The Lighter Side of Martial Arts – The Captain Underpants Award

This post is going to take a little detour from my typical, serious rants.  This will be the first post in many that I will call “The Lighter Side of Martial Arts”.  Over the 30+ years I have been in martial arts, and especially the more than 20 spent as an instructor, I have encountered many comicalContinue reading “The Lighter Side of Martial Arts – The Captain Underpants Award”

The Self-Defense Myth: A Little Does NOT Go a Long Way

I can defend myself because I took a self-defense class 5 years ago.  I can defend myself because I have a red belt in karate.  I feel confident I can defend myself because I watched a video on YouTube.  I will be fine if I get attacked because I put pepper spray in my bag. On their own,Continue reading “The Self-Defense Myth: A Little Does NOT Go a Long Way”

Losing 50 lbs in 5 Months

I was a fat kid.  I was a fat teenager.  Blame eating habits, blame genetics, blame lifestyle, but the fact of the matter is, I was fat.  Despite being overweight I was style active.  I played soccer, I was involved in martial arts, I snowboarded, I constantly played sports outside with the neighborhood kids, and many other things. FastContinue reading “Losing 50 lbs in 5 Months”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Breaking

In part 8 of my series on the purpose of Tang Soo Do training, I will be going over the purpose of breaking, kyuck pa, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.   In many ways, breaking has started to go by the wayside.  Much like sparring, many studiosContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Breaking”

Five Books All Martial Artists Must Read

Don’t recreate the wheel.  You don’t know what you don’t know.  If I can see farther, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants.  Leaders are readers.  I could go on and on.  I think everyone can agree that the continued pursuit of knowledge, through books, videos, live teaching, etc., is essential to advance in any field. OverContinue reading “Five Books All Martial Artists Must Read”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Self-Defense

In part 7 of this series, I will be going over the purpose of self-defense, ho sin sul, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.  It can be somewhat confusing when referring to ho sin sul as self-defense; isn’t the entire art of Tang Soo Do for self-defense?  HoContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Self-Defense”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Free Sparring

In part 6 of this series, I will be going over the purpose of free sparring, ja yu dae ryun, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.  As three step sparring is an extension of one step sparring, free sparring is an extension of three step sparring.  The gapContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Free Sparring”

Cobra Kai Season 3 – Thoughts and Reflections

The much-anticipated season 3 of the Netflix series Cobra Kai dropped January 1st and, in my opinion, did not disappoint.  The original movie in the 80s certainly had some part in me starting karate, along with millions of other kids.  It started the big kids’ karate boom which was further influenced by Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers. WhenContinue reading “Cobra Kai Season 3 – Thoughts and Reflections”

The Pandemic Training Mindset

As we approach one year of being prisoners of the COVID19 pandemic, many people are getting antsy about the continued effect on our lives and can’t help but yearn for things to return to normal.  I have noticed many martial arts students, especially, are itching to get back to the training we are accustomed to. SinceContinue reading “The Pandemic Training Mindset”