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 14, 2016

On today's episode we offer up some strategies for avoiding fights, including creative situations for diffusing the situations that often lead to fights. This list is certainly not complete, but covers the  seven primary strategies for getting yourself out of a rough situation and avoiding combat altogether.

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Apr 11, 2016

Today's episode features our first conversation with someone who trains primarily in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Mr. Jeremiah Grossman started his martial arts training in other styles but found his calling later when he switched. With the strong ties we often hear of between BJJ and mixed martial arts, you might go into this episode thinking we're going to have a wholly different conversation than normal. But we didn't. Mr. Grossman is every bit the martial artist that our other guests have been, and I really enjoyed our conversation. But enough of that, let's hear from our guest. ~jeremy


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Apr 7, 2016

Welcome to the Martial Arts Radio profile of the classic martial arts movie, Enter the Dragon. On today's episode we talk about the history of the film, trivia and a lot more. Check it out - you'll be sure to know a lot more about this film than you did before.


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Apr 4, 2016

Grandmaster John Pellegrini is a well-known martial artist with a list of credentials and accolades that few will accomplish, in any industry. He's a sought-after seminar instructor and routinely travels around the world sharing his knowledge. Many of his seminar attendees have said he's a must-see, and it was one of those attendees that reached out and asked us to bring him on the show. We rarely resist a user suggestion for a guest, as you all have been so great with suggestions in the past.

As you might expect, pinning GM Pellegrini down for a conversation was challenging due to his extensive travel schedule. We had to book out much more in advance than we normally do, but it was well worth it. Here is a man who loves the martial arts, loves what it has done for him and is doing what he can to give back. He feels strongly, as most of the guests on our show do, that martial arts is something everyone should train in. Listen on for more of what he has to say, and enjoy.

PS - during our personal conversation after the episode, Grandmaster Pellegrini shared a bit that we tacked on at the end, so be sure to listen through the outro. ~jeremy

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Mar 31, 2016

Now, today’s episode is a little different. We had a member of the whistlekick online community write in with a suggestion that we discuss the benefits or martial arts for children, but from the idea that any martial arts training can be a benefit to any child. We thought it was an interesting topic, so we reached out to one of our past guests, Master Tanya Panizzo. As a school owner, instructor, parent of a child in martial arts and also the pioneer of a very progressive autism spectrum disorder –only class, we thought she’d have some good things to say. And she did. So, check this out.


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Mar 28, 2016

And I think that's where I've learned the greatest lesson is... you know, my ego should have stayed outside the door. And if I'd have kept it outside the door, I think I would have been able to process things better. ~Aaron Wayne-Duke

Today we're joined by Mr. Aaron Wayne-Duke. Mr. Duke is a practitioner of taekwondo & hapkido, an author, and a truly passionate fan of martial arts and martial art culture. We had a great conversation that wandered all over the map, just the way I like them. Rather than trying and give you an index for our chat, I'd rather just let you listen...



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Mar 24, 2016

On today's show we tackle a tough topic - the media's attention on the bad seeds in the martial arts. It seems that reporters love talking about those of us that can't walk an ethical path, and it makes the rest of us look bad. What do we do? Listen in for some ideas.


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Mar 21, 2016

Today we're joined by Sensei Rocky DiRico, an excellent martial artist and accomplished competitor. Sensei DiRico, like all of our guests, loves the martial arts. Unlike other guests, though, he's made competition a core part of his training, having been ranked #1 in the nation or world by NASKA, NBL and PKL rating organizations. He also spent a ten-year stint at the top of the KRANE rankings - all of these accomplishments coming after he turned 35. He is widely regarded as the most accomplished senior competitor in the history of sport martial arts. We spend some time talking about that, but also his traditional roots & how he got started.

In an amazing example of how small the world truly is, both Sensei DiRico and my instructor started their careers in teaching martial arts in the same town, teaching out of the exact same building, two years about. Despite that, they've never met.

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Mar 17, 2016

On today's episode of Martial Arts Radio we talk about one of our top-referenced film from our interviews, The Karate Kid. Tons of trivia, behinds the scenes and blooper info, celebrities that didn't get parts and so much more.


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Mar 14, 2016

Today's episode brings us Professor Gary Dill, a multi-disciplined martial artist best known for being one of the few remaining original students of Jeet Kune Do, the martial art pioneered by Bruce Lee. While this is absolutely not an episode about Bruce Lee, it's impossible to discuss Professor Dill's history and views on martial arts without the legend's name being thrown around.

During our chat after the episode closed, Professor Dill shared some additional stories that he gave us permission to share, and those are tacked on at the very end of the episode. Everything he shared was great and this will definitely be an episode that gets some attention. Thanks for listening, and enjoy.

Your host, Jeremy

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Mar 10, 2016

Today's episode comes out of discussions that have happened on this very show. We've had a number of guests admit openly that they've found themselves uninspired with their training at times, even bored. I've faced that myself, but I've always managed to move through it. I thought it time that we do an episode on this taboo subject and offer some suggestions on how you can beat the martial arts training blues.


~jeremy, Your host.


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Mar 7, 2016

On today's episode of Martial Arts Radio we're joined by Hanshi Richard Bernard, a long-time Goju-Ryu karate practitioner from New England. I first met Hanshi Bernard at a competition, but I had no idea at the time that I influenced him in devoting so much of his time to competing. Our conversation was a lot of fun for me, as I've only spent short bits of time talking with the man that most refer to only as "Hanshi." I think what most impresses me about this man is his humility. A tremendous martial artist, instructor and competitor, he will always be the first to praise the actions of another, especially if they best him in competition. His desire to succeed is strong (which he may have learned from his instructor) but, at least in my experience, it has never clouded his integrity or his willingness to take an honest look at himself. There's a reason he's become a favorite among many at New England competitions, and if you listen to this episode, you'll understand.

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Mar 3, 2016

On today's episode we talk about Donnie Yen, who seems to be providing a martial arts flair to nearly everything these days. Fresh off Ip Man 3, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny and with upcoming roles in XXX: The Return of Xander Cage and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we thought it was time to learn more about the man. Listen in and follow along below for his history, martial arts experience and so much more.

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Feb 29, 2016

I met Mr. John DeBlasio during my recent trip the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors Mega Weekend in Atlantic City, NJ. I was making my first pass on the exhibition floor and Bill Wallace was standing there talking to him. Shortly after I ended up speaking with Mr. DeBlasio and really enjoyed our conversation. It was clear that this man was not only a true martial artist, but also a good guy and a passionate (and successful) actor. I knew he'd be a great guest for the show.

His acting credits include TV shows like Blue Bloods, Elementary and The Sopranos and movies like Talons of the Eagle with Billy Blanks and The Cobbler with Adam Sandler.

And what a guest he turned out to be. This episode has a bit of everything - humorous stories, serious moments & amazing advice all from a man who is clearly walking the path of a martial artist. Mr. DeBlasio knows his history and does a great job of bringing us on his journey. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.

Your humble host, Jeremy

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Feb 25, 2016

On today's episode we tackle the delicate subject of martial arts belts, martial arts rank, and testings within our world. History, differences, pros and cons, suggestions and so much more.

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Feb 22, 2016

Here we are, it's episode 60 and we're joined by Soke-Dai David Nemeroff. He's a diverse martial artist with 10 black belts and quite a few related interests. As a school owner, instructor, author, event promoter, Soke-Dai Nemeroff comes to us today to share his stories, and we get some great ones.

If you've wondered about the different perspectives martial artists have after training in different martial arts, you may find this episode interesting. Soke-Dai Nemeroff is primarily an Aikido practitioner, and that certainly comes through in his stories and his view of life and the martial arts. We talk about his time in Japan, challenges and even some of the ways he gives back.

As we always try to do, we're bringing you another episode with some wonderful stories that we hope keeps you entertained and inspired.

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Feb 15, 2016

On episode 59 we're joined by Sho-Dai Soke Mike Andrus, who asked that we call him Mr. Mike. The conversation is an entertaining and insightful one, with Mr. Mike sharing a lot of wisdom and really opening himself up. We get to know a bit of the man behind the belt, and he has some great things to say. As martial artists, author, instructor & seminar presenter, Mr. Mike has met with, trained and trained under some absolutely wonderful people. He brings a lot of energy to what he does, including his time on this episode.


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Feb 11, 2016

On today's episode we profile Jackie Chan, the famed actor, producer, director, singer... let's just say this is a renaissance man in the truest definition. Follow along below for a heavily-linked show transcript with videos, photos and tons of fun and rare facts. Hopefully, someday we'll have the real Jackie Chan on the show, but until then, this will have to do.


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Feb 8, 2016

Our guest on this episode is Hanshi Ron Martin, a man with an amazing martial arts career. Captain of the first US Karate team, Hanshi Martin has toured the world competing, and came up on the better end against most of the best of his day. As you might expect of a martial artist from the "blood and guts" era, he has some incredible stories and he shares them here today.


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Feb 4, 2016

On today's show we talk about martial arts conditioning - strength, cardiovascular and flexibility. We discuss methods for improving them, common mistakes and how you can get the most out of your training and become a better martial artist.


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Feb 1, 2016


On today's episode we're joined by Sensei Andrea Harkins, a martial artist from Florida. Sensei Andrea, as she asked I call her, is an author and blogger that runs a martial arts school in Florida with her husband. Whereas most of our guests have been training since they were children, Sensei Andrea started in her 20s which gives her an entirely different perspective. She was great about sharing that perspective with us and offers up some excellent stories.

Sensei Andrea is an active writer, contributing articles to not only her own publications but also some very well-respected online magazines. Read on for the show notes below to see where you can find her writing. We'll be updating this page when her book does come out, so stay tuned.

Today's featured product is our whistlekick ball cap, available in two styles. Head on over to the website to order - they've been really popular!

Show Notes

The Martial Arts Woman - Sensei Andrea's Website & Blog. Also the title of her upcoming book.

Andrea's professional and personal Facebook pages, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter accounts.

Sensei Andrea also writes for &

While we didn't get into it on the show, Sensei Andrea is also a noted public speaker and life coach. You can learn more about those aspects of her at her website.

Don't forget, there are lots of ways you can help this show grow. The easiest one is to head over to iTunes and leave a review. Here's a direct link to the show webpage for iTunes -

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Jan 28, 2016

Instincts - Episode 54


What does having a strong sense of instinct have to do with being a good martial artist? How can you develop your instincts? We explore these questions and a lot more in today's episode.


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Jan 25, 2016


Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle

Today we talk with Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle, or Dr. T as he's commonly referred to. A martial artist with over 55 years experience, numerous awards and decorations, it was an honor to have him on the show. Dr. T's passion is around bullying education and prevention, which is why he founded the organization Martial Arts for Peace. We talk about the path that brought him to founding the organization and the life events that showed him how important the issue of bullying was, decades before anyone else was talking about it.

Our conversation doesn't always follow the path you might expect, however. We talk about Dr. T's conversations with Linda Lee Cadwell (Bruce Lee's Widow) and her opinion of what Bruce Lee might have thought about his work. The thread of bullying weaves throughout the episode and Dr. T's answers to the questions, but there's a lot more to this man and his work than bullying. I found him to be very thoughtful and very authentic. I haven't spoken with many people who have shouldered a cause for as long as Dr. T, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for that.

Your humble host, Jeremy Lesniak


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Jan 21, 2016

Tournaments - Episode 52

Bill Wallace Jeff Smith Joe Lewis
Bill Wallace, Jeff Smith & Joe Lewis

Our tournament - whistlekick Martial Arts Showdown

History of Modern Sport Karate - a great reference if you're interested in digging deeper.

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Jan 16, 2016


Today we get some time with Mr. Donavan Barrett, a WTF taekwondo practitioner from the gulf coast of Florida. Mr. Barrett is an exceptional kicker with amazing flexibility and a great passion for the martial arts. We first met him on social media and after a lot of conversation, we selected him as one of our Brand Ambassadors. While we do what we can to help our partners, we're not talking to Mr. Barrett (or Mr. Donavan as he's called in his dojang) because of our relationship with him. Rather, we think he's an exceptional martial artist with great stories and a passion for sharing his passion. It doesn't take long in the episode for you to understand just how much this young man loves what he does.

Mr. Donavan talks extensively about the inspiration he takes from martial arts idols and pioneers such as Chloe Bruce, Ronda Rousey and Bill Wallace. As with most of our guests, he opens up about who he is and the impact martial arts has had on his life. His strength of character is certainly admirable and his self-confidence and willingness to share openly is worth noting. This is likely to be an episode that inspires others for some time.

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