World Freezing Karate Masters Fund

By Jesse | 14 Comments

People, we have a serious problem.

I don’t know if anybody has noticed this before, but Karate masters out there are freezing.



I’m not making this up. Throughout the history of Karate, masters have been cold for a very long time and nobody has tried to help them!

It’s terrible!

I mean, just see for yourself:

Funakoshi Gichin

Konishi Yasuhiro

Sakumoto Tsuguo

Motobu Choki

Yabiku Moden

Hironori Otsuka

Kosei Kokuba

Funakoshi with students (1928)

Mabuni Kenwa

Enoeda Keinosuke

Kadena Yoshie

Funakoshi with more students (1925)

Why has nothing been done?!

Obviously they are too proud to admit that they are freezing, but still, people should have noticed.

It’s time for a change, folks. Our Karate masters are freezing and we’re doing nothing about it!

Let’s save Karate!

Donate $25 to my Paypal account (‘jesse@karateby…’) and support the ‘World Freezing Karate Masters Fund’.

You can make a difference!

About the author

is a self-titled Karate Nerd™, best-selling martial arts writer, unreasonably handsome elite athlete, autodidact, karatepreneur and carrot cake aficionado. He really thinks you should become a Karate Nerd™ too.


  1. Kanbei

    April 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Hey, Jesse sensei! I´m a Uechi Pangai Noon practitioner from spain and I´m actually enjoying your web. Karate by Jesse is one of the best martial sites I´ve ever seen on the net. Dude, you are really awesome. History, traditions, serious reflections about our beloved martial art and, of course, a great sense of humour… Go on and don´t stop, please. Greetings from Spain, dear sensei!

    • Jesse

      April 24, 2010 at 1:26 am

      Wow, I don’t know about the whole ‘sensei’ thing, but gracias! :)

  2. gary

    April 24, 2010 at 12:28 am

    No more saki for you, Jesse-san :)

    • Jesse

      April 24, 2010 at 1:23 am

      I guess that Okinawan Awamori stuff is stronger than it looks…! :o

  3. Matt

    April 24, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I say this has been going on right under my nose and I had no idea!

    If we’re not careful, one day we might be cold too.

    • Jesse

      April 24, 2010 at 1:21 am

      That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you guys! ;)

  4. Diego Romero

    April 24, 2010 at 8:38 am

    *ponders if this would be solved with wrist length gi sleeves*

  5. Jaybee

    April 25, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I’m confused. Too much saki for me!
    Are we donating to preserve the karate masters by freezing them!?

    • Jesse

      April 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm

      No, they are already freezing (as you can see by the pictures)!

      But your idea is quite good too… :) Some liquid nitrogen and we’re ready to go!

  6. Mike Jones

    April 27, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Sounds like they need to drink more Awamori or Saki to heat up their core.

    Great Post.

  7. bLizZter

    April 30, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Can I donate an amount which is lower than the price you said. I wanna help the Karate Masters but I don’t have enough money to donate. So I want donate what my budget would can just to help. :)

    • Jesse

      April 30, 2010 at 11:27 am

      OK, for everyone who didn’t understand: It was just a joke.

      Please don’t give me any money (oh it hurts to write this!) :)

  8. Batman

    June 29, 2010 at 5:10 am

    This is the article that got me onto your site, Jesse. You can thank Diego, as I do, for introducing me to this awesome place :)

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