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 [...]

Belt System

By | August 28th, 2014|Room for thought|

I often come across people saying that the belt system in traditional martial arts is worthless. I am of a completely different opinion. Not only because I practice a traditional martial art, but because the belt system make logical sense to me. As with any other “tradition” within a traditional martial art, there is sense [...]

New Year, New You?

By | January 5th, 2014|Room for thought|

I believe this applies not only to our lives in the martial arts, but in everything we do. As we prepare for a new year many will reflect on the past. Much of the focus is on the negative – what we didn’t accomplish, what we had higher hopes of achieving and whatever else we [...]

What is a Black Belt?

By | July 16th, 2013|Room for thought|

Black Belt seems to have become a meaningless term these days. So many out there have bastardised what a Black Belt stands for. It is rare that a person with a Black Belt gains any sort of respect for having achieved it. Perhaps this is because in so many cases, nowadays, there has been no [...]