Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense, NFP
Karateka's Corner

Train Like You're Testing

April 18, 2024

There are a lot of ways to train and I try to find different ways to bring these modes to the training floor, because they all have distinct advantages. You can go full power, full speed. You can train slow. You can train playfully. There are other training modes as well, but I want to write about these three a little bit.


February 14, 2024

We use OSU! a lot at the dojo. Sensei Graham discusses what it means.

Learning to See

July 27, 2023

Learning to see is at the heart of the discipline that animates karate as a "do," as in Sei-do, or a way of life to follow. Learning to see teaches you patience and persistence. Learning to see gives you ample experience with fighting your demons of frustration, ego, anger, and impatience.

Love and Karate

June 1, 2023

In those times in our lives when some things are not okay, when we feel broken, and when we're looking for answers, karate helps us to keep going to the next day, it gives us some tools for helping us find what we need, and maybe even gives us a little place in our life when we don't feel quite so broken.


August 30, 2022

Every once in a while, I like to elaborate on some of philosophies and values that we try to teach at Sun Dragon via Seido karate and today I'd like to write about the pivotal role that courtesy plays in our practice.

White Belt Expectations

August 4, 2022

It's a good thing to keep in mind, the lessons that were important, the things that we were supposed to learn to do as a white belt continue to be important in the dojo and in our lives.

Ichi go Ichi e

August 4, 2022

The phrase means, "one chance, one opportunity" or "one opportunity, one encounter" -- each moment is fleeting and unrepeatable, if you ignore the moment you're in because you're thinking about something else, you'll miss it and you'll never have a chance to get it back.

Sei Shihan Nancy

July 14, 2022

It's important for us to hold on to our history. We have so many people who have been influential and essential to Sun Dragon's survival over the years and if we don't take the time to remember them, we run the risk of losing our identity, forgetting what we stand for, becoming just another karate school.

Time to Grow

June 23, 2022

We're not going to ignore the pandemic, but it does feel like the right time to get back to planning confidently for the future and welcoming anyone who's vaccinated and wants to train.

Sun Dragon is Home

June 23, 2022

People that we care about are under attack, and I think it's vital that we make clear our support for trans youth and adults at Sun Dragon. Whether it's legally binding or not, it's still an attack that labels people as undesirable and unwelcome and stokes fear and anxiety among many of our friends and students. Please know that you are always welcome at Sun Dragon.

A Safe Space

June 23, 2022

Sun Dragon will be celebrating our 33rd anniversary this summer. It's hard to believe. As I was thinking this morning about what I wanted to write about today, the themes that kept running through my head were community, safe spaces, and sacrifice.

Joy in Movement

June 23, 2022

There is joy and peace in movement. I was that kid who would stand in the driveway and throw a tennis ball against the wall over and over again, trying to hit the spot. I sometimes wonder if that makes me better at teaching kids or worse.

The Wall

June 23, 2022

I hit it yesterday. It's that wall that you hit after you've been keeping it together the best you can for a while and you see the hope coming, you relax a little bit, and it all crashes in on you.