This past weekend I attended the Summer Smash tournament held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was a well attended event, fair rules and great judges as well as some very good competition. The divisions offered were Forms, Weapons and Sparring…all traditional events at every open tournament but there seemed to have been a SNAFU in […]Read more "Was it raining at the tournament?"
It was a typical day in the life of Seth. He was a rambunctious, tough willed young kid who enjoyed playing his video games and wasting his summers away just enjoying life. He got up, had his cereal and sat down to watch some TV before heading out to ride his bike to his buddies […]Read more "The greatest gift…"
Last week while I was doing a little pre-class workout in my dojo a visitor stopped in. They were interested in Karate and started asking questions right away. I was excited, as most of us are, at the prospect of adding a new student to our Karate family but this one turned out much different […]Read more "I can’t believe it…"
Jisei (自省) is a Japanese terms that means “to examine oneself; to reflect on one’s shortcomings; introspection, self awareness, self criticism, self examination; reflection.” If you, like me, have been training in the martial arts for many years this becomes a definite byproduct of our training at its core. Part of the study of Budo, […]Read more "Who am I…the search for Mushin no shin"
For the last 39 years I have been actively training in the martial arts. My studies have been grounded in traditional Karate but I have, like so many others, ventured into other arts which include Judo, Japanese Jujitsu, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do and more. Some I have earned black belt ranks in and others I […]Read more "Things we hear…but…"
Years ago when I first began teaching Karate parents would enroll their kids in and no matter what made sure they got to class. These days not so much as it would seem. A few months ago I had a parent come in who had enrolled their kid in classes. The child had been enrolled […]Read more "I want my kid to learn…"
The other day I was talking with a friend of mine who used to do MMA. He hasn’t trained, nor fought for about five years now. During the discussion I mentioned he should come train at my dojo and he sort of chuckled. Being friends I asked why he thinks I am being funny to […]Read more "Let’s talk control…"