The Parking Lot Test

The following is a true story.  Only the names have been changed to protect the victims.  Just kidding…about the second part anyway.  This story you are about to read is completely true, however. It was a hot, humid, late August weekend in a suburb of Detroit, MI.  As with many parts of the Midwest during the summer, thunderstorms areContinue reading “The Parking Lot Test”

One of my (many) pet peeves: Spinning Back Kick vs. Spinning Side Kick

I am going to take a bit of pause from my recent rants and do a little technical article. One my martial arts pet peeves is the difference between a spinning back kick and spinning side kick. I feel that many practitioners these days don’t know the difference. In fact, I feel the spinning backContinue reading “One of my (many) pet peeves: Spinning Back Kick vs. Spinning Side Kick”

Preserving the Old Normal

A new normal.  We are hearing it a lot these days.  The COVID-19 pandemic is going to go down as one of those events that change things forever.  A new normal.  Many of us remember what it was like traveling by airplane pre-9/11.  Keep your shoes on.  Not getting yelled at by TSA for forgetting that half full water bottle inContinue reading “Preserving the Old Normal”

What It Means to Be One with Nature

Several years ago, a student approached me and asked me a question.  She said, “Master Elmore, I was reading a book on Tang Soo Do and it said that the ultimate goal of all Tang Soo Do practitioners is to become one with nature.  What does that mean?”  I had read this before many times as well butContinue reading “What It Means to Be One with Nature”

The Lost Art of Time Management

When I was your age, I had to walk to school 10 miles one way, in the snow, barefoot, uphill both ways, was able to get straight A’s, get all my chores done, play on the football team and keep a part-time job.  Sound familiar?  We’ve all heard stories similar to this from our parents and elders.  AsContinue reading “The Lost Art of Time Management”

10 Tips for Helping Your Kids Practice at Home

Parent: “Son, it’s time to practice karate.” Son: “No! I don’t want to!  I hate karate!” Does this sound familiar?  Whether it’s karate or any other activity/skill that requires lots of training, such dance or learning a musical instrument, at home practice is essential.  The class or lesson is meant for enhancement, correction, and introduction of new materialContinue reading “10 Tips for Helping Your Kids Practice at Home”

10 Tips for Martial Arts Training at Home

During the COVID19 pandemic, many martial arts students were forced to train at home.  Some were lucky enough to have live virtual classes, pre-recorded lessons, or other training methods provided to them from the studio they train at.  Even before the outbreak altered our way of life, training at home was still an essential part of becomingContinue reading “10 Tips for Martial Arts Training at Home”