Like many martial arts school owners I am subscribed to all sorts of email lists to get information that can make me a better instructor, business person and run a better martial arts school. Today I got an email entitled “The Black Eye of Karate”. This email was a sales push to get people to […]Read more "The “Black Eye” of Martial Arts…"
When people hear the term Warrior images of armor clad, bulging muscle, tough guys fighting battles often come into their mind. Other times it might be glove wearing people smashing each other in the cage in the UFC or even boxers duking it out in the ring. Sometimes it is members of the Armed Forces […]Read more "A True Warrior…"
For many years now I have trained, as well as, taught the martial arts and these days it seems that many people need what training has to offer more than ever. That being said training in the martial arts will never work if you are a “dabbler” in the dojo. In my dojo we have […]Read more "RDTP…the keys to learning Martial Arts"
Today I was teaching a short Karate program at the Early Learning Ministry located in Auburn, Indiana. It was a fun class, full of questions and even some discussions that was not about Karate…well sort of anyway LOL. During the end of the presentation I was asked what advice I would give the kids since […]Read more "Advice to kids heading to school…"
A few months back I was talking with another Karate school owner and the subject of Kumite came up. This is always a heated debate because everyone has their own idea of how Kumite should be taught, the importance of it in their dojo and the issue in regards to the level of contact allowed […]Read more "THOUGHTS ON KUMITE…"
There has been a trend in the public education system about awarding everyone just for participating versus actually awarding people who excel. They refer to these as participation awards and this trend has been creeping into the martial arts now for a few years. I have had many discussions about tournaments, circuits, events and even […]Read more "Participation trophy…really…NOT!"
Giri is obligation and Chu is loyalty. Both are important virtues of training in the martial arts but, in the past 15 years, I have watched as they slowly are being replaced with self centered acts of disrespect. In many ways I am very blessed as Sensei because I have several students whom I trust […]Read more "Giri…Chu…it’s what is missing today…"