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 [...]

Dealing with Injuries

By | October 20th, 2014|Room for thought|

I always like to write and teach from experience. As an Instructor, I always prefer to make the mistakes myself and for my students to learn from them rather than to learn for themselves, although unfortunately this does happen on the odd occasion. Often in class I will talk to my students to remind myself [...]

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 [...]

Common Denominator

By | July 31st, 2012|Room for thought|

When it comes to training in martial arts we come into contact with people from all walks of life. Different colors, religions, political affiliations and financial backgrounds. All are brought together by a common denominator – the love of the martial art. People who would never cross paths or be in the same social circles [...]