Control the First Move

It has been a long time since I’ve actively trained with the Seidokan Aikido organization. Fortunately, I’ve kept many of the lessons. That training has helped all that I’ve done since. The focus on practicing the principles was a big change. The kicking/striking art had focused on application of technique for fighting but talked little […]

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True Benefits of the Martial Arts

Much has been said about the benefits of martial arts for building focus, discipline, confidence, and esteem.  These are true but not often illustrated when as a student is promoted.  These are artifacts of the holistic personal development taught through the martial arts.  The remainder of this article will present and illustrate the personal development […]

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Level of training

Back in the day, while playing high school sports, the coach often stated “You will play the way your practice!” Now, all these years later, is another illustration of that concept. Yes, I know that it isn’t anything new but the timing in finding it is good. I have watched students come to class and […]

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Everything

Now, I can understand how this can happen sometimes. They don’t know that they don’t know. It took nearly 15 years for me to find out about the Kukkiwon. I had known my organization wasn’t the only “way” as it very sport heavy and hosted awesome tournaments that drew 500+ competitors. I still baffles me […]

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Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach…but why

“Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” This is said to be from the George Bernard Shaw play “Man and Superman” and based on the proverb – Those who are especially skilled in a certain field or area will be able to pursue a career, while those who are less skilled will end up […]

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International Martial Arts Council Adventure 2022

The next martial arts adventure happens July 14-17 in San Antonio! Grandmaster Frankovich will be attending the International Martial Arts Council (of America) National Training Camp and Hall of Fame Ceremony. At the event, he will be teaching a training session on Thursday 7/14 at 1330hrs. While it is listed as Taekwondo, it will cover […]

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Haidong Gumdo Seminar & Workshop Availability

Starting back in 2005, I have been learning and teaching the Korean sword. This has been an incredible opportunity for me to continue to develop as a martial artist and a teacher. Something that sets my teaching apart from others is the dedication to the lifelong students. It has been a great pleasure to have […]

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Doing vs Becoming

I’ve seen each several times and have always thought that they were very good points made about martial arts training, but…there is a really LONG distance between these statements! The distance between these is based upon how the technique is done each time. Now, I’ve seen it more often with forms practice. Students will do […]

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Who Do You Represent Today?

(From original post – November 2013)*** Sitting here watching “Miracle” for the first time. I know that its one that should have been seen before but I tend to shy away from movies about actual events. Anyway… During the exhibition game of Team USA vs Norway, Brooks hears the players talking about the women in […]

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Where Development Truly Happens

Much has been said about the benefits of martial arts for building focus, discipline, confidence, and esteem.  These are true but not often illustrated when as a student is promoted.  These are artifacts of the holistic personal development taught through the martial arts.  The remainder of this article will present and illustrate the personal development […]

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The Culture of Where You Train

Recently, I asked a handful of students and those close to the school what their thoughts were for why they stay with WTMA or have developed the connection to us. Below are excerpts from some of the replies. If you have additional thoughts, please comment or send them to me. “The love and passion you […]

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Superman Is Not Brave…

An illustration of good sportsmanship came across Facebook the other day. It talked about the way to handle losing in an athletic event.   Too often the focus of our society is winning [in sports] and then trying to carry the attitude into everything else. Sadly, it doesn’t work that way. This constant desire to win […]

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Potential

This statement is very true! This happens all over the place in physical and intellectual ways. The problem is that too many people are comfortable just coasting along. It takes less work to complete tasks and projects when you’re naturally adept at those skills. It can also be a lullaby convincing you that it is […]

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Professional Institution for Martial Arts Development

I have been searching for an academic connection for the martial arts for most of my years training. I have had opportunities to teach accredited physical education courses in Aikido (UM-Duluth & UW-Superior) and Taekwondo (UW-Superior & Hamline University). The problem that I came across was the limited view of what the course was supposed […]

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When do you work?

I don’t usually use a meme to make a point but… This one fits for martial arts very well. I’ve been teaching for over 35 years now and have seen a wide variety of students come through the door. Not only the typical 8 year old to 70+ year old but the reasons for why […]

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Student development

One of the biggest responsibilities that a martial arts teacher needs to keep in mind is the development and growth of their students. This comes from teaching students to your best ability. This is a concept that gets lost often. Having a school of 200+ students under the age of 18 is great. If they […]

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Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences

I’ve been accepted into the Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences as a Fellow. Still not completely certain of what that means as I’m not very knowledgeable in the UK education system. Regardless, time to start working on their PhD equivalent!

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Situational Awareness and the World

It figures that he has a post about the topic I’m trying to sound knowledgeable about! I’ve been writing this post since we had a discussion in class about glitches (adjustments to drawing a sword due to size). “Situational awareness can get a little toxic sometimes, spending all day looking for dangers is a bit […]

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