What if You Could Embrace the Hard Times?

He had a hard class last night. There had been tears and thoughts of quitting, but Mom and Dad did the best thing, THEY TOLD ME and brought him to me this afternoon to talk it out. Luckily, I am not so scary, out of my uniform, with a towel around my waist and dripping […]

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 […]

What is Bunkai?

Bunkai is an analysis; used to deconstruct the inner workings and to create a deeper understanding of Kata. What is Kata? Katas are complex. They involve blocks, strikes and kicks as well as proper stances and turns. They are choreographed and must be memorized. Each karate belt has certain katas that are part of the requirement of the […]

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 […]