In the late 1980’s a sudden explosion of things martial arts schools began to do to increase revue happened. It progressed through the 1990’s and into the late 2000’s through groups like NAPMA and MAIA among others. The entire purpose of these “plans” was to build revenue generating income for dojos. Even if you have […]Read more "In my dojo we just do Karate…read this…"
Recently I posted asking how many people in certain group on Facebook that talk about Okinawan Karate have actually been to Okinawa, trained there and how often. The primary reason I asked is because it seems that forum is full of a lot of experts who like to talk about Okinawan and the Karate that […]Read more "Do I do it right…"
Anyone who studies any form of martial arts is definitely a member of at least one, or many, group pages on Facebook. In one of the group pages I am a member of there was a post by an instructor that was a video of one of his students involved in an altercation at a […]Read more "Self Defense? Really?"
Anyone who has been teaching martial arts since way back when has come across this question many times. What most people don’t realize is that many martial artists work in fields where they carry guns such as body guards, law enforcement or homeland security. Many of us that teach Karate also are licensed gun owners […]Read more "Why do I need Karate if I own a gun?"
About 21 years ago I had a small child enrolled in my dojo. He was around 10 years old. During the conversation with his parent about why she wanted him to learn Karate it became apparent he had no self esteem and felt worthless. This child was shy, never could look anyone in the eye […]Read more "It’s okay to cry…it’s never okay to quit…"
For the last 26 years I have been teaching Karate to people from the ages of 5 all the way into their 80’s. In that time I have watched as society rapidly changed, and not for the better in my personal opinion. Karate at one time was sought out for the discipline it instilled and […]Read more "The Karate Phases…"
All through the martial arts world we always keep hearing about how training has “changed” or has become “watered down” by the older generation. Having trained across 4 decades (1978-2017) myself I can say the way I teach today is much different than the way I was taught BUT I will also say we are […]Read more "That Bloody Karate…"