A few years back I had a prospective student and their parents come into my dojo inquiring about joining up and learning with us. I am always grateful and happy to meet someone who shows an interest in learning the martial arts and we began a good conversation. During the course of the meeting the […]Read more "Parents…patches and fancy belts don’t equal great martial arts training"
As a Karate Sensei (teacher) I often hear all these things about “effectiveness” and ability to fight in relation to what I do. I am sure most Karate teachers will agree with me that we often get tired of hearing about how tough someone is just because they won some cage matches or whatever. The […]Read more "There is SO much more to Karate…"
The advent of martial arts schools advertising they teach a plethora of styles mixed together to create some kind of highly effective martial art is nothing new. All we have to do is look back at the times of the infamous John Keenan (aka Count Dante) to see some of why this has been around […]Read more "The reality of what is taught…warning…"
Over the years I have heard from many people about the concept of “conflict resolution”. It seems that dealing with conflict happens quite often in today’s society, more than we would like to admit or care to realize. Let’s first examine and understand what a conflict is. Conflict, as defined, can be either a noun […]Read more "Let’s talk about martial arts and conflict resolution…"
Recently there was a question posed based on a Facebook post I had made about if Lineage in Karate matters or not. The question was also asked how you explain to others about lineage and its importance (or lack of) in what they study. This debate has been around ever since I began training in […]Read more "Lineage…does where your art comes from matter?"
Recently I was reading through a forum on Facebook that is about refereeing and judging tournaments. The poster stated that he was not happy not being able to “select” what divisions he could judge when he had registered through uventex.com (a software many are using for tournaments these days). He basically stated “sorry if I […]Read more "Let’s talk about JUDGING…some notes…"
For the last few years I have been feeling rather stressed and upset with what I would term the lack of understanding what a leader truly is. Leadership is a trait I often see associated with martial arts schools but, sadly, it doesn’t seem that anyone really understands it. Leadership, as defined, means “the act […]Read more "Leadership…put in the work!"