There has been a trend in the public education system about awarding everyone just for participating versus actually awarding people who excel. They refer to these as participation awards and this trend has been creeping into the martial arts now for a few years. I have had many discussions about tournaments, circuits, events and even […]Read more "Participation trophy…really…NOT!"
Giri is obligation and Chu is loyalty. Both are important virtues of training in the martial arts but, in the past 15 years, I have watched as they slowly are being replaced with self centered acts of disrespect. In many ways I am very blessed as Sensei because I have several students whom I trust […]Read more "Giri…Chu…it’s what is missing today…"
Tonight, while teaching Kata at the dojo, I watched my students working on their newest ones and I noticed that they were just going through the motions. It was clear that they were training but I knew, from experience, that they would not remember the lessons of the day because they were not trying. Of […]Read more "Train “AS IF”…"
Recently there was a post in a forum about spectators hoovering around a ring at sport martial arts event with questions about such things. Most events I have been to in my 30+ years of competing do not permit spectators on the competition floor at any time, but it does happen regardless. It happens because […]Read more "Honor the rules…RESPECT"
Recently I was talking with a friend about martial arts and they asked me what I felt my biggest challenge as a teacher would be or is. My friend has never trained but the question really made me think for a few weeks so I could give an honest answer. As I thought about it, […]Read more "Sometimes being “old school” is the issue…"
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?"