Added Training

I originally posted this last September. With the MidWest Tournament knocking at the door, and World Tournament in October, I thought it deserved a re-post. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, right? How do you get to the world championships? Same answer. Coming to class is the first, most important thing. If you [...]

Reblog from October, 2014: Embrace the Suck

When I was in second grade, we moved to a new school district. Nobody in my class knew me. The teacher didn’t know me. We might even have had a student teacher. I don’t remember. One day we were doing science, a rare treat in this county school. I was good at science. I read [...]

Added Training

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, right? How do you get to the world championships next year? Same answer. Coming to class is always the first thing. If you don’t come to class at least twice a week, you’re not going to be in a good spot to do well in any tournaments [...]

Update

Holy Crap. I’m doing really poorly on my blog this year. I’m going to try to do better, I promise. Until I fulfill that promise, here’s an update on what’s going on with the school and me. School We are doing well in our temporary home. Monday and Wednesday nights are our big nights, but [...]

Five Basic Exercises for Martial Artists to Build Strength

There are several components essential for fitness in general and self-defense specifically. Those are: Strength Flexibility/Mobility Speed Knowledge/Understanding This article, like our classes recently, will focus on Strength. As we move through the year, our focus will shift, and I’ll post articles on the other components. In the Classroom For those of you who aren’t [...]

Dojahng Protocol and Ancient Lessons

This article was originally published in our June 2007 newsletter.  Dojahng Protocol is confusing for many students and parents. Why? Simply put it is all foreign to them. The art we teach and all of what we do is related to Eastern philosophy. A person who has never studied these concepts will have a difficult [...]

St. Louis Tournament and Testing Recap

As usual, the competition in St. Louis this year was intense. Lots of tough competitors attend this tournament. Also as usual, even though we had few competitors, we acquitted ourselves well. For our school, the weekend began with Blackbelt Testing on Friday evening. We had three students testing, JKN Anna Dodd, began testing for Second Degree [...]

Was: Cleaning Day, Now: A New Day

This is a strange post to be writing. Initially, I was going to request everyone’s help next month to spruce up the school. I wanted to take a Saturday afternoon in the middle of May and do some painting, plant some flowers, etc. Here’s the email that I sent to the Senior Center. Hi Judy, [...]