Full Circle: The End is Where We Started

A question was posed to me this week that I had to really think about in order to properly frame an answer. That Question: How far behind can a person leave their martial arts center before they are unable to return to that center? Some years back, much of it chronicled on this blog, I…

Self-Defense from a Diminished Capacity

Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Regardless of style and system, we all learn to emphasize our strengths and minimize our weaknesses. But what about those times when we, for whatever reason, are less than 100%. That is our topic this week. Quick background information as we begin. On Saturday, April 22, the KickStart Kids State Karate Championships…

The Fear of Making Mistakes and Failing

Most people live their life with two major fears hanging over their head, the fear of making mistakes and the fear of failing. Often these are the very people who wish for the dazzling success of the leaders in different fields. But the leaders in any field, in many ways, are not really that different from…

Catch What is Right, Correct What is Wrong

Many years ago, there was a standard style of teaching martial arts. Stand at the front of the class, and bark commands. As the number of martial arts schools expanded and schools began competing over a small number of students, different styles of teaching emerged. Some had benefits, others did not. Of course, there are…

Unintended Consequences: What’s the worst that can happen?

Very often, too often if you really think about it, people find themselves stirred into an emotional frenzy over things that their chosen, and therefore trusted news provider has told them is important. And people are often so worked up over the way a new law or program or ideology might fix a problem that they never…

Eat Bitter

You read that right, I said eat bitter. I did not mean eat better. I cut my teeth in the traditional Chinese martial arts, and there is a common saying that translates into English as eat bitter. This is essentially a common sense idea that you have to put in the work in order to enjoy…