Martial Arts Gratitude

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and people all over the country will be giving thanks to friends, family, and a myriad of other things for which they are grateful.  Thanksgiving will be much different for just about everyone this year due to the pandemic.  So, I thought I would take a little different approach to the traditional, elementary schoolContinue reading “Martial Arts Gratitude”

The Four Types of Forms in Martial Arts

Most karate type martial arts have forms, whether you call them hyung, kata, poomse, etc.  These important aspects of training are set patterns of techniques and movements that teach students a wide variety of principles such as breathing, focus, speed, power, timing, balance, application, and coordination.  In some cases, they are also a link to the past,Continue reading “The Four Types of Forms in Martial Arts”

Counter Techniques for Sparring: Forced vs. Reactive

Throughout my many years of training, I have done a lot of sparring.  I have competed in well over 50 tournaments with varied levels of success.  I have studied sparring with an analytical mind my entire career whether fighting against opponents at a tournament, doing class drills, sparring with friends, or attending seminars.  One thing I learned quicklyContinue reading “Counter Techniques for Sparring: Forced vs. Reactive”

The Self-Defense Mindset

Have you ever noticed there are those people out there that you see walking around and say to yourself, “I wouldn’t mess with that guy!”  Sometimes it is their sheer size or the way they dress but often times it is their demeanor.  The first thing everyone needs to know in order to defend themselves is theyContinue reading “The Self-Defense Mindset”

Karate Is More Than Punching and Kicking

Karate instructors all over the world have often said “Karate is not about punching and kicking.”  While I agree with this statement, I think its intention gets lost at times.  I think a better statement is “Karate is MORE than punching and kicking.”  When making this statement, instructors are trying to inform people that in modern times weContinue reading “Karate Is More Than Punching and Kicking”

The COVID Black Belt Test – Why we shouldn’t do them

The COVID19 pandemic has been going on now for nearly 7 months.  Many karate schools like mine were shutdown for 3-6 months.  Some continued to offer classes online during the shutdown.  Most schools have reopened for live classes in some capacity while still offering online or live streaming classes as an option.  While nearly all karate schools have reopened,Continue reading “The COVID Black Belt Test – Why we shouldn’t do them”

The Theory of Evolution – Karate Style

The following article is a theory I have developed regarding the evolution of karate techniques.  It is not a research paper; I don’t have sources or references.  This is simply an idea I have regarding how techniques in karate became to be what they are today. When first starting karate, we learn basic techniques: blocks, kicks, stances,Continue reading “The Theory of Evolution – Karate Style”

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?”