Spiritual Content of Kata

Roy Kenneth Kamen

Category: Teaching Martial Arts

Teaching Goju-Ryu and Isshinryu Martial Arts


Potential Classroom

Potential • 1-24-2020 • What do you see in the above picture? A room with tables, chairs, and things on the walls?Perhaps you see a linoleum floor and fluorescent lighting?Or maybe you see a classroom? It is, indeed, a classroom. It is the Art room in the Middle School. For now, it is empty, but […]

Welcome To 2020

Welcome To 2020 Police Car

Welcome to 2020 • 1-19-2020 • 2020 started with a bang. As soon as I arrived at school, my phone buzzed with a Citizen’s alert. Citizen is an app that alerts you to any police or emergency activity in your immediate surroundings. A man in the subway station, I had left 5 minutes prior, was […]

Program Review

Program Review Program Logo

Program Review • 1-15-2020 • I just received a review from The Edge After School Program. “Following a courtesy exchange and introduction, students performed a series of exercises that ranged from stretching and “chambering” drills to stand-still punching with focus pads, walking while punching, and kicking while walking. Throughout the lesson, Instructor Kamen, a seasoned […]

Breaking Through To The Other Side

Breaking Through To The Other Side Board Breaking

Break On Through To The Other Side • 01-12-2020 • My Flatbush students have been “getting with the program” since we returned after Winter break. Several of them can now punch, block, and kick correctly. Stances have improved, and overall behavior is better. My problem students are in the Seventh-grade class. It consists of thirteen […]


Reflections Isshinryu Class

Reflections • 12-29-2019 • Beginning in June 2018, I took a part-time job assisting an Isshinryu Sensei teaching children KaraTe on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The kids’ ages ranged from two and a half through fourteen and were mostly from upper-middle-class families. I had studied Isshinryu for several years as a kid myself […]