Welcome to 

Built upon experiences, and inspired by those that I have been honored and blessed to have met, learned from, and continue learning from along the way. Now, after almost four decades, you’ll find easy-to-follow lessons and guidance, leading towards a SMARTER way of living, inspired and empowered by the incredible martial arts. 

 

Join me on this amazing marital arts journey. Let’s do it!

Japan Karate-do Ryobu-Kai, Shindo Jinen Ryu Karate-do
 

With a 5th degree (Godan) black belt in this traditional Japanese martial art, a member of the JKR International Yudanshakai Executive Council, a certified JKR International Instructor, and Chief Instructor of the JKR in Mexico. Studying, training and teaching for almost four decades.

Wellness & Fitness – mind, body and spirit
 

Encompassing Karate-do, general fitness, easy-to-follow exercise routines, meditation, breathing, and touching in some basic mostly plant based nutrition.

Fight – empty hand,
sword & weapons – Coordination for TV & Film

Sensei / Kaicho Kiyoshi Yamazaki with whom I study, lived and worked with as assistant fight / sword coordinator for some years, opened doors, giving me the opportunity to meet and work with many great actors, such as, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ralf Moeller, Danny Woodburn, Robert McRay, T J Storm, Lou Ferrigno, Aly Dunne, Amy Buchwald amongst others, along with many talented stuntmen and stuntwomen professionals. 

Mission

To open the incredible world of the martial arts through the lens of Karate-do to a wide audience of varying ages, from beginners to experienced, while focusing on wellness & fitness, embracing and developing the entire human being - mind (Shin) & body (Tai). The Smarter Way is a bilingual educational platform that encourages elevated general well-being, focused on Karate-do, by way of dynamic video tutorials, interactive virtual classes, and much more. For it is the self-enriching journey, full of intellectually, physically, and spiritually stimulating moments, and not the destination, that is of utmost importance. It is about investing in oneself, evolving and becoming a greater version of ourselves, for ourselves, and those around us. Capitalizing and living in THE moment.

 
Japan Karate-do Ryobu-Kai, Shindo Jinen Ryu Karate-do

With a 5th degree (Godan) black belt in this traditional Japanese martial art, member of the JKR International Yudanshakai Executive Council, certified JKR International Instructor, and Chief Instructor of the JKR in Mexico. From an early age I have been intrigued and fascinated by the martial arts, and the eastern culture. My curiosity lead me on an incredible journey, a lifetime of study, and now, in recent decades, enjoying above all else teaching what I have, and am continuing to learn, so as to share my knowledge, understanding, and experiences with others. 

 

I have been blessed with studying, and having served as uchi deshi (understudy/direct student) to, Kaicho Kiyoshi Yamazaki, who in my opinion (and to thousands around the world), is one of the foremost martials arts Sensei’s. Reinforcing so many core traits taught by my parents as a child in England, and later through Kaicho Yamazaki. One from a western perspective, while the other from an eastern perspective. Both cultures and perspectives embracing key human traits of humility, compassion, integrity, honesty, perseverance, determination, focus, and, the understanding that one can never give up.

 

The decades studying with Kaicho Kiyoshi Yamazaki have been, and continue to be enlightening and inspirational.

JKRI ZOOM SEMINARS

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Sat, Aug 29th, 2020

Instructor:

Sensei

Mina Yamazaki

Topic:

Kata Shimpa

Time:

1:00pm PDT | 3:00pm CDT | 4:00pm EDT / Venezuela | 9:00pm BST

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Sat, Sep 19th, 2020

Instructor:

Sensei

Jonathon Smart

México

Topic:

Kata Seiryu

Time:

8:00am PDT  |  10:00am CDT (Mexico) 11:00am EDT (Venezuela) 

4:00pm BST (UK)

Sat, Oct 17th, 2020

Instructor:

Sensei Martin Materano
Venezuela

Topic:

To be confirmed

Time:

8:00am PDT  |  10:00am CDT (Mexico) 11:00am EDT (Venezuela) 

4:00pm BST (UK)

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Sat, Nov 21st, 2020

Instructor:

Sensei

Howard High

USA

Topic:

Technical Details and Principles of Training

Time:

8:00am PDT  |  10:00am CDT (Mexico) 11:00am EDT (Venezuela) 

4:00pm BST (UK)

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Sat, Dec 19th, 2020

Instructors:

Winter Gasshuku

Kaicho Kiyoshi Yamazaki & Sensei Mina Yamazaki

Topic:

To be confirmed

Time:

8:00am PDT  |  10:00am CDT (Mexico) 11:00am EDT (Venezuela) 

4:00pm BST (UK)

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Sat, Jan 16th, 2021

Instructor:

Sensei

Simon Oliver

UK

Topic:

To be confirmed

Time:

8:00am PDT  |  10:00am CDT (Mexico) 11:00am EDT (Venezuela) 

4:00pm BST (UK)

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Sat, Feb 20th, 2021

Instructor:

Sensei
Paul Belle Isle
USA

Topic:

To be confirmed

Time:

8:00am PDT  |  10:00am CDT (Mexico) 11:00am EDT (Venezuela) 

4:00pm BST (UK)

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MARCH, 2021

Instructors:

Spring Gasshuku

Kaicho Kiyoshi Yamazaki & Sensei Mina Yamazaki

Topic:

To be confirmed

Time:

8:00am PDT  |  10:00am CDT (Mexico) 11:00am EDT (Venezuela) 

4:00pm BST (UK)

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APRIL, 2021

Instructors:

Sensei

Johnny Aguilar

Venezuela

Topic:

To be confirmed

Time:

8:00am PDT  |  10:00am CDT (Mexico) 11:00am EDT (Venezuela) 

4:00pm BST (UK)

 
Wellness & Fitness – mind, body and spirit

Encompassing general health, simple and easy-to-follow exercise and work out routines, meditation, breathing exercises, and some basic nutrition that works for me. Understanding that we have never fully ‘learned’, but are constantly ‘learning’, growing and evolving each and every day.

 

Reflecting on my journey this far, the constant has been an enjoyment, and passion for teaching, sharing, supporting, and helping, with the hope that what I have to share is of some relevance, interest, enjoyable, and potentially motivational in some small way. Now, with a desire to dedicate more time to sharing what I have learned this far, I have developed some easy-to-follow routines, inspired by my martial arts training and journey.

 

Join me on this incredible journey of self-discovery.  Let’s do it!

 
Fight – empty hand, sword & weapons – Coordination for TV & Film

Sensei / Kaicho Kiyoshi Yamazaki with whom I study, lived and worked with as assistant fight / sword coordinator for some years, opened doors, giving me the opportunity to meet and work with many great actors, such as, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ralf Moeller, Danny Woodburn, Robert McRay, T J Storm, Lou Ferrigno, Aly Dunne, Amy Buchwald amongst others, along with many talented stuntmen and stuntwomen professionals. Most of whom I assisted in Sensei / Kaicho Yamazaki coordinating fight scenes, training, teaching actors, stuntmen, and other industry professionals in how to safely and effectively create and perform dynamic and realistic fighting scenes. I am thankful and blessed to have been Sensei / Kaicho’s assistant and had a glimpse into the interesting and amazing world of Hollywood. My journey and experiences have given me a unique skills-set and ability to step back into the TV & Film industry when there are interesting projects and opportunities, with dynamic fight scenes to be coordinated. 

Guiding principles, the

SMART way…

 
 

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