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…"
Many years ago I began my journey into Karate. It was scary walking into the dojo the first time. Being a young kid and walking into a room full of people yelling, training, sweating and seeing all the kicks and punches can be daunting to anyone. Over the years I trained it often seemed I […]Read more "There is greatness inside of you!"
About your Sensei. The person you refer to as Sensei is in that position for a valid reason. It seems today I hear a lot of former students or ex-black belts disrespecting their Sensei for a myriad of reasons. In order to better help you understand why a Sensei deserves, or let me put it […]Read more "Let me explain something to you…"
That really is, not just a valid question, but the real question when it comes to black belts attending tournaments today who are not competing. When I was a younger kid in Karate attending tournaments every single black belt was in uniform except the promoter for the event. The promoters were often in a dress […]Read more "To Gi or not to Gi…"
For those who don’t know me I am a very traditional Karate guy. Not only has my life consisted of non-stop training every day since 1978 I also have spent many years reading, studying and researching traditions and etiquette in relation to the martial arts. Over the past 15 or so years I have witnessed […]Read more "Things to know if you’re a black belt…"