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That was good stuff. Alright, and what if people want to read your blog posts, and things of that nature? You've got a lot going on, and I'm not even going to try to tell all the listeners about everything you've got going, so that's your opportunity to do that. Okay, so you're a good person to ask. Thank you, Sensei Enkamp, for coming on the show. Well, this has been a lot of fun. I started studying Japanese. I'm not going to be able to do anything. He had what I would refer to as fudoshin, which is like an immovable mind, like nothing could disturb him, until he decided to do something, and that's when he From his super deep stance, he was standing in this, like a front stance - a zenkutsu dachi in Japanese - he throws a mae geri, a front kick, straight at my solar plexus, and my air just I had nothing in my body after that kick. It would be really interesting to train with him, to meet him, to talk to him, in my best Japanese of course, to figure out what was his thought process when he modernized Karate? But people call Hokama Sensei a master, of course, and he is a 10th dan, 10th degree black belt in Okinawa. Are they your favorite martial arts actors, or is there somebody else that you haven't mentioned? I guess I was a young guy when I got black belt, so I was maybe 15, 16. I'm going to have to go with a very nerdy answer, since I am the Karate Nerd. Okay.

I do a lot of stuff these days, and I don't really stop to think about the stories that I go through, but if you ask me to reflect on a story, there are so many because I not only travel to do research and stuff, but I also compete, and I do seminars, and there are stories from all of these different areas of my Karate life. To me, its now a natural part of my life, but to others it might seem strange, but the whole thing about being a karate nerd is that it never gets boring, because when you're a nerd, you're not just focused on one part of your obsession - which is Karate, right? So, for me, that's like a metaphor of standing up to the dinosaurs. My favorite version of The Bubishi is the translation by Sensei Patrick McCarthy, who is also a good friend and mentor of mine. We had Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Boxing, all of these different martial arts that gave me a pretty wide base and perspective on martial arts as a whole. Be a SMARTial artist. To me, competing is just a vehicle, or a tool, something I use for a different purpose than just the trophy at the end, because a lot of times, the biggest lessons come from when you don't even get that trophy, when you fail or lose, and you have to look yourself in the mirror and think, Hey, why didn't that go as planned? That teaches you a lot.

Thatjourney he made really resonates with me, even though I blog instead, but I guess he would do the same if we had blogs back then. Lets talk about books.

The other side loves competition. nippon dorion flicitations ceintures whistlekickMartialArtsRadio.com, if you're new. It was like a vacuum. Well, good. I wanted to be a good fighter.

Seishin is the name of my Karate lifestyle gear company, which basically is a way for me to make awesome products related to Karate that other people can enjoy as well. A lot of people use tradition as an excuse to do stuff in an old-fashioned or outdated way, but that does not interest me. I appreciate you taking some time out of your day and spending it here with me. For most people its a little bit easier. You're doing a lot of that co-mingling, bringing people together, through the work that you do online, and its work that I enjoy, and well hear a bit more about it as we move on. I had the opportunity to travel to Okinawa when I was very young, because my parent went there for training, and I've been there now over a dozen times even though I'm still young. I love martial arts stories. I am not THE Karate Nerd, though.

Whenever I teach a technique, or an exercise, or a drill, I will see 50 different ways of doing it, and that is how it should be. Welcome. I had participants from 25 different countries coming there, and I bet they didn't even know that it was the first time I ever did a seminar outside of my own dojo, and in English because English is not even my first language, so it was a big deal for me. You see yourself reacting to challenges. Master Ken is pretty incredible, of course. Yeah, those are two of my favorites. Then, with my blood, flowing from my eye, he throws me with a throw known as harai goshi in Judo. That moment told me that what I'm doing is bigger than myself, and it was such a cool memory for me, or moment, that throughout the whole experience from that seminar, that's the one thing that I remember most. Hes done a lot to further the arts for sure, and I really appreciate what hesdone. I studied Japanese at University here in Sweden, then I continued studying in Okinawa, but that whole thing was just an excuse just to get the visa so I could actually live in Okinawa and practice with these masters. What do we put in there? Because he wrote a lot of stuff. Then, if I had to say another more martial arts, more general, then perhaps why not the books that Bruce Lee wrote? You should also check out our Facebook group, whistlekick Martial Arts Radio Behind the Scenes. Yeah, because at that point, I didn't really understand the concept of softness. People don't know this, but if there were blogs back when Bruce Lee was alive, he would be the greatest blogger alive, because he wrote down so many things related to philosophy, history, tradition, and all of these things that were still talking about today. I don't know what to expect or what to do, and I just throw a low roundhouse kick - a gedan mawashi geri in Japanese - and he doesn't even flinch. I've got a feeling it does, because I think the universal experience that you talked about with these two individuals who had never met, who had come together because of martial arts, and developed a friendship, but a very different kind of friendship than most people outside of martial arts are able to make, they're experiencing pain with education, with their development, and using each others bodies to do so. I like that. I'm like, Oh my God. Usually, when I have projects or things that I want to do, its not something I've been thinking about for a long time. Thank you for being here. It was probably a hard decision for him to do that, but if you want to make an omelet, you have to crack a few eggs, right? Because I grew up in the dojo, my parents operated a martial arts center here in Sweden where I grew up, and from day one me and my younger brother would spend our days in the dojo, practicing, playing around with each other, wrestling, looking at the other people practicing different martial arts. Then I don't feel quite as guilty for robbing your free time. After failing, I think, five years in a row, I was finally accepted to the national team, and I started competing internationally, and of course in my own country, but that gave me the opportunity to see the world, and that was before I was a Karate Nerd, you could say, because I didn't have I didn't write books like I do today, I didn't teach seminars, I strictly did it for myself, and I kept it silent, because for me, competing is not for others. I think martial artists have the best stories, because we get to do things and interact with our friends and our martial arts family in a way that other people don't, and that just breeds such interesting happenings. How did you get started as a martial artist. I try to read a lot of stuff, not just Karate and not just martial arts. It was all or nothing, and that's why, of course, the stronger man won, because I didn't have that physical capacity that was needed to go all-in against this particular opponent. As the Karate Nerd, I expect that you've seen quite a few martial arts movies. Wow. I've written some blog posts about him. You can download the transcript below or download here. That's a great story. I get a cut right above my eye. Secondly, I really want to train with him. I enjoyed it. Were going to send you one, two, maybe three newsletters a month. We were talking before we started recording a little bit about competition. Now, if you do, you should check out our shin guards. Anyway, I'm about to fight this Russian guy, and I had no idea what he could do. I had this guy from Brazil, who was like 20-something, and then this other participant from, I think it was from South Africa, and they had never met before. I even went back to his dojo in Okinawa last year, and hes so proud of me because, I guess, a lot of people visit him but never come back, but seeing how I've grown and my journey, and knowing that he influenced me from the beginning, I think, is a big deal for him. This is what we call commercial time. I made this whole thing, we had pink belts instead of black belts or whatever belt you had because you had to wear the same belt as everyone else. Its self-discovery and self-development, because you want to be able to face bigger challenges, to compete in the bigger leagues, which means that you have to train not just harder but smarter as well, which means that you start thinking about a lot of things. Do you like your shins? You know, as you get more advanced, as you progress, as you get more experienced, you start softening up, and you realize that you don't always have to go 110%. Sensei Jesse Enkamp - Episode 174 Generations of masters have come before us, and to not use their collective knowledge to improve our current understanding and practice of karate would be foolish in my opinion. Tell us about your thoughts on competition, why you compete, and maybe some of your history with competing. I think you're right, and its true. Check out our shin guards, whistlekick.com. Were crossing quite a few time zones to get to you. Martial arts gives us this wonderful gift, especially those of us that have achieved a black belt. I had never done a seminar outside of my own dojo before, so I just had this idea, I did some research to see what kind of topics I could cover, how I could fund this whole thing, and I decided to do crowdfunding. So, the whole idea behind tradition is interesting in itself. He was, I guess, this typical Russian guy, just silent, and just walking around with a deadly, killer face. Oh, for me, its not so much about the traditional aspect, but more the contrast, or the way that you can combine the traditional aspect with the modern world, with our todays society, because there are some You know, there are generations of Generations of masters have come before us, and to not use their collective knowledge to improve our current understanding and practice of Karate would be foolish, in my opinion, so that is why I am interested with the traditional side of Karate, because there's so much knowledge there that I think we still have not unpacked, because it has not been properly transmitted throughout the years, throughout the evolution of Karate. Its midday here, and evening there, and I appreciate you giving up some of your personal time after work to talk to me. I'm not a nerd that does Karate. That motivated me. I just hit his leg and nothing happens. I usually follow my instincts, and most of the time, my gut tells me what to do and it turns out great. I appreciate your time. Do you hate clashing shins when you're sparring? Maybe that reinforces some of the things that you've done, but when you lose, there is a whole bunch more that you can pull out of that. Yes. Now, you mentioned Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen. Were not going to sell your address. Well, why not talk about my black belt test, because to me, that was a real test of my spirit, because the whole thing about my black belt test was that there was this Russian MMA fighter invited to our dojo, and I don't know why, but I was so scared of him because he didn't say anything. They go to the dojo, they go through their moves, they wipe the sweat off their forehead, and then they go home, and nothing happens. The Bubishi, or Wubei Zhi in Chinese, is pretty important because it is the first documented connection between southern China, Fujian Province, and Okinawa, which means that we have evidence or proof that these techniques in this combat manual, this ancient manuscript, were transmitted from China to Okinawa, and lay the foundation or the roots of what would later become Karate. Would you do it any differently? I'm keeping an eye out for the opportunity, and I'd suggest you do the same, even if Karate is not your chosen art. There's not really one book, because there are so many different versions of his notes that people have put together into books, but the publishing company is called Tuttle, and that's where I suggest you get them.

At events, I demo our shin guards by shin kicking door frames - full force.

First, I wanted to bow to him, shake his hand, thank him for caring so much about this crazy martial arts thing that so many of us do. If someone is willing to take you up on that and they want to start exploring his books, is there a place you would suggest they start? Over at whistlekickMartialArtsRadio.com, you can find the show notes with some photos, links to his appearance with Master Ken - if you haven't seen that, its a riot and you've got to - his company Seishin and the great gi they produce, his social media, and more. When we went there the first time, we stayed at this masters house, which is also his dojo, and he also has a Karate museum in this house. I would say if I had to do my black belt over, I would try to relax a bit more, and pick my moments where I would go in and attack, and then I would basically chill out a bit more, so I could last longer and have better efficiency and economy of movement. There certainly is a lot of wisdom in a loss. Here on Martial Arts Radio, all of our listeners know its about stories. Movies - The Karate Kid, Drunken Master, Iron MonkeyActors - Jackie ChanBooks - Bubishi, Bruce Lee's books from TuttleYou can find Sensei Jesse Enkamp and what he does at Seishin-international.com, KaratebyJesse.com or on Instagram and Facebook.You can find the episode Sensei Enkamp did with Master Ken here, or listen to our episode with Master Ken. How did he change the kata, the forms that we do today, and why did he removed certain techniques in favor of other techniques, and what was his vision for making Karate what it is today, because hes not getting any credit for it. Actually, I like the early Kung Fu movies that came out of Hong Kong, I think most of them at least.

Your shins will thank you, and I thank you, too. When you win, as one of my instructors used to tell me, when you win, you learn that you did things right.

The self-proclaimed karate nerd talks about his past, his goals in the martial arts and why he cares so much about what he's doing. The main product is of course a Karate gi, or a uniform - that's Japanese for uniform - called the Seishin Gi. Okay. - but the whole 360-degree perspective, so I'm all about the theory, and the practice, the culture, the language, the terminology, the history, the traditions, the sports science, and you know, practically speaking, kata, kihon, kumite, bunkai, kobudo, the weapons, self defense, all of these things that are in Karate that most people only scratch the surface of. They should go hand-in-hand. Not to mention we put an extra layer of foam right over your tibia - your shin bone - so you're sure to survive those brutal shin clashes. We can look back at it and say, This is tough, but my black belt test For a lot of us, that's one of the most difficult things well experience.

So, there's this other metaphor that tradition is not about preserving the ashes, but about keeping the flame lit, and that really resonates with me.

Well, first of all, I want to say that in the Karate world, there seems to exist two camps. I think you hold the title so far of furthest guest. Sometimes I don't even know what I'm going to do tomorrow. It was a special thing when I visited him there last year again, but I have a lot of other mentors and people who have influenced me as well, but the first one, I guess, outside of my own dojo would be Sensei Hokama Tetsuhiro. I just ran out of the dojo, and then I came back later on with some When I cleaned up my eye, and continued fighting, but that was a true test for me, fighting someone who was much older and wiser than me, being a kid. Okay. I like that. How you overcome obstacles tells you a lot about yourself, so its a way to discover who you are. I would say, What martial arts book should people read, but Im going to guess that dozens doesn't even begin to explain how many you've read. What martial art I don't even know how to phrase this question for you. Let's be honest, shin guards are sweaty, ours are, too. I was fortunate enough to get a [board 36:17] smashed through my face. For example, I recently did a web series in, I think, almost ten parts, where I visited Okinawa, and I went to different dojos, I met different masters, and I had a camera with me this time, because previously on all of my trips, I never filmed anything, but this time I tried to record these episodes online, and people loved it, because a lot of people don't have the money, the knowledge, or the ability to go to Okinawa. That's a pretty important book. Hopefully that's okay. Check them out today at whistlekick.com. Id like you to think of a time in your life that made you look on your black belt test, or in some other way you used your martial arts experience to get through that tough time. Tell everyone where to find you, the things that you're doing, and just tell us all about the Karate Nerd. What advice do you have for the folks listening? Anyway, so I'm there. At events, Ill demo our shin guards by putting them on and shin kicking door frames as hard as I can. Wow. Well, you've got to understand that back in the days, the whole original purpose of Karate was self defense, and Itosu Anko was a pioneer, in the sense that he saw a different purpose for Karate. It was not just a Karate dojo. Of course, if you send your kids to you school, do you want them to learn how to kick each other in the nuts and poke in the eyes? But it would be really interesting to hear what he would think about the way Karate evolved thanks to him, and I guess that he never even saw it coming. I know martial arts, I know Karate is such a huge part of your life, but I wonder if theres anything else that you're passionate about.

My name is Jeremy Lesniak, and I'm your host as well as the founder here at whistlekick Sparring Gear and Apparel. A lot of people from different countries around the world decided to help me make this seminar a reality, and in return they would get videos, because I had a professional guy record this whole seminar. For a lot of folks, they'd stop. If you had the opportunity to train with someone that you haven't, anybody from anywhere in the world, anywhere in time, who would you want to train with? I like that, the way you put that. I flew him out to Europe, and none of the participants knew that he was the Secret Sensei, and then he came in there and just told us all how this whole seminar was ***** with the pink belts and everything, and then he started to teach us the truth of his gospel, right, the Ameri-Do-Te. Welcome to whistlekick Martial Arts Radio episode 174, and thanks for being here. Seishin is something that I'm really working on right now and it has me fired up, and the website for that is Seishin-International.com, but if people have been following my work, I think most people already know that. I would say something that I'm thinking about now that you mention it is in 2014, I organized my first international seminar, and I did it in Germany, because when I did some research, I saw that a lot of my website hits came from Central Europe, Western Europe, and Germany is pretty much in the center, so I decided to do a seminar in Germany. He saw that it could be used as physical education as well, to improve the motor intelligence, of kids especially, by introducing it to schools. If you spend any time on social media looking at martial arts content, you'll know todays guest. I imploded. But, they're less sweaty than others and they actually stay in place. As a thank you, were going to send you our Top 10 Tips for Martial Artists. We only talk about the people who came to mainland Japan after him, and they were his students, like Funakoshi, or Mabuni, or their brothers from other styles, and this was before styles even existed. Yeah, so my main website is KaratebyJesse.com, and the reason its called Karate by Jesse is because it is based on my experience and filtered through my brain, so its not thetruthaboutkarate.com or anything like that. Great. I do a lot with Seishin these days, and there's a lot of exciting things going on with that, because I like to look good, because when you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good. Do you have a favorite, or a few favorites? Then, I'm about to fight this Russian dude, and hes maybe He has a little bit of grey hairs in his beard, maybe hes like 50 or so, or something like that. Generally we call this traditional Karate and sport Karate, but to me, you should have both. Tell us about what's got you fired up right now, and what you're moving towards. They didn't know anything about each other, but there they stood, with their pink belts on, banging each others arms like crazy, laughing, crying, screaming, and then finally hugging. When I have ideas, I usually execute as fast as I can on that idea. In a lot of schools, its designed to be that way, and I'm proud that I have that to reflect on. That was so cool to me because, as you know, it is the birthplace of Karate, and being there and seeing a live master in the flesh, right in front of you, with these huge, badass knuckles, that was like the coolest thing ever to a I was like 8 or 7 year old fat kid from Sweden. If we start from the beginning, one name that pops into my head is Sensei Hokama Tetsuhiro from Okinawa. I mean, you've probably read dozens in the last few months. I appreciate you sharing such wonderful and personal stories. I enjoyed watching that. And humans, were hard-wired to make mistakes and to learn from those mistakes. Its not just a sport, or a hobby, or a business, but it is truly my way of life, which means that I have the privilege of, for example, going to Japan, or Okinawa, thebirthplace of Karate, to do my own research and to be the Karate Nerd that I love to be. That idea, it turned out great, and people asked me how long I planned it. We end in the same way, but its always a little bit different with each guest. Sensei Jesse Enkamp is the mind behind all of those wonderful things coming out of the Karate by Jesse camp, and hes as passionate a martial artist as weve ever had on this show. That is why Im a karate nerd, because it never gets boring. Now, if you've selected him, I'm guessing you've read a fair amount about him, as much as is out there. I'm not really into Karate movies. You know what? If I had to pick Karate or martial arts books, first of all, the Bubishi.

Since that day, I went back many times as I got older as well.

If you don't listen to the show, I'm going to kick you in the head. That's how I put it anyway. That is why I like the tradition, but I'm not stuck in it. For a few weeks, so honestly, I don't really have these five-year plans that corporations have or anything like that, because the world is moving so fast. So, KaratebyJesse.com is where you'll find my blog, and many of my other projects and videos and stuff, and of course I'm on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as well, and you could include those links in the show notes. You do a lot of writing. There's nothing more I can tack onto that. Do you hate clashing shins when you're sparring?

Hes one of the most underrated guys in the history of Karate. They don't improve for 10, 20, 30 years. Let's welcome him to the show. People know who you are. You've worked hard. One side hates competition. You were fortunate enough to get to shoot with him, to do an episode, I guess we can call it? I know that this I know that a lot of people have difficulties with me because I don't have these plans. When did you first realize that you could be completely, not just satisfied, but enjoy your life if it was end-to-end Karate? All content copyright whistlekick.com and Whistlekick, LLC.

If you had it to do over again, how would you handle that match, that fight, with what you know now?

I only knew that he was an expert at Jiu-Jitsu, and not the Brazilian kind where you roll around on the ground, but the Japanese kind where you mostly stand up and do these nasty joint locks and things. It was a lot of fun. Well, we tell you what's going on at our company, we tell you about guests that are coming up on the show, we remind you about some of the episodes that we have, we throw in discounts for our products, and sometimes we put in some kind of original content, you know? Of course I do, but I enjoy Karate even more. Yeah, so the things that I'm doing right now, I am Like I said before, I love to do different kinds of projects around Karate, and one of the biggest ones that I've started and I'm still doing is called Seishin, which is Japanese for spirit. I love that title, and its something that I myself am a martial arts nerd. They would say, Hey, I've done what I came here to do. But you're still going strong, so I'm guessing there are other things you're hoping to accomplish.

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