Sweet Irony

Oh how I will miss them…Especially these two! We’ve trained together since they were born. In SAT terms… Mom is to Renshi as Dad is to Sensei. She is already showing the signs: Black belt test. License and first car. Looking at colleges. Raising them in the dojo was the best thing we ever did. […]

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 […]

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: https://youtu.be/D4llVKDzEpU MP3 Audio: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/ iTunes Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whistlekick-martial-arts-radio/id986000331?mt=2  

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, […]

Practice

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 […]

Making Better People

START WITH WHY, by Simon Sinek. After watching the TED Talk a couple of times I decided to dig deeper by buying the book. It has been a worthwhile read and the result has been a discovery of sorts for me and my karate school, Bushido Karate Dojo. The short of it is this: Martial […]

The Power of Intent.

A man put his arms around my neck and brought me to the ground over the weekend. He didn’t mean to hurt me. He thought he was challenging me. He thought that with my skill and experience that the lesson of being attacked from behind was a good lesson. The intention: teach me to never have […]

Behavior Management IV

Can you believe he is back? I was wrong; so wrong about my assumptions. He missed 2 weeks because of summer scheduling. He is doing SO WELL in class. He is listening to directions. He recalls expectations and responsibly does what he is supposed to do when he is supposed to do it. Do I […]