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”

What It Means to Be One with Nature

Several years ago, a student approached me and asked me a question.  She said, “Master Elmore, I was reading a book on Tang Soo Do and it said that the ultimate goal of all Tang Soo Do practitioners is to become one with nature.  What does that mean?”  I had read this before many times as well butContinue reading “What It Means to Be One with Nature”

The Lost Art of Time Management

When I was your age, I had to walk to school 10 miles one way, in the snow, barefoot, uphill both ways, was able to get straight A’s, get all my chores done, play on the football team and keep a part-time job.  Sound familiar?  We’ve all heard stories similar to this from our parents and elders.  AsContinue reading “The Lost Art of Time Management”

10 Tips for Martial Arts Training at Home

During the COVID19 pandemic, many martial arts students were forced to train at home.  Some were lucky enough to have live virtual classes, pre-recorded lessons, or other training methods provided to them from the studio they train at.  Even before the outbreak altered our way of life, training at home was still an essential part of becomingContinue reading “10 Tips for Martial Arts Training at Home”