Instructor / Student Relationship

By | August 1st, 2017|Room for thought|

In a traditional martial art, the student/instructor relationship is a special one. It is formed over time and at the heart of it, I believe, are trust and loyalty. What many instructors and students forget is that it is a two-way street. Trust and loyalty must flow in both directions. When integrity is lacking on [...]

Integrity in Martial Arts

By | September 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|

When looking at traditional martial arts there are many benefits that can be derived from them, both physically and mentally. The Do, or Way is often considered to be some sort of mental strength but it far is more than that. I guess, it can be thought of as an almost metaphysical elevation. The way [...]

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 [...]