse of 2020, and we check in again with where we're at on our karate journey.

  • Episode 35: We Answer Your Questions

    17 January 2021  |  1 hr 16 mins

    An episode dedicated to answering some comments and questions that have come in from listeners.

  • Episode 34: Scott and Simon pt. 3

    8 January 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Scott Sensei and Simon Sensei fresh after a meditation session. Very zen. Very wise.

  • Episode 33: Lynda "It's a Load of Bollox" McIntyre

    1 January 2021  |  58 mins 45 secs

    Our biggest fan, the wonderful Lynda McIntyre from Cork, chats to us about karate politics, gender issues in the dojo, teaching kids and some fantastic karate fails!

  • Episode 32: David Pope Sensei

    27 November 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins

    David Sensei is a real legend. He was gracious enough to chat to us young pups on the podcast during his internship at the Hombu Dojo.

  • Episode 31: Scott and Simon pt. 2

    20 November 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins

    The village elders impart further wisdom #listentosensei

  • Episode 30: Chrissie Howard Sensei

    12 November 2020  |  43 mins 55 secs

    Chrissie Sensei, 4th Dan, teaches at HDKI Exeter in England. In this conversation we barely skimmed the surface of Chrissie's karate experience. And what a great conversation it was.

  • Episode 29: Sick of talking about karate

    28 October 2020  |  1 hr 49 secs

    Hard vs. soft karate, Sensei Seth, turbulent relationships in the dojo, and why karate is the best martial art.