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?"
For the past 40 years I have been training and studying Karate, which has included Kata training. My first class way back then was teaching me a Kata and that seems to be everyone’s introduction to the study of Karate, even today. Kata is an arrangement of various stances, techniques and movement methods to help […]Read more "Oh those stupid Kata repetitions…"
For some reason people today join martial arts and feel that they only need to train when in the dojo or have a Sensei hand walk you through the requirements and skill sets. This type of attitude leads only to one pathway…failure. Let me explain further using both experiences in my past as well as […]Read more "How to actually learn martial arts…"
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?"