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 [...]

New Year 2015

By | December 31st, 2014|Room for thought|

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Lake Shores

By | October 9th, 2013|Room for thought|

We find ourselves up to our necks in the middle of a lake. It takes some effort, but we learn to tread and stay afloat. From the center of the lake we can gaze in any direction we choose. We look around and see different shores around the lake. Some may appeal, others not. Eventually [...]

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 [...]