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whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

Martial Arts Radio is a bi-weekly show featuring interviews and comments on traditional martial arts topics. From the famous to the not-so, we speak to people from all over the world, in every martial arts discipline. Karate, taekwondo, kung fu, jujutsu, BJJ, HEMA, capoeira, FMA, tai chi, tkd, kungfu, kickboxing, arnis, escrima, tangsoodo,kempo, and everything else you can think of. Brought to you by whistlekick.


Episode 894 - Renshi Anthony Wisler
SUMMARY In this episode, Renshi Anthony shares his martial arts journey, starting from his introduction to karate and jiu-jitsu at the age of 14. He discusses the impact of personal loss and how it led him to fully commit to his training. Renshi Wisler also talks about the challenges and benefits of exploring different martial arts styles, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bagua. He emphasizes the importance of continuous growth and the integration of different perspectives in martial arts training. In this conversation, Renshi Wisler discusses his experience training in different martial arts styles and the benefits of learning from different instructors. He shares advice for those considering training in multiple styles and emphasizes the importance of staying consistent in one style before branching out. He also reflects on the value of taking time off from training and how it can lead to a deeper appreciation for martial arts. He encourages those who have taken a break to return to training when they are ready and not to be too hard on themselves. Finally, Anthony highlights the sense of community and deep bonds that can be formed through martial arts training. TAKEAWAYS Commitment and dedication are key to progress in martial arts. Experiencing different martial arts styles can provide new perspectives and enhance growth. The mindset and approach to training can have a significant impact on progress. Incorporating previous training into new styles can lead to a more well-rounded martial artist. Training with different instructors can provide a deeper understanding of martial arts and expose practitioners to different aspects of the same style. It is beneficial to stay consistent in one style before cross-training in other styles. Taking time off from training can lead to a greater appreciation for martial arts and a renewed passion upon returning. It is important to be honest with oneself about the desire to return to training and to make an effort to train when possible. Martial arts training fosters a sense of community and can lead to deep and meaningful relationships.
55:28 2/19/24
Episode 893 - 2 Schools of Thought: Should Testing be Scheduled?
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.
18:32 2/15/24
Episode 892 - Matt "Matador" Thomas
SUMMARY Matt Thomas shares his journey in the unique sport of chess boxing. He discusses how he discovered chess boxing and the training camp he went through to prepare for the World Championship. Matt explains the different styles and strategies in chess boxing and how the sport combines the mental and physical aspects of chess and boxing. He also talks about his role in promoting and growing the sport of chess boxing. Matt shares his journey in the world of chess boxing, from losing in the World Championship to becoming a commentator and promoter. He discusses the impact of the founder of chess boxing, Ipe, and his role in growing the sport. Matt also highlights the breakthrough event in 2019 and the future of chess boxing, including the involvement of influencers and the potential for scaling the sport. He encourages listeners to get involved and support chess boxing, whether as competitors or fans. Matt also discusses the concept of surrender and acceptance and the importance of starting something new and pursuing goals. TAKEAWAYS Chess boxing is a unique sport that combines the mental game of chess with the physicality of boxing. Training for chess boxing requires managing state changes and resources effectively. Chess boxing attracts individuals with a background in martial arts and chess, but also welcomes newcomers to both disciplines. The sport of chess boxing offers a variety of styles and strategies, allowing individuals to express themselves in different ways. Chess boxing offers a unique combination of physical and mental challenges, making it an exciting and engaging sport. The involvement of influencers and the promotion of chess boxing events can help grow the sport and attract a wider audience. Surrender and acceptance are important concepts in chess boxing and in life, allowing individuals to find their true roles and contribute to the community. Starting something new and pursuing goals, even later in life, can bring a sense of fulfillment and excitement.
76:34 2/12/24
Episode 891 - 2024 State of the Martial Arts
In this episode, we’re bringing you Jeremy’s 2024 State of the Martial Arts and what we could do to move forward. Martial Arts, just like any other sport, is not perfect. That’s the very reason why we need to recognize and accept that as a fact so we can improve it for generations of Martial Artists to come. In this episode, Jeremy talks about where he thinks Martial Arts world is and what we could do to move forward. Listen to learn more!
54:25 2/8/24
Episode 890 - Ari Heart
SUMMARY In this episode, Jeremy interviews Ari Heart, the owner of Elements MMA. Ari shares his journey in martial arts, starting from his early experiences in karate and his fascination with the UFC. He discusses how a traumatic experience led him to pursue martial arts seriously and eventually specialize in jiu-jitsu. Ari also talks about the influence of yoga on his training and teaching, and how it has transformed his perspective on martial arts. He emphasizes the value of traditional martial arts and the importance of creating a welcoming and respectful environment in the MMA community. This conversation explores the diversity of movement and the importance of embracing different ways of doing things. It emphasizes the value of physical movement as a language and the need to expand beyond self-defense and combat in martial arts. The discussion also highlights the role of movement in releasing angst and static energy, as well as the impact of sitting on health. The guest's book, 'Burn Your Chair,' is introduced as a resource for promoting movement and exploring alternative seating options. The conversation concludes with a call to encourage movement and joy in all forms. TAKEAWAYS • Martial arts can provide a sense of empowerment and strength during challenging times. • The practice of yoga can complement martial arts training by promoting flexibility, resilience, and self-awareness. • The UFC and modern martial arts can benefit from incorporating the values and teachings of traditional martial arts, such as discipline, respect, and teamwork. • Creating a welcoming and respectful environment in martial arts studios fosters a sense of community and camaraderie among practitioners.
72:44 2/5/24
Episode 899 - Martial Arts and Thrown Weapons
Today Jeremy and Andrew (and friends) take a visit to the Axe House in Keene, one of the many sponsors of Martial Summit. While there they discuss the growing popularity of axe throwing as a recreational activity and its connection to martial arts. They highlight the similarities between throwing weapons and martial arts techniques, such as the importance of distance, technique, and adaptability. They interview the owner, Jamie Dyer, and he emphasizes the value of constructive criticism and open-mindedness in both axe throwing and martial arts training. They encourage listeners to try axe throwing as a fun and objective way to improve their skills. It was a ton of fun and conclude by emphasizing the social aspect of axe throwing and the importance of having fun in martial arts training. Be sure to watch the video of this one!   Keene Axe House, 116 Main St, Keene NH 03431 (413-352-1355) The Keene Axe House - New Hampshire's Premier Axe Throwing Venue!
19:59 2/1/24
Episode 888 - Sifu Michael Martin
SUMMARY In this episode, Sifu Michael Martin discusses his martial arts journey and the transitions he made between different styles. He emphasizes the importance of individual expression in martial arts and adapting teaching to students' backgrounds. Sifu Martin also explores the limitations of traditional martial arts training and the value of cross-training. He highlights the element of surprise in combat and the need for research in martial arts. Additionally, he addresses misconceptions about Tai Chi and the aggressive nature of internal martial arts. In this conversation, Sifu Martin discusses the origins and misconceptions of internal martial arts. He explains how the internal arts division emerged in the early 20th century as a way for aristocratic scholars to justify their training among their elitist friends. Michael debunks the belief that internal arts were developed in Daoist monasteries and highlights the reality of old masters in martial arts. He also discusses the changing perception of internal arts and the impact of the MMA craze on martial arts training. Michael emphasizes the importance of understanding the reasons behind the techniques and approaches in martial arts. TAKEAWAYS Individual expression is important in martial arts, and teachers should adapt their instruction to students' backgrounds. Cross-training in different martial arts styles can enhance skills and broaden perspectives. The element of surprise can be advantageous in combat, and unfamiliar techniques can catch opponents off guard. Full contact training can teach valuable lessons about fighting spirit and the effectiveness of techniques. Misconceptions about Tai Chi and internal martial arts can hinder understanding of their combative nature. The internal arts division in martial arts emerged in the early 20th century as a way for aristocratic scholars to justify their training among their elitist friends. The belief that internal arts were developed in Daoist monasteries is a misconception. The reality is that old masters in martial arts were not necessarily spiritually enlightened beings. The MMA craze has led to a re-examination of martial arts, with practitioners realizing the importance of training in various aspects of combat. Understanding the reasons behind the techniques and approaches in martial arts is crucial for effective training and development.
70:48 1/29/24
Episode 887 - Building Community Through Advanced Training
  In this episode, Andrew is joined by Victor and Karen to discuss building community through advanced training in martial arts. They share their experiences of opening a new martial arts school and the importance of collaboration over competition. They all talk about the inspiration they gained from Martial Summit and the decision to focus on advanced students for their monthly events. They also discuss the planning process and the goal of creating a workshop-like environment. The first half concludes with their expectations for the first event and their hopes for building a strong martial arts community. TAKEAWAYS Collaboration and communication among martial arts schools can help build a stronger community. Focusing on advanced students for monthly events can create a unique learning experience. Creating a workshop-like environment allows for the sharing of knowledge and techniques. Building a strong martial arts community requires a mindset of collaboration over competition.   The second half discusses how Victor and Karens first monthly training went, what they all got from it, and how they will proceed for the future.
42:13 1/25/24
Episode 886 - Shihan Desmond Diaz
Shihan Desmond Diaz discusses the importance of maintaining health and preventing injuries in martial arts. He shares his personal experiences with injuries and how he stays on top of his physical well-being. He also talks about why he has chosen not to have his own martial arts school and the challenges he faces in finding his home in the martial arts community. He emphasizes the importance of continuous development as a martial artist and the value of learning from different perspectives. Desmond concludes with inspiring takeaways for martial artists.
53:16 1/22/24
Episode 885 - Setting Goals in Martial Arts
SUMMARY In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss the importance of goal setting in martial arts and in life. They emphasize the need for realistic and measurable goals, breaking them down into small, manageable steps. They also discuss the benefits of stepping outside of one's comfort zone and the importance of accountability and support in achieving goals. The episode concludes with a call to action for listeners to set their own goals and share them for accountability.   TAKEAWAYS Set realistic and measurable goals Break goals down into small, manageable steps Step outside of your comfort zone to facilitate growth Seek accountability and support to stay on track
33:27 1/18/24
Episode 884 - Sensei Andrew Corbin
Sensei Andrew Corbin shares his journey in martial arts, from his early interest in karate influenced by movies and anime to his passion for history and culture. He discusses the different approaches to karate in Japan and the US, highlighting the distinction between sports karate and traditional martial arts. Corbin delves into the linguistic aspect of karate, emphasizing the correct pronunciation and the importance of understanding the language and history behind the practice. He touches on the challenges of finding the desired type of school and the controversy surrounding the formation of new karate organizations. Finally, he reflects on the lessons learned from organizational splintering and the complexities of international relations. In this conversation, Corbin shares his journey in karate, from achieving his black belt to falling out of the practice and discovering Japan. He discusses studying international business in Japan and becoming the first non-Japanese black belt on his university karate team. Corbin also shares his experience surviving a grueling summer training camp and the mental health benefits of martial arts. He emphasizes the importance of mental toughness and the sensei-student relationship in martial arts. The conversation ends with a teaser about a traumatic event where martial arts saved Corbin's life. TAKEAWAYS Early exposure to movies and anime can spark an interest in martial arts. Understanding the language and history behind karate enhances the practice. There is a distinction between sports karate and traditional martial arts. Finding the right martial arts school can be challenging, especially in Japan. Organizational splintering can hinder progress and unity in the martial arts community.
85:20 1/15/24
Episode 883 - Martial Arts Word Association 10
Here at whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, we like to mix things up once in a while. We’re going to do “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! Today’s word list was brought to us by listener Denise. Thanks Denise!
29:19 1/11/24
Episode 882 - Sensei James Pankiewicz
Welcome to another riveting episode of Whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, the podcast that explores the rich tapestry of martial arts stories from around the world. In this episode, we sit down with the esteemed Sensei James Pankiewicz, whose martial arts journey led him from the halls of college to the vibrant streets of Okinawa. Sensei James shares his compelling story of an irresistible pull towards Japan during his college years, culminating in a life-altering move to Okinawa 15 years ago. As a martial artist deeply immersed in the local culture, he not only runs his own dojo but also crafted a unique experience with the creation of the Dojo Bar, a karate-themed establishment where enthusiasts gather to share their passion. In this captivating interview, Sensei Pankiewicz unveils his role as a guide, leading karate-themed history tours of Okinawa and assisting visitors in maximizing their martial arts experience on the island. Join us on as Sensei Pankiewicz shares his fascinating journey, offering a glimpse into the convergence of tradition, community, and the global appeal of Okinawan martial arts.
62:12 1/8/24
Episode 881 - Thoughts on Martial Arts Testing
In today's episode, Andrew sits down with Jeremy a couple of times to talk about his students upcoming test and how it went. Many of you may know that Jeremy opened his most recent martial arts school this past summer. His students are now ready to test for their first rank and Andrew sits down with him to chat about how things went up til this point, how he thinks it will go, and then chats afterwards about how it did go!
30:02 1/4/24
Episode 880 - Dr. Berta Cohen
In today's episode Jeremy chats with Dr. Berta Cohen, a neuroscientist and TKD practitioner who started her martial arts journey later in life. In this episode, we are honored to host Dr. Berta Cohen, who holds a PHD in neuroscience and a Tae Kwon Do practitioner who embarked on her martial arts journey at the age of 40. Join us as Dr. Cohen shares her unique perspective on the profound connection between the mind and the body in the realm of Tae Kwon Do. In this fascinating interview, Dr. Cohen delves into the challenges and rewards of starting her martial arts journey later in life, unraveling the transformative power of discipline and perseverance. As a seasoned neuroscientist, she sheds light on the cognitive benefits of martial arts training, providing a scientific lens on the mind-body connection. Dr. Berta Cohen's story takes an inspiring turn as she discusses her work with students with special needs, emphasizing the inclusive and therapeutic aspects of martial arts. Connect with Dr. Cohen through her email:
60:26 1/1/24
Episode 879 - Should Age be a Factor in Rank
In today's episode, Jeremy and Andrew sit down and discuss whether age should be a factor in rank. Many schools have an age limit on when students are allowed to have their black belt. Some schools allow junior black belts. Should age really be a factor in rank?
28:10 12/29/23
Episode 878 - Sensei Ray Owles
The show producer has not yet provided a description for this episode.
59:04 12/28/23
Episode 877 - Be a Helpful Student
In today's episode, Andrew sits down with Craig Wharem to discuss how to be a good student. We may have an idea of what we want to see in an instructor, but do we know what our instructor might want to see from us? What can we do, as students, to not only get the most out of class, but do more to help the school. Listen to find out.
25:59 12/21/23
Episode 876 - Mr. Austin Cook
In this episode, we have the honor of hosting Austin Cook, a judoka, US National Champion, US Open Champion, and a distinguished World Cup medalist. Join us as Austin shares his profound insights on the mat, delving into the intricacies of judo and the profound impact it has had on his life.   In a candid conversation with Jeremy, Austin opens up about the delicate dance between ego and titles in the world of martial arts. As a decorated judoka, he reflects on the journey to becoming a national champion, the sacrifices made, and the personal growth gained along the way. Austin's narrative goes beyond medals and championships, exploring the transformative power of humility and the continuous pursuit of excellence.   Tune in for an enlightening discussion that transcends the confines of the dojo. Discover the mindset of a true champion as Austin Cook unravels the lessons learned on his remarkable journey through the world of judo.   You can learn more about Austin through his Instagram: badboymedicine
65:18 12/18/23
Episode 875 - Rapid Fire Q & A #26
Jeremy and co-host Andrew Adams tackle a series of questions, comments, and reviews from you, the listeners, and some guests in the form of a Rapid Fire Q&A. Here are some of the questions they tried to answer: What non martial artist would you want to teach martial arts to? How do you handle a fellow student who is the incessant over-corrector? Listen to the episode for more questions! After listening to the questions and answers, it would be exciting for us to know your thoughts about it. 
35:51 12/14/23
Episode 874 - Coach Roland Gutierrez
In today’s episode, we are privileged to sit down Coach Roland Gutierrez, an accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) practitioner, a perpetual student of the art, a former police officer, and a former private military contractor with a unique perspective on self-defense. Our guest's journey is a fascinating blend of resilience and humility. As a dedicated BJJ instructor, they share the intricacies of teaching this powerful martial art while emphasizing their preference for being a perpetual student. Dive into their experiences on the mats, as they discuss the transformative nature of BJJ and its impact on personal growth. With a background in law enforcement and military contracts, our guest brings a distinct lens to the conversation, shedding light on the practical applications of martial arts in real-world scenarios. Join us as we explore the balance between teaching and learning, self-defense in the context of a former police officer's experiences, and the continuous evolution that defines a true martial artist.
67:00 12/11/23
Episode 873 - Martial Arts Word Association 9
Here at whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, we like to mix things up once in a while. We’re going to do “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!
33:40 12/7/23
Episode 872 - Mr. Kenny Herrera
In this episode, we are honored to host a true living legend who has earned rank from not one, but three iconic martial arts pioneers: Chuck Norris, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, and Joe Lewis. Our guest's journey through the martial arts world is nothing short of extraordinary. From the disciplined teachings of Chuck Norris, renowned for his martial prowess and contributions to the film industry, to the dynamic and kicking expertise acquired under the mentorship of the legendary Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, and finally, the invaluable lessons from the late Joe Lewis, a trailblazer in kickboxing and a celebrated martial arts philosopher. Join us as our guest shares firsthand accounts of training with these three titans, providing rare insights into the philosophies, techniques, and life lessons imparted by these martial arts icons. Discover the secrets to mastering the mind, body, and spirit as our guest unravels the wisdom gained from their unique journey through the martial arts world. This is a conversation no martial arts enthusiast will want to miss.
61:03 12/4/23
Episode 871 - Is Knowing Lineage Important
In today's episode Andrew is joined by friend of the show Tashi Mark Warner and they discuss lineage and whether it's important to know. Will knowing who came before you make you a better martial artist? Will knowing important figures from other styles help you as well?
21:50 11/30/23
Episode 870 - Sifu Matthew Stone
In today's episode Jeremy sits down and talks with Sifu Matthew Stone after Free Training Day Pacific Northwest.  “When you think you’ve made it, when you think you’re somebody, you probably aren’t.” Listen in as Jeremy and Sifu Stone’s discussion weaves through topics like ego, toxic training environments, knowing your role as an instructor, psychology and more!
62:36 11/27/23
Episode 869 - whistlekick Alliance
In this episode, Andrew chats with Jeremy about the new whistlekick Alliance program and how you can get involved. There are 4 things you get for being a part of this new program, so listen in and find out what they are! Find out more by clicking here: wK Alliance – whistlekick
25:19 11/23/23
QuickHit - 20231122
The show producer has not yet provided a description for this episode.
00:42 11/22/23
Episode 868 - Sensei Gabe Trance
In today's episode Jeremy sits down and talks with Sensei Gabe Trance after Free Training Day Pacific Northwest.   They talk about old school training, Sensei Trance's first school in Massachusetts in the 80's, and taking business classes from Jhoon Rhee's nephew. Sensei Trance was also trained as a classical pianist, so music comes into play here as well.  We hope you enjoy!
63:15 11/20/23
QuickHit - 20231118
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01:02 11/18/23
Episode 867 - whistlekick LIVE from Martial Summit
Today's episode was recorded live, in front of an audience, while at Martial Summit 2023.   Jeremy and Andrew sit down and discuss the impetus of Free Training Day, how it started, where it grew to, how it spread to other parts of the USA, and how it evolved into Martial Summit 2023 in the Northeast. They also discuss where it might go for 2024!
45:35 11/16/23

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