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Think for yourself

By |July 9th, 2015|

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|

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|

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 it […]

Learn the lesson

By |April 15th, 2015|

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|

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|

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|

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 are […]

Is Martial Arts For You?

By |January 8th, 2015|

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 classes […]

New Year 2015

By |December 31st, 2014|

I often say, “Change doesn’t come with a date.” I find I say it to people a lot more at this time of year due to people reflecting on the year gone by and what they would like to accomplish in the year to come.

Many pull out the piece of paper where they wrote last […]

A Year Gone By

By |December 18th, 2014|

Another year has come and gone and there have been so many lessons learned in my martial arts journey. Every time I start to think I know something, I learn something else. This year has been no different. In many ways it was the most challenging year I’ve had to date in the martial arts, […]