Recently I had a student drop out from classes…nothing new as it does happen, but this bothered me (as do all the others) because the parents just simply failed the child. How can I say this? Because the kid, when he was at the dojo, loved training. During his first year he was a hard […]Read more "How not to fail…consistency is the key!"
The bus stop was abridged with people rushing to get everywhere. We all stood in line as if waiting to be transported to a new space in time. Climbing on the bus I realized there was an old man near the back where I normally sat so I approached him and politely asked to sit […]Read more "Old man’s hands…"
Recently a question was posted in a Facebook group that I belong to asking if anyone had to ever throw a person out their dojo. Sadly, I had to answer this with a yes but it was done very reluctantly. Many people today like to believe that because they are “paying” for martial arts lessons […]Read more "Throwing them out of the dojo…"
Social media can be a great thing but it also can cause a lot of stress, drama and gives a platform for pretty much everyone to act differently than they would if you were face to face with them. Over the past couple of years I have noticed a trend in many of the martial […]Read more "I’m offended so I’ll block you…"
A few years back I had a prospective student and their parents come into my dojo inquiring about joining up and learning with us. I am always grateful and happy to meet someone who shows an interest in learning the martial arts and we began a good conversation. During the course of the meeting the […]Read more "Parents…patches and fancy belts don’t equal great martial arts training"
As a Karate Sensei (teacher) I often hear all these things about “effectiveness” and ability to fight in relation to what I do. I am sure most Karate teachers will agree with me that we often get tired of hearing about how tough someone is just because they won some cage matches or whatever. The […]Read more "There is SO much more to Karate…"
The advent of martial arts schools advertising they teach a plethora of styles mixed together to create some kind of highly effective martial art is nothing new. All we have to do is look back at the times of the infamous John Keenan (aka Count Dante) to see some of why this has been around […]Read more "The reality of what is taught…warning…"