Now Writing Historical Background

I realized early on that it would be silly to simply drop readers into a bunch of interviews with no context whatsoever. To understand how and why karate came to America and became so popular we also have to understand the role of other arts. For example, Judo was the premiere Eastern fighting art in […]

2 New Interviews and Intro Research/Outlining

The interview tally continues to rise as I prepare to add two new interviews into the mix. One of the new guests is for Seibukan and another is for Shorinkan. I’m very excited to have both individuals as part of the book. The actual interview collection process is now winding down as I prepare for […]

New “Western Generation” Teaser Video

I’m happy to present this teaser video for “Tales from the Western Generation”. In the video you’ll see some unique photos and video clips of both masters and their Western proteges. The construction of the video comes courtesy of Douglas Proce at Douglas is both a filmmaker and martial artist, which made him the […]

3 New Interviews Added

This has been a big week for “Tales”. I’ve been able to add three new interviews spanning three different arts. The new guests are practitioners of Shuri Ryu, Shotokan, and Okinawa Kenpo. These additions add the first element of Shuri Ryu and expanded perspective for Shotokan and Okinawa Kenpo. I’m also happy to say that […]

Interview Guests to be Revealed as Publication Approaches

As you may have noticed from browsing the site there are a handful of interview guests revealed while many are still ‘top secret’. While I like a good mystery as much a the next guy I think it would be fun to reveal more and more of the guests as the book moves along in […]

Now Over 200 Pages of Interview Content!

I’m very happy to report the latest benchmark crossed – over 200 pages of pure interview content. That is around 10 pages for every interview guest, and there are still a few more guests that I want to get involved. One of the most important aspects of this book in my mind was getting passed […]

“Western Generation” Passes the 20 Participant Mark!

When first starting this project I set 20 participants as my benchmark. I figured that if I could collect 20 important stories it would provide a wide enough range of experience to tell an important story regarding the birth of karate in America. I’m extremely happy to say that we have reached that benchmark. Here’s […]

Now Over 100 Pages of Interview Content!

The manuscript for “Western Generation” just recently passed a milestone – over 100 pages of pure interview content! At this point the manuscript lacks any fancy formatting or even images. That means when I say 100 pages of interview content it is seriously packed with information. No wide margins or double spacing (or any other […]

“Western Generation” Passes the 10 Participant Mark

There are a lot of factors that go into creating a successful book, but for this particular project there is simply no substitute for participants! Imagine only five or six perspectives on the introduction of karate into America. That wouldn’t do. I’m happy to say I now have over ten completed interviews and a bunch […]