“Life was never meant to be easy. There are no magic pills or shortcuts to success in anything. It takes hard work, focus, dedication, persistence and patience. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen. “
Kevin W. Putala Creator: The Lone Warrior
I began my martial arts training officially in 1985, while stationed in with the US Army in South Korea. Since that time I have trained in different martial arts, but my core and constant art throughout is Tang Soo Do Korean Karate. In our youthful days we are flexible, resilient and strong, healing quickly from injury and able to go on for days with little rest. Now I am not as flexible, although still resilient and strong, injured and heal more slowly. I do not compete in fighting any longer and focus on forms and their true applications and self defense. As I have aged my journey has changed, but it still continues.
My goal for this site is to document my journey over 30+ years of training in my lifelong Korean art of Tang Soo Do Karate and study it’s origins in Okinawa. Over the years I have become wiser and no longer see the lines between styles. Being over 50 years of age, I have also altered my technique to compensate for injuries and physical limitations to be able to continue my martial arts journey.
I have trained and I have taught students over the years, assisting in classes and running my own programs. Now I train alone (hence the name Lone Warrior), mostly due to my work schedule and time and partly due to a lack of willing and serious training partners. This too I document here because solo training forces you to know yourself and takes you to newer heights and deeper understanding compared to just following along in a class setting.
As I stated above, this is a journey, not a destination. Those who begin training in any martial art must realize that it is a commitment, a path to be followed that has no end. Unfortunately, most train for a short time and quit, or quit after achieving black belt. They think that achieving a black belt is the goal, but it is actually the beginning of real learning. This is not a race, but a quest for knowledge and personal development. I will document all I do and find here, in hopes that everyone and anyone interested in deepening their martial arts knowledge may benefit. I hope to encourage, inspire and motivate readers to start or continue their martial arts journey. I am becoming an older tiger, but a tiger is still a tiger inside, even if he moves a little slower.
On this site you will find all of my articles and videos documenting my journey as well as giving some instruction, on their respective pages. You can also follow my journey by subscribing to my YouTube channel and following me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at The Lone Warrior.
I hope you will join me on this journey. I look forward to walking this path with you.
You will also find our Contact Me page, and that is exactly what it means. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, issues or comments you may have. Whether it be in general or about anything you have read or seen while here on this site. Just fill out the form and send it to me and I will answer every one. You are all important to me and will receive a quick response with respect, courtesy and care. Ask Kevin a question.