Renshi Lisa Magiera

Whistlekick Podcast: Episode 128

I had so much fun doing this interview with my good friend, Jeremy Lesniak, on whistlekick Martial Arts Radio. On YouTube: MP3 Audio: iTunes Download:  

Never Miss an Event

The difference between 8 classes in four weeks and 8 hours of martial arts in one day is exponential! Learn. Apply.    Learn. Apply.    AHAA Moment.    Repeat. This year was the 37th year of the Tao Kamp Karate. I have been to almost half of them, consecutively since 1999. I sometimes wonder how I got onto […]

Combat Immersion

  Six Instructors. Thirty-six Students. Multiple styles of martial arts: Karate, Kung Fu, Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, and Kenpo. We put the students in the middle to evaluate our starting point. “Bow to your partner. Slow, circular sparring with both people attacking and both people defending.” I said. They sparred and switched people a few times in ten minutes, […]


Book of Colossians Chapter 3 Verses 12-17   Newly Revised Standard Version As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord[f] has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above […]

Middle Ranks

Dr. Seuss called it The Waiting Place, in Oh, the Places You Will Go! In Karate, we call it Blue Belt Blues. White Belts are Emotional and Excited. Yellow Belts are Arrogant. Blue Belts are Creative. They know that they are a little better than the cocky yellow belts, and yet, hopefully, we have humbled them […]

Inside Out vs. Outside In

What do I Want to Teach Today? Is the sign of a new, inexperienced or unenlightened teacher. It is the students who guide the master instructors and determine the content, not the whims and desires of the person at the front of the class. This is a tricky concept to convey to my martial arts […]


A little hand knocked on the door and the absence of Annie’s bark made me sad. I opened the door to find a white gi, a blue belt, a smiling boy and 2 egg sandwiches in his hands for the kids. Breakfast hadn’t happened yet and it was almost time for the 8 am class. […]


When my son was finishing 4th grade he was assigned to a teacher who got married and switched districts over the summer. We waited, then we got the letter introducing us to his 5th grade teacher: Douglas Elder. I did what any self respecting mother would have done, I googled him, and this is what I […]

For What Are You Called To Do?

I attended the ordination of a wonderful young pastor yesterday. Clergy always talk about being “Called” by God to their position, an undeniable voice telling them what to do. We all have access to that voice. The inner dialogue that says YES to this, and NO to that. Sometimes we are pulled by a voice, […]

Sparring: It’s NOT What you DO, It’s What you SEE.

One of the benefits of being the old dog in the room is that you have SEEN it all before. Specifically, thousands of front kicks have come my way; left side, right side, front leg (Sensei John), back leg. Probably more round house kicks, and twice as many punches: high, low, middle, straight punch, reverse punch, […]