How Long Does It Take to Get A Black Belt? Part 3

This is the final installment in my discussion regarding the time it takes to earn black belt rank.  In the previous two articles I discussed time requirements up to 6th Dan.  I argued that using training hours instead of minimum number of years to achieve rank makes more sense, or at least shows how much of a discrepancyContinue reading “How Long Does It Take to Get A Black Belt? Part 3”

How Long Does It Take to Get A Black Belt? Part 2

This is a follow up to the article I wrote last week regarding how long it takes to reach black belt.  In that article I showed how students are earning black belts in the same amount of time although they are doing it in less actually training time.  This is resulting in students learning less curriculum, requirementsContinue reading “How Long Does It Take to Get A Black Belt? Part 2”

How Long Does It Take to Get A Black Belt?

How long does it take to earn a black belt in your martial arts style?  This is a common question I get when potential students call/email/stop in to inquire about training.  For as long as I have been involved in Tang Soo Do, the answer has always been approximately 4 years on average.  I am always sure toContinue reading “How Long Does It Take to Get A Black Belt?”

The Deception of Speed: How to Be Faster When You Are Not

Eureka!  Like a mad scientist, I have unlocked the secret to being faster.  By the end of this article I will have hoped to show you that even as you get older and your physical abilities start to diminish you can still get faster.  The answer my friends is found using everyone’s favorite high school subject…Physics! Before weContinue reading “The Deception of Speed: How to Be Faster When You Are Not”

How safe is karate right now?

Before getting too far into this article I’d like to make sure the readers know a few things.  I am not a doctor nor am I an epidemiologist.  I have no background in medicine or medical research.  Please do not use this article as the basis for any decisions regarding your health or the health of people aroundContinue reading “How safe is karate right now?”

Re-opening in the COVID19 world, initial thoughts after one week

After 5 months, my martial arts studio finally reopened on August 3rd. Leading up to that moment was filled with excitement, anticipation, and anxiety, to say the least. Some of the thoughts running through my head were (and some still are): Can I ensure a safe atmosphere for the students? Is it a safe atmosphereContinue reading “Re-opening in the COVID19 world, initial thoughts after one week”

The (non) Importance of Rank

Disclaimer:  The following article may ruffle some feathers.  These are my opinions which are not right or wrong, they are just opinions.  You may agree with them and you may not.  Both are ok.  Please feel free to comment and give your opinion on the topic. I’d like to discuss the importance of rank in martial arts and eventually the non-importance ofContinue reading “The (non) Importance of Rank”

The Parking Lot Test

The following is a true story.  Only the names have been changed to protect the victims.  Just kidding…about the second part anyway.  This story you are about to read is completely true, however. It was a hot, humid, late August weekend in a suburb of Detroit, MI.  As with many parts of the Midwest during the summer, thunderstorms areContinue reading “The Parking Lot Test”

One of my (many) pet peeves: Spinning Back Kick vs. Spinning Side Kick

I am going to take a bit of pause from my recent rants and do a little technical article. One my martial arts pet peeves is the difference between a spinning back kick and spinning side kick. I feel that many practitioners these days don’t know the difference. In fact, I feel the spinning backContinue reading “One of my (many) pet peeves: Spinning Back Kick vs. Spinning Side Kick”