Breathing by Jesse


Jesse Enkamp talks about the best way to breathe in karate, a topic that can be quite controversial.

Jesse’s conclusion is a simple one, and it reminds me of the most important rule in scuba diving – breathe continuously and never hold your breath.

On a side note, I’m looking forward to meeting and training with Jesse in Sydney in January.

KarateLovers Website Launches

Karatelovers logo is a new network for, as the name says, lovers of karate. The brainchild of Jesse Enkamp of the KarateByJesse blog, is an online community exclusively for practitioners of Okinawan and Japanese karate. is described on the site with the following blurb: is a social community for likeminded karate enthusiasts all over the globe – with the ultimate goal of sharing, discovering, connecting and exploring all aspects of karate, in an intelligent and respectful manner.

Despite being a forever free and open online community, is a platform based upon the original values of traditional offline karate: respect, honesty, self-control, harmony, justice, propriety and awesomeness.

In KarateLovers you can enjoy friendships with fellow enthusiasts in the Community section, watch Videos, peruse various Karate Blogs and keep up to date on the latest News in the karate world. There is also a live chat facility. There is an Ask Sensei section, and I am already becoming a fan of the Bunkai Wiki.

One of the premises behind KarateLovers is to provide an opportunity for karateka to share in an open community of like minded people, without the criticism of form or the constant slanging match of “karate sucks, MMA is better” so often found in open networks. Any Karateka who has ever posted a video to YouTube will appreciate the opportunity to share kata, bunkai and other videos with other Karateka, rather than the whole world!

At the time of writing, KarateLovers is relatively small. Like any community, it will certainly only get better as the community grows, and as one of The Founders of the site, I look forward to this! I can certainly see that there is great promise for, and encourage all open minded Karateka to join in and share!

Become a member of today!