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 [...]

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 [...]

Eat, Sleep, Exercise

By | January 25th, 2016|Room for thought|

All of us have bad days where everything seems to be a chore. We lack enthusiasm and motivation. There just seems to be no end and no point to what we are doing. The negative mindset creeps in and even the sunniest of day’s takes on a gloomy atmosphere. There are many things that may [...]

Thug Life

By | September 10th, 2015|Room for thought|

A few weeks ago, standing at a urinal of all places, a poster caught my eye. It was for a local martial arts/boxing/mma/whatever gym. The poster was encouraging people to come and train with the slogan “Let your thug out”. Later while browsing the internet I came across an advert for another gym saying, “There’s [...]

Dont Over-Estimate Yourself

By | July 29th, 2015|Room for thought|

I read an article relating to this topic over a year ago and found it quite interesting. I sometimes reference it in my classes. According to this research, the average American male over-estimates their fighting ability by 4000% (So here in Johannesburg it would be about 40000%, I guess). Wow! That is a really high over-estimation. [...]