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 Lighter Side of Martial Arts – The Captain Underpants Award

This post is going to take a little detour from my typical, serious rants.  This will be the first post in many that I will call “The Lighter Side of Martial Arts”.  Over the 30+ years I have been in martial arts, and especially the more than 20 spent as an instructor, I have encountered many comicalContinue reading “The Lighter Side of Martial Arts – The Captain Underpants Award”

Five Books All Martial Artists Must Read

Don’t recreate the wheel.  You don’t know what you don’t know.  If I can see farther, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants.  Leaders are readers.  I could go on and on.  I think everyone can agree that the continued pursuit of knowledge, through books, videos, live teaching, etc., is essential to advance in any field. OverContinue reading “Five Books All Martial Artists Must Read”

Cobra Kai Season 3 – Thoughts and Reflections

The much-anticipated season 3 of the Netflix series Cobra Kai dropped January 1st and, in my opinion, did not disappoint.  The original movie in the 80s certainly had some part in me starting karate, along with millions of other kids.  It started the big kids’ karate boom which was further influenced by Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers. WhenContinue reading “Cobra Kai Season 3 – Thoughts and Reflections”

Martial Arts Gratitude

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and people all over the country will be giving thanks to friends, family, and a myriad of other things for which they are grateful.  Thanksgiving will be much different for just about everyone this year due to the pandemic.  So, I thought I would take a little different approach to the traditional, elementary schoolContinue reading “Martial Arts Gratitude”

Karate Is More Than Punching and Kicking

Karate instructors all over the world have often said “Karate is not about punching and kicking.”  While I agree with this statement, I think its intention gets lost at times.  I think a better statement is “Karate is MORE than punching and kicking.”  When making this statement, instructors are trying to inform people that in modern times weContinue reading “Karate Is More Than Punching and Kicking”

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”