Grappling is NOT Self Defense

  I really hate it when big guys try to tell me, a 5 foot 5 inch woman, that joint manipulation and arm bars are self defense. Maybe for you. But not for me. Joint locks are fun to learn. They teach incredible body knowledge; exposing strong and weak ways to link wrists, arms and […]

Left Brain Logical / Right Brain Creative

The best dojos cultivate organized chaos. As a teacher I love it when the kids in my classes follow the rules, my rules. But I am such a rule breaker. I hate rules. I secretly think the kids who are best at bending the rules to their whims will go farther than the ones who […]

5, 4, 3, 2, 1

One of my simplest behavior management tricks is to count backwards. Sifu Chris Heinztman and Sifu David Chin came to Maine to teach us how to properly do Lion Dance. While they were here, we took everyone attending the workshop to Quaker Ridge. It is a beautiful local spot from which you can see the […]

Overcoming Obstacles

The ability to overcome obstacles is the key to recognizing your commitment. Did you quit karate because you didn’t like being barefoot? It is probably good that you did because you really wouldn’t have liked it when people started hitting you. Did you come back to karate after breaking a bone? Excellent. You are committed. […]

Definition of Success

Late last night I ordered, “The Dip” by Seth Godin.┬áHe is straightforward and his stuff makes sense in a ‘this is not how the rest of the world sees things kind of way’. I am always looking for that next voice to inspire me, but I woke up realizing this morning that┬ávery few of those […]

Behavior Management II

Perhaps he had learned to trust me. That I wouldn’t yell at him, for anything. That there would be clear expectations of what is and is not acceptable. That the consequences would be just as clear; 10 push ups of course. And that there would be compliments, high fives and stripes on his belt for […]

Behavior Management I

It is so rewarding when the toughest students to teach just ‘get it’ for the first time. I did a little cheer that day. A cheer for myself. A cheer for the rest of the class who were willing and wanting to learn. A cheer for the child who learned to listen. For the child […]