loader from loading.io

Episode 748 - Sensei Jerry Figgiani

whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

Release Date: 09/26/2022

Episode 765 - Behind the Scenes - Free Training Day Northeast VIP Bundles show art Episode 765 - Behind the Scenes - Free Training Day Northeast VIP Bundles

whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

In this episode, Andrew and Jeremy talk about the Behind the Scenes of the Free Training Day Northeast VIP Bundles. Behind the Scenes - Free Training Day Northeast VIP Bundles - Episode 765 If you’ve joined the Free Training Day, you know how much effort the organizers put into the event. You will now see/hear what happens behind the curtain, so to speak. In this episode, Andrew and Jeremy talk about the Behind the Scenes of the Free Training Day Northeast VIP Bundles. Listen to learn more! After listening to the episode, it would be exciting for us to know your thoughts about it....

info_outline
Episode 764 - Prof Jesse Dwire show art Episode 764 - Prof Jesse Dwire

whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

Professor Jesse Dwire is a Martial Arts Practitioner and instructor at the Dragon Phoenix Martial Arts in Massachusetts. There’s no such thing as an advanced technique, just an advanced practitioner. That has been one of the hardest things a lot of my friends will ever understand.   Professor Jesse Dwire - Episode 764 Martial Arts with the family is always a good idea. In the case of Professor Jesse Dwire, he started martial arts training at the age of 12 as his father trained with him. By the time Professor Dwire was 19, he also began teaching Martial Arts. Presently,...

info_outline
Episode 763 - Martial Arts Instructors can be The Worst Self-Defense Teachers show art Episode 763 - Martial Arts Instructors can be The Worst Self-Defense Teachers

whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew talk about why Martial Arts Instructors can be The Worst Self-Defense Teachers. Martial Arts Instructors can be The Worst Self-Defense Teachers - Episode 763 It’s undeniable that self-defense or as Andrew says it, self-protection, is very different from what we learn in martial arts classes. Is it possible that Martial Arts instructors can suck at teaching it?In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew talk about why Martial Arts Instructors can be The Worst Self-Defense Teachers. After listening to the episode it would be exciting for us to know your thoughts...

info_outline
Episode 762 - Sensei Joe Johnson show art Episode 762 - Sensei Joe Johnson

whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

Sensei Joe Johnson is a Martial Arts Practitioner and Instructor at Jukado dojo in Maine. I gew up fighting. I know how to throw a punch. I didn’t know how to avoid those situations. I realize that Martial Arts gave me a way of controlling myself and my own anger. If I control myself and my anger, then I control the situation… Sensei Joe Johnson - Episode 762 Most Martial Artists started their journey right around when they were kids. However, Sensei Joe Johnson started pretty recently for his age. What’s more interesting is the reason why he even got into martial arts. Sensei Johnson,...

info_outline
Episode 761 - Martial Arts Word Association show art Episode 761 - Martial Arts Word Association

whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss Nutrition and Hydration for Martial Arts Training. Martial Arts Word Association - Episode 761 Here at whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, we like to mix things up once in a while. We’re going to do “Martial Arts Word Association” where Adam gives Jeremy a random word that he would connect to martial arts. In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss randomly generated topics from Iced Tea to dogs. Find out how they relate it to martial arts! After listening to the episode, it would be exciting for us to know your thoughts about it. Don’t...

info_outline
Episode 760 - Sabum Sam Pulfer show art Episode 760 - Sabum Sam Pulfer

whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

Sabum Sam Pulfer is a martial Arts instructor and practitioner who currently represents Malta in International competitions. There’s somethiing in every single style that you can use to complement in another style… WTF Taekwondo doesnt put much emphasis on hands. So, when I did Kyokushin, very strong focused went on to the hand and getting in close to be able to use short, sharp punches in parts of the body that really hurt… Sabum Sam Pulfer - Episode 760 According to Sabum Sam Pulfer, he started Martial Arts for all the wrong reasons. Growing up in a family that moves a lot,...

info_outline
Episode 759 - Rapid Fire Q&A #20 show art Episode 759 - Rapid Fire Q&A #20

whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

In this episode, Jeremy and co-host Andrew Adams take on a special edition of the Rapid Fire Question and Answers. Rapid Fire Q&A #20 - Episode 759 Jeremy and co-host Andrew Adams tackle a series of questions, comments, and reviews from you, the listeners, and some guests in the form of a Rapid Fire Q&A. Here are the questions they tried to answer: What’s the most beneficial requirement you’ve heard as a part of testing requirements? How do you tell if a technique just needs more practice or if it’s just not a good match for you? Listen to the episode for more...

info_outline
Episode 758 - Sensei Les Bubka show art Episode 758 - Sensei Les Bubka

whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

Sensei Les Bubka is a Martial Arts practitioner, instructor, and Mental Health advocate based in the United Kingdom. Martial Arts is like money, it amplifies your character. If you’re rich and a bad person, you’re just a powerful bad person. The same in the dojo, you give a bad person more power, he will just turn into a powerful bad person… I would like to beleive that Martial Arts make better people, but the truth is, good instructors produce good people. Sensei Les Bubka - Episode 758 Going out and socializing with other people is a normal part of everyday living but for...

info_outline
Episode 757 - Movement Industry Professionals Roundtable show art Episode 757 - Movement Industry Professionals Roundtable

whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

In this episode, Jeremy is joined by 3 non-martial artists to discuss ideas that you may try differently for your Martial Arts schools. Movement Industry Professionals Roundtable - Episode 757 Myson Jones, Kristen Leach, and Greg Johnson discuss similarities of their industries to Martial Arts all in the name of helping Martial Artists, teachers, and school owners to improve their service. In this episode, Jeremy is joined by 3 non-martial artists to discuss ideas that you may try differently for your Martial Arts schools. After listening to the episode, it would be exciting for us...

info_outline
Episode 756 - Maddie Madison show art Episode 756 - Maddie Madison

whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

Maddie Madison is a Martial Arts practitioner. I’ve always pride myself that if you want to play the piano, you can play the piano. That came from the only President I’m interested in, John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy encourage that thinking; that you can do ANYTHING… That has served me very well in my life. Maddie Madison - Episode 756 If you’ve lived through the 60s, Martial Arts schools are not as present as it is today. In the absence of schools at that time, Maddie Madison was able to find Martial Arts through books before finding a Karate school. In this episode, Maddie...

info_outline
 
More Episodes

Sensei Jerry Figgiani is a Martial Arts practitioner, instructor, and founder of East Coast Black Belt Academy, Budokan Dojo in New York.

I played for a legendary coach here in Long Island, he’s in Suffolk County Hall of Fame. I didn’t appreciate, at that time, as a kid what I really had in front of me as a mentor, as a guy… Once the season is over, it’s over, but Martial Arts, it’s for life…

Sensei Jerry Figgiani - Episode 748

Sensei Jerry Figgiani, 8th Dan Black Belt, is the President and Founder of Shorin Ryu Karate-Do International and the owner of East Coast Black Belt Academy, Budokan Dojo. He comes from a strong lineage of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu practitioners who have followed in the footsteps of Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine. Starting his training in 1977, he has been teaching martial arts since 1988. Through his extensive background and experience, he has developed a unique way of bringing the philosophy of martial arts to everyday life activities. Because he has the ability to reach students of all ages and skill levels and help them understand karate’s movements, mechanics, and applications his seminars are universal to any karate system.

As such, he has been invited to teach all over the world and was one of the first western instructors to have the honor of teaching at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan, the official government-supported center for learning the essence of traditional karate. A published author as well as the subject of many magazines, newspapers, and media articles, Sensei Figgiani is a featured column writer for the premiere martial arts magazine, Masters, and has published books on martial practice and philosophy as well as interviews with some of today’s greatest martial artists and karate pioneers. Building on his distinctive ability to help his students reach and exceed their expectations, in 2010 Sensei Figgiani developed the Mental Martial Arts Program.

Promoted predominantly in the K-12 school classrooms, the series of lessons is designed to create a more peaceful school and community environment, instill a sense of confidence and self-respect in the students and even more importantly, help each individual learn the value and benefit of respecting others. Possessing a 3rd-degree black belt in Judo and membership in the Kodokan, the headquarters of Judo training located in Tokyo, Japan, Sensei Figgiani is able to integrate the principles and foundations of both karate and judo into a well-rounded and total martial education for his students. In this way, the student gets a complete understanding of the mechanics of self-defense enabling them to be more confident and secure as they go through their daily life.

In 2003, Sensei Figgiani created a program with the support of the Police Athletic League that would improve academic achievement through the study of martial arts. Known as the R.E.A.C.H. Program, the acronym stands for Respect Education and Always Climb Higher. The program guides kids having social and academic difficulties towards success through the practice of traditional martial arts skills. This curriculum instantly became so popular that in 2004 the Longwood School District Board of Education recognized Sensei for the immediate impact his methods had on the lives of the student participants. Later, in 2012, Sensei was presented with the National Police Athletic League Mentoring Service Award for the dramatic influence his program has made on the lives of so many students.

The R.E.A.C.H. program continues to this day and has expanded to numerous school districts sharing its positive impact on students throughout Long Island. Sensei Figgiani believes that a major component of learning martial arts is being able to integrate the lessons taught in the school with the activities that take place in daily life. Making positive choices in difficult situations, learning about situational awareness and stranger danger, adopting strategies for safety when it comes to bullying, and being able to manage and overcome peer pressure are just some of the values taught to his students. This mind, body and spirit philosophy creates a safe and unique learning environment for each and every student.

Recognizing this success, in 2018 Jerry Figgiani Sensei was invited to be the Keynote Speaker at Brookhaven Town Hall addressing the issues of making positive life choices and student anti-bullying strategies. In 2019, he was inducted into the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the practice of martial arts.

In this episode, Sensei Figgiano shares his journey to the martial arts. Listen to learn more!