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…"
Kind of a confusing title isn’t it? We all know that a Karate belt (Obi) is made of cotton, has several layers with an outside layer that has been dyed a certain rank color and includes stitching. So you may wonder why I would pick such an obvious title for this blog post. Let me […]Read more "What’s in a belt?"
Help! My child wants to quit! Winners never quit, and quitters never win. Many parents today are raising their children to be quitters. I am sure that this is not deliberate; I doubt that any parent intentionally decides, “I’m teaching my child to be a quitter. Most of us, in fact, want our children to […]Read more "Are we training our children to be quitters?"