Dear Nerd Karate,
Are you ready for the # 1 karate camp in the world?
For the 7th consecutive year, I am organizing my annual KNX seminar.
(Can't attend? Get the videos.)
The event takes place in Poland from August 6 to 9.
There are only a handful of tickets left, as KNX is all about learning and connecting on a deeper level. Quality rather than quantity.
The objective is focused on the laser:
RAISE YOUR Karate to the next level!
I have visited hundreds of karate camps around the world. Sadly, only a handful of these were epic experiences.
Often times I wasted time and money on “experts” or champions who didn't inspire me and teach nothing special.
So believe me:
KNX21 will be unlike ANY other seminar you have EVER attended.
Your belt level, experience or style does not matter. KNX is for anyone who wants a life changing moment ...
… With like-minded karate nerds from all over the world.
In fact, you don't even have to bring your belt - because everyone wears the famous pink belt.
KNX takes place every year in a new country. This year's location is a beautiful Japanese-style village in a national park in Poland, specially designed for martial arts retreats.
KNX21 is limited to ONLY 43 spots in total. If you would like to attend, register now to secure your seat!
Here are some of the teachers:
As you probably know, I recently visited China to research the roots of karate.
While staying in Yongchun Village (birthplace of the White Crane style), I noticed many photos of a western blonde on the walls.
When I asked who it was, they told me his name was Martin Watts, and he came to China 27 years ago to study White Crane kung fu at the source.
Today, Sifu Watts has become the No. 1 expert in the Western world of the ancestral fist of the whooping crane ...
… The main style of kung fu that has influenced the evolution of karate!
Do not miss this opportunity to experience the ancient Chinese art which provided the historical setting for Karate to be developed in Okinawa.
At KNX21, Sifu Watts will share with us his comparative analysis of karate and whooping crane. We will learn the original Yongchun version of the Sanchin (Sanzhan) kata as well as its classic 2 person exercises which refer to Bubishi - The Karate Bible.
Pro MMA fighter
Due to popular demand, my brother Oliver returns to share his unique blend of karate and MMA.
Oliver and I spent our childhood growing up in our family's martial arts center. Together, we've traveled the world training with the “best of the best” - from the Grandmasters in Okinawa to the UFC Champions in America.
By combining his karate skills as a national team athlete, with the ideas of mentors like Lyoto Machida, GSP and the Gracie Brothers, Oliver designed a system that combines the best elements of MMA and karate.
The result is a comprehensive method that provides a straightforward path to combat mastery.
At KNX21, Oliver will teach a hand-to-hand combat masterclass, including techniques and tactics that have earned him multiple victories as a professional MMA fighter (UFC, Bellator). Plus, you'll discover low blow secrets to smash any opponent.
European and world champion
For the first time in history, I am bringing back a former teacher!
Dr Lucio Maurino (Olympic level IV trainer and expert in biomechanics) was the very first KNX instructor in 2014.
Since then, the world of karate and sports science has evolved considerably. For this reason, I invited him to come back and share his new discoveries on motor control optimization and teaching / learning methodologies.
As karate nerds it is our job to understand both the old and the new. Between tradition and science. Few people are more qualified than Lucio Maurino to lead us down this path.
That's why I chose him as the first KNX teacher - there are seven editions!
As a multi-time European and World Champion, Dr Maurino has unique ideas which will be shared in both practical and theoretical lessons.
The karate nerd
Last but not the least… me! If you are not a longtime reader, let me briefly introduce myself:
I am a longtime karate nerd, national team athlete, founder of Seishin International, author of several books, “Youtuber” and carrot cake lover.
My job is to elevate the collective consciousness of Karate as a whole, regardless of dogmatic limitations, organizations, belts or styles.
After all, what brings us together is far more important than what sets us apart!
That's why I believe karate is the ultimate vehicle for self-actualization.
At KNX21, I will teach the classical principles and applications of karate that I discovered while living in Okinawa - the birthplace of karate.
Are you excited?
There will also be an incredible “Secret Sensei” couple joining us!
If you want to experience a life changing seminar and make new lifelong friends, KNX21 is the perfect opportunity for you.
The only requirement is to be 18 and over, to have an open mind, to be able to travel alone and to speak English.
(Can't attend? Get the videos.)
Your ticket includes accommodation from August 6 to 9, breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, all practical lessons and theoretical lectures (including secret activities), room fees, bag of Karate Nerd gifts, professional videos and photos, as well as spa entry.
Note: Travel recommendations, locations and times will only be provided to participants (after registration closes).
Here is a video of a previous KNX:
So what are you waiting for? Register and come!
We'll take care of the rest for you. 😉
Questions? Leave a comment.
See you at KNX21!
More KNX stuff:
For just over 3 years I have been training in Kung Fu and Muay Thai. Learning any martial art is a physically and mentally challenging process that takes years of practice to master. Here are 4 tips I wish I had known that can improve your training and reduce the time it takes between novice and grandmaster.
Flexibility is a fundamental trait of any good martial artist. Having this early on in your training will help boost you ahead for many reasons. Firstly, the more advanced techniques in martial arts require you to be extremely souple, it’s to begin learning them without the required flexibility to do so, and thus you will be learning advanced moves earlier in your training if you’re already performing a perfect split. Secondly, you need to kick high, sometimes higher than your own head. If you’re training in a martial art that is fight orientated, such as kickboxing, being able to kick your opponent in the head is one of the best moves you have in your arsenal of attacks. If you are studying an art such as Kung Fu, flexibility will dramatically improve your technique in forms, helping you to score those extra points in competitions for your technical ability.
One of the best ways to learn, I have found, is directly from the horse’s mouth, in this case your master. Typically, in your classes, your master will demonstrate a technique that they want you to practice with a partner. If they don’t ask for volunteers before performing each technique, go ahead and tell them before the class starts that you would like to be involved in the demonstrations. This will help you get a real feel for what they’re trying to show you, as you can miss subtle techniques that may be out of your vision. Volunteering to be demonstrated on can seem scary, but remember that they are a master of what they do, and they won’t actually be performing the move with the intent to hurt you.
Hitting pads is good for when you’re learning a new move, but you will find you begin performing the technique in a much different way when faced with something that will hit back. Simple things like remembering to cover your head when throwing a kick or punch will become deuxième nature after being punished for dropping your guard, even for a split deuxième. You may be asked or required to participate in a fighting tournament at some point of your martial arts journey, and the best way you can prepare for this is sparring. Remember that it is for the purpose of learning, not knocking each other out as quick as you can. You will begin to learn how to spot and react to your opponent’s openings, and how to defend against different moves. Forget being stronger or faster than your opponent, being an intelligent fighter is what will give you the advantage come fight night.
Your training doesn’t begin and end when you enter and leave the doors. My Kung Fu master always told us that “practice is good, but perfect practice makes perfect”. When you train at home make sure you are performing each technique properly, as if you were in class, bad habits form fast and are extremely hard to be undone. Purchasing a grande mirror is a great investment so you can l'étude yourself at home. Also watching scènes of other people performing techniques will help you to see how different techniques should look when you’re not at chic.
Did you set a new year resolution this year ? If so, do they happen to be martial arts related ? Do you think you will actually achieve them ?
Statistics for failed New Year’s resolutions run anywhere between 45-80%. Now that another new year is here, it’s time to focus and set our eyes back on the prize in order to not become part of this rather bleak data. to help you, on this post, I’ll be highlighting a couple personal tips that may help make both your short-term and long-term goals stick
Focusing on small milestones, following your motivation, challenging yourself, and finding what inspires you can help you make improvements for the rest year and meet or even surpass your martial arts goals and beyond !
You’re much more likely to stay motivated and make improvements if you’re doing something you enjoy. What is your absolute favorite thing to do at your martial arts school ? If you love to spar find ways to push yourself harder. Ask your instructor for pointers. Train with higher-ranking students. Seek out tournaments in your area for a challenge.
What if you’re doing what you love, and you’re already good at it, but you don’t know how to improve ? Avoid stagnation by digging deeper into your favorite activity. Find ways to go out of your comfort zone. Ask for help and feedback even in areas where you feel you are at your best. For example, if you enjoy doing forms, ask your instructor to work with you on finer details.
Play around with timing and emphasis. Enter or at least attend a tournament to see how other martial artists practice forms and see what you can learn from them. Seek out master classes, seminars, and clinics in your area. If you want some fun and relaxation while you practice consider taking a martial arts holiday.
Alternatively, you can also work on your training from the comfort of your own home by joining an online martial arts training. As you won’t even have to step foot outside, there’s simply no excuse not to keep up your practice !
Think about your long-term goals and then break it down into small milestones. Do you want to be able to do fifty push-ups in one set, but right now you can only do ten ? Don’t burn yourself out on day one trying to do all fifty. You may injure yourself or simply become discouraged that you can’t reach your goal immediately.
Slow down. Scale back. Try adding five extra push-ups per week, and over time you’ll build up the strength and stamina you need to meet your goal.
Maybe you have transferred schools and need to relearn the particular forms or self-defense techniques practiced at your new school. I have seen this happen with black belts and higher-ranking color belts who have transferred to my dojang. For example, a fellow black belt practiced Taeguk taekwondo forms at her old dojang, but now she needs to learn the Palgwe forms that we practice.
Rather than trying to learn everything at once, which will likely feel overwhelming, start with one technique or one form. Ask an instructor or another black belt for help. Watch videos online. Move on to the next technique when you are able to perform the first one without any guidance or prompts.
Sometimes you have to do things in martial arts that you don’t enjoy as much but you still have to do due to coutume, class schedules, and keeping your practice well-rounded. Martial arts may be the hardest thing you do, but it shouldn’t feel like drudgery. Think about what you don’t enjoy as much in class or what you dread doing, and try to figure out why you avoid it. Perhaps you don’t like it because you’re not very skilled ( yet ), you don’t do it very often, you find it stressful, or you simply find it boring.
Challenge yourself. Find the “fun” in something that has simply felt like work. It’s easy to get better at something you enjoy and you’re naturally good at doing. Just think of how it will feel when you make improvements in an area where you have continuously struggled.
Leveraging your strengths can help you develop skills in areas where you struggle. For example, if sparring is particularly challenging, be mindful of other times when you use blocks or strikes such as in forms or self-defense. Make them as sharp and powerful as you would in a faster-paced sparring match. Ask your instructor to incorporate quick reaction drills into classes. Attend extra sparring classes, and if you are a black belt or higher ranking, attend lower ranking sparring classes and offer to coach or referee. Teaching a skill can help you make vast improvements in your own practice.