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Aug 17, 2020 - Feature of the Week

Mike Bernardo: Bo — Master Performer

Martial Arts competitions offer a wonderful opportunity for those so disposed to perform their craft and show their expertise. In the Black Belt weapons division—where the bo was featured—there has been no more elegant, dynamic and powerful performer than Mike Bernardo. Back in the 1980s and 1990s when karate tournaments flourished, he was “the” quintessential bo performer and champion.

The following 1990 video, taken from YouTube, showcases Bernardo’s performance in the Weapons Division of the New England Open. It was and remains a stellar example of performance excellence. As you will note, it has the elements of precision, power, perfection, variation, intensity, vocalization, beauty and grace of movement.

Although the video is short, only 1:36, it is, indeed, a dynamic work of martial arts skill. It also serves as an example of how to perform and win championships! Watch it. It will inspire you. Enjoy!

Thank you, Michael Bernardo, for sharing with the world of martial arts your incredible art and skill!


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