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.
26 August 2019 | 45 mins 32 secs
black belt, customer service, dojo, dublin, fails, fitness, grading, hdki karate, hombu dojo, karate, kata, kids, kihon, kumite, martial arts, nidan, ohio, parents, ross stewart, ru mew, scott langley, shotokan, tabata, training, yondan
With Kevin Downard Sensei from Ohio, our current intern, we talk about getting out students ready for grading and dealing with difficult parents.
9 August 2019 | 1 hr 6 mins
anxiety, dublin, environment, flow, full contact, hdki, hombu dojo, injury, instructor, internship, ireland, karate, kenshusei, kickboxing, kumite, martial arts, mental health, mindset, ohio, panic, podcast, richard amos, ross stewart, ru mew, scott langley, shotokan, sparring, tabata, training, usa, wtko, zen
Our ninth intern, Kevin Downard Sensei from HDKI Ohio joins us to talk about his karate background and his expectations for the internship. We touch on some karate politics along the way, but we managed to be very diplomatic! We then responded to a listener question which had us talking about how to avoid fear and anxiety when sparring.
26 July 2019 | 1 hr 23 secs
competition, confidence, fails, fitness, gyaku zuki, hdki, hdki karate, hombu dojo, karate, ross stewart, ru mew, scott langley, shotokan, skif, squad, strategy, tactics, team, training, well being
After our annual national championship, we sat down for a good long chat about the competition itself, about the competing spirit, and training for competitions.
24 July 2019 | 41 mins 45 secs
fails, guinness, jesse enkamp, karate, kata, richard amos, rick hotton, ross stewart, ru mew, scott langley, self defense, sensei, shotokan, shu ha ri, steve ubl, tommy butler
Episode 9 is a direct continuation of episode 8. These two episodes go together. After Tommy had finished training he went for a beer run and then sat down and joined the discussion. We covered a lot, including Shu-Ha-Ri, kata applications, self-defense and of course the fails of the week!
23 July 2019 | 38 mins 34 secs
dojo, feminism, hdki, karate, kata, role models, ross stewart, ru mew, scott langley, seminars, shotokan, solo training
Episodes 8 and 9 are essentially parts 1 and 2 of the same episode. We went on a marathon recording session as we had so much to discuss. Once again we spent some time talking about females in the dojo and the unique challenges they face, this time with regards karate role models. Then we talked about solo training, it's pros and cons, and how your relationships with your doki effects your training.
Episode 7: Guy Brodeur Sensei and Scott Langley Sensei on kata, bunkai, Steve Ubl, teaching and learning.
14 June 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
bunkai, guy brodeur, hdki, hombu dojo, instruction, karate, kata, martial arts, ross stewart, ru mew, scott langley, shotokan, shotokan canada, slower, steve ubl
Ross and Ru sat down with Guy Brodeur, his student Jean Phillipe, and Scott Langley Sensei to talk about ... karate! We covered a lot of topics and found Guy and Scott to be over flowing with martial arts wisdom.
20 May 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
Ross and Ru talk about cross training with other martial arts, our own upcoming gradings and also about all the fantastic Sensei we have visiting us in Dublin this year.
2 May 2019 | 28 mins 18 secs
andrea carbon, cold training, competition, dublin, exercise, feminism, hdki, hdki karate, hombu dojo, kangeiko, karate, karate adventures, kata, kumite, lancashire, martial arts, podcast, ross stewart, ru mew, scott langley, sensei, sexism, shu ha ri, solo training, training, women in martial arts
We sat down with Andrea Carbon Sensei during Kangeiko 2019 to talk about being a female instructor as well as sharing our experiences of training alone and generally having some chit chat about our karate lives!
22 April 2019 | 46 mins 46 secs
5th dan, aiden trimble, chef, dojo life, exercise, godan, hdki, hombu dojo, karate, karate adventures, karate life, kata, kawasoe, kitchen, martial arts, podcast, richard amos, ross stewart, ru mew, scott langley, sensei, shotokan, sochin, tekki sandan, tekki shodan, tommy butler, training
Tommy Butler Sensei, 5th Dan HDKI is everyone's favourite Sempai here at the Hombu Dojo in Dublin. Always eager to help others, always enthusiastic and VERY good at kata. In this episode he talks to us about all the experiences he has gathered on his journey so far.
4 April 2019 | 55 mins 10 secs
dojo, hdki karate, hombu dojo, kangeiko, karate, kumite, practical karate, ross stewart, ru mew, women in martial arts
Today we discuss the formula used in the dojo for keeping kids enganged during karate class. We talk about the recent influx of adult females into karate, also the UFC's promotion of female competitors. We move on to a brief conversation about the notion of practical karate and "karate combat", the new full-contact competition. Finally, as always, to keep ourselves humble, we reveal our FAILs of the week.
24 March 2019 | 59 mins 8 secs
We convinced Scott Langley Sensei to join us for our second episode to have a discussion about his approach to running an international karate organisation, inspiration from Simon Sinek, and Shu-Ha-Ri.
15 March 2019 | 54 mins 7 secs
conditioning, ego, hikite, karate, martial arts, strength, training
In our first ever podcast, we discuss some karate related topics we think the people will enjoy.