How to Completely Learn a Martial Art

Just come to class, work hard, and listen to the instructor.  In other words, train.  This is certainly a great recipe to learn something, even at a high level.  However, to master something such as a martial art, much more learning is required. The truth is, you can get a great deal of knowledge and skill by trainingContinue reading “How to Completely Learn a Martial Art”

High Percentage vs. Low Percentage

One size fits all.  This is a great concept when it comes to socks and hats but does not apply to self-defense techniques.  It is often said that good technique will overcome size and strength.  While this is true, there are limits to this statement. Even with perfect technique and 8-year-old child is not going to be ableContinue reading “High Percentage vs. Low Percentage”

How Do I Get Better?

We all strive to be the best we can be.  We all desire to improve ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.  This is especially true when it comes to martial arts.  One of the reasons for training is to become a better person, in all facets of life. In most martial arts, we use a belt system to guideContinue reading “How Do I Get Better?”

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”

The Karate Dad – Episode 22

It has been some time since the last Karate Dad episode for a couple of reasons.  First, my studio and life are going through some significant transitions, and we are still trying to get used to a new routine. In addition, Anders and I had an excellent lesson about 2 weeks ago.  He was attentive, focused, andContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 22”

How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Martial Arts Studio – The Part-Time Commercial Studio

Prior to getting into this post regarding the part-time commercial studio, let’s do a brief recap of how we got to this point.  We got the ball rolling by starting some classes at a YMCA, fitness facility, community center, or similar type venue.  We volunteered to be instructors in order to grow faster and build a strongContinue reading “How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Martial Arts Studio – The Part-Time Commercial Studio”

The Self-Defense Mindset: The First Step in Handling A Bully

School age bullying is a major problem in the world today.  Millions of kids around the world are victims of bullying on a regular basis.  The effects of this bullying can be both costly and long lasting.  Situations that frighten us when we’re very young stay with us throughout our lives.  Bullying can keep children from learning how toContinue reading “The Self-Defense Mindset: The First Step in Handling A Bully”

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”

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?”