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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Dec 1, 2016

...That doesn’t mean the training of weapons is only for practical purposes, but for this episode, we are going to limit the conversation to that. We’re actually going to restrict our conversation to non-obvious self-defense tools, which excludes firearms, stun guns and pepper sprays. While these are great tools, and I carry two of the three often, they’re definitely weapons. It’s hard to claim otherwise, which makes them a bit less appropriate for a martial arts conversation.


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Nov 28, 2016

Past guest Master Brendan Goodall returned to chat with Jeremy about a variety of martial arts topics.

Conversations with Master Brendan Goodall - Episode 139

For today's episode I had a chat with Master Goodall as we drove out to evening plans on Thanksgiving Day. We talk about a variety of martial arts subjects from motivation to instruction, to working with kids. You can check out our previous episode with Master Brendan Goodall, all the way back on Episode 10.

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Nov 24, 2016

We're all part of a martial arts family, simply by sharing the common bond of training for self-improvement.

Martial Arts Family - Episode 138

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Nov 21, 2016

Sensei Brandon Benenati - Episode 137

I've known Sensei Brandon Benenati for a couple years, first introduced to him by Master Adam Grogin, from all the way back on episode 5. I had the chance to attend 2015's Super Summer Seminars with him and really enjoyed his personality and approach to martial arts. He's a dedicated, passionate martial artist who truly enjoys his life - and his training.

On today' episode, we talk about where he's come from, where he's headed, and why martial arts continues as something he's pursuing.

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Nov 14, 2016

Sensei Katie Jordan is a Shotokan karate practitioner from Maine, now living in Massachusetts.

Sensei Katie Jordan - Episode 136

I really think competition makes people better. You see different fighters, you see different styles, you see what works for people and what doesn't.

I first met Sensei Katie Jordan in 2015 at a competition. Since that time I've had the opportunity to watch her referee, compete and otherwise embody martial arts. Sensei Jordan is a woman who had dedicated her life to martial arts training, and that dedication shows. On today's episode, we hear about her deep love for the arts, for her instructor and for the many people she's met along the way. What we hear today is insight and passion that shows a tremendous level of maturity. Enjoy.

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Nov 10, 2016

Most of our guests are men, it's true. Some have even accused the martial arts realm of being inherently sexist. We talk about this and more today.

Women in Martial Arts - Episode 135

On today's episode, we discuss why there are so few women on the show, sexism, the case against mandatory white training pants and a lot more. While this episode is not the grand conversation of women's issues in martial arts that we hope to have, it is the primer to set the stage for that conversation. 


Nov 7, 2016

Kyoshi Jose Dimacali - Episode 134

I'm not your friend, I say. I'm better than your friend - I'm your instructor. Because friends sometimes steer you the wrong way. Instructors are going to try to bring you to the right path.

I first met Kyoshi Jose Dimacali in 2015 at the Twin State Martial Arts Championships. We were still offering the 60-Second Pushup Challenge, and Kyoshi was encouraged to participate by his instructor, Hanshi Richard Bernard. He absolutely dominated the men's division that day (74), and it was one of the few times that Hanshi Bernard didn't take away the victory.

However, that was not the first time I had heard of Kyoshi. People spoke very highly of his skill and his dominance when it came to his forms performances. Over the next year, I had the opportunity to speak with him several times and I realized that not only is Kyoshi Dimacali an excellent competitor, but an excellent martial artist and a great person. Today's episode solidifies my opinions of him as he tells an emotional tale of martial arts, family, and motivation. I hope you enjoy it.


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Nov 3, 2016

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Oct 31, 2016

Mr. Daniel Hartz - Episode 132

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Mr. Hartz just after having Sensei Smith demonstrate a choke. Wearing a NoSweat Tee.

You may recognize the name of today's guest from his appearance on Episode 100. Mr. Daniel Hartz was the interviewer for my episode of the show, and it's been an honor to have him back for his turn at the table. While there are no firm rules about who we have on the show, we generally only extend the invitation to black belts. Mr. Hartz recently earned his black belt at a weekend-long testing ceremony I was fortunate enough to participate in.

On today's episode, we learn a lot about not only Mr. Hartz, but about what it is that draws people to martial arts and keeps them there. As a recent black belt, Mr. Hartz doesn't have the decades of training many of our guests do, which gives him a different perspective on training. He's very open about himself and his love for the arts, which I suspect will resonate for most listeners. It certainly did for me.


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Oct 27, 2016

On today's episode, we discuss the important of etiquette in a martial arts class. We also tackle how to handle attending class with a different group of people, where martial arts etiquette might be different.

Martial Arts Etiquette - Episode 131

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Oct 24, 2016

On episode 107 we released a profile of Sensei Fumio Demura. After several conversations with people that knew Sensei, it didn't seem likely that we'd be able to have him on the show. It's no secret that his health isn't great and, despite that, he's still very busy. So we went ahead and released our profile episode to honor him and all of his accomplishments. He's certainly a figure that martial artists should know.

From that episode, the folks at The Real Miyagi, the documentary outlining Sensei's life, reached out to us. After some back and forth they were able to put us in touch with Demura Sensei by email... and the rest is (now) history. What follows is an uncut discussion between Sensei Fumio Demura and host Jeremy Lesniak.


Oct 20, 2016

Advice on how to handle martial arts related setbacks.

Dealing with Setbacks - Episode 129

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Oct 17, 2016

But that front kick that's done on a bag isn't truly owned by the student until they're in a free-thinking, sparring situation and they see the opening and they're like "Oh, now it's time for a front kick."

Renshi Lisa Magiera occupies an interesting place in the martial arts world, at least for listeners to this show. Over the episodes, we've spoken of various guests in a familial sense, as they tie to my place in the martial arts world. We've heard from older siblings, Uncles, and others. Renshi Lisa Magiera is best described as my sister.

Just a short time after I left Maine for College, Renshi moved to the area and starting training at the karate school I grew up in. She ultimately purchased it and continues to operate it today. She learned the same things by the same people, and we have many things in common because of that. Interestingly, we had very little overlap as my College visits to home rarely involved martial arts, as I was there for holidays and weekends. We've built a strong friendship over the last few years, though.

This episode is a lot of fun, for both of us, and hopefully, everyone else enjoys it, too.


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Oct 10, 2016

Mr. Dale Frye, aka "Sunshine," is a world champion kickboxer turned actor and stuntman.

Mr. Dale Frye - Episode 126

I said, wait a minute. We just sat here and beat on each other for six rounds, and it was fun. And it's like, maybe we need to be looked at or something.

Mr Dale Frye has done a lot. From winning world-titles in kickboxing to an acting resume that's been impressive for decades. Whether it's kicks or stunts or acting, Mr. Frye, also known by his fighting name, Sunshine, has left his mark. We had a good chat and I think you'll enjoy it.  Let's welcome him to the show.

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Dale Frye

Oct 6, 2016

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Oct 3, 2016

I first met Shihan Grant Campbell during the March 2016 Superfoot black belt gathering in Florida. It was during this same assembly that I met Kyoshi Kevin Hudson, and, of course, Sensei Terry Dow and Bill Wallace were there. I met a lot of people that weekend, and everyone was very skilled, and a great person to work with. There was one person, though, that stood out for me in the way he helped me through that weekend.

We've all worked with martial arts practitioners that seem to understand us, to know our journey, and to make us better. Shihan Campbell was that person for me, at least on that weekend. I enjoyed his help with the physical aspects of our training, but also really appreciated his humor and stories during meals and downtime. I knew that he was someone we needed to have on the show.

The scheduling took some time, as he's very busy with training, teaching, and travelling, but we made it happen. Listen in, you'll see that it was worth the wait.

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Sep 29, 2016

What are you doing? I know what you’re doing. You’re getting ready to listen to today’s episode of Martial Arts Radio. Well, here we are. Episode 123 is coming at you in just a moment, and it’s all about Jean-Claude Van Damme.

I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host, Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick, if you don’t know, makes the absolute best sparring gear, apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome all of our new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back again.

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Sep 26, 2016

Renshi Craig Sargent - Episode 122

Over the last year and a half, there have been guests that I've wanted to get to know better. I've known today's guest for a few years, and despite quite a few conversations, I felt like there was a lot more than I knew. It wasn't more than 15 minutes into today's episode before I realized my instincts were correct- Renshi Craig Sargent had a lot more to say than I'd heard during our brief talks.

Right from the beginning, he opens up, and he takes us on a ride like few have with this show. I can say I know Renshi Sargent much better, now, and I look forward to seeing him more at tournaments and other events.

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Sep 22, 2016

On today's episode we answer four burning questions submitted by the audience.

Question & Answer #1 - Episode 121

Today’s episode will be a bit different- because we’re always trying to change things up and bring you some variety. If you follow us on social media, you know we ask a lot of questions – because we want to know what you think about things.

But through those questions comes conversation, and questions coming back to us. And today we’re going to answer some of the questions that you’ve written in. If you like this show and want to see more of this format, let us know and, ideally, send in a question yourself.

Here are the questions we tackle on today's episode:

Q: What do you think Bruce Lee’s career would have looked like if he was alive today?

Q: I’m 18 and love martial arts. I’ve been training since I was 9 but now I’m at college and don’t have very many options to continue my training. There’s a martial arts club on campus but it’s very different from what I’m used to. I’m missing my dojo back home but it’s too far to drive. What should I do?

Q: How long should I stop training if I become injured? I’ve recently messed up my shoulder and it’s getting better, but I really miss my training. Can I just go in and take it easy?

Q: If you had to spend the next year training alone with only one famous martial artist or actor, who would it be?

On today's episode, we mentioned our episode on Martial Arts training in a car, Episode 95.

Sep 19, 2016

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik is a living encyclopedia. When you talk about the most famous martial artists - Joe Lewis, Robert Trias, Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace, James Mitose - he's right there in the mix. In some of the stories, he's on the fringes, but can tell you about the major players and what really happened. In others, he takes center stage and helps connect the dots on some of the most important elements of our past.

And history is very important to Hanshi Juchnik. He knows where he came from and he believes you should, too. As important as punching and kicking is, that's how important knowing your lineage is to Hanshi Bruce Juchnik. It was a pleasure to have him on the show and connect many of the different stories we've already heard, as well as point us in the direction of some guests we'll be having on in the future.

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Sep 15, 2016

McDojos, and all that they mean to the martial arts community, are the topic of conversation today on our first-ever group chat.

Group Chat: McDojos - Episode 119

Today's episode is a bit different - it's our first group conversation. A few weeks ago, we were approached by Sensei Robert Ingram. Sensei Ingram is the man behind the McDojo Life brand. McDojo Life is a martial arts entertainment group that brings you humorous martial arts content. Most of their content is published through social media. McDojo Life has quite a large following, and for good reason - their stuff is funny!

We also brought back a past guest, whistlekick's good friend & host of the Martial Thoughts podcast, Sensei Jaredd Wilson. Jeremy joins the two of them to discuss McDojos, integrity in martial arts instruction and instructors and a lot more.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a McDojo is a derogatory term that refers to a martial arts school that doesn't live up to the standards others set. It's completely subjective, and we discuss that as part of the show. We had a great conversation and all three of us enjoyed the time together. If you like this format, please let us know and we'll look at doing more of them. Thanks for listening and have an amazing day! 

During the episode, we talked about Episode 69, our episode where we talk about martial arts instructors & integrity.

On today's episode, we reference the Redneck Jiu Jitsu YouTube Channel

For More Information on Sensei Ingram and McDojo Life

You can find McDojo Life on Instagram, YouTubeFacebook & Twitter. Soon, the website will be active.

For More Information on Sensei Jaredd Wilson and Martial Thoughts

You can find Sensei Jaredd Wilson on Episode 76, his previous podcast appearance.
You can find the Martial Thoughts podcast here, website.

Sep 12, 2016

I first met Kancho Brown at a multi-instructor seminar in early summer of 2016. I was impressed with his skill, but more so his personality. We quickly became friends and I found myself thrilled at his stories and sense of humor. I knew he was someone that needed to come on the show, and we spent a few months coordinating schedules... BUT... he's here now and it's time for his tales. Let's welcome him to the show.

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Sep 8, 2016

Hi. Guess what? It’s time for another episode of whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, and this is episode 117, and it’s our long-awaited profile of the amazing Tony Jaa.

I'm whistlekick’s founder but I’m better known as your host, Jeremy Lesniak. whistlekick, if you don’t know, makes the absolute best sparring gear, apparel and accessories for practitioners and fans of traditional martial arts.  I'd like to welcome the new listeners and thank everyone that’s come back again.

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So, today we’re talking about Tony Jaa. When his name pops up, people think about the Ong Bak movies and his unique martial arts choreography. But how did he get started? What makes him tick? Well, I’ll tell you.

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Sep 5, 2016

As with a number of our guests, it was from a news article that we first learned of Mestre Efraim Silva. Native to Brazil, Mestre Silva has been living in Connecticut for a number of years and has been spreading Capoeira throughout New England via his school. It took us some time to find a day to record as he's very much in demand teaching seminars throughout the United States.

It was, to be blunt, very much worth the wait. Mestre Efraim talks of his early challenges in Brazil, his struggles to open a school here in the US and the positive changes he has had in the lives of his students. It's a powerful episode and one that may leave you feeling inspired and, at times, overwhelmed. It certainly did for me. Enjoy.


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