Which Martial Art is the Best?

By | July 22nd, 2015|Room for thought|

This is a question that I cannot stand. It is an age old question that has no answer and never will be answered. It is there to keep wannabe martial artists and keyboard warriors entertained in the wee hours of the night. There are just way to many factors to take into consideration – it [...]

Collecting Pennies

By | July 15th, 2015|Room for thought|

I tell my students that class time is for learning and practice happens at home. Many tell me that they just don’t have the time, but to me this just an excuse. A student who is truly interested will make the time. Let me explain further… Ideally, a student will set aside an allotted amount [...]

Think for yourself

By | July 9th, 2015|Room for thought|

In martial arts, there seems to be a trend of spoon feeding students. Yes, they must be instructed and corrected, but it can get to the point of ridiculousness. If they aren’t being told exactly what to do and when to do it there seems to be a malfunction in the brain. A student must [...]

Follow the Instruction

By | July 1st, 2015|Room for thought|

Often, during class, I find that students will do something in an exercise that barely resembles what I have just explained and asked them to do. By deviating from the instruction they end up working on something other than what the class is aimed at, and the benefit of the lesson is lost. This is [...]

Repeat

By | June 8th, 2015|Room for thought|

One of the things that helps build a strong foundation in martial arts training is repetition of movement. The importance of repetition of technique was emphasized at the seminar I recently attended with GM Choi Jung Hwa. Repetition is something I have always tried to reiterate the importance of with my students, but sometimes we forget how truly important [...]

Learn the lesson

By | April 15th, 2015|Room for thought|

This past weekend I had the great opportunity and privilege of training under the instruction of Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa, son of the founder of Taekwon-Do (Gen. Choi Hong Hi) and President of the ITF. He was assisted by other Grand Masters and Masters of the highest caliber. Since I was a white belt [...]

Taekwon-Do Celebration

By | April 15th, 2015|Room for thought|

11 April 2015 marked an important date for Taekwon-Do. The martial art that is practiced by so many around the world celebrated its 60th birthday. I was fortunate enough to attend the 60th Birthday celebration in Toronto, Canada this past weekend along with the founder of Taekwon-Do’s (Gen. Choi Hong Hi) son, Grand Master Choi [...]

Kids Behaving Badly

By | February 17th, 2015|Room for thought|

Over the years of instructing, I have heard it hundreds of times – “My child was misbehaving so I didn’t allow him/her to come to class”. Strangely, after not hearing it for a while I have heard this, or something similar, from three sets of parents in the past two weeks. Most often, parents expect [...]

Strong foundations

By | January 30th, 2015|Room for thought|

The theme for my classes this past week has been “strong foundations”, more so, keeping foundations in good repair. As I always say, there are so many lessons in martial arts that can be applied to everyday life. This is no different. For the sake of this article, I am going to assume that you [...]

Is Martial Arts For You?

By | January 8th, 2015|Room for thought|

This is a discussion I have had many a time. My answer is pretty standard: Martial arts are for everyone, but not everybody is for the martial arts. Many people have a misconception about what taking up martial arts means. It should not be like going to join a gym and taking part in aerobics [...]