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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]