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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Apr 27, 2017

Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr. is a well-known jujutsu practitioner and instructor. Jeremy had the chance to sit down with him for a conversation at the 2017 Martial Arts Symposium.

Conversations with Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr. - Episode 183

Soke Michael DePasquale is a legend in the world of jujutsu that hasn't yet been on the show. It's not for a lack of trying on either side, though! He's a busy man and it was great to finally chat with him while we had a chance to record it. He'll be back for our standard interview, but today's episode gives you a glimpse into his life and some of the great stories he has. Some people live a life of martial arts, Soke DePasquale embodies it.

Last week we featured another great conversation from the 2017 Martial Arts Symposium in Manchester, NH. This one with Hanshi Bruce Juchnik and Bill "Superfoot" Wallace. You can even watch a video of it. Check out that episode here.

If you'd like to learn more about Soke DePasquale, the best place to start is his website.

Apr 24, 2017

Coach Mike Chen is a Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) practitioner from New Hampshire. He's an excellent storyteller who brings solid perspective to his time on the show.

Coach Mike Chen - Episode 182

The hardest thing you are ever going to have to do in your martial art's career is stepping onto the mat for the first time to put on that white belt.

Coach Mike Chen comes to us from a listener introduction. As we hear him tell his tale of martial arts we hear someone who found their destiny, lives a martial arts lifestyle and fully embraces what that means. We get into some deep conversations and he doesn't hold back. I enjoyed his perspective and openness to the things we discussed and I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation.


We've put a lot of time into our Martial Arts Calendar website, which features a free place to post your martial arts competitions, seminars, charitable events, rank promotions and anything else that might be of interest to other martial artists. It is, and always will be, free to use and post to. Help us add to it and let's grow the martial arts together.

Apr 20, 2017

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik interviews Bill Wallace - aka Superfoot - at the 2017 Martial Arts Symposium in Manchester, NH.

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik Interviews Bill "Superfoot" Wallace - Episode 181

On Saturday, April 8th, we were fortunate enough to record Hanshi Bruce Juchnik as he reminisced and interviewed Grand Master Bill "Superfoot" Wallace during one of the breakout sessions. The conversation includes discussion on many of Bill Wallace's opponents and friends, including Skipper Mullins, Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis & a lot more.

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik knows a lot of the details of these stories and the two are able to have a great conversation. If you're a fan of the 60s and 70s martial arts era, this interview is right up your alley. There's a lot of wisdom shared in the interview, and you can tell the two men enjoyed their time and have a lot of respect for each other.

This was our first interview ever recorded with video, and while there are a lot of things we can do better, we're proud to bring it to you as is. Stick around until the very end for a special audio bonus of GM Bill Wallace teasing Jeremy.

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Apr 17, 2017

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee is a legend in the world of Taekwondo, some even refer to him as the Father of American Tae Kwon Do.

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee - Episode 180

It's hard to be in the martial arts and not know who Jhoon Rhee is - though there are certainly some who don't. When you talk about Taekwondo's start in the USA, you're really talking about Grandmaster Rhee. A friend to Bruce Lee, he's a central figure in parts of Mr. Alex Gillis's work, A Killing Art.

There's something particularly special about speaking to someone who has been training as long as Grandmaster Rhee. While not in the best of health, he was willing to take time out of his day to speak with me about martial arts, philosophy, and his beliefs on the intersection of the two.

Back on episode 14, we were lucky enough to speak with Bill "Superfoot" Wallace. Some of you asked for a transcript of the show, and with permission, we've gone ahead and done that. You can find affordable versions for both Kindle and in paperback over at Amazon.

Apr 13, 2017

Teaching advanced students can be a challenge, especially at a martial arts seminar or when you visit another school. You only have a limited amount of time to work with, and you're unlikely to have additional time to follow up.

Teaching at a Martial Arts Seminar  - Episode 179

Many martial artists enjoy passing on the things they've learned. It's fairly easy to teach things to your own students - you get to work with them week after week and make sure they progress. You guide them through the concepts you're imparting and watch them grow. The same can not be said of teaching someone else's students, however.

Whether it's a martial arts seminar you're asked to teach at or you're a guest lecturer at someone's school, there's a skill to teaching in this way. Just as teaching your own students takes time, teaching someone else's requires practice and a few other things. On today's episode, we delve into the elements that make someone a successful - and requested - instructor in this format.

Topics covered in this episode include

  • Remembering why you're teaching
  • Setting goals for your classes
  • The importance of repetition
  • The different methods of learning and how to teach to them
  • How to handle someone that asks lots of questions
  • How to handle someone that doesn't get it
  • Making sure you're invited to return

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Apr 10, 2017

Sensei Jeremy Bays is a taekwondo practitioner with a diverse extracurricular background, an excellent sense of humor and a passion for archery.

Sensei Jeremy Bays - Episode 178

A belt was something to hold up your pants or tie your gi together. It wasn't really a big of a deal for me so I was a white belt for five, six, seven years. 

It's common to find a strong sense of humor among martial artists, especially those that teach. After all, what we've chosen to do for our recreation - and for some, career - is a bit crazy. Today's guest has as strong a sense of humor as we've had on this show.

Sensei Jeremy Bays doesn't sound like your typical guest on this show - which is exactly why I was glad to have him on. While most of our guests have diversified their lives within martial arts, studying different styles under different instructors, Sensei Bays studies different pursuits entirely. With time in as a bow-maker, a comedian, and a Pastor, you can imagine the wanderings that some of our conversations took.


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Apr 6, 2017

You don't have to spend much time in the martial arts to see that we have a shadowy side. The infighting and tearing down of those that aren't that different from the rest holds the martial arts back.

A Little Bit of Martial Arts Unity - Episode 177

On today's episode, we tackle a subject close to Jeremy's heart - building unity in the martial arts. This episode covers

  • Where we could improve our mutual support as an industry.
  • The harm that our current mindset has on us.
  • Examples of other industries doing it better.
  • How we can start making progress.

On today's episode, we referenced Episode 105 - Helping People Find the Right Martial Arts School

The magazine mentioned on the show is Taekwondo Life.

Apr 3, 2017

Mr. John Hackleman is a Kajukenbo aka Hawaiian Kempo practitioner. He's also the founder of the training center The Pit and respected MMA coach to well-known fighters including Chuck Liddell.

Mr. John Hackleman - Episode 176

Kids in Hawaii can fight. The way I was treated in my High School, I was treated like the star quarterback for the football team because I was a martial artist fighter, I was a golden glove boxer. The teachers, the principal, the administration...

You don't have to go far into the world of Mixed Martial Arts to hear of today's guest. Mr. John Hackleman has built a career out of training some of the best in the world and in the process, his facility, The Pit, has become legendary. The man some call the Pitmaster is more than a great coach, he has a foundation in Hawaiian Kempo (Kenpo).

It was thanks to a past guest I was introduced to Mr. Hackleman, and our conversation was a great one. He's a no-nonsense sort of martial artist but pays homage to his roots in a way that some of the more modern practitioners don't seem to do. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him and look forward to everything he has in store.

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