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 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.

  • Episode 28: Scott and Simon pt. 1

    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.

  • Episode 27: Karate nonsense

    7 October 2020  |  44 mins 41 secs

    Ross and Ru talk about a whole lot of nothing in this episode.

  • Episode 26: The Dojo Teens

    12 July 2020  |  1 hr 9 mins

    Karl, Caitlin and Ben give you their unique perspective on the dojo life.

  • Episode 25: Ask The Instructors

    25 May 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins

    The four Hombu intructors sit down over Zoom to answer questions sent in on facebook live.

  • Episode 24: Scott Langley, Martin Lindley and Rick Jackson

    27 April 2020  |  52 mins 17 secs

    Biomechanics and the bad old days of hardcore KUGB training.

  • Episode 23: Quarantine Special with Scott Langley Sensei

    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!

  • Episode 22: Dojo Kids on The Podcast!

    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!

  • Episode 21: Scott Langley and Martin Lindley Part II

    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.

  • Episode 20: Juan San, the first intern.

    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.

  • Episode 19: Let the boy wear his Batman t-shirts

    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.

  • Episode 18: Earth, Man, Heaven

    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).