Soke Newton James is a Karate practitioner originally from Jamaica, with stories of traveling the world and settling down in the US.
Soke Newton James – Episode 206
My instructor always said, “try to help each other, come together. You train hard, you play hard, but at the end of the day you come together, and be nice to people.”
As our show has grown, so has our reach. We’re being listened to in more countries (134 at last count) and we’re hearing from more international guests. Today’s guest is both international and American, at least when it comes to martial arts. Soke Newton James was born in Jamaica, and that’s when he found karate. Life finds him in the US now, and we’re fortunate enough to have him on the show.
When we set up at martial arts events, I’ll sometimes demo our shin guards by shin kicking a nearby door frame full force. No, I’m not a Muay Thai practitioner and no, I’m not that tough. It’s just that our shin guards are that good, and yet they’re still not as bulky as most others. Check them out at whistlekick.com
On today’s show we mention Mas Oyama fighting a bull, here’s a video. We also mention Grandmaster Victor Moore, who appeared on episode 20. The discussion also involves Kyokushin karate, his time as a bouncer, and a bodyguard.
Soke James mentions that Mas Oyama was Korean, which is true. If you’d like to know more, look here.