Tonight, while teaching Kata at the dojo, I watched my students working on their newest ones and I noticed that they were just going through the motions. It was clear that they were training but I knew, from experience, that they would not remember the lessons of the day because they were not trying. Of […]Read more "Train “AS IF”…"
Recently there was a post in a forum about spectators hoovering around a ring at sport martial arts event with questions about such things. Most events I have been to in my 30+ years of competing do not permit spectators on the competition floor at any time, but it does happen regardless. It happens because […]Read more "Honor the rules…RESPECT"
Recently I was talking with a friend about martial arts and they asked me what I felt my biggest challenge as a teacher would be or is. My friend has never trained but the question really made me think for a few weeks so I could give an honest answer. As I thought about it, […]Read more "Sometimes being “old school” is the issue…"
Ok, so you want to take the local class being offered for Women’s self defense. The marketing flyer you read is awesome right? Come learn to defend yourself? Learn “Not to be a Victim” right? The instructor will teach you “real life” applicable techniques. They are an “expert”. They are qualified. Some flyers market Krav […]Read more "The truth about “Women’s Self Defense” classes…"
A few days ago I just arrived back home from training in Okinawa for two weeks. The Okinawan’s are preparing for a major tournament they are hosting in August of this year. It was often a topic of discussion at both our Hombu dojo in the Shorinkan as well as other dojo I visited. One […]Read more "“Traditional Kata”…what is it?"
Last year was a very special year for me because I had three of my students accompany me to Okinawa for training. Since my flight for Okinawa is coming up quickly for this year I began to look through last year’s photos and this image (used in the post) caught my eye. In this photo […]Read more "History, traditions, etc…"
Recently we had a visitor at my dojo who was watching our Kata training. They were interested in classes and showed up on a day when we were working our Kata deeper than normal, studying the principles, breathing methods and use of body dynamics to generate power and Kime (focus). During these types of classes […]Read more "Hitting your students? Really?!?"