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 […]

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, […]

Kids and Sparring I (Short)

Should Kids Spar? Yes How about Little Kids? Sure, in a safe and well supervised way. Big Kids? Absolutely Is it scary? Sometimes. Is there crying? Occasionally. Is it Fun? Usually. Is it Necessary? It is the best thing we do. When can they start sparring? As soon as possible. How do we get there? Progressively.