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You are to read a first-person narrator story presented by one of the biggest icons of modern karate, Antonio José Diaz Fernandés (Venezuela — kata male), about his journey from the beginning of his karate experience to the present day. Antonio could be the right role model for all of us.

“What brought me to karate? I encountered karate thanks to my father, who used to practice karate in the dojo (Japanese term for the gym), and sometimes, when he was running late from work, he trained at home and I, as my father’s follower at that time, repeated what…


L’écriture automatique (the surrealist automatism) — uncalculated, swift and precise strikes; reactions that are freed from conventional composition of postures and techniques. It is poetry in motion as an expression of instincts driven solely by the subconscious mind; surrealistic expression of freedom of spirit, where the absurd motives of smoothly floating butterflies intertwine with the ones of aggressive bees. A beautiful dance of doom that brings pain and frustration; dynamic calligraphy amidst a canvas framed in 16 ropes. An off-center painting created by an eccentric fool abashing all the others. Irrational victory of the emptied mind which can never be…


Five chapters, five great personalities, five nations working on the magazine, 130 pages of illustrated content, three language variations and a beautiful design. All combined in one piece. Just send it all to your home.

Magazine is divided into five chapters, each dedicated to the karate from a different direction.

Chapter 1 — Stories where you read more about personalities and how they started with karate. Do you know, for example, that Antonio Diaz had the first big medal in kumite? Or, at the beginning of his kata’s career, he was not at all a number one karateka in Venezuela?


Cold feet before a competition? That is a common thing. All sports people feel anxious before a competition, some to more, some to lesser extent. It all depends on the personality of the sports person and on the importance of the competition they are getting ready for. These emotional changes occur already the moment they are nominated for a particular competition and last until the last training before the competition. Everyone has gone through a similar situation and we may say that we feel it most intensely directly before the competition.

Sports competition conditions

We can say that they are…


Fear is a natural human response to certain known life situations. If it wasn’t for this emotion, people would have probably vanished from the Earth’s surface. Only fear makes us keep our senses alert. A lot of human inventions were made just because we had been afraid of something. Simply put, human technologies have been evolving also thanks to the fear one feels.

Fear is an unpleasant emotion, which can be seen as a protective mechanism with positive effects. Causes of fear change with a person’s development. …


Has it ever happened to you that you arrived home after a competition and fell in your bed from exhaustion? It is a natural reaction of your body to a whole day’s excessive energy output from your muscles. Delivering performance in the warm-up before the competition, in the competition itself, keeping you alert in between the rounds — our body got blunted by stress and other factors giving our brain a signal to regenerate and fill up the missing energy. The signs of fatigue are: worsened coordination, slower reactions or making new faults while practicing.

Basic types of fatigue

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Každému z nás je jasné, že pravé či ľavé končatiny nevyužívame rovnako. Už odmalička si môžeme všimnúť, ktorá strana je u detí dominantná, keď prvýkrát chytia hračku, umyjú si zuby alebo chytia príbor. Keďže dobrý športovec chce byť stále o krok vpred, musí vedieť čosi o lateralite. Je to porucha vyplývajúca z nerovnomerného využívania párových orgánov.

Lateralita môže byť motorická, teda týkajúca sa našich končatín — rúk a nôh. Ďalej hovoríme o senzorickej lateralite, ktorá sa týka orgánov zaznamenávajúcich nejakú informáciu. Napríklad očami zachytávame pohyb súpera alebo sa na počítanie trénera sa snažíme zareagovať, čiže zachytávame podnet sluchom. Pre šport…


Is it possible to set an exact time limit for achieving mastery in some activity? Is it possible that children with less talent will be able to catch up with talented ones? The answer is yes. This answer is born out by research that was carried out in the USA at one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The aim was to find out why students learning a musical instrument (for the purposes of this research, the violin was the instrument researchers focused on) differed in competence. The research tried to ascertain whether these differences were only down…


Breathing itse lf. I will skip in-depth theories related to breathing and instead focus on three main points of interest to us — breathing frequency, intensity of breathing, and breathing volume. What is breathing frequency ?
Breathing frequency relates to the number of inhales and exhales made per minute. Mean respiratory rate mainly depends on age, and ranges from
16 to 30. It’s difficult to measure someone’s normal breathing, as when that person knows they are being observed, their breathing frequency will be affected.
Feelings of being under pressure, needing to be responsible and the person’s conscience all have an impact on their…

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