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Karate During Covid

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 in Just for Kicks Blog | 0 comments

Karate During Covid

Practicing any form of “self-defense”, whether it be Karate, Tae Kwon Do or Kickboxing, should be exciting, meaningful and most importantly…Fun! COVID-19 has changed the tried and true approach of in-person training. While we still feel it’s the best way to learn this art form, we are learning and adapting to this new reality to help students continue to develop and become strong martial artists. Flexibility? Check!   Cardio? Check!   Kicking? Check!  Punching? Check! But why train in martial arts in the first place? Martial arts is a unique activity that allows everyone to participate...

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Master Burke in Hall of Fame

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Just for Kicks Blog | 0 comments

Master Burke in Hall of Fame

On January 24, 2015, Master Rusty Burke was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame. The ceremony, at the Tropicana Resort Hotel & Casino, was attended by over 1,200 martial artists. These included practitioners of many martial arts styles, masters, grand masters, martial arts legends, and famous martial arts actors. Also in attendance was international martial arts star Bill “Superfoot” Wallace. Master Burke said, “It was really exciting for me because I was personally nominated by “Superfoot.” He’s an undefeated world champion kickboxer and...

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Kali…Oh! Stick Fighting!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Just for Kicks Blog | 0 comments

Kali…Oh! Stick Fighting!

As made popular by such movies as The Bourne Identity, The Hunted, and The Book of Eli, the Filipino system of Kali has taken the America media market by storm. Some of the most devastating and visceral knife fights have, in recent years, been filmed using the Kali approach as a way to expose this beautifully efficient art. Sadly, many American martial artists still do not understand what Kali is, due to the art being commonly confused with stick fighting only. This is a common mistake made by many in American martial arts markets. Like all other arts, Kali has multiple facets that include a...

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Karate? Tae Kwon-Do? Hapkido? Judo? Kung Fu?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Just for Kicks Blog | 5 comments

Karate? Tae Kwon-Do? Hapkido? Judo? Kung Fu?

People ask me all of the time, “Sensei Burke, what’s the best martial arts style?”  One person boldly walked into the Burke’s Karate dojo and asked, “Do you teach tae kwon-do?  Because tae kwon-do is the best, and I only want to learn the best!” Another student asked me what he should study purely for self defense purposes.  He had heard that karate was good because it was hard and strong.  “But perhaps kung fu might be better because it’s fluid and graceful?” A student in a kids martial arts class proclaimed, “I want to learn judo...

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5 Reasons Kids Should Take Karate

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Just for Kicks Blog | 2 comments

5 Reasons Kids Should Take Karate

While I can think of hundreds of reasons why everyone should take karate, I’m especially passionate about these five. 1. Physical Benefits: Children who take karate are learning a healthy lifestyle by staying active, which, as most parents know, is difficult to do in the age of video games and facebook! Staying active burns calories, increases good cholesterol, decreases bad cholesterol, increases flexibility, increases hand eye coordination, improves fitness, maintains healthy joints and keeps the heart rate up, all while learning how to defend yourself! Proper martial arts training...

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5 Reasons Adults Should Take Martial Arts

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Just for Kicks Blog | 3 comments

5 Reasons Adults Should Take Martial Arts

I was in a store picking up a loaf of bread the other day after class and while I generally don’t parade around in my gi (uniform), I didn’t have a change of clothes and let’s face it, if the wife wants you to pick up something on your way home from work, you pick it up! So this gentleman sees me and during the course of engaging me in small talk, asks me how he, as an adult, could benefit from taking martial arts.  After pondering several quick replies, I determined that really, the question should have more appropriately been posed as… How could I NOT benefit from taking martial...

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