Welcome to Still Mind Martial arts, our father and son martial arts blog. My son and I have over 30 years of combined martial arts experience to share.
We started this martial arts blog during the COVID-19 pandemic lock-downs. The day I was presented with my Renshi belt was my last class before the COVID lock-downs began in Massachusetts. My Sensei, Kyoshi Keane at the Academy of Traditional Karate, said that in olden times when a student reached the level of Yondan (Fourth Degree Black Belt) and Renshi (Internationally Licensed Teacher) they would typically be sent out into the world to pass down what they had learned. That gave me the genesis of an idea for modern times. I would fuse many of my interests into something new. I would leverage my decades of experience as a web developer and digital media specialist with my 15+ years of martial arts experience and go out into the digital world to pass down the art with a new martial arts blog. The blog would combine original digital media content along with highlights and links to other great third-party content from my research.
My son had returned home when his college shut down and our family was “sheltering in place.” Starting this blog was a project we could use to make the best of the situation and come out the other side with something new and valuable that could be built upon. The blog would provide a great opportunity for my son to learn all aspects of creating and managing a WordPress website. It would be a vehicle to leverage our common interests and experiences in the martial arts; a project that we could work on together and use to pass on our experience to others as we continue along our martial arts path.
Following Our Earlier Sensei & Son Project
Years earlier when my son was in middle school I had provided him with a similar opportunity when we created our Sensei & Son HD128 Minecraft Texture Pack. That project offered the opportunity to learn how to create 3D model textures using Photoshop as well as how to set up and manage a Linux server. This was all accomplished using the wildly popular game – Minecraft on our own custom Minecraft Server that we ran on my DreamLight web servers. Our high resolution martial arts influenced texture pack which resulted from that project is still one of the most popular downloads on DreamLight.com.
Stress Relief During COVID Lock-downs
During the Wuhan Coronavirus lock-down we had continued training/teaching karate through online classes at the Academy of Traditional Karate, who did a great job quickly transitioning to virtual classes. I also began practicing my own Qigong training outside in the fresh air and sunshine for stress reducing meditation. Just before the pandemic hit I had previously recorded a series of videos documenting all 18 Matsubayashi Ryu kata. We would launch the blog with a new series of similar videos demonstrating simple Qigong exercises. We would start with Baduanjin and then continue with T’ai Chi Meditative Movements, Zhan Zhuang and more. These Qigong exercises helped me manage the stress of the lengthy COVID lock-downs. So I figured others might find them useful while in lock-down and beyond as well. Enjoy!
Origins of Still Mind Martial Arts Brand
Over a decade ago in January of 2010 I was designing some martial arts T-shirts, hoodies, hats, mugs and other martial arts merchandise. I wanted to create a new name and logo to brand this new martial arts merchandise. I went through a long martial arts mind-walk to create a suitable name and logo. I completed it and published the first merchandise with the trademark to Zazzle.com for its first commercial use on January 11th, 2010. Later that year I registered StillMindMartialArts.com at GoDaddy.com on 5/17/10. After ten years of continuous use on martial arts merchandise at Zazzle.com we rolled out the trademark on our new Still Mind Martial Arts blog. We’ll be adding a new shop on the blog with this merchandise and more!
Follow Our Martial Arts Path of Discovery
This is just the first step of our Still Mind Martial Arts Father & Son Martial Arts Blog. We will be adding more of our own custom content including additional videos as well as recommendations and links to other interesting and exciting online content that we come across in our research and training. Please join us in our exciting martial arts journey; subscribe to our blog and comment on our posts and content. Let us know what you think and what you’d like to see in the future.
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Arigato Goziamasu! (Thank you very much!)
-Renshi Mike Scaramozzino
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Michael Scaramozzino is the owner of DreamLight Incorporated, a web design and digital media studio in Wilmington, MA. He has been running the studio since 1987. He is an award-winning web developer, programmer, designer, illustrator, animator, short filmmaker, teacher and author of the book Creating a 3D Animated CGI Short.