About 21 years ago I had a small child enrolled in my dojo. He was around 10 years old. During the conversation with his parent about why she wanted him to learn Karate it became apparent he had no self esteem and felt worthless. This child was shy, never could look anyone in the eye […]Read more "It’s okay to cry…it’s never okay to quit…"
For the last 26 years I have been teaching Karate to people from the ages of 5 all the way into their 80’s. In that time I have watched as society rapidly changed, and not for the better in my personal opinion. Karate at one time was sought out for the discipline it instilled and […]Read more "The Karate Phases…"
All through the martial arts world we always keep hearing about how training has “changed” or has become “watered down” by the older generation. Having trained across 4 decades (1978-2017) myself I can say the way I teach today is much different than the way I was taught BUT I will also say we are […]Read more "That Bloody Karate…"
Facebook is a plethora of various martial arts pages and groups these days. Many of them are pretty decent but every once in awhile you get the old argument going about who’s art is superior and blah blah blah. These types of things get heated and the keyboard warriors abound in droves to jump in […]Read more "Your martial art sucks…"
When I was a very young boy I could remember emulating many heroes. There was a time I wanted to be Luke Skywalker, then it was Captain America, then Spiderman and so on. It always seemed like life could be so much more if only I were someone else…then I grew up. As I grew […]Read more "Life is always greener…uh no it isn’t…"
In 1991 I began an adventure into teaching Karate. Just like being a white belt everything, and I mean everything, was new to me. Paying rent, utilities, taxes and more things were nothing I understood but I was set on making my dojo work and teaching what I knew. The first three years was a […]Read more "Here’s how I feel about my dojo…"
Ever since the mass introduction to the masses of uneducated people on martial arts with UFC I, II and III it seems that all people care about is how “tough” a person or their art is. What I find absolutely hilarious is that the only ones who seem to care about this are the people […]Read more "Who cares how tough you, or your art is!"