I don’t know if it’s a guy thing, or just a “me” thing, but a lot of people have trouble telling when I’m serious or joking, happy or angry. Even people who know me well sometimes can’t tell if I’m just thinking or getting ready to blow a gasket. So, ever the helpful teacher, I’ve […]

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 […]

Skill versus Exercise

One of the things that I really like about martial art training is that is doesn’t always seem like exercise. It’s interesting and challenging, but fun at the same time. I hated gym class in school because there was always a (seemingly) endless list of exercises to do, push-ups, sit-ups, etc. with no real payoff. […]