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FREE Kata Laboratory Online Course

18 May

Exciting Announcement:

Sensei John is excited to announce a FREE Kata Laboratory Lite online course.


Now, you can “Think * Sweat * Experiment” © with your kata using Sensei John’s innovative Kata Laboratory experience for FREE in the comfort of your own home. A truly innovative approach to kata analysis like you have not experienced before.

      In his FREE Kata Lab “Lite” courses, Sensei John selects one topic from his full Kata Laboratory and offers it for FREE to all martial artists, regardless of art or style, that perform kata.

In this first presentation Sensei John explores “Time as a 4th dimension of distance.” Sensei offers analytical techniques to explore your kata to maximize not just speed (a physical concept) but also “time efficiency” (a non-physical concept) buried within your kata. Why not “Think * Sweat * Experiment” with Sensei? You have nothing to loose, not even time. To learn more, see the full curriculum of this Kata Lab Lite or enroll for FREE, please use this safe, convenient link:
https://kata-rx.teachable.com/p/course-1-kata-laboratory-introduction

     You may view Sensei John’s entire Kata Laboratory curriculum (including teaser articles and videos) here: https://senseijohn.me/kata-lab/

 

FREE Kata-RX For Wellness Online Course

12 Sep

   We just learned important information about Sensei John’s groundbreaking Kata-RX For Wellness online school. We can’t believe its true, but it is!

Sensei John is so pleased with the enrollment in his online Kata-RX For Wellness courses that he has decided for a limited time to make his first course available for – ready – FREE. That’s right completely FREEno further obligation – you can learn Sensei John’s innovative “1 Day / 1 Lifetime” Kata for wellness and mindfulness! Enroll today in the first course for FREE.

You may enroll for FREE using this convenient link: https://kata-rx.teachable.com/p/preview-kata-as-moving-meditation

For those students that already purchased the first course, Sensei will provide a promo code for credit towards the purchase of the second course.

The second course is available to all students who complete the first course. It is reasonably priced at $ 55. for a one-time payment or a two payment option of $ 30 for two months. Either way there’s a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. Sensei is so confident you will benefit from his kata that if you are not completely satisfied in the 30 day period you get a full refund.

Here’s a compilation of Sensei’s Kata filmed September 2019 in various locations on Cape Cod, MA, some locations include Wellfleet, North Truro, Light houses and of course, Provincetown (and a mystery locations)! See how easy Sensei’s Kata is to do daly and the beautiful natural beauty of Cape Cod.

Once again, take advantage of this FREE offer: https://senseijohn.me

See you in class!

 

Sensei John Szmitkowski

                             MORE              9-25-19: Update: Sensei John is toying with a new video series to enrich your Kata-RX experience! The videos combine Kata-RX with thought provoking commentary to facilitate your wellness and mindfulness experience. Here’s a sample video. For more info please visit  https://senseijohn.me/2019/09/25/kata-koan-preview-sea-monsters-in-your-ocean/

Kata-RX For Wellness & Mindfulness FREE FIRST COURSE & Course # 2 Opens For Enrollment

10 Jul

More news from Sensei John’s Online Kata-RX For Wellness & Mindfulness classes! We’ll let Sensei John tell you himself. For a limited time, the first course in the Kata-RX For Wellness series is FREE, that’s right due to an overwhelming enrollment, Sensei John has made this first course absolutely FREE!

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Today’s the day!
The second course in my three part “Kata For Wellness & Mindfulness” online classes is now open for enrollment. You can view the course and full curriculum using this link: https://kata-rx.teachable.com/p/full-kata-rx-for-wellness-mindfulness

Let’s take a quick peak at my innovative, groundbreaking kata, filmed on a beautiful summer day in Asbury Park, NJ:

The second course is available to all students that have completed the first course. For a limited time the second course is available for a one payment option of $ 55. or a monthly two payment option for $ 30. each. As always, if you are not completely satisfied, there is a 30 day money back guarantee.
You can view the course description and full curriculum using this convenient link: https://kata-rx.teachable.com/p/full-kata-rx-for-wellness-mindfulness

*****  Attention New Students ***** FREE FIRST COURSE:
Please remember you MUST start with the first course.
For a limited time you can enroll in the first course for FREE, yes that’s right, due to an overwhelming response Sensei John has made the first course entirely FREE! You can use this link to view the full curriculum and get your FREE first course!
https://kata-rx.teachable.com/p/preview-kata-as-moving-meditation

Here’s a few more screen shots from the most recent videos filmed at Ringwood Manor, NJ.

I look forward to seeing you in class,

 

Sensei John Szmitkowski

Sensei John’s Online Kata Course Number 2 – Coming July!

28 Jun

Sensei John’s next course (number two) in his three part Kata-RX: Kata For Wellness & Mindfulness Online school will open in July. We’ll let Sensei John tell you how the course is progressing.

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My three part Kata For Wellness and Mindfulness online course takes the next step with course number two.

The first course has already opened for enrollment. https://kata-rx.teachable.com/p/preview-kata-as-moving-meditation
The second course is well underway to opening in the next ten days. This second course will teach the full, enhanced movements of the three kata presented in the first course. More significantly this course will teach more of the internal processes found within the kata. The Ghost Hand Gaze, Ghost Hand perception, Mushin state of mind, contracting and expanding bio-energy and Nenjuushin (the everyday mind) to name a few of the internal processes.

To date all that remains is editing and final tweaking. So, it looks like the second course will launch around July 4th. In the meantime, here’s a few screen shots from the class videos. I hope you enjoy them.

Sensei John explains Mushin-No-Shin Mindset

 

Sensei John explains the Ghost Hand Gaze

 

Sensei John’s Practice Together Class On The Ghost Hand Kata

 

Practicing Your Sanchin using Mushin-No-Shin with Sensei John

Please remember that new students must start with the first course. The second course builds on the core techniques and internal principles taught in the first course. This course has already opened for enrollment. Welcome to all the new students!

The first course teaches the core movements of three kata: my Ghost Hand Kata (Yurei-Te Kata), the Sanchin Kata and the 1 Day / 1 Lifetime Kata (“Ichi-Nichi / Issho” Kata). It is the starting point for all students. For a limited time you can still enroll for only $ 10. (that’s a savings of $ 15 off the regular price) & there’s a 30 day money back guarantee if not completely satisfied. You may view the entire curriculum and enroll, if you choose to do so here: https://kata-rx.teachable.com/p/preview-kata-as-moving-meditation

I look forward to seeing you in class. My best to all,

 

Sensei John Szmitkowski

Update – Sensei John’s Kata-Rx Coming June, 2019

24 May

We have an update on Sensei John’s newest project – a unique, innovated kata for wellness and mindfulness he created for anyone regardless of prior marital arts experience. We think its best he tell you in his own words. (Reprinted, in part from his blog):

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I completed my newest kata for wellness and mindfulness project. In it I introduce non-martial artists to two kata I specifically created for the project, the highly meditative “Ghost Hand Kata” (Yurei-Te Kata) ™ and the penultimate “1 Day / 1 Lifetime Kata” (Ichi-nichi- Issho Kata). ™ The manuscript is fully written and I am almost finished filming video.

The online school name that I am toying with is “Kata-Rx.” ™ Naturally, I’ll announce the opening, which will include full support on social media via a private FaceBook group, new You-Tube channel, Instagram and Twitter (before this I thought only birds tweeted). My target date is June 1st or as close to that as possible.

I promise a unique learning experience. You can get a sample from the teaser video below. Move over Yoga! Step aside Tai Chi! The gym, forget-about-it. The time has come for kata as wellness and mindfulness, and Sensei John is the innovator!

As you may know all martial arts and all kata start with – – – yup, you guessed it – – – BREATHING. So naturally the teaser gives a look into the first class in the curriculum, proper breathing. Take a look and enjoy the “Dojo” and the teaching “props.”

 

More to come!

Sensei John Szmitkowski

Sensei John’s Up To Something!

17 May

   We recently dropped in on Sensei John at his home. Our visit stoked our curiosity – Sensei John was up to something.

As we sat and chatted, Sensei was busy at his laptop. Under the guise of using the rest room and going to our car because we “forgot” something we were able to get a few glimpses of his screen. We asked “What’s going on?” His reply was cryptic, “Wait until June 1st and it will be ready to go live.” Okay, now we had to know more, but Sensei was tight lipped. He did mention something about trademarks and copyrights, Hmmm.

Sensei was a gracious host. He generously refilled our coffee cups. For our part, when Sensei was in the kitchen making coffee, we just happened to catch a few more glimpses of his laptop. It also seems that we, shall we say “accidentally” got a few screenshots.

Here’s what we can deduce he’s upto. But. Oops! Are we letting the proverbial cat out of the bag?

So, based on the screenshot below, it seems safe to say Sensei John is launching an online school to teach his most updated version of kata as a means of physical & mental wellness for anyone – no need to learn a full karate curriculum. It also seems that he’s thinking of calling the website – – Kata-rx.Com.

 

Sensei hasn’t been around much and now we think that he went so far as to create a unique and innovative kata just for this purpose. Maybe that’s why the trademarks and copyrights?

Naturally, Sensei’s lessons and videos are all filmed outdoors.

It also seems Sensei has, well shall we say, “The gift of gab.”

To be honest, we have no idea what his motorcycle has to do with kata. We’re not sure if he’ll tell us or we’ll have to buy his course and see.

Assuming Sensei John doesn’t see this and assuming we get invited back to his house for my coffee (which by the way was pretty good), we’ll have more updates.

Respectfully submitted,

– – Anonymous
(Hey don’t blame me, Sensei makes a good cup of coffee and I want to get invited back to his house)

Do Away With Kata Formalities – Part 2: Not Quite

15 Mar

Here’s the conclusion of Sensei John’s two part series on the formalities of kata. Let’s see what he has to say:

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In Part One of this article, https://senseijohn.me/2019/02/20/do-away-with-kata-formalities-part-1/ I set forth my idea that in so far as after Sho-dan grade, one must practice both the spontaneity of kata and the phenomenon that kata reside within you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, one must do away with the formalities of kata. (see Endnote # 1 for a video example) These formalities, represented by the three step process of rei (bow), mukso (meditation) and ready posture inhibit the process of kata as a ritual that resides within you percolating under the surface until needed. Or, do they? Perhaps the formalities symbolize a higher meaning of kata. So now, here’s the conclusion of that article.

Do away with kata formalities – Part 2: Not Quite

As I began to advocate my concept of doing away with the formalities decades ago, my answer was yes, they should be done away with as a condition precedent to beginning and ending a kata. Just do the kata and be done. Now, as I get older (maybe wiser?) I have rethought the concept. I have once again incorporated the acts of preparation into my kata – just not as you may think.

To understand what I propose, one must appreciates the “Three Battles” of kata. Specifically all kata involve three aspects or battles. While they exist in all kata, they are emphasized and harmonized in the Sanchin Kata.

Kanji For Sanchin – Three Battles

By name, Sanchin, represents three battles. Throughout time and from karate style to karate style, Sensei have defined the three battles in various, sometimes euphemistic ways. For my part, I define the battles, on a fundamental level as breathing, bodily movement and state-of-mind. Once a kata-ka has trained kata from the standpoint of these battles, they are ready to appreciate my more advanced definition of the three battles, to wit: a physical battle (breathing and bodily movement), spiritual battle (psyche, mental states and emotions) and an environmental battle (the outside world wherein the kata is performed and how you interact with same). (For more on this topic, please see endnote # 2) You can readily see that whether you adopt the fundamental definition or the more advanced, the three battles, symbolized by Sanchin, are present in each and every kata.

By extension you should then acknowledge that the three battles are present in each and every moment of life itself. You must breath to live. Your body must move each and every second to live. Yes, you may be immobile during times of sleep or even unconsciousness, but your blood must flow, cells must metabolize, organs function and the like. Similarly as you live your life, you will interact with and be affected by the outside environment. Thus, I conclude and submit that “Life is a kata.” ™

Once I came to the understanding that “Life is a kata,” ™ I began to rethink my position on the formalities. Instead of doing away with the formalities, I now advocate that they should be performed before and after each kata. What, a complete reversal? Not quite. The issue is no longer whether to perform the formalities, but when does kata start and end. My conclusion is that my kata starts the moment I get out of bed, the new day, another day of life, is the beginning of my kata. I need not perform a kata as soon as my feet touch the floor. I do; however perform the three formalities. I look out my bedroom window and rei (bow), mukso (meditation) and assume a ready posture for a moment or two and then start my day – my kata, my life. Surely, before fully engaging my day, I perform my daily routine of Sanchin, Seienchin and Suparunpei Kata and my own personal kata, Yurei-Te Kata (Ghost Hand Kata). I go about my day, including training my other kata. At days end, I perform the three formalities in reverse order and settle in to bed. My Life is my kata.

To be sure, this is but the best I can do to symbolize my acceptance of my own life as a kata. Had I thought of my concept fifty-seven years ago, I would have had a much greater symbolism, but I lacked the training, knowledge and experience to do so. The greatest symbolism would have been to perform the formalities only twice in my life. The first immediately after exiting my mother’s womb. The second time I would the perform all three in reverse order at the moment immediately before my death – the ultimate symbol of my life, my kata. Perhaps, notwithstanding I did not start life in that way, I am still be able to perform the formalities (in reverse order) at the end of my life – my kata. But – that will only be half the symbol. Maybe once I enter what comes after death I will stand tall in the next world, and bow, mediate and be ready for the kata-yet-to-come.

Respectfully submitted,

Sensei John Szmitkowski

*** Teaser Alert ***

Here’s a few more screen shots from my forthcoming Yurei_Te (Ghost Hand) Kata Book and Video:

   

ENDNOTES:

1. In my forthcoming Kata Laboratory book I have set forth many unique training concepts to explore the esoteric aspects of kata including my assertion that kata resides within you twenty-four hours a day seven days away percolating util such a time it bursts forth. If are interested in this topic, you may see this introductory article and video. https://senseijohn.me/2018/01/31/kata-lab-3250-kata-within-you-intermediate/

2. For more on the three battles of kata, and by association, bunkai (the analysis of kata), you may refer to this article from my Kata Laboratory, https://senseijohn.me/2013/05/20/kata-lab-101-three-states-of-bunkai/

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