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 [...]

ITF Unity

By | October 13th, 2014|Room for thought|

This seems to be a taboo subject for many people. It is often a subject that goes ignored, or, if it does come up, there seems to be a lot of political correctness about it. People don’t seem to want to pledge their loyalty anywhere. I would like to offer my views for anybody who [...]

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 [...]

Go With Your Gut

By | September 26th, 2012|Room for thought|

As in life, fighting is about taking opportunities when they present themselves. Whether we are fighting or living it is a good idea to have goals. In order to reach our goals in the shortest possible time we need to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves to us. When opportunities do come along [...]

Make it work

By | May 30th, 2012|Room for thought, Training|

In order for any of your martial arts techniques to work, you need to believe in them. Many martial artists just go through the motions. This is not enough for our techniques to be effective in reality. Each of our techniques must have a practical application, and when training in martial arts it’s important to [...]