Is failing an option?

A common question in the martial arts scene is of course, can/should students be failed at graduations/belt promotions, if they are not up to the correct level? How should that be handled? I have never failed anyone! Every semester ends with a graduation for the adult class, where we sparr, show some techniques under pressure, […]

Ground game for self-defense?

Some people question the idea of studying fighting on the ground, for self-defense purposes. The reasons can be different, like “it’s always better to stay on your feet”, or “bjj is too competitive, it doesn’t work on the street”, etc. My view is quite clear: In a chaotic situation, it’s very easy to fall, but […]

Kids practise

An inspiration for this blog, and martial artists in general, is of course the Karate Nerd concept by Jesse Enkamp. I find myself answering a lot of posts in the Karate Nerd Facebook group, when people ask for help and opinions in different matters. It’s a nice group, so join it! Today’s post is inspired […]

International Kodokan Open

February 9-10 2019 we went to International Kodokan Open in Norderstedt, right outside of Hamburg. It’s the biggest competition we have been to so far, and the first one in Germany! The competition had about 300 players, 17 from Sweden if I remember correctly, and was divided into two days of fighting. We didn’t know […]

Cobra Kai

One of the later trends in the TV series business is the “Where are they now” concept. Gilmore Girls, Fuller House – and who wouldn’t sell their liver to get a glimpse into the contemporaries of the Friends cast? After the moderate success of the Karate Kid remake, Will Smith and his team decided to […]


The first season of Fightworld is from 2018 – Frank Grillo travels the world, training martial arts, watching fights, interviewing people and so on. There is a very human side to this that appeals to me. It is much needed in this Instagram-world filled with only the shiny front of Taekwondo, BJJ, Crossfit, Conor McGregor and […]


As a parent, you are responsible for raising your kid. If you don’t do it, society will do it for you, but it’s a long way down a really bad road before that happens. Schools are responsible for raising your kids – to a certain extent – and they might! My job teaching kids in […]

Combat Camp Sweden 2019

For the second year we went to Rob Haans big camp “Combat Camp Sweden”, the first weekend of January. I like the concept of Kangeiko (寒稽古), to set the standard for the rest of the year by tough training in the first weekend of January. This year I got to see the kids practise with […]


Joseki means something like an honorary seat in the Dojo. Normally it would be one specific side in the layout of the room, but due to structural issues we use it as a term to make a difference between the Shomen (where the teacher/leader sit) and the place where we would put the honorary judges […]


For Fredrik Sjövalls black belt graduation I wanted to give him a belt, something he would be proud to receive, and something I would be proud to give. There are decent belts, but since I am allergic to having embroidery that can be seen on the back of the belt, it doesn’t leave many options. […]