Greetings and welcome to The Essential Karate Blog, and the associated newsletter.
My name is Des Paroz, and I am a long time practitioner of a style of karate called Shorinjiryu, founded by Shinan Kori Hisataka (1907–1988). Over the years, I have had the fortune to live and train in Japan, and also to train in dojos in Japan, Okinawa, the USA, Spain, Switzerland and my native Australia.
Along the way, I’ve had a strong personal interest in karate’s histories, traditions, philosophies and personalities, as well as of course the techniques and applications.
I am also a strong believer in the concept of Shin Gi Tai – the development of mind, technique and body. In this regard, I am an advocate of strength and conditioning for martial artists, particularly using the kettlebell.
In this blog, newsletter I hope to share some of my experiences and opinions in karate, kobudo and kettlebell practice, so that others may read, consider, debate and challenge those. I believe that through this we can all learn.
I have a small karate dojo in Sydney, Australia (the Kengokai Dojo), and am a member of Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Watanabe Ha Karate Australia.
I should also mention that I am the host and producer of a podcast called The Applied Karate Show, another vehicle which explores similar themes. In that podcast, I have the good fortune to talk with a variety of people far more knowledgeable than I about karate and related arts.
Please feel free to comment on any of the topics. I look forward to any discussion and feedback.
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