Martial Arts Round-Up – Apr 2, 2011

By Sensei Serge Sognonvi and Carmen Sognonvi
Originally published at

Here’s a round-up of the best martial arts-related news stories and blog posts that we came across this week.

Martial Artist: Work in Progress
Martial arts blogger Matthew Apsokardu pays homage to the black on yellow “Work In Progress” symbol, asking “could anything be more aptly descriptive of the process of following a martial way?” Inspired by the post, some of his creative readers send in their martial arts-themed versions of the symbol. Nice stuff.

10 Best American Martial Arts Movies
See if your favorite martial arts movie made this list from entertainment blog Screen Junkies. Many of their selections — “Enter the Dragon,” “Karate Kid” — aren’t all that surprising. But among those expected films, they threw in a few picks that raised an eyebrow. “Shanghai Noon” anyone?

Shotokan’s Secret
Martial arts blogger Bob Patterson gives a glowing review to the new book “Shotokan’s Secret” by Bruce D. Clayton because it provides an “excellent overview of the historical events that took place mainly in Okinawa, and how all this influenced the development of karate.”

Returning To Karate Training After A Long Break
Chances are, at some point in your martial arts training career, you’re going to take an extended break. In this post, martial arts student and blogger Michele shares some great advice on how to get back into your training groove if you’ve been away for awhile.

The Disadvantages of Having a Friendly Dojo
It’s a good thing for your martial arts school to have a warm, friendly culture. But as martial arts school owner and blogger Lori O’Connell explains in this post, there are three areas “when this jovial, friendliness can interfere with the actual learning process on the mats.”