whistlekick Martial Arts Radio - Podcast about Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Capoeira, FMA - Interviews, Training Advice, Stories, Motivation, Celebrities & More

whistlekick Martial Arts Radio is a bi-weekly podcast interviewing traditional martial artists. We hear their stories and journeys, the way they overcame challenges and learn how to be better people through the guests martial arts experiences. Past guests have included many famous martial artists from Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu and other disciplines.
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Feb 27, 2017

Mr. Andrew Freund is a sumo practitioner and the promoter of the US Sumo Open with a background in kendo, tai chi & aikido.

Mr. Andrew Freund - Episode 165

"And when I reflect back on it, if someone had done something only for business, they might get great results, but there would probably be something lacking in terms of integrity, the authenticity and the passion."

It hit me one day that there's a martial art we never talk about in traditional circles. It's rarely in media and yet, it seems like the traditions are older than our interpretations of most traditional martial arts. So it was I went looking for someone we could talk to about the art of Sumo.

When you research Sumo in the United States, you inevitably find information about today's guest. As a sumo practitioner, event promoter, talent agent and so much more, Mr. Andrew Freund has dedicated his life to the art of Sumo. It was very clear after some research that this was the man to have on the show, and I'm so pleased he accepted the invitation.

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Feb 23, 2017

We bring back two past guests that are passionate about martial arts competition - Master Huzon Alexander and Mr. Richard Osborn. We chat about what we're doing wrong - and right - in the current competitive landscape.

Conversations on Martial Arts Competition - Episode 164

On today's episode we discuss the following subjects and more:

  • What is the landscape of martial arts competition today?
  • What elements of martial arts competitions are we getting right?
  • Where could we improve with competitive martial arts?
  • How have things changed for the competitive martial art scene over the last few decades?

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You can find Master Huzon Alexander & Mr. Richard Osborn on their previous episodes, linked by their name.

We talk about two individuals we're hoping to have on the show soon - Mr. Ross Levine & Mr. Raymond Daniels.

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Feb 20, 2017

Sensei Ando Mierzwa is a longtime martial arts practitioner and the host of the Fight for a Happy Life podcast.

Sensei Ando Mierzwa - Episode 163

"If your tricks aren't working, you better find new tricks."

My first experience with Sensei Ando was sort of a strange one, at least, not one you might expect. In an effort to promote martial arts podcast overall, we put together a post we titled "Best Martial Arts Podcasts." It's no secret that we're not the only martial arts podcast, and I honestly listen to several of them. I always liked the material Sensei Ando included in his episodes, so we put him on the list.

That led to some social media conversation and a number of emails. A bit over a year later we connected again and decided it was time that we get to put him through our questions. That brings us to now when we have a chance to hear from the man who reminds of the importance of a smile at the end of each one of his episodes.

What are you wearing right now? If it's not a pair of our Cloud9 sweatpants, you're not as comfortable as you could be. :) Find them at, and buy yourself two pairs... otherwise, you're not going to want to take them off long enough to wash. (In all seriousness, this is a complaint we hear from parents that have purchased a pair for their children!)

Feb 16, 2017

25 Drills to Improve Your Martial Arts Forms - Kata, Poomsae, Tul, Patterns, Routines... etc

Martial Arts Forms Drills - Episode 162

On today's episode, we tackle 25 different ways you can improve your martial arts forms. See the list below, but listen to the episode for explanations, notes, and a few tangents.

Practice performing your martial arts forms...

  1. With your eyes closed
  2. Facing different directions
  3. Backwards
  4. Mirrored (Left becomes right)
  5. Both mirrored & backward

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On today's episode, we referenced Episode 158 - Resistance Training for Martial Arts. You may also want to check out Episode 113 - Different Training Environments.

Martial Arts Forms Drills

Feb 13, 2017

Mr. Randy Moy is a practitioner of Chinese martial arts from Massachusetts, with a beginning in Wing Chun and current training in Tai Chi.

Mr. Randy Moy - Episode 161

Martial arts is a life practice. That doesn't mean you practice for the rest of your life, but I think what makes things powerful with me is that it's really incorporated into my life.

Today's guest is a thoughtful martial artist. Mr. Randy Moy struck me from the outset as a very contemplative person and someone with a lot to share. Today's episode brings us inside his life and his transition from Wing Chun to Tai Chi. While today's episode isn't full of high-impact stories, it's easily one of the most quotable interviews we've had.

We've started making some of our podcast episodes available as eBooks. Do you know a martial artist that doesn't have an interest in listening to these shows, but might enjoy reading some of the best ones? Be sure to recommend our books. Our first interview - none other than Bill Wallace - is available here. Find our eBooks on Amazon in the Kindle store.


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Feb 9, 2017

In this episode, we explore real-world strategies for continuing martial arts training as your body ages. Tips and mindset advice for the older martial artists, or those that hope to be.

Martial Arts Training As You Age - Episode 160

Sleep Smarter Book

Episode 77 - Martial Arts Recovery & Rehab

Martial Arts Training Age Older

Feb 6, 2017

Mr. Jon Call is better known by his online handle Jujimufu. With deep roots in traditional martial arts, he's gone on to fame for his tricking, strength, flexibility, and general athleticism.

Mr. Jon Call aka Jujimufu - Episode 159

I can still get stronger, I can still build more muscle, I can still learn new moves. I'm still 31, I've got more years in me before I see a slower decline.

I first learned of today's guest through an online video someone shared. I was stunned at his strength and flexibility, especially considering his large size. It was clear this was a man with extreme athleticism. While I'm no tricker, I admire the movements many of them are capable of and I see the influence they've had on martial arts competitions.

It wasn't until I heard him on fitness podcast that I learned Mr. Jon Call started his journey as a traditional martial artist. The man many know only as Jujimufu, who gained notoriety on America's Got Talent for doing a split across two chairs while holding a weighted barbell overhead, came from the same beginnings as most of us. When I heard more of his story I knew we had to have him on the show.


For full show notes, with lots of photos and videos and more, check out:

Feb 2, 2017

In this episode, we explore why resistance training is so beneficial in martial arts, how to get started, equipment to consider and what to watch for so you can get the most out of the time while reducing your risk for injury.

Resistance Training for Martial Arts - Episode 158

Topics from today's episode:

  • What is resistance training?
  • Benefits of resistance training for martial artists.
  • Places resistance training shows up in martial arts
  • Why martial artists need more physical conditioning.
  • How often should you train like this?
  • How to avoid getting "too big."
  • How to train and what to train.
  • Training at a gym vs at home and what equipment to use.
  • How to incorporate resistance training into a martial arts class.
  • The importance of keeping the training varied, but not too varied.
  • Why full range of motion movement is important.
  • Training for power, speed, and strength.
  • Why martial artists do well with physical conditioning training.

You should check out the blog post we wrote to accompany this episode at, titled The Top 10 Bodyweight Movements For a Martial Arts Class.