Just when I thought I was out…

They pull me back in. But in all fairness, I was the one who asked to be pulled back in. My game plan for my post-Microsoft/Seattle life was to attend graduate school full-time for a Masters in Human Factors (User Experience) at San Jose State while I trained for my 3rd degree black belt with…


Coding is not Kata

I promised on Twitter to write a blog post explaining why “kata” was the wrong word for the “coding kata” problems presented at CodeMash this past week in Ohio. First and foremost, I absolutely loved the idea of these coding problems. The problems were very similar to those found in computer science classes (for example,…


Training for Nidan (2nd degree black belt)

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while. On Nov 6, I’ll test for my second-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate. Karate is a significant part of my life, so this belt exam means the world to me (especially after my leg injury 2 years ago). I’ve been doing Shotokan since I was…


Karate and injuries – hard to get back into training

Last year, I “broke” my leg due to stupidity. Stress fracture + sprained IT Band + quad muscle atrophy = 1 year of physical therapy, and some insults to injury. Most people relax by watching TV, playing video games, reading a book, or whatever it is that normal people do. I relax by either going…


Walking through the dojo door is the hardest part

That’s why our Sensei and many other high-ranking black belts said to me last night.  I torn my shoulder in Jan 07, then broke my leg in May 07, spending the entire summer on crutches.  The irony is that we won a world karate tournament back in Oct 2006, but there’s no way you would…


Team Kata Karate Tournament Video

well, at least i got it posted to youtube in the same year as the tournament. This is the event that we trained for every Saturday morning at 7am for 9 months.  Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVeHdvRBiLc


My Karate Kata Video finally Posted

Here’s the link to my individual kata video.  Note that this isn’t the event we had been training the 9 months for.  That’s another video, which i hope to post, well, um, yeah, as soon as i can, considering this only took me 2 months to post =) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD_nhXbktyc Nothing like feeling the tape under your feet during…


Karate Tournament Results

View Photos – I hope to have the video of our team kata and my individual kata posted this weekend. We took 1st place in the Women’s Team Kata.  It was really close, as the second place team did a fantastic job of Jion perfectly synch’ed.  We did Gojushiho Sho, which is a more difficult…


FSKA VIII World Karate Tournament this weekend!

I’m competing in the FSKA World Karate Tournament in Las Vegas this weekend in Individual Kata and Team Kata.  We (the team) have been training every Saturday morning at 7am since March 25th.  I am so excited that this date has finally come.  Team kata is where three people do the kata at the exact…


Officially a Black Belt

Black is an awesome color to wear!  Here are some pictures from tonight’s ceremony. This blog post has moved to http://saraford.net/2006/01/19/officially-a-black-belt/