Podcast Episode 65: Interview with Kris Wilder

It was way too long since I talked to Kris Wilder and I’m happy to say he accepted my invitation to interview him right away. We had an amazing talk covering a wide range of topics relevant to martial arts, self-defense, karate, and much more. We continued to record a second part in which Kris answers the questions from my Patrons.  You can listen to that here.


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Martial Secrets Podcast with Jon Lupo

I just listened to the Martial Secrets Podcast with Jon Lupo and really enjoyed it. Jon’s a friend of mine and a really great guy. He’s a humble and quiet man but don’t let that fool you into thinking less of him. He’s been a law enforcement officer for a long time and has walked the walk. He’s one of the people I’d be glad to have at my back if I were in a tight spot.


The podcast in and of itself is well worth it as a whole but there is something I wanted to point out.

Jon clearly explains several key issues on how to interact with a police officer when he stops you for whatever reason. His is one of the best explanations I’ve heard on this topic. Jon doesn’t pontificate, nor does he sugarcoat it. He just says it like it is. If you are a young man in your late teens or twenties, this advice is for you. If you’re living in a shithole and have run ins with the police regularly, it’s for you too.

In the last decade or so, I’ve noticed an increase in hostility against police officers but also how a very misinformed course of action has almost become the standard for people’s reactions towards LEOs. Now I know I’m generalizing but nowadays, so many people foam at the mouth when an officer pulls them over. They immediately feel violated and start yelling about how they “know their rights.” To which I reply “That’s great but do you know your duties and obligations too?”  Because those two come along with the rights you know so well (or as it turns out, not so well).

To the best of my knowledge, there is no Western society in which you have the right to curse at, insult, spit on or attack a police officer whenever you feel he’s not doing his job the way you want him to (if I’m wrong, please let me know where I can find that law in the books…) Yet according to my LEO students and friends, this is has become common place now.

Now before you start thinking of arguments in favor of or justifying such behaviour, the thing you need to keep in mind is this: [Read more…]

Video Review: Sanchin Kata: Traditional Training for Karate Power by Kris Wilder

Sanchin Kata - Three Battles Karate by Kata Kris Wilder

Sanchin Kata: Traditional Training for Karate Power by Kris Wilder is an instructional DVD on Goju Ryu Karate’s core kata. The publisher is YMAA and this is the first video of their’s I review here. I have to say the production quality is impressive and they make a neat package on the DVD:

  • Part of the video is shot outside, in what looks like a Japanese garden. A nice touch.
  • The inside footage is taken in a decor that resembles a traditional Karate dojo. This isn’t absolutely necessary for an instructional video but it’s nice to see.
  • The picture and sound quality is top-notch. Great stuff.
  • Along with the main content, you get samples from other videos they sell.

All together that makes for pretty good bang for your buck. On with the review now.

You first get an introduction to what Sanchin kata is along with a complete demonstration of the form. Kris then gives some information on the history of the form and also explains his views on it.  This provides you with the necessary background information to understand the main content of the video, which is what comes next.

The instructional material begins with a step-by-step guide on how to make the correct framework with your body for this kata. Kris has a partner to help him out by placing each body part in the correct alignment and then pointing out how you do that. More importantly, he also comments on what to avoid. He covers: [Read more…]

Guest blogger: Kris Wilder

Here’s a guest post by Kris Wilder, who’s a well known martial artist and has published numerous great books. Enjoy!

Kris Wilder, teaching in England

Kris Wilder, teaching students

Listening to the radio the other day I heard the show host say that one of his professors at Hillsdale College complained to the students that their papers were full of fluff, that the students spent too much effort in just filling the mandated number of pages. For example, if students were told, “Your assignment this week is to write a five-page paper on, their response would be to simply fill up five pages. The professor, in an effort to demonstrate his point that many of the words written by the students were meaningless and didn’t add value, decided to have them write a one-page paper. The show host then went on about how difficult it was to write that paper. Paragraph, phrase and each word had to succinctly convey the core issues of the topic.

The human mind loves complexity, but is it really necessary? Now understand that I make distinction between complexity and diversity. Look at it this way: nature builds diversity from a series of simple commands. In fact, what appears to be complex is really just a compounding of simple commands.

As you may already know from reading other posts, I am not the biggest fan of complexity, and especially in the martial arts, because I am sure that much of it is just machinations designed to titillate the mind like a shiny fishing lure to a trout.

Frankly, simplicity and efficiency go hand-in-hand (see nature once again) and I am not inclined to back off from that position. Complexity breaks down, and I don’t need a fragile martial arts technique, I need a simple, vigorous, dependable, go-to technique.

Now here is a proof point in the world of martial arts. Don’t forget that world-famous judo champion Yasuhiro Yamashita was famous for using osoto gari, one of the first learned and most basic throws of Judo, to win:

• ‘85 All-Japan Championships – Tokyo, Japan
• ‘84 Olympic Games (Open) – Los Angeles, CA, USA
• ‘84 All-Japan Championships – Tokyo, Japan
• ‘83 World Championships (+95kg) – Moscow, Russia
• ‘83 All-Japan Championships – Tokyo, Japan
• ‘82 All-Japan Championships – Tokyo, Japan
• ‘81 World Championships (+95kg & Open) – Maastricht, Holland
• ‘81 All-Japan Championships – Tokyo, Japan
• ‘80 All-Japan Championships – Tokyo, Japan
• ‘79 World Championships (+95kg) – Paris, France
• ‘79 All-Japan Championships – Tokyo, Japan
• ‘78 All-Japan Championships – Tokyo, Japan
• ‘77 All-Japan Championships – Tokyo, Japan

Thanks to Neil Ohlenkamp for the list of championships.

You can reach Kris at his site, right here.