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whistlekick Martial Arts Radio is the only bi-weekly podcast devoted to the traditional martial arts in all forms. We dig into what makes martial artists tick, their history and experience… and tell some great stories in the process. It’s all about bringing martial artists together and learning from one another. Our guests include the famous and the unknown, from taekwondo, karate, hapkido, capoeira, kungfu, FMA, HEMA and everything else you can imagine.

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whistlekick Martial Arts Radio is the only bi-weekly podcast devoted to the traditional martial arts in all forms. We dig into what makes martial artists tick, their history and experience… and tell some great stories in the process. It’s all about bringing martial artists together and learning from one another. Our guests include the famous and the unknown, from taekwondo, karate, hapkido, capoeira, kungfu, FMA, HEMA and everything else you can imagine.

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English


Episodes
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Episode 912 - Master Narcyz Latecki

4/22/2024
SUMMARY In this episode, Master Narcyz Latecki shares his martial arts journey, starting from his training in Kyokushin and Shotokan karate in Poland to his transition to Chinese martial arts. He emphasizes the importance of discipline, determination, and a limitless mindset in martial arts training. Master Latecki also discusses the influence of friends and environment on his martial arts journey. He highlights the value of finding individual expression in martial arts and the impact of trauma on his perspective. He also shares how he applies martial arts principles in other areas of life. He continues and shares his journey of applying for a green card and the challenges he faced. He then discusses the decision to open his own martial arts school and the influence of his first teacher. The conversation explores the importance of individual expression in martial arts and how it relates to Master Latecki's upbringing. He also talks about the changes in his teaching approach over the years and the challenges he faces in balancing high standards with encouragement. He emphasizes the importance of continued training and physical challenges. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the martial arts family and the importance of spreading positive energy. TAKEAWAYS * Discipline and determination are crucial in martial arts training. * Finding individual expression in martial arts is important for personal growth. * The influence of friends and environment can shape one's martial arts journey. * Applying martial arts principles can have a positive impact on other areas of life. The journey of applying for a green card can be challenging, but with perseverance and honesty, it is possible to achieve success. * Opening one's own martial arts school can be a significant milestone in a martial artist's journey, and it often comes with the support and encouragement of one's teacher. * Individual expression is a crucial aspect of martial arts, allowing practitioners to find their own unique style and approach. * Teaching martial arts requires a balance between high standards and encouragement, challenging students to give their best while also supporting their progress. * Continued training and physical challenges are essential for personal growth and development in martial arts. * The martial arts community can become a family, providing support, encouragement, and a sense of belonging. * Spreading positive energy and treating others with respect and love are fundamental principles in martial arts and life.

Duration:01:20:20

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Episode 911 - Preserving Legacy and Evolving Your Art

4/18/2024
SUMMARY Andrew and Victor explore the topic of preserving legacy and evolving martial arts. They discuss the challenges of teaching and practicing different martial arts styles and systems, and how to maintain the integrity of the art while allowing for evolution. They touch on the importance of lineage and tradition, as well as the need for adaptation and personalization. The conversation also delves into the role of forms in martial arts and the potential for modification and interpretation. The conversation explores the idea of evolving martial arts while preserving their legacy. The hosts discuss the importance of understanding the reasons behind traditional forms and techniques and the need to adapt them for different scenarios, such as tournaments or physical limitations. They emphasize the value of cross-training and learning from different instructors to broaden one's perspective and improve as a martial artist. The hosts also encourage students to think about what they want to do with their martial arts and continue asking themselves that question to ensure ongoing growth and evolution. TAKEAWAYS * Preserving legacy in martial arts involves maintaining the integrity of the art while allowing for evolution and adaptation. * Lineage and tradition are important in martial arts, but they should not hinder the growth and development of the art. * Teaching martial arts requires finding a balance between preserving what was taught by previous instructors and making necessary adjustments for the present and future. * The concept of preserving legacy and evolving martial arts is a complex and ongoing conversation that requires open-mindedness and a willingness to learn and grow. Understanding the reasons behind traditional forms and techniques is important. * Adapting techniques for different scenarios, such as tournaments or physical limitations, is acceptable. * Cross-training and learning from different instructors can broaden one's perspective and improve as a martial artist. * Continuously asking oneself what they want to do with their martial arts ensures ongoing growth and evolution.

Duration:00:44:22

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Episode 910 - Kyoshi Marcus Traynor

4/15/2024
SUMMARY In this episode, Kyoshi Marcus Traynor discusses with Jeremy the culture of hard training and the unique environment of his martial arts school. He emphasizes the importance of creating a welcoming and encouraging culture where students of all ages and abilities can thrive. Kyoshi Traynor shares personal stories of how martial arts training helped him overcome challenges and build confidence. He highlights the enduring nature of traditional martial arts and the impact it can have on individuals' lives. He also discusses the value of tangible achievements in martial arts and the role of teaching in his own martial arts journey. He shares how he discovered his passion for martial arts and the challenges he faced in pursuing it as a career, highlighting the importance of confidence and discipline gained from martial arts training and how it can transform lives. He emphasizes the need for martial artists to support and collaborate with each other, creating opportunities for cross-training and growth. Overall, he encourages individuals to never stop learning and improving, as there is always room for growth. TAKEAWAYS * Creating a welcoming and encouraging culture is essential for the success and growth of a martial arts school. * Martial arts training can help individuals overcome challenges, build confidence, and develop a sense of belonging. * The enduring nature of traditional martial arts provides a strong foundation for personal growth and development. * Tangible achievements in martial arts, such as earning a black belt, can have a profound impact on individuals' self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. Martial arts can be a fulfilling career path, despite societal perceptions. * The economic realities of college education should be carefully considered, as alternative paths may lead to greater success. * Martial arts training can have a profound impact on students' lives, instilling confidence and discipline. * Martial arts is not limited to athletes and can benefit individuals of all backgrounds. * Confidence gained from martial arts can extend beyond the training mat and positively impact various aspects of life. * Overcoming fear and pushing through challenges is a key aspect of martial arts training. * Imposter syndrome and insecurities are common, but martial arts can help individuals overcome them. * Creating opportunities for cross-training and collaboration can foster a sense of community and growth within the martial arts world. * Breaking down barriers and fostering inclusivity in martial arts can lead to a stronger and more supportive community. * Never stop learning and improving, as there is always room for growth in martial arts and in life.

Duration:01:15:17

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Episode 909 - State Change Management with Matt Thomas

4/11/2024
SUMMARY In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew are joined by Matt Thomas and they discuss state change management and its application in martial arts. State change management involves identifying and optimizing different states to achieve desired outcomes. They explore the use of breath work to manage states and prime the body for peak performance. Matt demonstrates the Fire Breath technique, which involves hyper ventilation-style breathing to psych up before a match. He also explains the Calm Down breath technique, which focuses on exhaling longer than inhaling to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. These techniques can be used in both training and competition to enhance performance. This conversation explores the connection between the body and mind and the impact of breathwork on performance in chess boxing and other activities. The guest, Matt, shares various breathing techniques for relaxation and peak performance, such as box breathing and the 4-7-8 breath. He explains how breathwork can help control the body's response to stress and improve focus and decision-making. The conversation also delves into the mental shift required in chess boxing and the importance of harmony and triumph in winning. Matt discusses the F.I.G.H.T. acronym for peak performance and the potential applications of breathwork in different situations. Lastly, he shares his efforts to grow the sport of chess boxing and offers resources for those interested in learning more about breathwork and state change management. TAKEAWAYS *Breathwork can have a significant impact on performance by controlling the body's response to stress and improving focus and decision-making. *Different breathing techniques, such as box breathing and the 4-7-8 breath, can be used for relaxation and peak performance in various situations. *In chess boxing, breathwork helps shift the brain's focus from spontaneous cognition to idea evaluation, improving performance in both chess and boxing. *Harmony and triumph, rather than just winning, are important aspects of peak performance. *Breathwork can be applied in different areas of life, such as difficult conversations or important presentations, to achieve desired states and outcomes. *The sport of chess boxing is growing, and there are opportunities to participate in alternate formats, such as point sparring or non-contact versions.

Duration:00:58:05

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Episode 908 - Sensei Greta Genovese

4/8/2024
SUMMARY In this episode, Sensei Greta Genovese shares her martial arts journey and the challenges she faced as a female martial artist. She discusses her experience in opening a martial arts school and the growth she has experienced as an instructor. Sensei Genovese emphasizes the importance of teaching with a balance of strictness and playfulness, and encourages adults to start martial arts at any age. She also shares her perspective on personal growth and the continuous learning process in martial arts. TAKEAWAYS *Teaching martial arts requires a balance of strictness and playfulness to keep students engaged and motivated. *Age should not be a barrier to starting martial arts, as it offers physical and psychological benefits at any stage of life. *Personal growth in martial arts comes from continuous learning and challenging oneself. *Opening a martial arts school can be a rewarding experience, but it requires dedication and the ability to adapt to different students' needs. *As an instructor, it is important to focus on students' strengths and not be overly picky about their mistakes. CHAPTERS 00:00 Introduction and Sponsor 00:30 Introduction to Sensei Greta Genovese 06:10 Opening a Martial Arts School 10:41 Teaching Martial Arts and Challenges 14:06 Experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 24:05 Genovese's Perspective on Personal Growth 27:40 Balancing Strictness and Playfulness in Teaching 29:43 Encouraging Adults to Start Martial Arts 38:00 Challenges of Teaching Your Own Child 41:24 Keeping Yourself Challenged as an Instructor 45:02 Message to Potential Martial Arts Students This episode is sponsored by Kataaro. Please check out their site at Kataaro Custom Martial Arts Products - Kataaro. And use the code WK10 to save 10% off your order. And be sure to ask them about a wholesale account for school owners!

Duration:00:55:38

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Episode 907 - Rank Stripes or Not: 2 Schools of Thought

4/4/2024
SUMMARY In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss the use of rank stripes on martial arts belts. 2 schools of thought. You can have them, or you can not. They start by introducing the Whistlekick belt, made by Kataaro, and its unique design. The conversation then delves into the different perspectives on rank stripes, with Jeremy expressing his dislike for stripes used as a way to brag. Andrew shares his evolving views on rank stripes and how they can be beneficial in showing progression. They also discuss the benefits of not having rank stripes and the potential issues that can arise with their use. The episode concludes with a call for feedback from listeners. TAKEAWAYS *Rank stripes can be a way to show progression and encourage continued training. *The use of rank stripes should not be solely motivated by ego or bragging. *Not having rank stripes can simplify the belt system and reduce the emphasis on rank. *Different schools have different approaches to rank stripes, and there is no right or wrong way. This episode is sponsored by Kataaro. Please check out their site at Kataaro Custom Martial Arts Products - Kataaro. And use the code WK10 to save 10% off your order. And be sure to ask them about a wholesale account for school owners!

Duration:00:25:03

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Episode 906 - Tashi Tim Caves

4/1/2024
SUMMARY In this episode, Tashi Tim Caves shares his martial arts journey and his transition from engineering to teaching math. He discusses his early training, his enjoyment of teaching, and the challenges of teaching martial arts in a school setting. Tashi also talks about his training curriculum, which includes styles such as Harimau Silat, Dikiti Tirsia Sirads Kali, Northern Mantis Kung Fu, and Shaolin Kung Fu. He reflects on his years of training and the overlap between different styles. Overall, Tashi's story highlights the passion and dedication he has for both martial arts and teaching. In this conversation, Jeremy discusses with him, his experience teaching different martial arts styles, his training schedule, and his track and field background. He also talks about the similarities between individual sports and martial arts, his future plans, and the importance of self-critique and improvement. Lastly he shares advice he would give to his younger self and encourages listeners to train and balance their commitments. TAKEAWAYS *Tashi Tim Caves started his martial arts journey at the age of seven and has been training for over 20 years. *He transitioned from engineering to teaching math and enjoys the opportunity to help students understand and reach their goals. *Tashi's training curriculum includes styles such as Harimau Silat, Dikiti Tirsia Sirads Kali, Northern Mantis Kung Fu, and Shaolin Kung Fu. *He finds that there is overlap and fluidity between these styles, allowing for a comprehensive and integrated training experience. Teaching different martial arts styles requires adapting and finding ways to make it work for all students. *Maintaining a consistent training schedule is important for progress and improvement. *Individual sports, like track and field and martial arts, offer opportunities for personal growth and support from a group. *Filming forms and techniques can serve as a valuable reference for self-critique and improvement. *Opening a martial arts school requires a significant time and energy commitment, and it's important to consider personal preferences and priorities. *Balancing training and teaching requires effective communication and finding ways to manage multiple commitments.

Duration:01:03:34

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Episode 905 - Martial Arts Apparel

3/28/2024
SUMMARY In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss apparel in the martial arts community. They highlight the personal connection individuals have with their clothing choices and the significance of wearing apparel that represents their passion for martial arts. The hosts emphasize the value of school apparel in promoting the martial arts and creating a sense of community among students. They also explore the functional aspect of apparel, particularly the use of stretch fabrics for ease of movement. The episode concludes with a shout-out to sponsor Kataaro and a reminder to consider personal preferences when choosing clothing for martial arts training. TAKEAWAYS *Apparel plays a significant role in the martial arts community, allowing individuals to express their passion for martial arts and create a sense of identity. *School apparel is an effective way to promote martial arts and foster a sense of community among students. *Functional apparel, such as stretch fabrics, is important for ease of movement during martial arts training. *Personal preferences and considerations, such as safety and comfort, should guide clothing choices for martial arts practitioners. This episode is sponsored by Kataaro. Please check out their site at Kataaro Custom Martial Arts Products - Kataaro. And use the code WK10 to save 10% off your order. And be sure to ask them about a wholesale account for school owners!

Duration:00:23:08

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Episode 904 - Master Mark Giordano

3/25/2024

Duration:00:56:30

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Episode 903 - Martial Arts Word Association 12

3/21/2024
Another episode of “Martial Arts Word Association” where Andrew gives Jeremy a random word that he could connect to martial arts! In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss randomly generated topics to try and find out how they can relate to martial arts! After listening to the episode, it would be exciting for us to know your thoughts about it.

Duration:00:43:48

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Episode 902 - Mr. Tim Roettiger

3/18/2024

Duration:01:03:16

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Episode 901 - Pressure Testing without Injury

3/14/2024
SUMMARY In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss the concept of pressure testing in martial arts training. They explore different levels of training, the importance of pressure testing, and the challenges it presents. They also discuss the value of controlled training, building trust in techniques, and balancing speed and power. The hosts emphasize the need to reduce the risk of injury and set parameters for training. They suggest using protective equipment, creating scenarios for pressure testing, and maintaining safety in training. They also discuss the role of competitions and the importance of overcoming fear and building confidence. The episode concludes with a reminder to gradually increase speed and force while identifying and working on individual limitations. TAKEAWAYS *Pressure testing is an important aspect of martial arts training to ensure techniques work in self-defense situations. *Training should be conducted at different levels, balancing speed and power, to gradually build skills and confidence. *Safety is crucial in pressure testing, and protective equipment can be used to reduce the risk of injury. *Creating scenarios and setting parameters for training can help simulate real-world situations and improve performance. *Overcoming fear and building confidence are essential in pressure testing, and competitions can be valuable for testing skills.

Duration:00:27:09

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Episode 900 - The Origins of Master Hopkick Audiobook

3/11/2024

Duration:03:07:22

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Episode 899 - 2 Schools of Thought: All Together or Segmented Classes

3/7/2024
SUMMARY In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss the two schools of thought when it comes to teaching martial arts: having all students learn everything in a school versus allowing them to pick and choose specialized classes. They explore the pros and cons of each approach, including the importance of focus and prioritization, the role of the instructor in determining curriculum, and the challenges of separate rankings for different arts. They emphasize the need for instructors and students to align their goals and evaluate teaching methods to ensure they are achieving their martial arts goals. TAKEAWAYS *There are two schools of thought when it comes to teaching martial arts: having all students learn everything in a school or allowing them to pick and choose specialized classes. *Separate classes can provide focus and prioritization, allowing students to train in the areas they are most interested in. *Instructors play a crucial role in determining the curriculum and should consider the goals of their students when designing classes. *Separate rankings for different arts can be beneficial, but it is important to ensure that students are still exposed to and progressing in all areas of martial arts. *Both instructors and students should regularly evaluate their teaching methods and class choices to ensure they are aligned with their martial arts goals.

Duration:00:23:46

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Episode 898 - Grandmaster Steve DeMasco

3/4/2024

Duration:01:06:37

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Episode 897 - Can you learn martial arts from books?

2/29/2024
SUMARY In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss the controversial topic of learning martial arts from books. They explore the value of books in martial arts education and the shift towards learning from recordings. They share an example of someone learning a form from a book and emphasize the importance of learning from various resources. The hosts also address different perspectives on learning from books and encourage listeners to support Whistlekick. TAKEAWAYS *Books can be a valuable resource for learning about martial arts, providing education, philosophy, and context for training. *Learning from books may not be the same as learning in-person, but it can offer depth of context and nuance. *There is no specific technique or practice within martial arts that should not be learned from a book. *A good martial artist utilizes various resources, including books, classes, videos, and personal practice.

Duration:00:20:43

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Episode 896 - Danielle Millholen

2/26/2024

Duration:00:52:10

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Episode 895 - Martial Arts Word Association 11: Winter Edition

2/22/2024
Another episode of “Martial Arts Word Association” where Andrew gives Jeremy a random word that he could connect to martial arts. All of today’s words are winter themed! In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss randomly generated topics to try and find out how they can relate to martial arts!

Duration:00:35:15

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Episode 894 - Renshi Anthony Wisler

2/19/2024

Duration:00:55:28

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Episode 893 - 2 Schools of Thought: Should Testing be Scheduled?

2/15/2024
SUMMARY In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss the topic of whether martial arts rank testing should be scheduled or a surprise. They explore the benefits and downsides of both approaches and share their personal experiences. They also touch on the differences in rank testing between traditional martial arts schools and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The main takeaway is that each school should do what works best for their students and goals. TAKEAWAYS There are benefits to both scheduled and surprise rank testing in martial arts. Scheduled testing allows students to set goals and prepare in advance, while surprise testing simulates real-world situations. Surprise testing may lack the community aspect and support from family and friends that scheduled testing provides. It is important for each school to determine what approach works best for their students and maintain consistency.

Duration:00:18:32