Category: Karate

Mason Lake via Ira Spring Memorial Trail

Yesterday, Nadia (our twelve year old daughter) and I went hiking with some friends from the dojo. James and Malia are the power couple that inspired me to pick up hiking. Just like in the dojo, they both kicked my butt! It was great to join them with our kids (the oldest ones) for an ...

Social Distancing – Karate Kata Practice

The longer this social distancing / quasi quarantine goes on, the harder it’s going to be to stay in a productive training routing, eat right, and stay / get in better shape than I’m in now. My goal with documenting and watching my katas is to motivate myself to improve and see / work on ...

Practicing Karate and Working Out is Never Pretty

I’ve always loved action movies and superheroes. In my mind, if I train hard enough, I should be able to become one. The problem is, I’m getting older, I’m a family man, and I have a career. Besides that, no matter how often or how much I work out, I’m still just me. Yet, working ...

A Review of the Panasonic S1R When Shooting Sports

Before today’s shoot� The only sport that I shoot on a frequent basis is karate (at the dojo where I train) – usually belt tests (like today) and tournaments. I primarily use a Sony a9 and 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens. That combo really does everything that I need, and it does it spectacularly well. Today’s ...

Fife Harvest Festival with Karate Edge

The annual Fife parade for the dojo – this time with a Nikon D850 and the new Tamron 35mm f/1.4. I’m quite impressed with this lens for the price. I wish I had a Canon 5DSR and 35mm f/1.4L II to compare it to. Photos are straight out of the camera with no editing.

Adult and Elite Skillz Testing

It’s pretty awesome seeing these karate students level up! Everyone did a super great job today, and three students came off of their probation and earned their full Shodan ranking. Regarding the photos, these are straight out of camera JPEGs, ISO 3200, Sony a9, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, and custom white balances. Aperture ranged from ...

Basic Skillz Belt Rank Testing White, Yellow, and Gold Belts

No time to post process – shot hundreds of photos, culled, and posted to Facebook for all of the parents to see. Shot on the Sony a9 with 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens. I shot RAW+JPEG, but only used the JPEGs. The settings in camera were ISO 3200, multiple custom white balances, aperture f/2.8 – f/4, ...

Basic Skillz Belt Rank Testing Orange Belt and Above

No time to post process – shot hundreds of photos, culled, and posted to Facebook for all of the parents to see. Shot on the Sony a9 with 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens. I shot RAW+JPEG, but only used the JPEGs. The settings in camera were ISO 3200, multiple custom white balances, aperture f/2.8 – f/4, ...

CORE Skillz Belt Rank Testing White, Yellow, and Gold Belts

No time to post process – shot hundreds of photos, culled, and posted to Facebook for all of the parents to see. Shot on the Sony a9 with 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens. I shot RAW+JPEG, but only used the JPEGs. The settings in camera were ISO 3200, multiple custom white balances, aperture f/2.8 – f/4, ...

CORE Skillz Belt Rank Testing Orange Belt and Above

No time to post process – shot hundreds of photos, culled, and posted to Facebook for all of the parents to see. Shot on the Sony a9 with 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens. I shot RAW+JPEG, but only used the JPEGs. The settings in camera were ISO 3200, multiple custom white balances, aperture f/2.8 – f/4, ...

Milton Days with Karate Edge

This past weekend was the Milton Days parade. This is an annual event in which the karate school that I attend participates. It’s the largest showing of the school’s karate students (other than the Yakima tournament) year round. It’s also the single largest recruiting event the school does. Many students volunteer their time running the ...

Sony a9 and Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review – When Shooting Karate Events

The karate school that I attend has over three hundred students. It’s a very busy school with classes every day of the week, belt tests quarterly (for those that have earned their stripes), and a couple of in house tournaments a year. With that many students, it takes a lot of volunteerism to help the ...

I’m a Black Belt! Now What?

Preface Saturday, February 10, 2018, I earned my solid black belt in Shotokan Karate. It was exactly one year since I earned my probationary black belt. It’s a major personal accomplishment and something that I’ve been working toward for many years. I’ve been wanting to write about my karate experiences for a few years now, ...

2016 Yakima Karate Tournament Weekend

Last weekend, Nadia and I drove to Yakima, WA to compete in a karate tournament hosted by the Yakima School of Karate. It’s the third time Nadia and I have attended together. On the way there, we drove over Snoqualmie Pass. At the top, we stopped at a rest area where we had a chance ...

720/60p is the new 4k — A video shot with the Canon XF200

4k video — it’s neat! It looks awesome, my new iPhone 6s Plus shoots in 4k, my GX8 shoots in 4k, and the newest TVs are 4k. However, when it comes to online and internet distribution of video content, the world just isn’t 4k ready. Facebook only delivers videos in 720/30p. YouTube can deliver 60p video, but ...

2015 Personal and Karate Goals

My Sensei has given us a homework assignment regarding writing down our goals as they relate to karate and our personal life. Since I have to write them down, I might as well put them here on my blog as well. The assignment is to include our short term (6 months or less) and long ...

Book Report: American Shaolin

Every martial arts student dreams about studying from the “masters.” Specifically, the place where their style was invented, this is where one will receive the best training, and truly thrive as a martial artist. In the case of American Shaolin, the author Matthew Polly, lived his dream. Matthew’s experience was multifaceted, however it can be ...