Good Pain vs Bad Pain

I can't find a good online definition for “pain”. They all talk about physical pain being “discomfort caused by illness or injury”. Martial artists, heck, anyone who has done fifty sit-ups on a whim knows that pain doesn't have to come from “illness or injury”. Do me a favor. Reach over and pinch your arm. Feel that? Is there [...]

From the Archives: Your Goal or Mine?

I'm sharing some articles that I wrote for previous newsletters. I hope you like them. Your Goal or Mine? In a previous lifetime, back in the early '90s, I was training for my Commercial Pilot's License.  When I was just beginning the training and getting ready for my first solo, I had to test with [...]

October Schedule Highlights

October will be a busy month! September 30, Testing This will be all ranks. 1pm to 4pm October 6, Kuk Sool Won World Championship Tournament With travel and testing in Houston, I will have to close the school from 10/3 until 10/9 (Wednesday through Tuesday). I will not travel to Peoria this month to help [...]

From KSW Peoria

I just received this email from SBN Ben this afternoon and thought I would add the text for you here. Hello everyone, Great news....We have a closing date for the new school, it is Oct. 3rd, the new school is less than 4 blocks from our current location, the address is 2303 W. Glen ave, [...]

How much should martial art lessons cost?

The cost of tuition is an area of vigorous disagreement among martial artists and people paying for martial art classes all around the world. It would be safe to say that you probably think you know what I'm going to say here, but I doubt if you really do. Let's dive right in and see, [...]

Some views on Martial Art Training in Muncie, Indiana

Which is more different, our art or our philosophy? The last time that I counted, there were about twelve martial art schools in Muncie. That's a lot, don't you think? The purpose of this blog is to tell you what I think of the other schools. There are several ways for me to speak here: [...]

Why “Martial Art” and not “Karate”?

This post may well become Part 1 of a series. I'll do my best to keep it brief and to-the-point. The term "martial art" refers to any practice or exercise of warlike nature. This would include: learning empty-handed self-defense (which, as the basis of all martial arts, is sometimes erroneously thought to epitomize martial art [...]


One of the jobs of a small business owner is marketing his (or her) business to the public. As with all skills, there are some people who have talent in this area and others that do not. Marketing is not an area in which I have, heretofore, exhibited apparent genius. However, as with other skills, [...]