Randy Simpson is a student and instructor with The Karate Research Institute and the Seijinkai Karate-do Association, and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. An avid practitioner of practical karate, Simpson specializes in pragmatic partner-based training methods that develop students’ natural attributes alongside the skills relevant to fighting. His training background includes dan grades in Goju-Ryu and Shotokan as well as cross-training in Uechi-Ryu and Judo. He also incorporates cutting-edge sports science practices into his training and teaching, such as periodized activity-specific fitness and injury prevention strategies specifically for martial artists.
Simpson’s practice has led him to hands-on investigations of classical and modern training practices and equipment, a thorough study of Okinawan history and culture as it relates to karate, cross-training with practitioners from a wide variety of martial arts and physical pursuits, cognitive psychology, and ongoing higher education in sports/human movement science. He is available for consulting on fitness and injury prevention strategies for martial artists and is also available to present workshops on the same topics. Programs are tailored to address the needs of specific martial practices and practitioners. Inquiries may be sent to: REMsimpson@gmail.com
Simpson’s articles on practical karate training methods, injury prevention and training-related fitness topics, equipment project guides, and historical essays and reviews can be found at the TKRIblog: www.tkriblog.wordpress.com. He lives with his wife, dogs and many cats in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.