Stepping Away

This is a good article about being able to live life away from the company. http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130815154057-7898280-stepping-away-so-others-can-step-up?trk=tod-home-art-medium_0 At the end, he asks what plans have been made for stepping away from your company. I’ve thought about that a few times. As a security supervisor, my goal beyond having a quality staff who could handle everything was […]

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Getting hit in the head…a wake-up call?

Last night’s sparring class brought up the topic of head contact and the consequences of it. No, I’m not talking about how bad it is nor about all the safety equipment to protect students. I’m not going to argue the necessity of safety equipment. The medical evidence about concussions puts light and science on that. […]

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How about a compliment?

How much praise do you need? Are you willing to train without hearing compliments? Can you spend hours, even years, developing your technique and increasing you understanding? My old school training says: 1) teach technique 2) encourage development and continued training 3) explain application once understanding has started 4) encourage more training 5) teach more […]

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More than just a building

Over the past few weeks, I’ve received calls from three collections companies looking for White Tiger Martial Arts. Not for anything about our school or programs, though. I took a couple calls to figure out that the calls were for a now defunct Taekwondo school in the Metro area. They had burst on the scene […]

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Short-sightedness

It’s always great to spend time with students. A recent class reminded me of this. While a portion helped me recognize some connections in the material, another still brought out the short-sightedness that students can have. It started with a question about praising students for their work and developed into a discussion about why people […]

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Partnerships!

Partnerships are required to be successful in all areas of life. Building a Business Partnership That Lasts Have you ever thought of your martial arts training as a partnership? I have been trying to develop partnerships with my students and other teachers from the beginning of my training. Too much of our society is about […]

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What problem do you solve?

The linked article was found on LinkedIn. It discusses, for the first time that I’ve seen, the horrible method of interviewing job-seekers. It also helps re-enforce my regular comment that the martial arts are about problem solving, not only self defense! What Problem Do You Solve? As part of martial arts training, we spend a […]

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My classes are NOT fitness classes!

I am NOT a fitness instructor! My martial arts are NOT a fitness class! Recently, I found a posting for a Martial Arts Instructor position with a major fitness center. The requirements were listed as: (copied from the job posting listed today – 6/4/2014) —– Qualifications – High School diploma or GED preferred – Six months to […]

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Training & Teaching

The following is an excerpt from an email sent to me by a student. The topic being responded to is our first instructor’s training program that starts next week. “The only rewards in teaching is your student achieving their goals well. Otherwise it’s the pits. If your going to teach Gumdo it is for the […]

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Quality in training

If you think you train hard, is your Taekwondo poomse/Haidong Gumdo gumbub this strong? I know mine isn’t, which is why I keep training. Forms Championship

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Sportsmanship is about winning

This article provides the words in a manner that I can agree with regarding competition and any focus on winning. There are several good points in it. One of them… “Discipline expands beyond sportsmanship, too. Highly disciplined teams conduct practices that are far more productive and efficient. The pace is fast, reps are plentiful and […]

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Performing technique

As part of Taekwondo drills last night, students gained some insight on the performance of techniques. I joined the class in technique drills. Many students found that they were doing the drill differently. This should have caused a bit of additional study on their part. Students recognized the speed difference from my techniques to theirs. […]

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Cho Shim (Korean) – Beginner’s Mind/First Mind

I first learned about the concept of “Beginner’s Mind” when I started my Aikido training in 1990. While I understood that it was a concept across the martial arts, I had not heard it referred to in Korean martial arts until a recent Haidong Gumdo training. The concept twisted a bit as it was discussed. […]

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Too Special for My Own Good!

Two days ago, I returned from an awesome training weekend (12 hours over 3 days) in Haidong Gumdo. I had the opportunity to be taught by the Director of Education for the World Haidong Gumdo Federation. I get to claim him as my Teacher. There were ten Masters in attendance. A small group receiving intimate […]

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When is your test?

It had been a while since I asked that in class last night. So long, in fact, that several students had forgotten the answer. Now, before you read further, when is your test? I’ve always been a big proponent that actual “tests” are merely the opportunity to show off for family and friends. Yes, people […]

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Wrong Competition

So, after three attempts to write more about how competition against others is counterproductive, I decided it sounded just like the other articles that I’ve read on the subject. It made me wonder if I was trying to write something on the topic in order to “keep up” with the others, which would only be […]

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Lunchbox

While I was listening to the commentators during the Minnesota State Mavericks/Miami (OH) Redhawks hockey game as they mention that each team has a couple “lunchbox” players. It struck me that I would rather be known by that description as well. The player…person…who shows up everyday with a lunchbox is also the one ready to […]

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Shibumi

Shibui (渋い) (adjective), shibumi (渋み) (noun), or shibusa (渋さ) (noun) are Japanese words which refer to a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty. Okay, so here’s my thoughts on this… In this world that has some much bling and flash in pretty much everything you see, it can be difficult to “see” the […]

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