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?!?"
Everywhere I go I am always asked the same question once people find out that I teach Karate. In one manner or another it always comes in the form of “Why should I take Karate” to summarize the myriad of ways that this question gets asked. It is very hard to explain all the great […]Read more "Why do you need Karate?"
When I began Karate training it was much more brutal than it is these days. Every class was a beating for the most part and it seemed never to end. There were days I just dreaded getting my gi and heading to the dojo. I was only a kid and there weren’t many kids in […]Read more "Bumps, bruises, pain and failure…"
Being a martial arts instructor I get to travel a lot to seminars, tournaments and events where many of the area’s top school owners often are in attendance. Recently I had one of them ask me how I can keep a school going and teach full time in such a small, out of the way […]Read more "Undervalued idiosyncrasies…"