Put Down the Phone

This article will start with two true stories that I personally encountered while teaching at my karate studio. These two stories will clearly illustrate the intent of this post. My first commercial karate studio was located in a space that was 1100 sq ft.  At one point we had around 225 active students (not all at onceContinue reading “Put Down the Phone”

TJ’s Tale: Excelling at Something Later in Life

The following article is the story of a student I had for many years.  To respect her privacy, I am going to refer to her as TJ in lieu of her real name.  The main reason I am sharing her story is that it is an inspirational one.  Many people over 40 years old will say they areContinue reading “TJ’s Tale: Excelling at Something Later in Life”

Set Your Kids Up for Success in Any New Activity

I have been a martial arts instructor for over 20 years.  In that time, I have seen thousands of kids as young as 4 years old come in and take classes.  One thing I have learned is that every child is different.  These differences are always most evident during their very first lesson.  Some kids are shy and reserved,Continue reading “Set Your Kids Up for Success in Any New Activity”

Not Everyone Will Get a Black Belt

My goal is black belt.  This is a black belt school.  Black belt excellence.  Minimum time required to earn a black belt.  These are all things that you will see posted on the wall of a studio or hear being discussed by students, instructors, and parents.  From day one, we are programmed to believe that earning a black belt isContinue reading “Not Everyone Will Get a Black Belt”

Thriving, Surviving, or Dying: Which One Is Your Martial Arts School?

March 10th, 2020.  That was the last day I taught a normal, restriction free martial arts class.  Over a year later, masks and socially distanced activities are still required in my area. We are quickly approaching a year and a half since the start of the COVID19 pandemic.  While it appears we are approaching the end here inContinue reading “Thriving, Surviving, or Dying: Which One Is Your Martial Arts School?”

How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Martial Arts Studio – The Business Plan Pt. 2

In this post I will continue my series on how to start, grow, and maintain a karate studio.  In my last post I explained the importance of having a business plan and started going through the ins and outs of the business plan as it pertains to a martial arts studio (or similar type business).  That postContinue reading “How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Martial Arts Studio – The Business Plan Pt. 2”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Gratitude

Despite the many ups and downs in life, such as the global pandemic, most of us have it pretty good.  If you are reading this post, you likely have internet access, a computer, tablet, or cell phone, and the ability to read.  There are people in many parts of the world that do not have one orContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Gratitude”

Martial Arts Themed Dad Jokes

Dad jokes.  One of the main reasons I became a dad.  I have been telling them most of my adult life, well before becoming a dad.  However, once my son was born, my dad joke mojo got a boost in energy. My son heard his first dad joke after being alive for less than one hour.  True story.  After gettingContinue reading “Martial Arts Themed Dad Jokes”

The Karate Dad – Episodes 20 and 21

This post has two episodes since both lessons were rather uneventful and frustrating at the same time.  I had to really work hard to figure out a silver lining in each lesson so my assessments may be a bit of a stretch. Episode 20 In this lesson, I decided to take a step back from tryingContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episodes 20 and 21”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Introduction

Teaching kids anything can be a challenge.  Teaching them important life skills such as self-discipline and self-control can be especially challenging.  Over the many years I have worked with kids, I have been able to develop a system for teaching them many of these important life skills.  Over the course of the next 15 posts, I will goContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Introduction”