If I talk to you

So, there is a lot of talking that happens during a martial arts class. Presenting new material and knowledge plus re-enforcing concepts and principles with a little fun mixed in. Mostly, these are necessary for the transmission of expectations. Good positive interactions. We won’t even mention how much talking happens during socializing events! Here’s where […]

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Rank and Title Mythology – Truth about a 10th Dan

Now that I’m in my 41st year of martial arts training, there have been many burst illusions along the way. Among these have been ranks and titles. Starting out back in 1981, I had learned that the highest rank possible was 10th Dan. It meant that this person was the head of the system (i.e. […]

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History, Heartbreak, Heroes, and Hope

Recently during an NFL game, the announcers commented on how the new head coach was trying to do some team building during this strange time. Since there was no training camp nor preseason games, there had been very little time to help coaches and players join together in the plan for the team. The coach […]

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Martial Arts Fellowship

Watching posts from Facebook and Instagram shows that there are a lot of organizations that promote the idea of a martial arts fellowship. The thought here seems to be that there are many independent instructors and schools who would benefit from being part of a group. Whether this is for curriculum acknowledgement or rank promotion […]

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Training Demons

Martial arts training provides an opportunity to practice strategies to prevent three common demons that appear in many areas of life.   Boredom = I’ve done this a million times, so why am I doing it again?   Frustration = I can’t do this! Why is this so hard?   Complacency = I know this […]

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This Is Not A Game

I saw this one a T-shirt the other day. It was done for a high school cross country team (I left the school name out of this). It struck as a very cool perspective. Cross country runners are out there training, improving their technique, and running faster because they want to. I’d wager that there […]

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Putting In The Work

One of the hardest things to understand is that you need to “put in the work” to become successful. This is different from “paying your dues”. Putting in the work is the educational side of the equation. While paying your dues is getting out there and working (getting experience from those who came before). Putting […]

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Tree in the Blue

Most of you now the work that I’ve been doing since learning about my Song Moo Kwan heritage. It has been a struggle. As there are always many different paths that students take, information can be lost…lack of interest at the time or forgotten time. **Ha, here’s a spot for something ages old…the Master has […]

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What does it take to be “Brother”?

What does it take to be “Brother”? ***Just to clarify: This post is using the single term “Brother” to illustrate the interpersonal relationship between those who are very close to each other. This does INCLUDE the females that are within the group, which just sounds wrong calling the “Sis” or “Sister” as I wasn’t raised […]

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Ownership

I see myself as a martial arts teacher that hasn’t gone completely into the commercialized version of the industry. Teaching first, making money second. When life changed a year ago, I had to create something new. Part of that change has been to move away from security work and pursue a different management oriented route.This […]

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Your Tribe

So, you find yourself spending more time by yourself or with your immediate family. How’s that going? Hopefully you are healthy and safe. That said, how much are you missing people that you didn’t realize you’d miss? This is the whole “don’t know what you have until it’s gone” thing. It does give you an […]

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Martial Arts and the World Today

The World is all messed up! Things have changed greatly over the past few weeks. Quite a bit has not been good. This can wreak havoc on the emotions and stability of a person’s temperament. I’ve seen a great number of martial arts schools take to online classes and training workouts. This is a great […]

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History and Tradition

Last weekend I had the fortune of attending one of the Las Vegas Golden Knights home hockey games. It was an awesome experience. The atmosphere was an energetic party with concentrated observation of the game. No scoring chance happened without roaring cheers. Our host had commented that the city was really taking to having the team […]

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Lease Extension

It’s official! Just got the completed lease renewal. We’ve got another there years in this location! Now it’s that this is complete, it is time to recruit me students and welcome those returning from an absence. We’ve got plenty of foot space and class times to allow many more students to join us. Please like, […]

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How long?

What is the average age of the students in the school that you attend? Why is that? This has come up in conversation a few times over the past month. It gave me the recognition that I can only count less than 10 black belts and instructors who started with (or just ahead of) me […]

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Martial Arts Training…for Two (Guest Writer: Sarah Wurdeman)

Pregnant Martial Artist When I became pregnant in December 2018, it never occurred to me to quit martial arts. Why would I quit? I’ve been doing martial arts straight since the summer of 2013 with very few breaks. Pregnancy wasn’t about to change that! But there were times during my pregnancy where I took breaks. […]

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Are You Working?

How hard are you working toward you goals? Are you still interested in those goals? Are you able to push through the “daily grind” to keep working for your goals? Is it time to change things up? Pursue new goals? Currently, my school doesn’t have “kid’s classes” as I know that I don’t have the […]

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Gumdo Stances And Different Bodies

One of the Haidong Gumdo Masters that I work with posted this thought. It is based on a yoga comment. I think it is very accurate for Haidong Gumdo and all other martial arts as well. A problem that humans fall into is that they want to “be like” the cool people. Well, in this […]

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Limbo

The best laid schemes of mice and men… That line came from somewhere in my childhood education. The irony of it kinda fits right now. Where I am now is not where I planned to be. Starting a major portion of my world over wasn’t even on my radar, let alone in the plans. What […]

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