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The TKRI group here in Saint Louis trains outdoors in a park most of the summer. Saint Louis summers are hot and humid. It is remarkable to see how quickly performance and attention fades when students are getting dehydrated.

I encourage all of the students to bring a water bottle with them to class (along with their bug spray, sunscreen, and notebooks) . We take frequent breaks in order to stay hydrated. I don’t want anyone dropping their partner because they are getting woozy from dehydration .

Here is a link to an article that discusses the importance of hydration for athletic performance.
Hydration: Critical to Athletic Performance.


Here is our newest toy:

Chariots of Tire View 1

Chariots of Tire View 1

Chariot of Tire: View 2

Chariot of Tire: View 2

It is just an old tire, two twelve foot lengths of rope, some duct tape, and two 5 inch lengths of radiator hose (for the handles).
To make one follow these steps and look at the pictures.
1) Tie one end of each rope to the tire.
2) Thread the rope through the hoses at the other end.
3) Tie off the rope to make loops for handles (make sure the hoses are in the loops).
4) Duct tape your knots so the ropes stay secure.

It is easy to use just pull it after you while running. Try running both forward and backward with it. For an extra challenge have someone sit in the tire (ride in the “chariot”).

The real challenge is figuring out how you will explain it to your neighbors.

Here it is in use:

Chariot of Tire: Chris, Dave, and Bill

Chariot of Tire: Chris, Dave, and Bill

Chariot of Tire: View 4

Chariot of Tire: Bill and Chris

Chariot of Tire: Chris and Dave

Chariot of Tire: Chris and Dave

Chariot of Tire: Chris and Bill

Chariot of Tire: Chris and Bill

After a week of slushy winter rain, wind and snow, Spring is looking better and better! Here are a few shots taken by Lisa Henderson in the back yard dojo last year- so much green…img_1486


"Try to see yourself as you truly are and try to adopt what is meritorious in the work of others. As a karateka you will of course often watch others practice. When you do and you see strong points in the performance of others, try to incorporate them into your own technique. At the same time, if the trainee you are watching seems to be doing less than his best ask yourself whether you too may not be failing to practice with diligence. Each of us has good qualities and bad; the wise man seeks to emulate the good he perceives in others and avoid the bad."
Funakoshi Gichin


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