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.
RSS Feed Subscribe in iTunes
whistlekick Martial Arts Radio - Podcast about Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Capoeira, FMA - Interviews, Training Advice, Stories, Motivation, Celebrities & More




All Episodes
Now displaying: Page 7
Dec 10, 2015

Where is the Martial Arts in MMA?

mmaOn today's episode, we go deep into the world of mixed martial arts. There's a lot of talk lately about martial artists being bad fighters, the uselessness of traditional martial arts and a lot more. We explore those topics and a lot more as we separate the MMA from the TMA (traditional martial arts). This may prove to be a controversial episode, so hold on.

This episode's featured product - our t-shirtstee shirt

UFC 5 - Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock

Sage Northcutt

Ronda Rousey refuses to touch gloves with Holly Holm

Movie Pick - All the best "my art is better than yours" movies are unavailable on Netflix, so this week's pick doesn't quite fit the theme of the show. Mortal Kombat


Dec 7, 2015
I couldn't be happier with what we're doing, but I just don't want to be the person that is too comfortable. I want to try and grow and expand.

Antony GrafOn today's show we're joined by Master Antony Graf, an amazing taekwondo practitioner from Florida. He was an alternate to the Olympic USA Taekwondo team in 2004 & 2008, a 7x member of the US National Team and Pan Am Games team, he took a silver medal at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, was twice on the ESPN "Titan Game" team, named USAT Athlete of the Year and has earned a multitude of medals in domestic and international competition.

Master Graf is also a martial arts school owner in Miami, Florida as well as a founding partner in Juice Athlete Compound - a company developed to offer programming and resources to athletes. We spend time talking about his competitive career, of course, but also go into his past and his love of the arts. It's a great episode, so check it out.


For full show notes please visit

Dec 3, 2015

On today's episode, we dive into a bit of Bruce Lee's past and what ultimately made him the martial arts icon he is today. Could we ever have another like him? What might have happened if he lived on? We tackle these questions, more and also offer up some facts about the legend that you may not know about.


For full show notes, please visit

Nov 30, 2015

Master Tanya Panizzo: Episode 38

Instead of worrying on the belt, or worrying about your promoting and your ranking, be present in the moment. What do your feet feel like when they step onto the mat?

Tanya PanizzoMaster Tanya Panizzo is a lifelong martial artist and instructor in the WTF style of Taekwondo. As a school owner, promoter and competition coach, Master Panizzo displays her passion for the martial arts by helping to bring the best out of those she trains and trains with. After ten years in the automotive industry, she realized that her heart was not in her engineering job but in taekwondo. Listen as she discusses the whirlwind that was her life as she made this transition, the challenges involved and the success she has seen.

Show Notes

Movie: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Unavailable for Streaming)
Actor: Jackie Chan

Though we were unable to find video proof, it does appear that Bruce Lee was a skilled dancer - specifically the Cha Cha.

Books: Living the Martial Way, The Book of the Samurai, Protecting the Gift

The kid imitating Bruce Lee's nunchaku routine from Game of Death. & on Facebook

Nov 26, 2015

November 26th, 2015 - Episode 37

This episode has nothing to do with Thanksgiving.

Sparring Gear Helmet

  • We'll be interviewing the founder of the Kids Kicking Cancer organization mentioned on episode 35.
  • If you haven't checked out Episode 36 with Mr. John Graden, you should. Some of his points have a few people riled up which is creating great discussion.
  • Into the Badlands is out, and it's pretty good!

Today's featured product is the whistlekick Sparring Helmet. It's a more comfortable, longer-lasting take on the sparring helmets many of you are wearing.

“You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning Karate is not very different from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of Karate.” – Gichin Funakoshi

tai-chi-masterMovie of the week - Tai Chi Master starring Michelle Yeoh and Jet Li, available for streaming on Netflix.


Nov 23, 2015
I think the decision to join a school starts with the leadership, so the first style to evaluate is the teaching style of the instructor.

Mr. John Graden is nothing if not a well-known figure in the martial arts community. The founder of several martial arts associations, student under numerous legends and now best-selling author, Mr. Graden knows the martial arts at several levels. A revered consultant on martial arts business, Mr. Graden joins us today to give a glimpse into his martial arts path. Having trained with high-caliber martial artists like Walt Bone and Joe Lewis, you know he has great stories. Not only does he deliver them, but with a sense of humor, too. Throughout the conversation Mr. Graden is ready to challenge martial arts convention and make you think with his logical criticisms of some of the ideas many martial artists (myself included) hold dear. This is an episode you may well be listening to more than once.

Your host, Jeremy

Show Notes

Movies: Enter the Dragon (unavailable for streaming), Raging Bull (unavailable for streaming), Excalibur (unavailable for streaming) - Martial Arts Teacher's Association - Mr. Graden's personal website, including rare photos and links to his books

Mr. Graden mentioned the Batman/Green Hornet crossover episode. It's titled "A Piece of the Action" and was released in 1967. Here's a clip with some highlights from that episode.

Nov 19, 2015

November 19, 2015 - Episode 35

sparring-gear-gloveFeatured Product - whistlekick Sparring Gloves. More comfortable, cut shorter & more durable than the competition. Check them out at our store.

Kids Kicking Cancer - remember we've already confirmed with the founder to be on the show. Look for that in the next few weeks.

If you haven't already, please check out Monday's episode with Mr. Richard Osborn. We talk a lot about competition and how it's shaped him.

Movie pick - Ip Man, available for streaming on Netflix.

Lastly, here's the quote and the image I mentioned: Martial Arts is one of the rare pursuits that will give back exactly, and only, what you put in.

Motivational poster martial arts

Nov 16, 2015
I'm still growing as a martial artist, I'm still trying to build. And I'm still trying to bring people along with me...

Today we're joined by Mr. Richard Osborn, a taekwondo practitioner, school owner, competitor and event promoter from Missouri. Mr. Osborn speaks warmly about his time as a competitor, often waking up early to travel hundreds of miles to attend an event. We've had some guests that have had strong ties to the competitive world, but perhaps none has been more influenced by their time in competition than Mr. Osborn.


For full show notes, please visit

Nov 12, 2015

Today's episode of Martial Arts Radio is new - our first ever non-interview episode. We'll be releasing one of these per week, but we need your help. We want to make this a great show, and just as you all have helped guide us with guest suggestions and other feedback, we want to ask the same of you here. Please give it a listen and let you know what you like and don't like about it.

Today we talk about AMC's upcoming show, Into the Badlands, which debuts Sunday.

Today's quote:

There is a difference between a fighter and a martial artist. A fighter is training for a purpose: he has a fight. I'm a martial artist. I don't train for a fight. I train for myself. I'm training all the time. My goal is perfection, but I will never reach perfection. - Georges St-Pierre.

Movie Pick:

Falcon Rising starring Michael Jai White

We end the show talking about the strong possibility that Karate will become an Olympic sport when Japan hosts in 2020.

Nov 9, 2015
If we lead with a fighter's heart, that's all we can ask for. To change one student's life... that's a big thing.

I'll set the scene for you. We just finished up a day of exhibiting at a martial arts tournament and went out to eat with the promoter and a few others. I come back from getting my food at the buffet and see a man sitting at the chair across from me. The man is quite a bit larger than anyone else in the room, and when he shakes my hand, it becomes lost in his. Sensei Robb Buckland is, in a word, intimidating. However, the smile on his face evened out any intimidation I felt.

Throughout our meal, Sensei Buckland shared amazing stories with everyone at the table. He holds a black belt from Joe Lewis and knows many of our past guests very well. I knew that this man needed to come on the show as a guest, and he was quite willing. The stories on today's episode are as wonderful as any we've had, but they carry with them a sense of humor that (arguably) no guest has. There were times I had to mute my microphone to keep from laughing over his words, and I suspect you'll find yourself laughing as well.

That doesn't mean that you should question Sensei Buckland's skill. He is a skilled and legitimate martial artist and has trained with a vast number of amazing practitioners. A Google image search of his name will show you the legendary friends he has, and listening to this episode will help you understand why he has earned their respect. Enjoy.


For full show notes, please visit:

Nov 2, 2015
Everybody thinks they know who they are, but I thought I knew who I was, too. And then I realized that I didn't, really.

Today's episode features Mr. Cory Rose, a taekwondo practitioner from Oklahoma. Mr. Rose is a longtime martial artist with a great story. We don't want to give away too much, but Mr. Rose credits his life to the arts, and in a far different way than other guests have done. We had a great conversation and discuss how martial arts has influenced his life as well as connected a number of dots on his path. A humble man, Mr. Rose opens up about every subject that comes up, which makes for a great episode.


For full show notes, please visit:

Oct 26, 2015

On episode 30 we're joined by Master Gordon White, a WTF taekwondo practitioner, instructor, school owner, organization president and former international-level gold medal competitor. That's quite the resume. (For those of you unfamiliar with taekwondo, no, WTF doesn't stand for that thing you may think it does - it stands for World Taekwondo Federation, which is the style of taekwondo sparring that's in the Olympics.) Master White and I are extended taekwondo family, as both he and my instructor trained under the same man. I guess that makes him my Uncle. Well, whatever it makes him, we had a great conversation and really dug into some deep subject matter. I hope you enjoy this episode.


Oct 19, 2015
I probably still do tons wrong, I still don't have all the answers, but I'm a lot better than I was ten years ago.

On this episode, we have Kyoshi Dave Kovar, an exciting martial artist, and an incredible teacher. I met Kyoshi Kovar back in July at the Super Summer Seminars event, the same place I met Sensei Katie Murphy and a number of other amazing martial artists. I was fortunate enough to work with him during a self-defense seminar and I was blown away. His reputation is certainly deserved.

Kyoshi Kovar was kind enough to appear on the show and we had a great conversation. As with most of our guests, he absolutely loves the martial arts, but I might venture that his love is greater than most. Not content with being a great martial arts instructor, Kyoshi Kovar is now regarded as an excellent instructor of instructors - both of martial arts skills as well as martial arts business.

~jeremy / Founder & Host

For full show notes, please visit:

Oct 12, 2015

On episode 28 we're joined by a very well-known martial artists, Mr. Mike Chat. Mr. Chat is probably best known for his role as the Blue Ranger in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, but there's a lot more on his resume. From television to movies to the competition circuit, Mr. Chat has done just about everything there is to do as a martial artist. He's the co-founder of XMA - Xtreme Martial Arts - which has become a global martial arts system.

Mr. Chat joined us by phone from California as we talk about all of it - honestly, we learn a lot about him during this episode. From the reverence he has for Sammon Hung to his adoration for his original instructor, Mr. Chat is very quick to give credit to others for helping him reach his successes.


For full show notes, including Mr. Chat's movie picks, please visit:

Oct 5, 2015

Today's episode is with Mr. Cecil Washington, founder of the blended martial arts style of Cecil Ryu. Mr. Washington trains and teaches in Maryland. His background is diverse, with training primarily in Taekwondo and Judo. As passionate about the martial arts as any of our previous guests, Mr. Washington and I had a good chat, and one that went on quite a bit longer than what we recorded. I thoroughly enjoy talking to our guests, especially when they have interesting things to say. This conversation was full of wonderful tangents, the best reading list yet from a guest as well as wonderfully entertaining stories, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.


For full show notes, please visit

Sep 28, 2015

When we decided to launch this podcast, and it became clear I'd be the one hosting it, I had a few goals. First, I wanted our show to be something martial artists loved to listen to. Second, I wanted to bring on world-famous guests that would lend credibility to the show. Third, I wanted to interview my martial arts heroes. I can't promise we've done the first, but I can certainly say that the second and third goals have happened. The latest in that line of heroes is Shihan Christine Bannon-Rodrigues.

Shihan Bannon-Rodrigues is a legend in the martial arts world, having achieved every goal she set out for in the sport martial arts world. I remember her from the 90s, as a teenager on the competitive circuit. Everyone knew who she was, especially in New England. Some would refer to her by first name only, and everyone knew who she was.

Pardon my gushing here but it truly was an honor to speak to Shihan Chris, as she asked me to call her. We had a great chat and she was very open with her stories. Shihan Christine Bannon-Rodrigues is an incredible martial artist that has rounded out her resume with competition, instruction, acting, stunt work and choreography. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation.


For full show notes please visit…nnon-rodrigues

Sep 21, 2015

Today we're joined by Sifu Alan Goldberg. You may know Sifu Goldberg from a variety of ways, be it as the publisher of Action Martial Arts Magazine, The Annual Hall of Honors 
gathering in New Jersey or as a highly acclaimed Wing Chung instructor. As with all of the guests we have here on Martial Arts Radio, Sifu Goldberg loves the martial arts. But unlike other guests, he's 
found numerous ways to make it part of his life. From teaching to his events to helping others build their businesses and promote movies, Sifu Goldberg is as busy a man as I've met. We had a great 
conversation and I enjoyed my time with him.


Full show notes available at

Sep 14, 2015

 Today we're joined by Sensei Samuel Gagnon from Montreal, Canada. Sensei Gagnon is an accomplished kenpo karate martial artist as not only a competitor, but also as a coach and instructor. He's been involved in a number of martial arts teams, and has several world titles under his belt. His story is one of a man that truly loves the martial arts and he's dedicated his life to it. It's hard not to feel sentimental listening to him talk about the sport and the lifestyle that means so much to him. 


For full show notes please visit:

Sep 7, 2015

I first met Sensei Dow during the planning stages of our Superfoot Seminar, with Bill "Superfoot" Wallace (who was on the show). Through that process I learned we had a lot of mutual martial arts friends and what a great martial artist he is.

Sensei Dow operates a martial arts and fitness studio in Manchester, NH that is also the official Northeast headquarters for Superfoot Systems - the kickboxing system created by Bill Wallace. Those are certainly big shoes to fill, but I can personally attest that if anyone can fill them, it's Sensei Dow.

As with all of our guests, though, it was more Sensei Dow's story that I wanted to hear. Sure, his relationship with Superfoot was a critical part of his life - but how did he meet him? What chain of events led him to where he is now? Well, we have the answers in this episode.

For full show notes please visit:

Aug 31, 2015

I first met Sensei Katie Murphy at the 2015 Super Summer Seminars in Herkimer, NY. I met a lot of tremendous martial artists that weekend and made some good friends, that's for sure. There was something about Sensei Murphy that stuck with me, though.

Katie Murphy is the real deal; a kind person, an exceptional martial artist and a gifted teacher. I took away a lot from my time in her seminar that weekend and I knew I had to reach out to her to be on the show. Fortunately, she agreed and we had a great time recording this episode. Sensei Murphy offers an inspiring martial arts tale that is full of candor and complexity. Many listeners will surely relate to things that she says about her time training, including such challenges as dealing with boredom in the martial arts. I hope you enjoy this episode.


For full show notes, please visit

Aug 24, 2015

This episode is with Professor Brannon Beliso, a Kenpo Karate practitioner, instructor, school owner and martial arts consultant from the bay area of California. Professor Beliso grew up with martial arts, first training under his father, Lenny Beliso. We talk about his early childhood and love for the martial arts, some missteps he made on his path and how all of it combined to bring him to where he is today.

If there's one thing you'll pick up instantly from Professor Beliso, it's his passion for life. It's clear that this man loves what he's doing and where he is. If you're feeling down or in need of some inspiration, this will be a great episode to listen to.

For full show notes please visit the episode page of our website.

Aug 17, 2015

This episode is with an amazing man, GrandMaster Victor Moore. Often referred to as Vic Moore, this man is the real deal and some have referred to him as "the Jackie Robinson of Martial Arts." I must confess that I originally found some of his stories difficult to believe. When we first spoke, which was a week before we recorded this episode, I was floored at what he said. After that lengthy phone call I went off to do some research. I scoured the internet and spoke with martial artists that remember the 60s and 70s. I came back with a unanimous sentiment - GrandMaster Moore is the real deal, and what he says is the truth.

There are a few people in the martial arts that have interacted with a number of the greats. We've had some of them on this show, but no one to this time has known more of the greats than this man. I had a lot of fun listening to his stories, and you'll hear through the episode that I learned to just listen when he spoke. Even today he is a force in the martial arts and one that I was honored to speak with.

We discussed quite a few famous people in this episode, including Bruce Lee, George Dillman, Rod van Clief, Skipper Mullins, Jhoon Rhee, Melvin Wise, John Osaka, Ron Williams, Ray Hughes, Harvey Eubanks, Mike Foster, Ed Parker, Robert Trias, Joe Lewis, Mike Stone, Bill Wallace.

Show notes here.

Aug 10, 2015

This week's episode is with Hanshi George Alexander, Shorin Ryu practitioner and president of the International Shorin Ryu Karate Kobudo Federation. His martial arts history dates back to 1964 and he's been very active ever since. Along the way, he's trained with some amazing people and racked up a long list of ranks held in different styles. He shared a lot of wonderful stories and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to him. Hanshi Alexander represents the "old school" of martial arts well and is truly passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience.

Aug 3, 2015
"Be the best person that you can be, and that's how you end up paying things forward, because you make somebody else better by being that way, too."

This week's episode is with Master Leonard Yordan, a tae kwon do practitioner from Vermont. He and I go back quite a few years as I've trained with his Dad since 2006. But I didn't bring him on because of that relationship. Even before I knew him well I knew how unique he was. Master Yordan has a presence that draws others in. He's an exceptional martial artist and instructor, as anyone that has witnessed his classes or competition can attest to. That magnetic personality comes through in this episode with some incredible stories that get quite personal at times.

We've heard from a few of Master Yordan's students in past episodes, specifically episode #2 and #15. Listening to these episodes as a set you can get a good idea of who Master Yordan is from different perspectives as his students mention him specifically. I've had the pleasure of training with "Master Y" on a number of occasions and have found him to be an exceptional instructor.

Jul 27, 2015

Episode 17 is with Sensei Earl Smith, an instructor & practitioner of Kenpo-Jujitsu as well as Escrima. I've had the opportunity to train with Sensei Smith a few times and I can honestly say that he loves what he does. His passion for the arts comes through in this episode as we find ourselves referring to love for the martial arts as a zombie-like infection. I admit, the analogy sounds odd, but when you listen, I think you'll understand it better.

There are those that teach martial arts to better themselves, or for their job, or out of duty to pass on what they've learned. Every one of those reasons is honorable and valid, yet Sensei Smith seems to find a fourth reason - he truly loves martial arts.

1 « Previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Next » 8