Recently I posted on Facebook some things that I felt black belts should be doing if they are going to tournaments when it comes to judging. This was based on my 29 years of being a black belt and judging more tournaments than I can count. It was rather a simple list of things. Here […]Read more "Oh you’re a professional black belt?"
Recently one of my Facebook posts garnered a bit of attention because I called MMA what it is…a combat sport, not a martial art. Several wanted to argue with me about why it should be classified as a martial art and the post went on so long that I had to delete it because it […]Read more "There is no honor in war…"
This is a question that all martial arts schools get and sadly many mislead others on. The simple fact is that there doesn’t exist one, single, ultimate martial art regardless of what anyone is trying to sell you. If there did then there would be only one martial art in the world and we all […]Read more "What’s the most effect style of martial arts…"
Recently I was talking with some of the parents at the dojo and the topic of what I charge for classes came up. Here I am expecting them to say I am over priced or something of that nature but they didn’t. They stated that I don’t charge enough. I was curious so I asked […]Read more "You don’t charge enough Sensei…"
About four years ago I began having some neck issues. It was soon thought that I had damaged my c5/c6 vertebra based on MRI results. I immediately began going to get treatment and tried everything from chiropractic care to acupuncture. It helped and I was feeling better and able to perform well at my Karate […]Read more "Things must change…but I’m not ready…"
When I opened my first dojo in 1991 I was a young man of 21 years of age. Like most young martial artists out there who wear a black belt I thought I knew it all. Over the next 12 years I spent a lot of time training in several martial art systems. I had […]Read more "Why I gave back my “Soke” title…and why you should too…"
For many years I have ran into people that do martial arts who absolutely hate tournaments. They speak ill about them and proclaim them to be “destroying” the martial arts. I have always held my tongue and just smile but after reading many blog posts and other things over the past 10 years it is […]Read more "So you hate tournaments huh…"