The Karate Shrimp Podcast

The Karate Shrimp Podcast

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!


December 3, 2022 21 min

So many people are struggling right now, and we need to support one another more than ever. Join me in this episode as I open up about my personal struggles and discuss the importance of connecting with one another and finding a healthy outlet for our pain. No one should feel alone. We are all stronger together.


Thank you for joining me on my martial arts journey, and in the exploration of all the ways we can perform better in life...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 s...

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November 5, 2022 8 min

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 Ar...

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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 mast...

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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 ...

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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-...

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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...

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October 1, 2022 40 min

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.


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September 30, 2022 11 min

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 an...

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