The Karate Shrimp Podcast

Sabrina Bliem

Do you want to perform better in life and martial arts? Join Sabrina Bliem, The Karate Shrimp, in exploring all the ways we can improve our health and wellness, and optimize our performance in our sport. Learn about the interconnectedness between our training and other aspects of our lives, such as mindset, mental health, nutrition, sleep, stress-management, recovery, and more. Small changes can lead to big results in our health, well-being, and martial arts performance. Together, let’s build a community of strong, healthy, awesome martial artists! read less

#17 - This Activity Will Change Your Life
Jan 14 2023
#17 - This Activity Will Change Your Life
Change is difficult. If you’ve been struggling with making a change in your life—whether in your martial arts training or diet or elsewhere—the activity we discuss in this episode will help. You’ll figure out the real reasons behind your struggle, and you’ll develop a greater understanding of what will drive you to make that change once and for all. Thank you for joining me on my martial arts journey, and in the exploration of all the ways we can perform better in life and martial arts. Buy me a coffee (or caramel macchiato):https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thekarateshrimpYou can also find me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thekarateshrimpAnd on my website and blog: https://www.thekarateshrimp.com/Check out my online courses here: https://karateshrimpacademy.teachable.com/Buy Karate Shrimp merch here: https://thekarateshrimp.creator-spring.com If you’re interested in starting your own podcast, I highly recommend Buzzsprout. The platform is incredibly easy to use. If you sign up for a paid plan through my link you’ll get a $20 credit, and you’ll help support my show! Here’s that sign-up link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=2039494 Thank you for listening! Together let’s build a community of strong, healthy, awesome martial artists.If you enjoy this podcast, consider contributing to the show. With your support, I can continue to make great content for you!Here's the support link: The Karate Shrimp Podcast (buzzsprout.com)Thank you again!
#10 - Do Martial Arts Actually Teach Humility?
Nov 26 2022
#10 - Do Martial Arts Actually Teach Humility?
Do martial arts actually teach humility? We talk a lot about being humble in the context of martial arts. We value it. We discuss it at the dojo. We emphasize its importance at belt tests and tournaments. But… is there anything inherent in the training itself that actually teaches humility? Or is humility moreso a byproduct of the training? Join me in this latest episode as I discuss the tension between humility and ego in martial arts, and in the importance of navigating this tension—as well as the reality of violence—with as much grace as we can. Thank you for joining me on my martial arts journey, and in the exploration of all the ways we can perform better in life and martial arts. Buy me a coffee (or caramel macchiato):https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thekarateshrimpYou can also find me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thekarateshrimpAnd on my website and blog: https://www.thekarateshrimp.com/Check out my online courses here: https://karateshrimpacademy.teachable.com/Buy Karate Shrimp merch here: https://thekarateshrimp.creator-spring.comIf you’re interested in starting your own podcast, I highly recommend Buzzsprout. The platform is incredibly easy to use. If you sign up for a paid plan through my link you’ll get a $20 credit, and you’ll help support my show! Here’s that sign-up link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=2039494 Thank you for listening! Together let’s build a community of strong, healthy, awesome martial artists.  If you enjoy this podcast, consider contributing to the show. With your support, I can continue to make great content for you!Here's the support link: The Karate Shrimp Podcast (buzzsprout.com)Thank you again!
#9 - Feeling Stuck After a Tournament or Belt Test
Nov 19 2022
#9 - Feeling Stuck After a Tournament or Belt Test
After the emotional ride of a martial arts belt test or tournament, we sometimes get caught up in our feelings and thoughts about the event. Whether we dwell on our mistakes or revel in our successes, we risk stagnating if we spend too much time focusing on these feelings about our performance. Join me in this episode as I explain a helpful activity that we can do after every tournament and belt test, and even after every training session. This activity can help us improve our confidence and devise a plan of action so we can keep moving forward towards mastery in martial arts. Thank you for joining me on my martial arts journey, and in the exploration of all the ways we can perform better in life and martial arts. Buy me a coffee (or caramel macchiato):https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thekarateshrimpYou can also find me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thekarateshrimpAnd on my website and blog: https://www.thekarateshrimp.com/Check out my online courses here: https://karateshrimpacademy.teachable.com/Buy Karate Shrimp merch here: https://thekarateshrimp.creator-spring.comIf you’re interested in starting your own podcast, I highly recommend Buzzsprout. The platform is incredibly easy to use. If you sign up for a paid plan through my link you’ll get a $20 credit, and you’ll help support my show! Here’s that sign-up link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=2039494Thank you for listening! Together let’s build a community of strong, healthy, awesome martial artists.   If you enjoy this podcast, consider contributing to the show. With your support, I can continue to make great content for you!Here's the support link: The Karate Shrimp Podcast (buzzsprout.com)Thank you again!
#8 - Getting Nerves Under Control in Martial Arts
Nov 12 2022
#8 - Getting Nerves Under Control in Martial Arts
Join me in this episode as I discuss a great technique for getting our nerves under control in martial arts. Whether we’re nervous about an upcoming tournament or test, or are feeling anxious about starting martial arts or getting back into it after time off, those nerves can get the best of us. This technique can help us reduce our nerves and get a sense of control back. It’s also a great way to figure out what goals to focus on so that we can improve our performance on the mats. Thank you for joining me on my martial arts journey, and in the exploration of all the ways we can perform better in life and martial arts. Buy me a coffee (or caramel macchiato):https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thekarateshrimpYou can also find me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thekarateshrimpAnd on my website and blog: https://www.thekarateshrimp.com/Check out my online courses here: https://karateshrimpacademy.teachable.com/Buy Karate Shrimp merch here: https://thekarateshrimp.creator-spring.com If you’re interested in starting your own podcast, I highly recommend Buzzsprout. The platform is incredibly easy to use. If you sign up for a paid plan through my link you’ll get a $20 credit, and you’ll help support my show! Here’s that sign-up link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=2039494Thank you for listening! Together let’s build a community of strong, healthy, awesome martial artists. If you enjoy this podcast, consider contributing to the show. With your support, I can continue to make great content for you!Here's the support link: The Karate Shrimp Podcast (buzzsprout.com)Thank you again!
#7 - Is Vengeance Really About Honour?
Nov 5 2022
#7 - Is Vengeance Really About Honour?
Is the desire for vengeance about honour, or does it speak far more to ego? Join me in my latest episode as I share my story of loss and my consequent obsession with vengeance. And of how that drive for revenge transformed over time, and surprisingly led to my healing. Here's the link to the article mentioned in this episode:Clapton, N & Hiskey, S. “Radically Embodied Compassion: The Potential Role of Traditional Martial Arts in Compassion Cultivation.” https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.555156/full Thank you for joining me on my martial arts journey, and in the exploration of all the ways we can perform better in life and martial arts.Buy me a coffee (or caramel macchiato):https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thekarateshrimpYou can also find me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thekarateshrimpAnd on my website and blog: https://www.thekarateshrimp.com/Check out my online courses here: https://karateshrimpacademy.teachable.com/Buy Karate Shrimp merch here: https://thekarateshrimp.creator-spring.comIf you’re interested in starting your own podcast, I highly recommend Buzzsprout. The platform is incredibly easy to use. If you sign up for a paid plan through my link you’ll get a $20 credit, and you’ll help support my show! Here’s that sign-up link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=2039494Thank you for listening! Together let’s build a community of strong, healthy, awesome martial artists. If you enjoy this podcast, consider contributing to the show. With your support, I can continue to make great content for you!Here's the support link: The Karate Shrimp Podcast (buzzsprout.com)Thank you again!
#6 - Are You Obsessed With Martial Arts?
Oct 29 2022
#6 - Are You Obsessed With Martial Arts?
We admire those who achieve greatness in martial arts, but we also envy them. They seem to be made of better stuff than us. But they’re not. They just didn’t give up. They committed to their path, and they made it an obsession. Many of us fear obsession, worrying that it will make us stand out and earn disapproval from others. But this is a shame, because that fixation is exactly what we need in order to achieve excellence and mastery. Join me in a discussion of the positive side of obsession, and its role in achieving greater things than we ever thought possible in life and martial arts. Thank you for joining me on my martial arts journey, and in the exploration of all the ways we can perform better in life and martial arts. Buy me a coffee (or caramel macchiato):https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thekarateshrimpYou can also find me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thekarateshrimpAnd on my website and blog: https://www.thekarateshrimp.com/Check out my online courses here: https://karateshrimpacademy.teachable.com/Buy Karate Shrimp merch here: https://thekarateshrimp.creator-spring.comIf you’re interested in starting your own podcast, I highly recommend Buzzsprout. The platform is incredibly easy to use. If you sign up for a paid plan through my link you’ll get a $20 credit, and you’ll help support my show! Here’s that sign-up link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=2039494Thank you for listening! Together let’s build a community of strong, healthy, awesome martial artists. If you enjoy this podcast, consider contributing to the show. With your support, I can continue to make great content for you!Here's the support link: The Karate Shrimp Podcast (buzzsprout.com)Thank you again!
#5 - Love Handles Don't Matter in Martial Arts
Oct 22 2022
#5 - Love Handles Don't Matter in Martial Arts
Something I adore about karate is that we never ever have discussions about how our bodies look underneath our uniforms. We don’t sit around the dojo and talk about how to get rid of cellulite or love handles. Our focus in martial arts is far more on the incredible things we can do with our bodies, rather than on whether we look good naked. Join me in a discussion of the toxic side of fitness culture on social media, and on how it can negatively impact our body image. And on how karate and other martial arts rise above this superficial view, and instead celebrate the human body for the amazing and beautiful thing that it actually is. Thank you for joining me on my martial arts journey, and in the exploration of all the ways we can perform better in life and martial arts. Buy me a coffee (or caramel macchiato):https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thekarateshrimpYou can also find me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thekarateshrimpAnd on my website and blog: https://www.thekarateshrimp.com/Check out my online courses here: https://karateshrimpacademy.teachable.com/Buy Karate Shrimp merch here: https://thekarateshrimp.creator-spring.comIf you’re interested in starting your own podcast, I highly recommend Buzzsprout. The platform is incredibly easy to use. If you sign up for a paid plan through my link you’ll get a $20 credit, and you’ll help support my show! Here’s that sign-up link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=2039494Thank you for listening! Together let’s build a community of strong, healthy, awesome martial artists.  If you enjoy this podcast, consider contributing to the show. With your support, I can continue to make great content for you!Here's the support link: The Karate Shrimp Podcast (buzzsprout.com)Thank you again!
#4 - A Better Way to Coach in Martial Arts
Oct 15 2022
#4 - A Better Way to Coach in Martial Arts
In this episode we look at two different coaching styles: coach- or teacher-centered, and student-centered. The first one we are all familiar with; the teacher who makes it very clear that they are in charge, who wants to be seen as an expert, and who expects their students to “do as I say because I said so.” This style of teaching might work well for some students, but is rather ineffective for many others. In contrast, a student-centered style seems to encourage a much better relationship between teacher and student, as we will discuss in this talk. Join me in an exploration of how this second teaching style can be far more effective in strengthening the ties between martial arts instructor and student, and in making all of us stronger as martial artists. Thank you for joining me on my martial arts journey, and in the exploration of all the ways we can perform better in life and martial arts. Buy me a coffee (or caramel macchiato):https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thekarateshrimpYou can also find me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thekarateshrimpAnd on my website and blog: https://www.thekarateshrimp.com/Check out my online courses here: https://karateshrimpacademy.teachable.com/Buy Karate Shrimp merch here: https://thekarateshrimp.creator-spring.comIf you’re interested in starting your own podcast, I highly recommend Buzzsprout. The platform is incredibly easy to use. If you sign up for a paid plan through my link you’ll get a $20 credit, and you’ll help support my show! Here’s that sign-up link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=2039494Thank you for listening! Together let’s build a community of strong, healthy, awesome martial artists. If you enjoy this podcast, consider contributing to the show. With your support, I can continue to make great content for you!Here's the support link: The Karate Shrimp Podcast (buzzsprout.com)Thank you again!
#3 - Comparing Ourselves to Other Martial Artists
Oct 8 2022
#3 - Comparing Ourselves to Other Martial Artists
Do you ever compare yourself to other martial artists and feel like you don’t measure up? In this episode we discuss the dangers of comparison. We explore the fallacy of well-meaning phrases such as “If I can do it, you can do it too,” and “If you want it badly enough, you can make it happen.” We look at the role of our environment in shaping our paths in martial arts. And finally, we explore the idea of “quitting” and “failing” in martial arts and other areas of our lives, and the reality that sometimes this is the best choice we can make.  Thank you for joining me on my martial arts journey, and in the exploration of all the ways we can perform better in life and martial arts. Buy me a coffee (or caramel macchiato):https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thekarateshrimpYou can also find me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thekarateshrimpAnd on my website and blog: https://www.thekarateshrimp.com/Check out my online courses here: https://karateshrimpacademy.teachable.com/Buy Karate Shrimp merch here: https://thekarateshrimp.creator-spring.comIf you’re interested in starting your own podcast, I highly recommend Buzzsprout. The platform is incredibly easy to use. If you sign up for a paid plan through my link you’ll get a $20 credit, and you’ll help support my show! Here’s that sign-up link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=2039494Thank you for listening! Together let’s build a community of strong, healthy, awesome martial artists. If you enjoy this podcast, consider contributing to the show. With your support, I can continue to make great content for you!Here's the support link: The Karate Shrimp Podcast (buzzsprout.com)Thank you again!
#2 - Negative Thoughts & Bad Habits
Oct 1 2022
#2 - Negative Thoughts & Bad Habits
In this episode, we discuss the interconnectedness between our martial arts training and other aspects of our lives, and then take a deep dive into the role that habits play in our training and our lives. We discuss negative thoughts and bad habits in particular, and explore how these habitual ways of thinking and behaving are formed, and what to do about them so we can regain control and peace of mind. Resources mentioned in this podcast:This Naked Mind Podcast, by Annie Grace: https://thisnakedmind.com/podcasts/ Amy Johnson’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DrAmyJohnson Amy Johnson, PhD, “The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit."*Find it on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3LVPqqh Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, “Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness."*Find it on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3dZXxpu (*As an Amazon Associate, I will earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.)  Thank you for joining me on my martial arts journey, and in the exploration of all the ways we can perform better in life and martial arts. Buy me a coffee (or caramel macchiato):https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thekarateshrimpYou can also find me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thekarateshrimpAnd on my website and blog: https://www.thekarateshrimp.com/Check out my online courses here: https://karateshrimpacademy.teachable.com/Buy Karate Shrimp merch here: https://thekarateshrimp.creator-spring.com If you’re interested in starting your own podcast, I highly recommend Buzzsprout. The platform is incredibly easy to use. If you sign up for a paid plan through my link you’ll get a $20 credit, and you’ll help support my show! Here’s that sign-up link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=2039494Thank you for listening! Together let’s build a community of strong, healthy, awesome martial artists. If you enjoy this podcast, consider contributing to the show. With your support, I can continue to make great content for you!Here's the support link: The Karate Shrimp Podcast (buzzsprout.com)Thank you again!
#1 - Welcome to The Karate Shrimp Podcast
Sep 30 2022
#1 - Welcome to The Karate Shrimp Podcast
Welcome to the first episode of The Karate Shrimp Podcast.In this episode, you learn about me (Sabrina Bliem) and my background, and how I started my martial arts journey in my 40s as an outlet for grief over my mom’s cancer diagnosis. We discuss the topics you can expect to learn about on this show, and how the various aspects of our lives (our diet, sleep, recovery, conditioning, mindset, etc.) impact our martial arts training and performance. We talk about imposter syndrome and procrastination, and the lessons I learned in being a white belt. And finally, we discuss the value in taking imperfect action, even if we don’t feel good enough or never feel ready. Thank you for joining me on my martial arts journey, and in the exploration of all the ways we can perform better in life and martial arts.Buy me a coffee (or caramel macchiato):https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thekarateshrimpYou can also find me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thekarateshrimpAnd on my website and blog: https://www.thekarateshrimp.com/Check out my online courses here: https://karateshrimpacademy.teachable.com/Buy Karate Shrimp merch here: https://thekarateshrimp.creator-spring.com If you’re interested in starting your own podcast, I highly recommend Buzzsprout. The platform is incredibly easy to use. If you sign up for a paid plan through my link you’ll get a $20 credit, and you’ll help support my show! Here’s that sign-up link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=2039494Thank you for listening! Together let’s build a community of strong, healthy, awesome martial artists. If you enjoy this podcast, consider contributing to the show. With your support, I can continue to make great content for you!Here's the support link: The Karate Shrimp Podcast (buzzsprout.com)Thank you again!