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So far Mister Knuckles has created 11 blog entries.

Instructor / Student Relationship

By | August 1st, 2017|Room for thought|

In a traditional martial art, the student/instructor relationship is a special one. It is formed over time and at the heart of it, I believe, are trust and loyalty. What many instructors and students forget is that it is a two-way street. Trust and loyalty must flow in both directions. When integrity is lacking on [...]

Be Positive

By | July 19th, 2017|Room for thought|

Positive thinking, quite simply, is belief in oneself. Just like physical skill development in martial arts, positivity takes training and practice. It is a purposely created habit. A wonderful place to develop and get the ball rolling on both fronts is in a martial arts class. After training for a time at a good school [...]

Roll with Like-Minded People

By | July 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Relationships in martial arts are no different to relationships in other spheres of life. You should be rolling with like-minded people who are on the same mission as you. This is something that I think about often and constantly evaluate in my school and in my life. Eagles don’t brood with pigeons and pigeons don’t [...]

The Importance of White Belt

By | July 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The white belt is often discarded as being unimportant. It is the lowest belt in the martial arts hierarchy and students are generally in a big hurry to leave the starkness of it behind. Students want to avoid being looked at as the newbie and the person with the least experience in the martial art, [...]

Integrity in Martial Arts

By | September 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|

When looking at traditional martial arts there are many benefits that can be derived from them, both physically and mentally. The Do, or Way is often considered to be some sort of mental strength but it far is more than that. I guess, it can be thought of as an almost metaphysical elevation. The way [...]

Taekwon-Do for Adults

By | June 9th, 2016|Room for thought|

A topic came up the other night that is fitting for some of my thoughts in this article. In this day and age, martial arts are no longer martial arts. This is very true when it comes to Taekwon-Do. It has become increasingly difficult to find a school that teaches and practices traditional Taekwon-Do in [...]

Taekwon-Do is for?

By | May 4th, 2016|Room for thought|

This article will hold true for many martial arts, but I see it on a daily basis in Taekwon-Do circles. I often find myself asking, “Who is Taekwon-Do for?” In this case, I am referring to what age bracket Taekwon-Do is most suited to. It will often come down to perception and culture - every [...]

Invest in Yourself

By | April 15th, 2016|Quote, Room for thought|

Taking up martial arts is about investing in yourself. Enrolling your kids in martial arts is about investing in them. Either way, I really think that it is one of the most important investments a person can make. Most people have a deluded idea about what martial arts are about. It is often seen from [...]

Could’ve, Would’ve, Should’ve

By | February 24th, 2016|Room for thought|

I could have been a black belt, I would have been the same level as you, I should have what you have… crap, crap and crap. This is a story that I have heard a thousand times and it puts me to sleep as soon as I hear it spewing from somebody’s mouth. The fact [...]


By | February 17th, 2016|Room for thought|

This has been a very busy year for me so far even though it is only February. I have so many plans for so many things and am adamant that I will achieve every one of my goals. A really big thing for me has been the decision to move to Canada. The whole experience [...]