There are many books and videos put out by many individual Masters and Champions. There are even more put out by those who think of themselves as Masters and Champions. They cover just about every style of the Martial Arts. Most concentrate on the techniques specific to the author’s style. This site was developed as a forum where athletes of many diverse styles could pool their experiences in one place. They all share a common goal, as World Champ Geoff Thompson calls it, the Pursuit of Excellence. Here they don’t argue about styles or Masters, but just search for what can make them better as athletes in the ring and as humans in general.
Which is how it should be.
The Karate Athlete was founded by 2 time IKA World Cup Bronze Medalist and former Captain of the U.S. Karate Team, Julian Forbes (USA). He won many National and International competitions before retiring in 1996. Julian was trained by European Champion Marc DeLuca (FRA) and World Champion Geoff Thompson (ENG) before moving back to his native U.S. and continuing under Soke Takayuki Kubota where he attained the rank of Shihan Dai (4th Dan) in Gosoku Ryu. He also holds a 4th Dan in Shotokan.
Julian’s European training made him very aware of the closed mindedness that existed in the U.S. to alternative, additional “athletic” training and Sports Sciences as a way of enhancing an athlete’s performance in the ring. Indeed, the whole concept of training like an “athlete” seemed to threaten traditionalists. Julian and Karate Athlete strongly believe in the value and necessity of traditional dojo training to perfect technique and develop as Martial Artists, but also believe that there is so much more needed in order to compete at International levels. The Europeans adopted this approach over 30 years ago and have dominated competitive Karate ever since. Fortunately, this is now finally slowly changing in the U.S., mostly due to the determination of athletes who “trained in the closet” so to speak, and a few open minded Senseis, but it has been a long battle.
Julian has assembled, and will continue to assemble, the best from both the world of athletes and that of sports doctors and scientists from around the world in order to offer athletes everywhere a place to share, learn, and advance. A place free from the constraints sometimes imposed by organizations or senseis and coaches. While input, guidance, and motivation from coaches is invaluable, here you are free to evaluate the best of the best’s experience and knowledge and pick and choose what may be of use to you without any of the usual pressures.
Be sure to check out the Champ Training Diaries accessed through our Training page. You can see what various champions did 7 days a week to train and their diets.