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.
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!
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.
20 November 2020 | 1 hr 13 mins
The village elders impart further wisdom #listentosensei
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.
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.
16 October 2020 | 1 hr 22 mins
One a philosopher and comedian, the other an anthropologist and author. Together they possess a treasure trove of karate wisdom. This is part 1 of a series featuring Scott Sensei and Simon Sensei, which will be interspersed with regular episodes.
7 October 2020 | 44 mins 41 secs
Ross and Ru talk about a whole lot of nothing in this episode.
12 July 2020 | 1 hr 9 mins
Karl, Caitlin and Ben give you their unique perspective on the dojo life.
25 May 2020 | 1 hr 4 mins
The four Hombu intructors sit down over Zoom to answer questions sent in on facebook live.
27 April 2020 | 52 mins 17 secs
Biomechanics and the bad old days of hardcore KUGB training.
27 April 2020 | 49 mins 27 secs
Before lockdown came in in full effect, Scott, Ross and Ru sat down to do a podcast to update everyone on our karate lives. Enjoy!
7 March 2020 | 1 hr 3 mins
commitment, dojo, hombu dojo, karate, kids, martial arts, motivation, podcast, ross stewart, ru mew, shotokan, training
This is by far our cutest episode. Three of our badassest dojo kids - Bianca, Defne and Ben - join us on the podcast and reveal to us the world of a child at the early stages of their journey in Budo. Seeing the dojo through their eyes is to see the dojo anew. These kids are very smart and funny and dedicated karate students. Enjoy!
14 February 2020 | 57 mins 27 secs
Two experts in the fields of martial arts and biomechanics get down to the nitty gritty and hash it out.
10 February 2020 | 43 mins 36 secs
commitment, dojo, hombu dojo, juan, karate, martial arts, motivation, podcast, ross stewart, ru mew, shotokan, training
Juan, from HDKI Barcelone, was the first intern of the Hombu Dojo internship programme. Two years later he is back in the dojo to train and chat.
13 January 2020 | 1 hr 23 mins
adventure, aikido, anime, attack on titan, batman, chat, conor mcgregor, dragonball z, fun, hdki karate, japan, john kavanagh, journey, karate, lithuania, martial arts, mma, portland, rokas, self defense, shotokan, spear, straight blast gym, switzerland, training, uchi deshi
Rokas has found viral fame through YouTube with his "Aikido vs. MMA" video. 100k subscribers later, Rokas shares his story through his channel "Martial Arts Journey". He came to the dojo with a sore ankle and we had an amazing time talking to him. This is a fun and insightful episode.
15 November 2019 | 51 mins 43 secs
aikido, karate, martial arts, rick hotton, scott langley, shotokan
"It's just connecting with the one thing you really have. The only thing you ever had. It's the moment. That is self defense." Rick Hotton Sensei came to us travel weary and soft-spoken, but that didn't stop him from dropping some beautiful warrior priest wisdom on our podcast. Enjoy! (The first 4 minutes of this episode are a bit noisy, but the problem was then resolved).