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 I had a chance to speak to a “self defense” expert who was visiting our area. They saw my school sign and stopped in to “chat”, or so they claimed. In reality they were trying to get me to allow them to “use” my space to teach “real life, effective self defense”. Based on […]Read more "Self Defense Expert…a conversation…"
Quite often this question comes in conversations, with potential students, with former students of other arts and even instructors/students at other dojo. Since I have been in the martial arts for over 40 years now I often am surprised that people don’t really understand, or even truly know, what Okinawan Karate training entails but I […]Read more "What do you teach?"
Recently a post was made in a forum on Facebook by a young, definitely experienced, black belt about a video coming out with him and the self proclaimed “Karate Nerd” Jesse Enkamp. This young man, and I will quote him, stated the following in his post sharing his soon to be released Bunkai Expert video: […]Read more "The problem is the word “expert”…"
For many years I have been training martial arts. For about 26 of them I have been teaching now. One of the first lessons I ever learned about respect and discipline in the dojo happened when I shrugged off the advice of another student who was one belt higher than I was. I’ll never forget […]Read more "Senpai / Kohai…it is needed"
Recently I saw a guy post (from Texas) blaming his martial arts school closing on the local town. He was very paranoid in this post going so far as to attack the integrity of people that live in said town. I have had some run ins in forums on Facebook with the said individual too, […]Read more "Don’t blame your school closing on others…"
In the late 1980’s a sudden explosion of things martial arts schools began to do to increase revue happened. It progressed through the 1990’s and into the late 2000’s through groups like NAPMA and MAIA among others. The entire purpose of these “plans” was to build revenue generating income for dojos. Even if you have […]Read more "In my dojo we just do Karate…read this…"